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, September 24, 2017

Last Days at PT Mugu NAS

24 September 2017

Our time at Pt Mugu NAS has been relaxing and quiet with only a few outings. Have been enjoying the cooler weather, walks on the beach, keeping tabs on the seals and sea lions who make their home here. Saw a Heron on one of my walks. This is a protected estuary.




Best Friends

Blue Heron


On the 22nd we drove up to Santa Barbara to look for a WWII gun emplacement that was located in Shoreline Park, but no remains or signs. We then stopped at a beachside cafe for lunch before going into town to visit the County Courthouse and outside visit to Santa Barbara Mission. We did not do the inside tour as we had been here in 2012.







Uuusal Calif Redwood





The Courthouse is very impressive with the Spanish architecture and do recommend taking the elevator to the top for impressive views of Santa Barbara. The Courthouse was constructed in 1926-1929. Unlike any courthouse we have ever seen.

The Mission was founded in 1786 and the church built in 1820 only to be destroyed by the 1925 quake. It was restored in 1927 and 1953. In front of the mission is the Lavanteria, that served as a laundry for the mission and Native Americans.




Lavanteria


On Saturday we drove to Manhattan Beach to look for another gun emplacement that now has homes and businesses on the site, but no remains and signs. The drive on PCH took us through Malibu and Santa Monica.  In Malibu on the Pepperdine University Campus is a flag display consisting of 2,977 flags to honor the victims of 9/11 and the 90 international flags representing individuals from other countries. The Waves of Flags became a tradition in 2008 when the College Republicans wanted to bring tribute to the victims. It will be on display this year unti the 26th of September.
It takes a group of over 150 volunteers to install and raise the flags. The dates vary from year to year.

Not the Best View


On Tuesday we are having  Hernandez mobile wash come out and wash the RV. It is really dirty. Hopefully John will have time to wax it before we depart for Nellis AFB in Las Vegas.





Friday, September 15, 2017

Arrival Pt Mugu NS

14 September 2017

Almost 300 miles from Chowcilla to Pt Mugu NS via Hwy 99,126,101 and 1. This is our 3rd visit with the first and second in December 2012 and 2013.

Site 140

View of park from Beach


The RV park is located on the Pacific with a nice beach. The reason we stay at this one instead of the larger one at Port Hueneme on Base. This will be our last Pacific Beach stay until sometime in 2019. Should be able to get in lots of steps while we are here. Love walking the beach.  Saw some dolphins in the distance and lots of pelicans, snow plovers and sandpipers. No shells or sand dollars. The campground is almost full and our site #140 does not afford a view of the ocean, but that is OK as the walk is less than 100 feet. Had we opted for 30amp instead of 50 could have had view.
The weather is cool in the 70's,a welcome relief from the heat we have been experiencing.











We will be here until the 28th.



Arrival Chowchilla and Tour of Castle Air Museum

12 September 2017

The drive today to Chowcilla via Hwy 12  and 99 south should have been 3 hours, but due to accident on 99 south of Stockton, took 5 hours. We are staying at the  Lakes Golf Resort for 2 nights. This is a gated park with golf privileges. Very nice,but not so full. We were in site 6 with full hookups for a total of $80..more than we normally spend, but the other park in town was not to our liking.

Lakes RV site 6

Lake and Pool Area


Chowcilla is in the heart of farming and orchard country. Saw my first Pistachio trees. Next to RV park are several nice gated communities.

Pistachio Tre


 13 September

Today we visited the Castle Air Museum located in Atwater on what was Castle AF Base and now a commercial airport.Not much is left of the base and the buildings (some have been repurposed) are in deterioration.

Museum
Movie Filmed Here

Meaning of Table Settings

Table for POW and MIA

Museum Exhibits


The AF Base was named for Brigadier General Frederick W Castle 1908-1944. General Castle was killed on 24 Dec 1944 while leading an air division of B-17's over Leige, Belgium. His plane lost an engine and was attacked by German fighters. All of the crew except General Castle and pilot escaped before the plane exploded. The museum has a section dedicated to his life and heroics.






The museum has a large collection of vintage military  planes, some are being restored and a nice museum. Thank goodness for volunteers who are dedicated to perserving the history. The museum opened in 1981 and today has over 60 restored aircraft encompassing flying history from WWII to the present. The outdoor exhibit sits on 20 acres.

























Restoration of B-58 in progress

Took lots of pictures and selected the best. If in the area, be sure and visit.

Tomorrow we depart for our 3rd visit to PT Mugu NS for 2 weeks before arriving Nellis AFB on the 28th until the 5 Nov.