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As of right now Nancy and I plan to start our summer travels on June 1st, and will be on the road thru October, after which we plan to return to Mesa AZ for the winter.

Our first stop along the way will be the San Diego area for about 19 days. We have reservations at two San Diego regional campgrounds for this period. The first campground is about 10 miles east of San Diego and is a full hookup campsite that will be costing us $28 per night. We will be there for 12 days and then move north about 40 miles to another regional campground about 7.5 miles east of Oceanside. This campsite is water and electric only with a dump station and costs $24 per night. These fees are considerably higher than I like to pay, but San Diego is a very expensive area I'm told and these fees are considerably lower than we would be paying at a private campground. Nancy is somewhat familiar with San Diego and we are both looking forward to spending time exploring this area. I've heard many good things about San Diego and their beaches and plan to find out for myself what all the fuss is about.

Next we will be heading north up Rt 395 toward the Lake Tahoe area. We are still undecided as to whether we'll spend time at Lake Tahoe or not. We will be stopping along the way up Rt 395 whenever we find something interesting that we want to check out. We may camp at Lee Vining for a while and take day trips to Yosemite thru Tuolumme Meadows, or if possible may camp in the Tuolumme Meadows area for a while. I don't yet know if the campgrounds in Tuolumme Meadows will handle the Dutch Star, but if they will I surely would like to spend some time there.

Nancy's son Ryen will be getting married in San Francisco on July 25th, and we are going to spend some time with him at his home in Sacramento prior to the wedding.

After the wedding we'll again be heading north along the coast of California, and then in Oregon will move east to Crater Lake National Park where we'll spend some time. After that we'll head north to Bend, Oregon and from there continue north to Wenatchee, Washington where we'll spend a week or 10 days with Nancy's daughter Nicole. Then on to the Seattle area where we plan to spend a good bit of time, including time camping and exploring Olympic National Park, and a visit to Victoria in British Columbia in Canada. I'm told that August and September are the best time of the year to spend in the Seattle area because there is less rain and more sunshine than any other time of the year. Nancy grew up in this area and knows it cold. She'll be doing most of the driving while in this area.

At some time yet undetermined we'll begin our return trek south along the coast of Washington, Oregon and northern California. We'll likely be traveling with our friends John and Susan Coleman who will also be in the Seattle area this summer.

From northern California we'll head east across Nevada and on to Moab, Utah where we plan to hook up with Jeff, Linda, and my grandaughter Maya and hopefully more of Linda's family for some group camping at Canyonlands National Park south of Moab. I really like the Moab area and want Nancy to experience it in October, which is considered by many to be the best time to visit there. Less wind and flies, and the temperatures have usually moderated from the summer highs by mid October which is about when we should be there.

After that it will be a direct shot back to Mesa, AZ for the winter.

Really looking forward to this little adventure and can hardly wait to get started. We've got the Dutch Star pretty much all set to go. I've found a great mobile RV repairman here in Mesa and have been going about getting everything tweeked for our trip north. I've replaced the cover over the slide, done some major repairs on the toilet, and with Nancy's help have fixed two of the blinds that have been non operational for some time. I've also removed the Splendide washer/dryer and converted that area into a lot more storage. The Splendide worked OK for me but won't be adequate at all for the two of us. It never did do well with towels or heavy things like jeans, so we decided that we'd just use local laundromats along the way instead. Besides, it only works when you have full hookups, and I've been moving more and more toward regional and state campgrounds which often have only water and electric and no sewer. It was very heavy and difficult to remove and we were just barely able to get it out the door with the help of the repairman mentioned earlier. If anyone needs a fully operational Splendide washer/dryer let me know.

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