Saturday, November 10, 2012

Some Catchin’ Up To Do!

Wow, I haven’t written since November 5th.  A lot has happened since then, so let’s begin.

I had 2 work assignments on Thursday (the 8th) which gave us a chance to take a very scenic road (CA Hwy 175) through the central hills and valleys south of Lakeport, CA.  A nice winding roadway with autumn colors leaping out at us.  We were looking for a place to have lunch when we stumbled on this place in Loch Lomond, CA. 


Great French Onion Soup and a Chicken Club Sandwich for me and the same soup and a Rueben for Rosie. We drove through scenery like this for about 45 minutes.

On Friday, the 9th, we took the winding highway 20 east about 45 miles and connected with Interstate 5 at Williams, CA.  We drove south through downtown Sacramento and just past Stockton to Lathrop, CA, where we set up at Dos Reis County Park.  A great little park with full hookups for $25 a night.  Located a little over a mile west of I-5, it was dark and quiet.  Makes for a good nights sleep.

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Today, Saturday the 10th, we drove a little over 200 miles to Bakersfield, CA.  I had reservations at the Bakersfield River Run RV Park, but frankly, I wasn’t expecting much.  Bakersfield does not have a reputation for much of anything positive beyond country music and oil fields.  What a pleasant surprise to pull into what appears to be a new (or at least newer) RV Park next to some well established hotel chains.  The park is very clean with good paved roads, packed gravel sites with full 50 amp hookups and a nice grassy area for each camper.It was $37.30 with a Good Sam discount, plus $4 added for two pooches.

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Two views of our site.

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               Some nice new motor homes                                         Sunset over the park.

I also found diesel at a Tesoro station less than a mile away for $3.97 a gallon.  Wow, I was expecting to pay $4.50 a gallon in California.  What a pleasant surprise.

Rosie outdid her usually superb culinary skills tonight with some new seasonings for a turkey meatloaf (we limit our beef intake because of my gout).  It was delicious; and then some.

Tomorrow we have only a little over 100 miles to our destination for the rest of 2012, near Santa Paula, CA.  However, we do have to climb the California “grapevine”, Interstate 5 from Bakersfield to Frazier Park.  I hope we can do it without overheating the ole’ Chevy.

Thanks for stopping by.


BJ said...

Someday, coming or going, try the Orange Grove RV Park in Bakersfield. We really like it. And there is a large fruit stand/packing house right next to it.

Laurie and George said...

I like that park in Lathrop. Bookmarked for future use :) We'll be in CA for the winter, and making our way up to ORE for summer, so will be a good stop.
I was born & raised in Bakersfield, and I agree. It's getting to be such a huge area, I don't know it anymore!

Jim and Judy said...

Looked like a great trip. I take it that Rosie doing well now.

Jim Sathe said...

thanks for asking about Rosie. Yes, she continues to improve every day. Still sore, but the pain level from the broken ribs is low. Hopefully back to full mobility in another 30 days or so.