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Miles and miles of pistachio trees line Hwy 5

ooooooooo, a stray kitty


Today was a roughy, toughy day for our Wagon Master, as we traveled around 260 miles up the San Joaquin Valley of California. It is good to be back in my home state and back on the west coast and out of the humidity. But, my oh my, have things changed in just two years. We traveled up Highway 5 which was always one of the most boring highways in the world. Only now, both sides of the road are planted with pistachio trees - for miles - as far as you can see. I remember they were just trying to plant pistachio trees years ago to see if they could capture the world market and it looks like they have been successful. There are other orchards too, mostly citrus, and some vineyards. There also did not used to be many restaurants or gas stations along Highway 5 and now, there are hundreds with large complexes built at several of the interchanges and there are even several new RV parks along the way. There are also huge housing tracts in what used to be little towns like Dos Palos.

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We drove most of the day under the smog/fog and it was grey and cold. As we got closer to the Stockton area, we could see some blue sky and clouds and the wind kicked up quite a bit, causing more stress on our Wagon Master.

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We turned off Highway 5 at Stockton and took Highway 4 which winds along the Delta, but it is a narrow and roller coaster type road with extremely sharp turns and one lane bridges. Our Navigator was definitely challenged and by the time we reached our destination, he was exhausted. Even the kitties both came out and complained loudly when we finally stopped for the day. It was a long day for all of us.

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For at least the next week, we will be staying at the Sugar Barge RV Park in Bethel Island. Our friends, Sue and Manuel, own a mobilehome just about a mile from the park. It is a pretty park that seems secure. We didn't get a chance to check it out too much yet since we spent most of the afternoon and evening visiting and eating dinner with Sue and Manuel. Sue had fixed a wonderful dinner with pork roast and all the trimmings. It is great to see our good friends once again and we look forward to a week of visiting.

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I just wish the darn weather guessers would have better news for next week so that we could plan more trips and visits to other family and friends. We will keep our fingers and toes crossed for good weather.



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