Pretty Damn Nice! travel blog


We were hoping for a longer visit with my brother and his family, but unfortunately, things didn't turn out like we had hoped. We were only able to visit with them early this morning, at breakfast time, for a couple of hours. But sometimes you just have to make do with what you got, and we enjoyed the time we had together. Leaving family and friends behind is always the hardest part of our lifestyle, but we always enjoy the greetings and hugs when we see them, while they last.

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Since we had a short travel day today, we did not need to leave at the crack

o' dawn and I was able to convince our Captain to just breathe easy and relax while we visited. He was chomping at the bit to get going however by the time we got back to the rig around 9:30.

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We headed north on Highway 99 towards my old stomping ground, Fresno. The highway is mostly improved with just a few remaining potholes every so often to bring out the cuss words. And of course, the California drivers brought out even more cuss words as once again we were dodging cars as they entered the highway. What the heck is wrong with these people!!! They are going about 45 mph when they hit the highway and then they realize that there is a motorhome towing a car right beside them and they have nowhere to go and neither do we!!!

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We made it to Fresno and took Highway 41 heading east towards Yosemite. When I lived in this area, there was no freeway here, just a small two land road that led out into the foothills. So much has changed. We were able to see the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range more clearly and there is no snow up there, just bare granite rock.

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As we continued out into the country, we lost the freeway and the road became the more familiar two lane highway that I remember. But the traffic going the other way was bumper to bumper. Where the heck are all these people going or coming from? Most cars only had one person in them so they most likely were not on vacation, although the kids here are out of school this week. It was very puzzling.

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For the next five nights, we are staying just outside of the tiny community of Coarsegold, CA, at an Escapee's RV Park. This is one of their Co-Op parks where there are many permanent members who own their site. Since we are members, we get to stay for $20 per night, which includes full hookups and cable tv. We have a beautiful site under oak trees next to a creek at the back edge of the property. It is very quiet with only the sounds of many different birds. Rocky has already checked out the neighborhood squirrel.

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The park is located above the smog line in the Valley below so the air is fresh and clean and it is about ten degrees cooler here which makes the breeze feel really nice. But the biggest and best change is that we are out of that awful foul smell. Our eyes were really burning this morning as it was very windy and dusty. It is a great relief to be out of that stuff.

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We are excited to get to go to Yosemite this year. We have planned to go before but it never worked out.



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