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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Cuauhtemoc Ready for Sailing

31 October 2014

We watched the preparation for sailing of the Mexican Training ship "Cuauahtemoc". The ship is named for the last emperor of the Aztec Empire. It is used as a training ship for officer cadets and goodwill ambassador to the world. It has done several round the world cruises and just recently arrived in San Pedro from Hawaii enroute to Mazatlan. She has been in service 23 years and traveled 400,000 nautical miles. We would have been sorry to have missed this..quite an experience. Weather overcast, but still got some good photos.




It was fascinating watching the crew climb the rigging and stand in formation on the mast. Takes a strong mind and good balance to do this. Sails were not dropped until they get out to sea..would like to see her in full sail.












Maybe in our travels we will see her again.

http://www.semar.gob.mx/velero/2014/en/history.html


Tour of S.S. Lane Victory and Dinner at Duke's

30 October 2014

Today we toured the S.S. Lane moored in San Pedro. We also made a brief stop to see the Mexican sailing ship,Cuauhtemoc, but will write about in my next blog as we returned next day to watch her sail.


In World War II it was the Merchant Marine that moved cargo and supplies. It took 7 TONS of supplies per year to support just one soldier. In 1942, Germany sank merchant ships at a rate of 33 per week and the enemy sank over 17,000 merchant ships in WW II.
American built 5,777 merchant ships from 1941 to 1945.

The S.S. Lane Victory served in WW II,Korea and Vietnam. Many volunteers have worked to restore her to original condition. She is the last remaining of Victory ships built during WW II. She serves as a living memorial to those who served and sacrificed to protect our freedom. She is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Plaque

Signage for SHE

S.S. Lane Victory

Crew Quarters

Museum


John Checking out Museum

Radio Room

Cargo Derrick

5" Gun
http://www.lanevictory.org/laneVgeneral.php

The tour is self guided and cost is $5.


 Also in port were two enormous Princess Cruise ships.
Princess Ship

Princess Ship

View of San Pedro Marina & Port of LA

Port of LA Port

Arriving Cargo Ship



As we were entering the campground, a very nice Coyote posed for me and I got a great picture.
Thanked Him for His Pose


In the evening we went to Duke's again for dinner. Very nice and beautiful sunset. Enjoyed watching nighttime beach volleyball.
Duke's


Sunset Over Huntington Beach

John on Huntington Pier

Night Beach Volleyball


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

24 October - 27 October 2014

Today we were invited by our Oregon friends Nancy & Rob and Kim & Clyde who are across from us  in campground to play putt putt at a fun course called Golf n Stuff. We decided to just play for fun and not keep score. We played the 18 hole course with the castle and it was lots of fun.

Golf n Stuff

Kim,John,Amy,Nancy & Rob

Kim and John

Clyde,Kim,John,Nancy & Rob

Course View

Castle

Clyde & John

Another View of Course


After the game we met at Costco for shopping and lunch.

Saturday we drove back to Huntington Beach for beach and pier walking. Very crowded..must have been over 100 surfers in the water.
Huntington Beach

Lots of Surfers

Fun on the Beach

Beach Volleyball


The pier pelican was in usual spot posing for pictures and hoping for treat. Walked down to the end of pier for lunch at Ruby's.
Posing Pelican


Did see some dolphins far out in the ocean...not a photo op.

Sunday finally saw a coyote near the tennis courts..there are several in the campground..hear them at night along with the owls.It was unusual to see them during the day. Warnings are posted for dog owners and walking at night.
Coyote

Looking for Lunch

I See You


We have a resident bunny that takes refuge in the bush by the motorhome. He is so cute..have fed him lettuce on occasion. Just hope the coyote doesn't have him for dinner. There are lots of ground squirrels that I am sure the coyotes feast on.
Bunny Visitor


Finally found a one piece bathing suit at Marshall's..only $25 as compared to shops on the beach that ask $120/$150. Not very flattering and sure the sharks will swim in opposite direction. No, will not post photo.

We have enjoyed our stay here and have found Huntington Beach our favorite in the area. We will leave on 1st for return to Fiddler's Cove Naval Amphibious RV park on the bay where we will stay until 1 December than Camp Pendleton Del Mar Rv park til 30 December. We will then return here to Seal Beach Naval Weapons RV park until 3 January. The reason for the return is that it is closer to Pasadena where grandson Jack will perform in the Rose Parade with the Round Rock Marching Dragons Band.
Bi Plane Flyover Campground