See Ya Soon (Day 24) Cousin’s Day, San Juan Bautista, CA

Valerie and Ken Halla. We had such a wonderful day with them
Valerie and Ken Halla.
We had such a wonderful day with them
"Don't come any closer"
“Don’t come any closer”
They grow garlic and cherries here
They grow garlic and cherries here
Facing forward...Valerie gave me a Jones County sweatshirt...Happy cousin's day Val!!
Facing forward…Valerie gave me a Jones County sweatshirt…Happy cousin’s day Val!!
Kip shopping in the garlic store
Kip shopping in the garlic store
Breakfast at Sandie's...love this place
Breakfast at Sandie’s…love this place
Ken and Kip on top of Fremont Peak...(Val and I had a terrible time getting them up to the top๐Ÿ˜‰
Ken and Kip on top of Fremont Peak…(Val and I had a terrible time getting them up to the top๐Ÿ˜‰
Resting...waiting for the others to catch up
Resting…waiting for the others to catch up
Fremont Peak
Fremont Peak
San Juan Bautista Mission...It means St John the Baptist
San Juan Bautista Mission…It means St John the Baptist
Woops..looking wrong way
Woops..looking wrong way
The reward..Valerie made this delicious Apple Pie...I had two peices with ice cream
The reward..Valerie made this delicious Apple Pie…I had two peices with ice cream
The drifters...Ken and Valerie have a beautiful home
The drifters…Ken and Valerie have a beautiful home
Breathtaking view Fremont Peak
Breathtaking view Fremont Peak
Kip and Val...before the assent
Kip and Val…before the assent

See Ya Soon (day 23) Passing it up๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The Sacramento River
The Sacramento River

  • Kip still driving
    Kip still driving
Kip still driving
Kip still driving
Mommy, Cyndie won't move.
Mommy, Cyndie won’t move.
Kip driving
Kip driving

We woke up in Auburn,CA and went to bed in San Juan Bautista. Yesterday was the 6th night and day where we set up and tore down every day. We put over 1000 miles behind us, but it was frustrating because there were so many places we would have loved to stop. We pushed on knowing we could do anything, but not everything.

We passed by Sacramento and saw the Air Force Base and the Sacramento River. I took pictures out the RV window. I feel cheated!! Other than getting out to walk the dogs and stopping at Camping World, we trucked down the road. By the way, highway 80 is in great need of repairs.

This kind of boring isn’t it? I know that I yawned all the way through it.

We eventually got on 680 then on to the 101 closing in on San Juan Bautista.

We’re excited about the next few days…San Juan Bautista and the whole area is beautiful. They grow garlic and cherries here and the orchards are awesome. Cherries are out of season, but there’s plenty of garlic. The air smells like garlic. The RV park is beautiful and we get to stay until Saturday. That morning, we’re going to take the 101 South where we’ll see more beautiful country like Pismo beach and Santa Barbara. I think we’ll spend the night somewhere around there too.

Tomorrow we get to spend time with my cousin and good friend Valerie, and her husband Ken. We’re going out…you heard me out!! For Mexican food.

The photo below is of the Sacramento River.

The Sacramento River

I see fun, family, and many great photo opportunities in our future ๐Ÿ˜

Catching up on Lessons๐Ÿ˜‚

The lady who runs GPS isn’t always right. Good navigator/trip planner that I am, I made a reservation for last night at the Goldon RV Park in Auburn, CA. I put the park name in my GPS and we were on our way. As we approached our destination, we noticed that the road seemed pretty narrow. Too late we realized we were at Goldon retirement mobile HOME park and had no idea how we were going to get out of there. It took an older gentlemen and his elderly mother to figure out a way. You can’t back up when you’re driving a 38′ RV and towing a Jeep. We eventually made it through the maze, but it was a harrowing experience.

Two of our previous lessons came into play here…trust the GPS lady, but verify..and..You can have your moment, which we both did, then get over it, which we did.

I’m beat right now so I’m going to blog whatever day this is in the morning.

Thanks for your interest and comments. We even have a few followers. We’re really having fun traveling and blogging.

 

See Ya Soon (Day 22) Tuesday

The high desert
The high desert
high desert mountains
high desert mountains
The Truckee River.
The Truckee River.
The Tahoe National Forrest
The Tahoe National Forrest
The high desert
The high desert
Close to Emigrant Gap
Close to Emigrant Gap
Welcome to California
Welcome to California

We finally got out of Nevada and into California! We saw a lot of God’s country along the way. It seems like every state we’ve travelled through also has some of what appears to be God forsaken country. California is the 9th state counting Texas where we have made an appearance. We challenged all of you to name all 9 and we don’t have a correct answer yet. We haven’t been to Utah Heidi, but good guess๐Ÿ˜Š.

We can’t believe all of the beautiful weather we have had virtually the whole trip. This time of year appears to have been a good choice.

Here is some history for you:

Between Winnemucca, NV and Auburn, CA there are lots of reminders of what the emigrents who traveled west to California suffered. The California Trail was deadly. Settlers traveled through what is called the 40 mile desert. It consists of barren, alkali wasteland. It took some a month to cross it. They had no water except what they could carry. Remember, they were bringing cattle and horses plus mules to pull the wagons. There have been 1081 Human graves found and over 3000 mules and horses died along the trail.

Not long after we passed through the high desert, we came to Donner Pass which is a mountain pass West of Truckee, CA. The pass has a well known and macabre history. It’s a place where George Donner and his party got stuck in the winter of 1847. They found the pass clogged with new fallen snow up to six feet deep. They were stuck there. Purportedly, they were reduced to cannibalism to survive the winter, only half of the original group reached California the following year.

We saw some of the Tahoe National Forrest, the Truckee River (both beautiful,) and Emigrents Gap, which was another area that was difficult to get through.

I was so engrossed in reading the hysterical markers as Kip calls them, I didn’t get as many photos as I should have.

It was another great day! When my brother and I were children, and our family got to do something special, Dad used to say, “I wonder what the poor people are doing today.”๐Ÿ˜ฏ

What an unforgettable experience we are having!

See Ya Soon (Day 21) Monday (written Tuesday morning)

More of the KOA
More of the KOA

We can’t believe we’re starting the 4th week of our incredible oddesey. We spent last night in Winnemucca, NV. We stopped a little earlier than usual because we had to do some laundry and we were concerned about our breaking system on the Jeep we’re towing. We called customer service and found it was a simple correction. We had stopped during the day at Auto Zone because the battery was dead on the Jeep. It turns out it just needed a deep charge. We also had to stock up on the Walmart salads and frozen burritos. My point is, we didn’t get too far. It was still a great day!

The lesson of the day is…customer service 800 numbers are our friend. Also, don’t tell Kip I said this…so is Walmart.

Really nice KOA in Winnemucca and only $28.00..$35 is the most we have paid.
Really nice KOA in Winnemucca and only $28.00..$35 is the most we have paid.
Isn't this cute? We wanted to wash the dogs, but it was a little too cool outside.
Isn’t this cute? We wanted to wash the dogs, but it was a little too cool outside.

See Ya Soon (Day 20) Sunday

Pattie:

It’s Sunday evening and I’m back in my routine of drinking my herbal tea and blogging. I forgot the lesson of the day yesterday. It would have to be to relax and enjoy the time you spend with family whether near or far. Life gets busy and priorities sometimes get mixed up.?..I’m thinking of myself here. If I have two things to do I’m busy. If I have three I’m overwhelmed.

We had another great day! We spent last night in Pocatello, Idaho. It’s a City of about 50,000 and it is really beautiful. It’s in a valley surrounded by rocky bluffs. The park was the 2nd nicest we’ve been in so far. There was a walking path and we managed to take 2 long walks with the pooches. Today, we drove through Twin Falls which was even more spectacular.

Our little family is doing well. The dogs have trained us to understand their commands. I’ve mastered “sit” pretty well and Kip can heel. We get treats twice a day. The cat really controls everything.

We,’re staying in Wells, Nevada tonight. This makes 7 states we’ve traveled through. If you can name all seven, You might get a prize or something.

Twin Falls, Idaho
Twin Falls, Idaho
Twin Falls
Twin Falls
Twin Falls
Twin Falls

See Ya Soon (Day 19) Picture Day!!rl

We tried to make a deal with this guy, but he said his camper was newly built and ours is 15 years old...
We tried to make a deal with this guy, but he said his camper was newly built and ours is 15 years old…
Use your fingers to enlarge this...and the winner is...Gma Mary! :)
Use your fingers to enlarge this…and the winner is…Gma Mary! ๐Ÿ™‚
Me, Karen and Lynn
Me, Karen and Lynn
Grandson Mason after a win..What a great kid!
Grandson Mason after a win..What a great kid!
At the hotel this morning..we all missed our own home and the kitty
At the hotel this morning..we all missed our own home and the kitty
Mason, Amy, and grandsons Mason Jr. And Ethan at Karen and Lynn's after Mason's football game in Sheridan
Mason, Amy, and grandsons Mason Jr. And Ethan at Karen and Lynn’s after Mason’s football game in Sheridan
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Karen’s amazing and intricate quilt on display at the library. She has gifted family and friends with beautiful quilts, table runners, and placemats.
Karen and Lynn at the Sheridan Inn built by Buffalo Bill Cody..We were given a tour of the refurbished hotel..it just reopened in May.
Karen and Lynn at the Sheridan Inn built by Buffalo Bill Cody..We were given a tour of the refurbished hotel..it just reopened in May.
Me with grandson Mason after a win. What a great kid!
Me with grandson Mason after a win. What a great kid!
The Sheridan Inn
The Sheridan Inn
The Bear in the lobby
The Bear in the lobby
Kip and I split Buffalo sliders and Fry's...very good (Sheridan Inn)
Kip and I split Buffalo sliders and Fry’s…very good (Sheridan Inn)

See Ya Soon (Day 18)

We’re back!! We have really missed sharing our traveling adventure with you.

Now then… where do I begin? I’ll start with yesterday which was the 18th day. We left Sheridan Wyoming where we had a wonderful time with Kip’s sister Karen and her husband Lynn. We got there on Tuesday after spending an action packed 3 days with Amy, Mason, Mason Jr. and Ethan. I will tell you more about that in a separate blog. We have lots of great photos as well.

Our plan was to drive to Bozeman Montana, camp there, then head South towards the Western border of Yellowstone National Park.

It was a beautiful drive. We talked about one of the many things we have learned on our adventure thus far. We decided that each of the relatives were good for 2 days of really good food. We tried to think of a relative we might visit in Idaho or Utah so we wouldn’t have to eat our own cooking for so long. We came up empty there. We were trying to decide if it would be rude to ask for leftovers to take with us next time, when we pulled into the RV Park in Bozeman. We hadn’t made a reservation, but weren’t really concerned. We had reserved spots for the beginning of the trip and with all the kids back in school, everything was pretty much wide open. It’s also difficult to know how far we’re going to make it in a day. They were full…the whole town was. Apparantly there was a big deal rock concert in town.

We headed South on 191. We didn’t really have a plan because we were too busy trying to decide whose fault it was. You have to do that when you’re married you know. We were able to see some beautiful forest and rocky bluffs. The Yellowstone river is just amazing. Then it got dark, very dark. We finally pulled into a gas station in Big Sky and asked where the closest motel was. This is a very small town, but she told us there was a motel just up the street. $150.00 later, we were in a very nice 2 bedroom suite with all of the animals except the cat who stayed in the RV.

I don’t really need to go into the lesson of the day do I? We’re going to partake of the free breakfeast, then hit the road again.

We’re drifters…and a drifter’s gotta drift…