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.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Arrival Travis AFB,Birthday Dinner & Devil's Slide s

23 April 2019

Our drive today to Travis AFB took us IH 5 to CA Hwy 12 exiting on Walters Rd to Base. Many potholes and ruts on 5 and 12.

This is our 5th visit and are in site #21 until the 3rd. The base and campground have many different trees with mostly Eucalyptus in the campground. There is a very active owl in the tree next to us. The hills are green, first time we have seen. Usually very brown. Commissary and Exchange within walking distance and car/rv wash next to campground. Spaces are closer in the area to the right of office which is where we usually stayed. We are in what used to be the dog area, but both areas now take dogs and these spaces seem to have more space between sites and more open. Laundry now has credit card options but you can still use quarters. Think the laundry needs some attention, especially the windows and floor. Otherwise this is a good campground and staff very friendly. Seems to be full most of the time. Walked around the duck pond.







25 April

To celebrate my 78th birthday we went to dinner at Chin Hua's Mongolian Restaurant that our good friends Joy and Kevin took us to several years ago when we met up with them at campground. It is really good and reasonable. We may try and return before we leave.





27 April

Today we drove into San Bruno to meet Matt and Henry for another tour of Devil's Slide area near Pacifica. John wanted to revisit. We were last here in September 2017 and I wrote extensive blog on area. This time he was able to get access to the Devil's Slide WWII radar site which is only accessible by special permission. So he, Matt and Henry met up with Keith who is a docent. The climb was too precarious for me and the wind very strong. Only Matt climbed to top. John was very disappointed that he decided to stay back as he wanted photos for his website, but so glad he made that decision. There is no railing to help with the climb.Afterwards we drove into Pacifica with Matt and Henry for lunch at Camelot, an English Pub with fish and chips. Very good.

John, Keith,Matt & Henry

WWII Radar Site

View of WWII Radar Site 


Devil's Slide Area



A long day and horrible traffic over the Oakland Bridge. We have on many occasions gotten together with Matt when we are in the area and the first time we met Henry who also has an interest in coastal fortifications.

On the 3rd we leave for Redcrest,CA and then Crescent City before going to Central Point,OR for new tires on the RV.Another huge expense. We will use the discount thru FMCA as we did in 2013 with C and C tires.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

James Dean Memorial-Hwys 46 and 41

22 April 2019

On our drive yesterday we passed the Memorial to James Dean, but traffic was such that we couldn't stop so we drove back today only 39 miles via Hwy 46 west from Lost Hills.

There are two memorials, one at the Jack Ranch Cafe on Hwy 46 just passed where the fatal accident happened 30 Sept 1955 and the other one along the north fence line at the intersections of Hwy 46 and 41 which contains objects left by fans.

Memorial at Jack Ranch Cafe Hwy 46

Jack Ranch Cafe

Intersection of Crash

Site of Accident Memorial


Dean was traveling to a race in his Porsche Spyder with his mechanic, Rolf Wutherich. He had intended to tow the car, but his mechanic suggested that since he did not have enough break in miles that Dean drive it to the races in Salinas. Earlier in the day he was stopped for speeding near Bakersfield. Following him in his Ford Station wagon were Hickman and professional photographer Roth. They stopped at Blackwell's Corner on Hwy 46 just 10 miles west of Lost Hills where they met up with other racers going to Salinas including Lance Reventlow and they all agreed to meet in Paso Robles for dinner.

Blackwell'sCorner



Departing Blackwell's at 515PM and Dean accelerated the Porsche crested Polonio Pass and headed down the Antelope Grade passing many cars. At 5:45 PM a Ford Tudor driven at high speed was headed east on 46 and made a left turn onto 41. Dean seeing the car and an imminent crash tried to steer the Spyder in a side stepping maneuver but due to time and space the cars crashed head on. The Spyder as seen by a witness smashed into the ground and two or three cartwheels ensued.Several witnesses stopped and tried to help, but Dean was killed immediately. He suffered many broken bones including his neck.

His mechanic survived with serious bone injuries.The driver of the Ford suffered minor injuries. Hickman and Roth arrived at the accident some 10 minutes after the crash and Hickman helped in extrication Dean. Roth took pictures of the accident.

The Memorial at Jack Ranch Cafe was designed by Seita Ohnishi of Kobe and dedicated in 1977. On September 30 2005, the junction of 46 and 41 was dedicated as James Dean Memorial Junction.

We stopped at Blackwell's Corner for some bark fudge. Nice little store.

Tomorrow we depart for Travis AFB until the 3rd. Our 5th visit.

Camp Roberts

21 April 2019

Today we drove to Camp Roberts and Cambria via Hwys 46,101 and 1. Got a late start so did not do much sightseeing except for Camp Roberts the California National Guard Base north of Paso Robles on Hwy 101. Unfortunately the museum was closed, but there were some outdoor exhibits and we rode around the RV Park.






Chapel





Camp Roberts opened in 1941 as a training replacement center and at the time the world's largest  training facility.The parade field was the length of 14 football fields and also the largest. Construction began in 1940 with over 8,000 workers and the housing could accommodate 30,000 trainees. There was also a hospital with 750 beds and a German and Italian POW area.

After the war it became a processing area for returning soldiers and then went to caretaker status with the summers serving as a training area for National Guard Troops and remain inactive until the Korean War in 1950. After the Korean War the area was used for weapons testing and live fire ranges. The Camp was finally closed in1970 and in 1971 the California National Guard received control and continues to be the site of the California National Guard.

Nearby is Mission San Miguel Arcangel which we visited in Nov 2013.

We then drove over to Cambria on the coast and stopped for photo of the Pacific before heading back to campground in Lost Hills.


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Arrival Lost Hills KOA

19 April 2019

Our last days at Seal Beach NWS Famcamp, finally spotted a Blue Heron on a nest, rabbit and ground squirrel of which there are many. No coyotes this trip as before on our previous 4 visits. Must say this is a very nice campground and well maintained. Staff is very helpful and nice.






Ground Squirrel
We went to the beach one day.





John completed installing the new fridge to the inverter. Had to make several trips to Lowe's and Thompson RV for parts.Another chore off the list.

Our drive to Lost Hills and the KOA took us 405 to 605 to IH 5 and exit 278 due to horrible LA traffic the 175 mlles took us around 5hours. The campground is under new ownership and the only RV park in Lost Hills which consists mostly of Gas stations, fast food and RV/Truck washes. No grocery stores except what you can buy in the gas stations. Our reason for stopping here on the way to Travis AFB was John wanted to drive over to Cambria to document a Radar site that closed in 1980. Normally we stop in Bakersfield.

IH 5 Traffic
KOA Lost HIlls #53


On our drive the hills were actually green..something we haven't seen in a very long time.




We depart here on the 23rd. The weather is very windy and hotter. Had to bring the slides in during the night for fear that the slide covers might be damaged.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Arrival Seal Beach NWS

9 April 2019

Several days before we departed El Centro Navy Air Facility, President Trump and Air Force One landed on base for his visit to the border at Calexico. Did not get a photo of him, but did of the plane. An awesome sight.

Air Force One


Also John spent 2 days installing the new water heater..not an easy task. He needed some parts which he found at an RV store in Yuma, Home Depot and plumbing supply in El Centro. He is so adept at doing repairs a necessity if owning an RV saving us money. He still blames Oscar the Owl.

Old Water Heater

Yucky

New Water Heater Installed

Oscar


Our drive to Seal Beach NWS took us via IH 8 to IH 5 to the 405 and exit 22. This is our 5th visit and must say have no complaints. It is a very nice military campground with spacious sites, free laundry with 8 washers and 8 dryers, nice walking paths, staff very friendly and helpful. You choose your site upon arrival. Even though they have raised their rates to $40, they honored the $35 we were quoted. Thank you.

Site #10




View of Campgrou


There is a small NEX next to campground and fitness center, but groceries and shopping near by. Beach is also within mile although there is a small beach on the base accessible if no ships in port.

Our original plan was to depart on the 16th and go to Vandenberg AFB in Lompoc, but decided instead to depart here on the 19th and spend 4 nights in Lost Hills and then go into Travis AFB on the 23rd until the 3rd May.

John and I think this is our last trip to California..too much traffic and expensive. Will miss the beaches, but we can have those in Oregon. Finalized our itinerary through May of 2020.

Well, we have been on the road for 10 years, traveled over 90,000 miles in the motorhome and over 200,000 miles in the tow car touring around. So glad I have maintained my blog..too much to trust to memory. Have printed out all the entries and put most of photos on DVD's. It has been an education and experience visiting all lower 48..some several times over and 9 provinces of Canada. If we were to get another motorhome, which we aren't, would get another Bounder.