Sunday, March 30, 2014

I’m Baaaaack!

I last posted on New Years Eve reflecting on the passage of 2013 and many of the things we experienced during that year.  It is now the end of March 2014 and we are on the move again after 5 months at the Ventura Oaks KOA near Santa Paula, CA.  It was a different experience staying in one spot for 5 months.  The Cedar Campground where we were at the KOA is the “long term” loop.  There are about 10 full time RV dwellers there with a variety of stories to learn.  One couple has been there for over 5 years; a single gentleman has been there about 3 years.  Our next door neighbors on each side have been there around a year each.  Most are working in the area having lost long term work in other parts of the country.  The couple in the site next to us just had their second child, a boy.  They have a 3 year old little girl and a really cute puppy.  She is a traveling nurse; he is a stay-at-home dad.  They just purchased a new fifth wheel with a 2nd bedroom and half bath to accommodate their growing family.  Living there was like living in a regular suburban neighborhood.

It was good to be close to our kids and grandkids for 5 months.  That is the longest time we have been geographically close since we left So. Cal. in 1993 and moved to the Denver area.  Our grandsons are growing up so quickly and getting taller every day.  They are now 12 and 15.  With a lot of tall people in my family and their parents being tall, they should top out well over 6 feet.  They are getting good grades.  The oldest is interested in Science and Art and is in a magnet school.  The younger one is very active in sports.  It is interesting to watch them mature into young men.

Over the last few days I checked out all the systems on the camper and the truck, including adding air to the tires, adding coolant to the truck, checked the water level in all the batteries, etc..  This morning when I pushed the buttons to activate the slides I wasn’t quite sure how they would work since they have been extended for 5 months.  But all went well.  We had stocked up on liquor and wine since they are cheap in So. Cal. and expensive in Oregon.  We also stocked up on some Trader Joe’s items since it will be 7 months before we see the inside of one of their stores again.

This morning we hooked up and headed up the road about 8:30 am.  We arrived at the Country Living RV Park in Madera, CA about 2:00 pm.  We had stopped for lunch in a Wal-Mart parking lot on the way.  We were amazed to discover about 45 channels of over-the-air television until we started going through channels and finding about 10 Spanish Language channels and 6 or so Home Shopping channels.  Anyway we have some entertainment on site.

Tomorrow morning I have a work assignment one mile from our campground (how is that for planning), then we hit the road for Redding, CA.  The Weather Channel forecast for our destination is rain showers and temps in the 30’s to 50’s this week.  I hope it warms up and dries out a little bit after that.

Thanks for stopping by.


Roger Amick said...

Drive safely you two.

Rick and Kathy Rousseau said...

Glad your Baaaaack! For a while we thought that you'd hung up the keys.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

Merikay said...

Good to see a post from you. Drive safely. We were out of range for a Trader Joe's for a couple of weeks! we have to plan better and make mor room in the bay for two-buck-chuck. drive safely.