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, November 27, 2015

Walk on Oceanside Pier

27 November 2015

Today we drove the short 5 min from the Base into Oceanside in order to walk the pier.

Founded 1967

Pleasantly surprised at the very nice beach and area around the pier. Below are some photos.

Very Nice Beach

I especially like the ones of the Pelican. What a magnificent bird!!! He seem to enjoy having his picture taken. Maybe he was looking for a handout of fish. Seagulls are nice, also.

As Close I Could Get

The pier is visible from the campground, but too far for good picture with my camera.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Full Moon and High Tides

25 November 2015

Prior to last night's storm, we had a good beach day and watched the Amphibious vehicles on the beach. Spent some time sitting under the Palapa and just taking in the serenity of the ocean.

Amphibious Vehicles

On the Beach

Interesting Sign
Glad we Walked Yesterday

Campground Before Storm

During the night, a big storm came in along with the full moon and  upon waking this morning could not believe water had come up past the Palapas, normally a 30 ft walk to the beach. Tides were at least 8ft adding to the berm created last week. There was also some pinkish foamy stuff that someone said was algae.
No Sitting Under Palapas Today

Under Water

Was a Walking Beach Yesterday

Foamy Stuff

We were Sitting Here Yesterday

Next to Water

He Looks Lost

Big Waves

Gull in Motion Above Jetty

As I write this, looking at the waves showing their strength, I realize how powerful the ocean is.

Daughter Hope sent us a picture of snow in their yard. Think Oregon is going to have a brutal winter this season. Guess El Nino is showing us his power.

Photo From Hope

Think I will take another walk on the beach to see if the water has receded.

Very Low Tide

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Drive to Temecula and Other Areas

21 November 2015

Today we drove to Temecula just off IH15 in Riverside County. John found some markers that he wanted to photograph for his website plus we had never visited this area. The  markers are located in Oak Grove which is 20 miles east of Temecula on hwy 79. In driving through the town east of IH 15 which seems to be the newer area, we were quite surprised. We later learned that this is a popular tourist destination with many wineries, Old Town, Balloon and Wine Festival and International Film Festival.

Temecula was inhabited by the Temecula Tribes who believe their ancestors lived in the area more than 10,000 years ago. One of the popular meanings of the name is "The Sun That Shines Through the Mist". The first recorded Spanish visit was in 1797 and it was the Spanish that planted the grapes. Today there are almost 40 wineries and 3500 acres of producing vineyards.

The 1990's brought much growth to the area due to affordable housing and the popular wine country. The city now has a population of around 106,000. The city has 39 parks, 22 miles of trails and 11 community facilities.

Old Town Temecula has a collection of historic buildings including antique stores,hotels, museums,cafes and shops. Several movies have been filmed here. Erle Stanley Gardner made his home here from 1931 until his death in 1970.

City Hall

Bank Building

We also visited the History Museum featuring exhibits relating to the settling of the area and an exhibit about Erle Stanley Gardner.

On the drive to markers we passed several sculptors by the artist Ricardo Breceda. Quite impressive and realistic. These are located on Hwy 79.

Camp Wright was a Union Outpost during the Civil War established to protect the route to Fort Yuma and to intercept sympathizers going to join the Confederacy. The camp was abandoned in 1866 with no remains except for the marker.

The Oak Grove Butterfield Stage Station was in operation from 1858 to 1860 and is the only surviving stations of the Butterfield Overland Mail. It provided a stop between Los Angeles and Fort Yuma. The building remains.

On the way back, we took exit Hwy 76 to Pala in order to visit the San Antonio de Pala Asistencia Mission founded in 1816. It continues to minister to the Native American population. the current bell tower is an exact replica of the original that was destroyed by torrential rains in 1916.This is sub mission or extension of San Luis Rey de Francia which we visited on a previous trip.

It was a good day.