Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Relaxing and Photos

29 December 2013

Aside from running errands, we are just continuing to relax and enjoy the beach and walks. Have found some more sand dollars and a star fish. Surf is high today and John was able to capture some with his new camera. He is in camera heaven. Think I will start using his old one as mine has spots inside the lens that can't be cleaned. There are lots of military families here this weekend. We enjoy watching all the kids and their innovative play. No better place for kids to have good fun and they all get along.
I'm also getting in some needed dog petting. Family next to us have a Golden Retriever puppy. No, we are not getting another dog.
May decide to scatter Destiny's ashes here on the beach before we leave.
Fun on the Beach
Beach Collections

Sandcastle

Pelican in Flight

Surfer

Two Surfers

Roaring Surf

Seagull Reflection

Villas for Rent

Firepit

Ripley

Selfie


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Serenity of the Beach on Christmas

25 December 2013

As we got ready to leave yesterday for Camp Pendleton,the Malibu wouldn't start so John gave it a jump so we could position it for towing. Can't complain as it is probably only the second battery and the car has 137,000. It was a short drive to Camp  Pendleton and very glad to get thru the LA traffic. You have to  always be on the defensive as some of these California drivers are very aggressive. Got the vapors going thru Los Angeles. When we got to Campground, gave car another jump and made it over to a place on base that was just closing and they were able to install a new battery.



I finally got my workstation set up after trying different things for the past five years and this works out great. Much easier on my back and neck.
So Simple, Yet Functional


This is our first time visiting this campground which is on Del Mar Beach north of San Diego. We have a first row beach site #8.

As you  can see by the photos, the beach is large with huge concrete fire pits and cabana chairs under thatched umbrellas. We will be here until the 13 January. Price is only $38 with full hookups. Enjoying the beach walks and looking for sand dollars which are mostly broken as the birds love the meat inside. Can't imagine anything more relaxing than the sound of surf,looking at the ocean and walking in the sand especially with one you love.


Taking in the View

Beachwalk

Nice Place to Relax

View from iHome


Another view of Campsite


Merry Christmas one and all.
Our Christmas to Each Other


Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas and A Very Happy 2014

24 December 2013



As another year draws to a close, we are once again thankful for our many blessings with family, friends and travels.
There was also sadness in the loss of my Mother in April and dear sweet Destiny in May. I dedicated blogs to each which you can view in the archives.

In our travels we completed the lower 48 and 4 provinces of Canada. Many fort visits,meeting of new friends, getting together with old friends and just generally  enjoying the journeys.

Our plans for 2014 will take us back to Oregon in April and then a month in Washington on Whidbey Island before exploring British Columbia,Alberta and maybe Saskatchewan.

We leave PT Mugu Naval Base today for 3 weeks at Camp Pendleton Del Mar Beach Park to enjoy more ocean and beach serenity before going to Nellis AFB in Las Vegas for 2 months. While we are at Nellis, Darin is planning a family get together for partner Kerry's birthday. Looking forward to seeing everyone  again and know it will be lots of fun.

To all our friends and family we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and many blessings and good health for 2014. Just Believe.





Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Relaxing and Catching Up

17 November 2013

Since arriving at PT MUGU on 5 November, we have just relaxed and enjoyed the beach, sunsets and sunrises. John has gotten caught up on his website and I have completed 25 DVD's consisting of our travels involving some 6.560 photos and over 100 songs. The most difficult part is matching songs to photos. It has truly been a labor of love and something I hope to enjoy in my old age or I should say older age.
DVD Covers



The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful and walks on the beach very relaxing. Have not seen any dolphins or whales this year, but  lots of Harbor Seals.

Mountain View

Sunset on Beach

Walking with John

Lone Pelican

Sunrise

Sunrise


There is a memorial to Alaska flight that crashed off the coast 31 January 2000 enroute from Puerto Vallarta to Seattle.
The memorial on base is located at the end of the  point. There is also another memorial in Port Hueneme in the form of a sundial.
There were no survivors and many never recovered.
Alaska 261 Memorial on Beach


We have experienced several very windy days and nights which resulted in close quarters as we brought the slides in to avert any damage to awning covers. We replaced the large slideout awning cover several years ago due to windy conditions on the road and the large one on passenger side due to wear when we were at Fleetwood last summer. Just like a home, constant upkeep.

Before starting out this time,John bought a small Duraflame heater at the "Big R". I refused to have a space heater for safety reasons and this one has really worked out well and is very quiet. During cold nights we leave it on and it adjusts to comfortable temperatures. It is also on rollers.

Yesterday could not look at the dirty windows and iHome so got out my micro fiber rags and mixture of Dawn solution and went to work cleaning the outside. So many campgrounds do not allow washing of vehicles and this works great. Now to clean inside before we depart Tuesday for Camp Pendleton at Del Mar RV Park. Looking forward to this and being on the beach again.

After departing Del Mar on the 13th January, we will spend 2 nights at March AFB enroute to Nellis AFB in Las Vegas until the 15th of March.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Arrival PT Mugu NAS

6 December 2013

Our drive today took us down 101 thru Santa Barbara and mostly along the coast. We stayed here last year for a month and this time until the 24th. A very relaxing campground on the beach. We were unable to get site facing ocean, but we do have a view in our site 104. A good bargain for $30/nt and full hookups with 30amp. The base is known as Naval Base Ventura County Air Station. It consists of Port Hueneme and San Nicolas Island and the largest employer in Ventura County. PT Mugu was used by President Reagan on his trips to his ranch in Santa Barbara.



Site 104

Another Campground View


After settling in we took a walk on the beach and viewed the harbor seals nesting on the Mugu Lagoon,the largest remaining coastal salt marsh in southern California. The lagoon also provides habitat to a variety of wildlife and refuge for five endangered birds.
Beach

So Nice

Harbor Seals

Sea Gulls
Sunset Over Campground

Sunset View


This will be another relaxing stop for us and time to catch up on those chores put on the back burner.

Goodby Monterey,Hello Vandenberg AFB

2 December 2013

This is our last day in Monterey and we decided to have lunch at Schooners at Cannery Row. Had a Bay view table and just enjoyed the view and serenity of the moment. Tomorrow we leave for Vandenberg AFB for 4 nights. We were here last year at about the same time and did most of the sightseeing, so we will just relax. Our next stop will be PT Mugu NAS around 150 miles south.


Dolphin Sculpture by Restarant

Monterey Bay

Feed Me

Kayakers in Bay


3 December 2013

Before leaving this morning we made one last stop for a donut fix at Monterey Donuts on Fremont and Cassanova just a 5 minute ride from RV Park.In all our travels including Tim Horton's in Canada, this is the best for the freshest and most delicious donuts. Definitely recommend a stop here if in the Monterey area. I like the coconut iced and peanut iced. John likes the Cheesecake.

Drive down to Vandenberg uneventful and not very scenic. Just more brown hills and barren land.Not sure where those "happy California cows" live, but definitely not on this route of 101.
Site 33


Upon arrival at Vandenberg learned that an Atlas V would be launched on the 5th at 1115PM. We like this campground as it is small with a very nice Commissary and Exchange. Staff very friendly. We were in site 33 with full hookups and a good spot for viewing the launch.

 Vandenberg is home to the 30th Space Wing and Department of Defense space and missile testing base placing satellites into polar orbit. The Atlas V launched carried a U.S. Southern Command sponsored nanosatellite into space with potential for more reliable communications for troops around the world.







This time we drove down to the base beach..only one lone person on the beach as weather turned windy and cold, but did get some pictures. This is also the beach where last year an airman was killed by a shark attack.



Shy Deer


In checking the weather for departure on Saturday,we decided to leave tomorrow for Pt Mugu.