South to California for Winter '08 - '09 travel blog

A little sun setting over our RV in the afternoon at Lake...

Enjoying a stroll on the roads through the fields behind our camp...

Ah. Some warm sun setting on our arrival to San Benito TT...

Pretty sunset over the preserve this evening. Hope for a sunny day...

Rita and the girls next a very large California Black Oak. Like...

Hills to the east of campground in San Benito TT Preserve.


We finally found some sun. Yesterday after we arrived. Today it was cloudy and overcast until after 1 PM. It did sneak into the high 50's before sunset with a little breeze. The weather is expected to be clear for the rest of our stay here. We'll see.. Anyway we were glad to leave the cold fog of the valley. Fog is just about as depressing as constant rain. At least in the rain you can see for some distance.

This is our first stop at San Benito TT Preserve. It is really quite a nice rural setting in the hills south of Hollister and west of Monterey. Right smack in the San Andres Fault Zone. So far no shakers. But you never know around here. You kind of feel like you are sitting on a giant firecracker. Hopefully the fuse is still pretty long, I don't find earthquakes too exciting. I haven't experienced one since the one they had in Klamath Falls, OR while we were living in Eagle Point. I remember experiencing a few 6+ magnatude when living in Anaheim in the 60's. Although there is always the potential for an earthquake around here. I would say that there is an even bigger potential for wildfire right now. The hills are very dry and tinder. Lots of fall leaves down and dead brush. Of course fires aren't allowed in the campground this year. They have had very little rain here so far. They are saying some rain maybe this coming weekend. They could definately use it.

Tomorrow we will make a run back up to Hollister to do some minor shopping. We are going to spend the next three nights here and then head on south to the Palmdale - Lancaster area at the Soledad Canyon TT Preserve west of Acton. I hope to go out and look over a lot which my brothers and I own west of Lancaster while we are there. More about that when we get there.

We are enjoying walking around the area as we are always looking for places to take the girls. There is a really nice nature trail along a creek on the south side of the park. It is where I took the picture a Rita and the girls by the giant oak tree. Lots of beautiful old trees in the preserve and along the creek. We have also seen lots of signs of a fairly large herd of ferrel pigs that roam the campground from time to time. They have rooted up large areas under some of the trees. We saw a bobcat when we arrived and a Great Horned owl in a tree next our site last night. A Blacktail deer hopped across a feild this morning on our walk. This evening I saw a deer laying on a hillside just outside of the campgrounds. I am sure that there are lots of other critters out there in the bush. With a creek newby there have to be racoons somewhere. Critters are always fun to discover around these camps.

Rita and I are doing fine and enjoying a very relaxed life style. The only disruption we have to look forward to is water shutdown in camp for 4 hours tomorrow. Oh my.. I don't know what we will do.. I guess turn on the pump and use our on board system. My but life can get complicated out here.

Until next time... Love from us...



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