We stayed in the area but moved a little north to a RV Beach resort in Oceanside, CA, just south of Camp Penelton, a hugh Marine base on the Pacific coast. Our RV resort was a short walk to the ocean. Calrsbad, an adjacent town just south of us, was a suprise with lots of southern California personality and fun places to visit and eat.
The day after Thanksgiving we moved slightly inland to Lakeside, CA. The RV park was locally historic ranch with a rich history and some landmark buildings including a windmill. While there we visited with Aaron, Pam and their son, Kevin, good friends from the East Coast now living in San Diego.
From the Atlantic to the Pacific! We made it cross country to Chula Vista, CA, just south of San Diego and a stones throw from Tijuana, Mexico. we parked at a beuatiful RV Resort and Marina right on San Diego Bay.
San Diego had a lot to offer including several visits to the 'gay' Hillcrest area for shopping, dining and clubing.
What's not to love? Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Cathedral City to name a few of the areas we enjoyed. It's a desert resort city within the Coachella Valley known for numerous cultural activities, mid century modern architecture and design elements. Biking, golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, and tennis in the nearby desert and mountain areas are major forms of recreation. Our RV resort had amazing amenities including a large clubhouse with 5 naturally fed mineral hot springs pools. There's a vibrant gay vibe in town with numerous bars, great restaurants and (clothing optional) gay resorts.
Ron had his first In-n-Out Burger experience. We'll be back!
We stayed in an Arizona State Park along the Colorado River just south of the Parker Dam (deepest in the world!) and also about 25 mi south of Lake Havasu. We would have stayed here longer but the park was going through improvements in their water and electric systems with both being shut off for many hours at a time!
Just 5 miles from our destination of Buckskin State Park we had our first semi-major problem. Our right dolly tire blew out or exploded! Luckily, we had a spare. We pulled off the road at a beautiful scenic overlook. After changing and blowing up the spare, which was flat, off we went an hour later. Tuesday morning, just after loading our "toad," we discovered the new spare was flat. We inflated it but after getting under way we realized it was slowly loosing air. Ron decided it might be a faulty valve. We stopped at a Love's Truck Center in Quartzsite AZ, got a new core and borrowed a tool to fix it. On the road again to Desert Hot Springs, CA - about 110 miles to go!
Our RV Adventure
Here's a record of our travels as we explore the USA. Blog posts are listed by month in descending order.