Our New House
It was brought to my attention that we haven’t updated our Blog since 2013. Since we have become stagnant and haven’t really traveled for a while I didn’t have much of interest to post. Not that our life isn’t interesting, there just isn’t much RV Travel going on.
Well recently we have turned another page in our lives. We decided since we like our lifestyle so much that buying a house wasn’t in our plans. However we have pretty much outgrown the RV so…
We bought a Park Model home in the same resort where we have lived for the last 11 years in the motor home. If you are not familiar with a Park Model, it is a small 400 square foot manufactured home. Ours however is a bit more than a simple park model. First off ours is set in the ground so it is ground level, then a 200 square foot addition was added making it 600 square foot overall and the whole thing is stuccoed and the roof is tiled. There is also a 117 square foot building on the property, which serves as a laundry room and a shop. This building is attached to the house by a covered patio with outdoor kitchen. Along with the real residential appliances they topped it off with an air conditioner that can turn the house into a meat locker in the 120-degree Arizona summers. You can see more photos by clicking on the link in the left column.
I have added a link to the photos of our house HERE.
So, although we are keeping the motor home, it looks like we are not Fulltimers anymore.
Best wishes to all our readers and I hope your travels are as enjoyable as ours.
I will leave the Blog up because I know others enjoy reading about our travels.
Monday, July 31, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Not much going on the last couple of days. We took a drive into downtown Petaluma. There is a lot of history here. We did the Victorian Home Walking Tour and was a little disappointed. They did have some nice homes but a lot of them were overgrown with weed and in disrepair. After downtown we took a drive out in the country. I found this to be more enjoyable driving past a few wineries, miniature horse farms, and a pasture with some BIG old bulls. The roads were so bad though, that I spent a lot of time dodging the potholes.
Today I took a walk along the Petaluma River and Bird Preserve. Interesting sights along the river.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Going over the Golden Gate Bridge today, motorhomes, busses, and trucks are restricted to the right lane. These lanes are tight! As I was traveling along I heard a scrape. Looking out my right mirror I noticed I was REAL close to the bridge rail. I figured, now I got a nice racing stripe down the side of the motorhome. After stopping I found nothing. Then I remember a similar incident in Myrtle Beach where I scraped my exhaust pipe on a construction barrel. Cool! Built in curb feelers!
This morning we left Pacifica. I was concerned about the drive through San Francisco and over the Golden Gate Bridge but it was a piece of cake.
We left at around 10:30a so traffic was not an issue. Today we are in Petaluma. From here we will visit the Napa Wine Country and the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield. We may take a cruise out to the coast. Petaluma is loaded with neat stuff to see also.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
We had a good time today in San Francisco. We were going to take a 6 hour tour but decided on the 3 hour tour instead. I am glad we did. 3 hours is enough.
The tour went across the Golden Gate Bridge to the viewpoint then came back into the city and drove through The Golden Gate Park. This is one BIG park. After that we headed up to Twin Peaks.
This is the highest point in The City (600 feet) and what a view. Then it was off through Gay Town, rainbow flags everywhere. 12% of The Cities population is gay, 2/3 of them being men. The tour bus dropped us off at Pier 39, which is probably one of the touristiest parts of San Francisco. We spent about 3 hours there, had lunch and spent some money. On pier 39 you can get a good view of The Bridge and Alcatraz.
Did you know there are no sharks in the bay? They just told the inmates that to keep them from attempting to swim to The City. Also they only had hot showers on the island so the inmates would not take cold showers to get used to the cold water in the bay. We walked from Pier 39 back past Fisherman’s Warf to Ghirardelli Square. The Chocolate Factory is no longer there, just a bunch of shops that sell the chocolate for 3 times more than you can buy it at Wal-Mart. We left at 9:00a this morning and arrived back at the motorhome at 5:00p. Long Day..
Monday, July 24, 2006
This park is tight. It is pretty much a parking lot with full hookups but it is about the only game in town. The park is clean and the staff is friendly. We are 1 row back from the ocean so it’s not too bad. I don’t like to make reservations but it’s a good thing I did here. When we pulled in I noticed the No Vacancy sign.
It was in the 70s here today, much better than over 100 like it was in San Jose. There has been a light fog all day but the visibility is still good over the ocean.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
After the car service we headed over to the Winchester Mystery House. If you have never heard of this, it is a house owned by the widow of the Winchester rifle builder. After his death she went to a psychic that told her to move to California and build a house and never stop. She had carpenters working on the house for 38 years 24 hours a day until her death. All her construction plans came to her during her nightly séances with the spirits so the house is total chaos with stairways leading no were, windows in the floors, and door that open to a blank wall. All this and I left the camera back at the motorhome.
Later today I restrung 2 more of our Day/Night shades. They say these motorhomes are for recreation only and not recommended for fulltime living. Everything seems to be holding up quite well except the shades. I think I have fixed all of them at least once so far. They must have installed the cheapest ones they could find. I am going to have to pick up a bundle of string and eyelets for these things.
The temperature is still over a hundred here and we are looking forward to heading for the coast again. The Elks Lodge that we are at has a nice big swimming pool. I might take advantage of it tomorrow.
I was surprised to find out yesterday that I could still get the Local San Diego Channels on my Direct TV Satellite dish; well we woke this morning to nothing. I had to call Direct TV and have them switch me over to the West Coast feed out of Los Angeles. This I can get all over the country. Every time I do this the people at Direct TV can’t figure out how to do this since I live in an RV. I am always on the phone with them for at least 30 minutes. This time I asked the guy if it is possible to add a note on my account as to how to do this for the next guy, next time. He says he will.
Friday, July 21, 2006
I just added the Big Sur photos to my photo site. Click on the California Hwy 1 thumbnail in the left column.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
The golf course right out our front window has been real entertaining. I guess you can’t get away from traffic, even on the course. I though I had seen everything until I saw a golf bag on wheels cruise up all by itself. What? How’s that possible? It steered itself up to the T and stopped all by itself. Seconds later the golfer came walking up with a remote in his hands. OK, I’m out on the golf course getting exercise, but you don’t expect me to push my clubs around too do you?
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Today we took a drive, using the car, down Highway 1 through Carmel to Big Sur. We stopped at Point Lobos State Reserve. Our Volunteer work for the California State Parks System got us in free. Normally they would charge $9 a car, which is well worth it. The views here were fantastic. You had better watch out for the poison oak though, it’s ALL OVER the place. After Point Lobos we continued our journey down the coast to Big Sur. I was told NOT to do this part of Highway 1 in a motorhome but felt that it is very doable. I don’t know about the stretch south of Big Sur though since that is as far as we went. I think I must have stopped at every turnout along the way. We stopped in Big Sur and had lunch at the Big Sur River Inn Country Dining. Good food and best of all, good atmosphere. It sits right on the Big Sur River and the bird in the trees serenades you the whole time. The drive back was quicker because we didn’t need to stop along the way.
Just as we got close to camp however, the car lost power and started to surge. I am going to take it in for a fuel filter change tomorrow. I sure hope that’s all it is because we still want to drive to Santa Cruz while we are here. The next stop will be San Francisco and we will need the car there too.
Monday, July 17, 2006
This morning we packed up and headed for the dump station only to encounter a person that was totally oblivious to anything around him. He was there when we got there and still we had to wait about ½ hour for him to finish dumping. After dumping he pulled ahead and parked taking up the spot where I was going to hook up the car. I had to pull up beside him and parallel park behind him to get out of the way of the line that was now backing up behind me. This guy still didn’t have a clue as to the chaos he was causing. Well we finally got out of there and had a pretty good drive up to Salinas, where we are now at the Elks Lodge. There is a lot going on in Monterey this week and most parks are full so we are just outside Monterey. It is an easy drive into town from here. We have a pretty good spot here at the Elks
Our site faces a golf course and it is a pretty view. One of the Ts is directly in front of the motorhome so I get to see (and hear) the frustration when the shot doesn’t go well (Lots of laughs).
Tomorrow we are heading into Monterey to see what kind of touristy things they have to offer.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Well the fog didn’t lift much today either. I wanted to get a good picture of Mono Bay Rock but it was covered in fog every time I tried to get a picture. Maybe tomorrow. We took a drive into town and along the Embarcadero today. It’s a tourist trap of course but the scenery is nice. Tomorrow we will go the other direction to see what we can find. Had a good time talking with Tony (Firedude) today. Got to swap some storied of Camp Hosting and being on the road. He Hosts a lot more than I will ever want to.
Friday, July 14, 2006
The weather here is a far cry from what we have experienced in the last few months. It has been cooler here with fog most of the day. This is the closest we have been to the ocean for quite a while though.
Tomorrow we are going to take the car out and do some exploring. We might even get up the coast to San Simion to see if there are any Elephant seals laying on the beach.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
I don’t know if it’s something I said but everyone around us left today. We got a view and a little bit of breathing room. This morning we headed into Solvang to Paula’s Pancake House for breakfast. It was just as good as the last few times we ate there. They have the coolest store in Solvang. It is called As Seen On TV. It contains everything you have ever seen in the TV commercials.
I saw the strangest thing today while in Solvang. A Kindergarten chain gang. They had these kids all tied together. If you click on the photo to enlarge it you will see the rope tying them all together. The guy in red is planning an escape. Apparently this was a school outing and this is how they kept them all together. After that we took a drive to Lompoc to find the Wal-Mart and to check out the Elks Lodge’s RV facilities for future reference. If I am going to camp 5 feet from the guys on ether side of me, I would rather pay $15 than the $41 we did here. I didn’t realize Lompoc was that big. I was told it is because of the Vandenberg Air Force Base located nearby. We will be back on the road again tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I love LA…Traffic! It took us almost 3 and a half hours to get to Buellton today. That is about the longest we have driven in a long time. I go by the 2X2X2 rule. 2 hours of travel, off the road by 2:00p, and stay at least 2 nights. Today I broke that rule. We arrived about 1:30p and was told we could not occupy out site until 2:00p because they were watering. They sent us to overflow to sit for ½ hour. No problem, it gave me time for a sandwich and a Pepsi.
As you can see by the photo, it is quite a squeeze. This is partly my fault because I requested this area so we didn’t have to hike a mile to the laundry. We are only here for 2 nights so it’s not all that bad.
The only down side is I tagged a picnic table pulling in, I can fix it. Tomorrow we will be heading into Solvang to Paula’s Pancake house. We have their Danish pancakes every time we pass through here, So Good!
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Last night and again tonight we has some visitors. Susan went to the door to close it and spotted a skunk rummaging around outside. Before we knew, there were four. Needless to say, we let them do as they pleased and after they left, then we closed the door. Didn’t want to startle them you see.
This is one of those places we could have stayed longer because it is real nice but our spot is reserved for tomorrow night so we would have to move. Moving isn’t so bad but if we have to secure things and fire up the motorhome, we might as well move on down the road. All our neighbors here have been nice also. We took a drive around the campground today, yes I did say drive, this place is pretty big. I think we got the best site in the whole park. I don’t know how we lucked out but that happens sometimes.
I case you are wondering why you can’t find South Shore RV Park anywhere, it’s because I messed up. It isn’t South Shore, it’s East Shore RV Park.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Wednesday, July 5, 2006
We spent the night of the 4th in a friend’s driveway. We were invited, motorhome and all to their 4th of July party and decided to take them up on their offer. We had a great time with some good friends that we haven’t seen for a while. Although we were paid up through this coming Monday at the Elks Lodge, we left the car at the lodge and took the motorhome to the party. The road from their house is scary enough in a car during the day and even more at night, especially on the 4th of July so having the ability to spend the night was great.
We are back at the Elks Lodge again. We will be spending the next few days with family before hitting the road again.
Saturday, July 1, 2006
You may have noticed the weird news topics scrolling by in the left hand column. It’s just something I though I would add. I may change the topics to RV news or maybe something else.