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Apr 1, 2019 - Heading for home....

It was warm this morning in Yuma, So shorts and tank tops are the apparel for the day. It is supposed to be 85 today. It is kind of hazy out..not bright sunshine, but that makes for a cooler travel day. No wind is forecasted either, so that's good also. We got underway at 0900 and headed down Foothills blvd. to the freeway. And as we merged onto 8E it promptly went down to one lane. Road construction! Poop! We should have taken the North Frontage road instead. That slowdown cost us at least 20 minutes and they were spraying some kind of oil...

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Jan 21, 2019 - Bakersfield, CA - Orange Grove RV Park

We continue down I-5 to Sacramento where we take CA Hwy 99 south to Orange Grove RV Park, Bakersfield, CA. The draw of this campground has always been camping sites nestled among the orange trees and the park encourages you to pick the oranges. This year they wanted us to take all we could as the oranges were very small and were not able to be processed to sell. Bakersfield received its name from Thomas Baker, a lawyer and former colonel in the militia of Ohio, his home state. The gold rush brought Baker to the area. He moved to the banks...

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Winter2019

Jan 12, 2019 - Nashville West

Greetings from Bakersfield, California or as some call it there because of its strong ties to country music, Nashville West. Bakersfield is a significant hub for both agriculture and oil production. We left Pismo Beach after 6 wonderful days visiting friends and decided to take a more scenic route along Highway 46. We stopped at our favorite winery, Tobin James, in Paso Robles where we sampled and purchased some of their amazing red wines and picked up new campfire blankets (those of you who have enjoyed a campfire with us were always...

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Jan 12, 2019 - Oranges and Parakeets

Tonight we camped in Bakersfield California at The Orange Grove RV Park. Oranges right outside our doorway, literally. Ripe for the picking too. So sweet! We ran into town today. I needed to stop at a quilt shop (to see if I needed anything), and we went to Beale Park to see the Rosy-ringed parakeets that live there. It is always so weird to see Parrots and Parakeets living in the wild. We loaded up with paper plates so we don’t have to wash dishes for the next couple of weeks (boon docking in the desert, saving water). We made a quick...

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Kidds-OnTheRoad 2019

Nov 23, 2018 - To Bakersfield

This morning we enjoyed a nice complimentary breakfast at the Best Western in Palm Springs. Lisa and Bob drove us to pick up our car at Enterprise Rental. They were very nice to deal with and upgraded us to a Toyota Camry. Our 4 hr drive to Bakersfield was uneventful other than a few backups on the major interstates. We picked a route that would take us north a bit and avoid LA as best we could. Our goal is to avoid any rush hour traffic so we plan to head out by 10:00am and be off the road by 3:00pm. We are now resting in our room and I...

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Our 5 week adventure

Nov 9, 2018 - Sacramento to Bakersfield.

Another relaxing drive to Bakersfield, CA. Once we passed thru the busy highway traffic of Sacramento, it was a very slow relaxing drive into the River Run RV Park. We had a very quiet evening, long walk thru the park ending with another great Grammie Jo meal. We must say the Rest Areas of the U.S. are very well situated (easy in easy off the highways) and they've made them very inviting for holidayers. Had an early evening, quiet dinner and rested for our trip to 29 Palms tomorrow morning...thru the High Desert area of the Mojave Desert....

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Oct 20, 2018 - Bakersfield Saturday

Just a short note that we are headed east to Boulder City, Nevada tomorrow for a couple of days. I had an awesome dinner at the campground restaurant last night. It was a wonderful prime rib (Bill dutifully ate salad). I haven’t indulged like that in ages, and it sure hit the spot! Bill’s been getting the rig ready for the next leg of the journey. I cleaned and mopped yesterday, so today was spent getting groceries and baking my Busy Day Dump Cake (Martha’s recipe). Mo’s been snoozing most of the day, and I also fell asleep for a little...

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Oct 19, 2018 - Bakersfield Friday

Once we started looking at the logistics of a day trip to the desert, we found that it was going to be too long a drive each way to be worth it. So, we are just staying put for our last couple of days here. Bill is outside working on a few projects, and I’m inside cleaning and reading. Every day we’ve been in California so far has been sunny. Today is in the mid-80’s, so I’ve got the air conditioning on. We’re probably leaving Sunday morning, but I won’t know until sometime tomorrow where we’re headed to next. Tonight, we are going to eat...

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Oct 17, 2018 - Bakersfield Wednesday

This was one of those days from hell that are the reason we have completely lazy days when we’re parked. We exited the Lodi campground early this morning and fueled up at the nearby Flying J truck stop. We got back on the local road and got into the right lane to enter I-5 southbound. Except the highway department decided to close that entrance ramp for road work. We saw a small sign showing the detour was I-5 northbound, but no one in that lane would let us in to take it. There weren’t any other options, so we decided to do a U-turn on the...

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Aug 18, 2018 - Orangegrove RV Park

At the Rest Stop just north of Pixley, CA, Muffy stepped on a Bee. After contacting our Vet. we continued on to Pixley where we purchased a bottle of Liquid Benadryl and gave Muffy the prescribed dosage. We then continued to Bakersfield and a Banfield Pet Hospital. After receiving assurances that Muffy would be OK we continued on to the RV Park. Our intentions here was 1 night but decided to make it 2 nights. Muffy went to emergency second day (Blood in Urine). She will be staying the night. We will be heading home in the morning after we...

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Jul 28, 2018 - California, Part 1

It has been a little more than two weeks since we left home and we finally made it to California. But it was a chore. Right across the state line from Nevada there was a truck fire and recover crews were removing the charred remains. The three-lane highway, which narrowed to two lanes a mile before the state line, was down to one lane. The five-mile backup took us almost an hour to get through. Welcome to California. Out of Las Vegas, I-15 crosses the Mojave Desert. While the land is barren, there is a beauty to the desert. All is not...

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Southwest trek

May 2, 2018 - Bakersfield

We left Desert Hot Springs early Monday morning in hopes of avoiding the strong winds that plagued the area for days, and caused us to stay 2 more days at Sam's than we planned. We headed west on I-10 and still got battered by wind as we headed through a pass - it was about 20 miles of hanging on and hoping that Mo would remain upright and that the bikes and kayaks would stay mounted to the front and roof of BAT. Our destination was Bakersfield California. To get there, we had to skirt Los Angeles on I-210 and cross over some pretty serious...

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2018 Life in our RV

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