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Camerons Inn, Half Moon Bay

Driving up the Coastal route 1

We were now on our last leg of our fabulous journey, we may have had a few trials and tribulations but we were ready to be on our way.  We decided thet we would stop after just 40 mins into our journey so that we could all fill up with gas in the car and diesel in the truck.  There was an easy on off truck stop just 40 mins from the KOA Site at Santa Cruz.  It was very easy to fill up and we all picked up a sandwich to keep us going the rest of the day.

Camerons Inn – Half Moon Bay

 

It only took us 1 and a 1/2 hours to get to Half Moon Bay.  There was some road works which stopped traffic for a while but overall the trip was a really good one, a little windey perhaps but not too much.  As soon as we arrived at Camerons Inn we could see that we were at the right place without a doubt as there was a big red bus parked just outside.

Camerons Inn

Camerons Inn Half Moon Bay

We followed the road down to the RV Park where we were to book in and the lady that greeted us was their Manager Lisa.  I don’t think I have ever met anyone so bubbly and willing to help.  Lisa gave us our plot number and guided us where we needed to go, she even guided Peter how to back into his spot and just said for him to take his time.  There was so much space and was a great spot to have Peter practice reversing into a spot to park.  He did a grand job and we were in our spot in no time.  Lisa obviously understood that it is a stressful time parking and said that we could pop in the next day to do all the paperwork necessary.

Camerons Inn

Camerons Inn

 

It was 3 to 4 months ago that I got our name down to park on this site and we were so grateful that Lisa had helped us get onto the queue which at the time of asking was very long.  Lisa worked diligently to help us obtain a spot.  We had tried all other parks in the area and found nothing available not even over by Redwood City where Peter will be working.

 

After we got settled in of course we had to go over to the pub to have a drink and something to eat.  Susie and Peter tried their fish n chips and I had the pastie and chips.  Peter had a nice pint of beer, I had lager and Susie had wine.  We were in our element and enjoyed every mouthful it was fabulous.  On our way back to the RV I counted the steps it took to walk to the Pub.  It was so far it took 50 steps ha ha!  They have karaoke on the weekend and I think we will be frequenting the pub on some of the weekends.  The pub seems to have a lot of things going on as well.  We are hoping there is something good going on the 4th July.

Camerons Inn

The Pub

 

We all decided when we got back to the RV that we should really go and walk off our food so we decided we would go for a stroll.  Litterally just a mile out of the site and to the left was the ocean.  We walked over to the cliffs and the view was spectacular.  We can’t quiet believe that this is on our back doorstep.

 

Camerons Inn

The Beach at Half Moon Bay

 

The staff in Camerons Inn have been amazing and the best thing ever is that they have a shop in there that sells english food.  We purchased bacon, crumpets, maltesers and dark chocolate hobnobs just to keep us going.  Susie was tired on saturday but Peter and I were excited to be here and went over to the pub to have a drink and socialise, we met some fabulous people that also live on the RV Park and we had a great night.  I think we are going to like it here.

 

Camerons Inn

Just a taste of home

 

 

Santa Cruz KOA Park

Travelling further North

We travelled to Santa Cruz leaving the park at Pismo behind us.  We had got over our little mishap and Peter got back into the truck and pulled the fifth wheel again.  We had arranged that we would stop for gas at a truck stop which was only 40 minutes away that looked as though it would be nice and big and easy to drive through to get gas.  It was so we were grateful for that.  It was then another 2 + hours to Santa Cruz.

 

We arrived at our destination following our last stop at Santa Cruz where we stayed at a KOA Park.  The staff were very courteous and very quick at getting us booked in.  We were now a day late with our booking but they still made sure that we had a great drive through spot, I could have kissed her we were so grateful and it was really easy to park there.  The journey was about 3 hours and Peter did really well with his driving.  Setting up was really easy and we had a great spot.

 

Santa Cruz Koa

Santa Cruz Koa had a brilliant shop with anything you could ever possibly need for your RV or camping needs, a great pool and jacuzzi and bike hires for kids and adults.  There were though, so many kids in this park that they were running riot.  We were driving 5 miles per hour and a kid went on a low down wheeley bike right in front of us without even looking.  Great park for families but way to many kids for us.  We didnt even want to hit the pool or jacuzzi as there were kids in both.  Personally I think at the least the Jacuzzi should be for the adults.

 

While we were in Santa Cruz we popped out to a restaurant at Crows Nest restaurant at the harbor and had a lovely meal which was to die.  We would go as far to say that it was the best meal we had all week. The view was great as well looking through the windows watching boats go by and watching sea lions in the sea.  Great night out.

Yum Yum

Santa Cruz

Joyce’s Steak Dinner

Santa Cruz

Susie’s Pasta Sea Food Dinner

Santa Cruz

Peter’s Lamb Dinner

 

We went to bed as soon as we got in as we were so tired from the journey that day.  The next morning we packed up ready to hit the road for the last leg in our journey to Half Moon Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

Avila Beach here we come

Bright Start to the Day

Heading off to Avila Beach with our fifth wheel.

Avila Beach

Avila beach

The day started of great with getting a phone call from the Truck Repair Shop at 10.30 in the morning saying that our truck was ready for pick up.  We never made it to our site yesterday as it wasn’t ready, we had to stay for another night at Santa Paula.  this was our 3rd consecutive night when our intention was to only stay one night.  We had to cancel our next site at Buellton and move forward the next 3 campsites.  the next one was Avila Beach.  It was very stressful and upsetting.  I soon found out though that it was very easy to do and the Campsite were very accommodating.

We got the truck back and together with Peter, Susie and I we got the fifth wheel hooked up and we found this really easy to do.  Following the list of checks that we had to do so that everything was done in the order it was supposed to.

 

  1. Pull in slide outs after checks done inside
  2. Tail gate on truck down
  3. Earphones for Peter so he could hear our instructions
  4. Spanner needed for undoing wheel chock
  5. Pull up back legs
  6. Measure distance from height of fifth wheel to the hitch
  7. Raise or Lower to accommodate
  8. Back into slot and slot in to fifth wheel hitch
  9. put in Pin for safety
  10. take weight onto truck by lowering fifth wheel
  11. put up tail gate
  12. take up front legs
  13. Take off wheel chock using spanner
  14. Hook up electrics
  15. Check electrics all working

Peter started to drive out of the site and we followed, once we got onto the freeway we went past him and carried on to our site in Pismo/Avila beach Koa and it was to take us 3 hours.  Peter stopped for a little break and was only 20 mins behind us and was doing great.

We arrived at the Pismo/ Avila Beach Koa site and Micki signed us in she could not have been nicer to us she was wonderful.  Even though we were now a day late she still got us a good site to go into but this time it was going to be a back in as we had now lost our pull through.

Peter arrive on site at Pismo/Avila beach Koa yeah! he had done a grand job driving and all was in one piece.  Susie got into the truck with him and he followed our guide to our plot, turning one of the corners he caught a post on the right side which ripped into one of our panels on the side and also the steps got damaged.  Could anything else happen on our journey,  Oh well as long as we are all ok and it looks like the damage will just be one panel to be replaced.  a resident guy on the guy offered up to park it into the site for us and I think Peter was really grateful at this point and it shook him up a little.  Poor Peter he had done so well today and with a little lack of concentration right at the end just took the corner to short.

(looks a bit like a shark!!)

 

Avila beach

Collision Damage

After we got all hooked up we went for a drive up to Avila beach and had something to eat and afterwards could not believe our eyes when we saw whales literally jumping out of the water right in front of us. Just fabulous and made our day.

Avila Beach

Avila Beach Pier

We will get the rig fixed now when we get to Half Moon Bay.  He is a little nervous now to get the RV out of here in the morning as we set out for the site in Santa Cruz.

 

Lucky the Triple AAA driver

Santa Paula Koa Site

On our epic road trip up the west coast to San Francisco. Santa Paula was to be our next stop.  It was so easy to get ready In the morning all the usual checks were done before we pulled away.  peter now drove on his own and Susie and I followed the RV out of the site Peters driving was brilliant.  I love him so much and could not have been prouder following him driving behind the fifth wheel.  As we pulled up to the freeway we overtook Peter and then we headed to Santa Paula to meet him there, get booked in and be ready on his arrival.  Our next site was to be a back in site as there were no pull throughs available on line.

Upon our arrival at Santa Paula the receptionist Jennifer was amazing, I asked for an upgrade to a pull through if they had one available and yeah! they did.  I was so grateful as it would be so much easier for Peter.

Lucky the AAA driver

Lucky

Lucky

Lucky

Triple AAA

After about 10 minutes after our arrival on site we received a phone call that Peter had broken down and had no power whatsoever.  Peter said he was driving down hill on the 210 and lost all power it really frightened him, he eventually slowed down to 10 miles an hour in a construction zone with no shoulder, what an experience for Peter, it really was unfortunate, Peter then pulled over to the side of the freeway and called the Triple AAA of which we are thankfully members.  The triple AAA guy came, his name was Lucky although Peter wasnt feeling so lucky at this time.  Lucky the driver thought that maybe a hose had come loose and is why he had lost all power.  Lucky uncoupled the driveshaft, hooked up the truck and he pulled the truck with the fifth wheel and took Peter to the site at Santa Paula which at this time was an hour away.

When they arrived luckily we had quite a large pull through site so it was easy for Lucky to unload the RV.  He then towed our truck to the Chevrolet garage which was 8 miles away.  The Towing for the truck was only covered for 9 miles so we had to pay $350 for the towing.  I think we need to upgrate our triple AAA to better coverage.   On the way to the garage Peters driveshaft came loose from under the truck and flew off down the road,  Lucky went off down the road to find it.  He was the most kindest and thoughtful person, he had such a lovely temprement and made thigs so much easier.  We fell in love with him and felt like we had made a new friend.  He found it and then continued to take the truck to the garage.  Looks like its not going to just be the hose after all.  Well it was a sunday so the sales department is all that was open and the guy at the garage had said that they would look at our truck first thing the next morning.  After a few calls to and fro we will be paying $1,600 for the repairs to be made.  It is 2.20pm now the next day and we are still waiting to hear when the truck will be repaired.

The KOA site we were staying at for just one night were really amazing , Jennifer and Chelsea have helped get us another site as the one we were on had someone else arriving onto.  They moved us into a back-in site and one of the guys who works for them moved our RV into a new spot.  We spoke to them again today and they will charge us a halp day today if we stay till 5 oclock.  It looks like we may be off at 5 and head off to the next site which will be a KOA at Pismo.  We were going to go to Beullton at Flying Flags but we had to cancel and will just go the next site instead and do a 3 hour trip instead and hopefully get there for 8 pm tonight which will put us back on track.  If it is not repaired today then we will have to stay another night and move our 3 next destinations forward by 1 day.  I really hope I dont have to do that and we are banking on the fact that the truck can get repaired by today.  We are praying really hard and hopefully having lucky pick us up yesterday maybe he was our good penny.

The good side of all this is that the site at Santa Paula is beautiful and the weather is astounding.  We had a nice barbecue last night with drinks all around ready for future challenges that we face.

Please wish us luck to get there safely tonight.

Journey to San Francisco

Lake Elsinore

 

Journey

Lake Elsinore

 

The Journey Begins first stop Pamona Koa site.

Well Peter, Susie my friend who is visiting from England and I arrived last night from The Glendale apartment.  We handed it over in pristine condition after getting up really early to make sure everything was hunky dory.  We arrived back in Lake Elsinore and tried to pTut all our clothes and things away with no room for all the stuff we had accumulated in our short time in Glendale.

The RV looked so messy with everything everywhere.  We decided we would all go to bed early and get up and finish in the morning, we were all so tired.

With a nice fresh start in the morning we soon had a place for everything and it was time for Peter and Robert Bair who had kindly offered to help us get off from the site and help get the truck hooked up to the RV.

We were not in a good spot to get out of and with it beings Peters first time to pull the RV we were really grateful of Roberts help.  It took an hour to finally pull out.  The tailgate had to be taken off to maneuver the RV it was very difficult.  Finally Peter and Susie’s journey to Pamona which is our first stop is about to begin.  I drove on ahead to get book in ready for our site the other end.

My car and had 2 bikes strapped to the back on a bike rack and as I was driving I could hear something hitting the back it didn’t feel right.  I stopped and sure enough to it had come unhooked it was still safe but annoying I had to stop twice to fix it .  I arrived at the site and waited for them to arrive. I found out that I could book in as I need both the RV Registration number and also the truck Registration.  Oh we’ll never mind I just waited for them to arrive.

The Koa site we were staying at had a small pool and jacuzzi and with the heat being nearly 100 degrees I think we were going to be in that in just a little while.  It was a nice small site and I think perfect for this journey.

My phone rang with Susie saying they were going to be another half hour or so as the traffic pushed them onto the 91 so they were now going the wrong way.  The traffic didn’t let them in to get into the lane they needed.  Poor Peter it would now be a little longer he needed to drive as it added 30 minutes to their journey.

Well they arrived in one piece yay! peter has driven the fifth wheel for the first time .  Good for him, now getting the Rv parked on to the pull through was another challenge as there was a tree obstructing.  Nothing easy for us.  With Peters brilliant maneuvering we managing to get in between where the tree was so that the slides could be pulled out safely.  yeah! We were in for the night. A big pat on the back for Peter and drinks all around.

Identity Theft – Fifth Wheel Living

Protect yourselves against Identity Theft

During my time in the Army a long time ago one of my jobs were to help protect Secret, Nato Secret and Top Secret Documents.  I was taught all the ways of how to protect these precious documents.  Once they were no longer needed they were then discarded.  One of the most common ways was shredding.  This was in the late 70s and it was the cold war during this time and documents of this nature had to be protected at all times.

I see Identity Theft as being the same thing, just a different type of war against crime though this time. Protecting My identity and all My documents at all cost.

As you all know the Federal Government in America has recently offered Identity Theft Insurance to millions of its workers due to a breach in security very recently.  If this can happen to the government then it can happen to you.  There isn’t anyone in the world who shouldn’t be protecting themselves from Identity theft against these types of breach.  Having no kind of protection from identity theft is like leaving your front door open to your house and saying “Come In”

There are different ways the criminals try to use your identity,

Medical Insurance Identity Theft

Social Security Identity Theft

Credit Card  Identity Theft.

You can protect yourselves in so many ways.

10 ways to protect yourself from Identity Theft

  1. Shredder – Never put your paper trash with any of your personal details into the bin.  Always shred your paper work before placing it into the bin and not just that but put your paper into separate bins so that the paper can never be put back together.
  2. Burn  – your paperwork – make sure it is safe to do so you do not want to start a fire.  Especially here in California.
  3. Passwords – Use these on the computer for any banks or anything personal using codes that no one can break.  Never use personal family names or anything anyone can easily relate to you and use numbers symbols and letters to make them stronger.
  4. Cell phone – Always have a password on your cell phone in case someone steals your phone.
  5. Mail – Pick up your mail often, do not leave it for long lengths of time.  If you are going to be away have your mail redirected.
  6. Social Security Number, Green Card or Passport –  Never carry this with you keep it in a safe at home
  7. Telephone Information – Never give out personal details over the phone unless you really know who they are and that you are expecting their call.  Never give out information to any stranger whatsoever.
  8. Do Not call List – Put yourself on the do not call register and un-subscribe regularly to emails you do not want to receive.  Call# 1-888-382-122 or on line at www.donotcall.gov
  9. NEVER, Leave personal details in your car and always lock your car.
  10. Protect yourself by having a company look after your Identity.  Have a company help protect you against identity theft and don’t try to do it alone.

I use Legal Shield, for instance if someone steals my purse, I make one phone call and they cancel all my cards for me.  Such a great service and gives fabulous peace of mind.  If someone has used my cards or stolen my identity in any way then they fix it for me. As far as I know no other company offers this service.

There is further information in the Link Below”

Legal Shield

Identity Theft

Legal Shield

Los Angeles – Our Top Ten favourite places

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Skyline

Los Angeles Tourist  Click this link

Since living in Los Angeles we have visited so many places both tourist destinations and places that tourists never get to hear about.  We would like to share our top ten places with.

  1. Universal Studios in Los Angeles, we have been here so many times and is absolutely on of our favourite places.
  2. City Walk we have been to  just to enjoy the shops and also to watch the morning show right there on the side-walk outside of the studio.  So much fun.
  3. Joes American Bar and Grill, Burbank.  We have been here on so many nights and was a great place for us to Dance, mainly swing dancing.  Life bands, great food and quite a few people dress for the 50s occasion especially on a Tuesday evening.  Tuesdays was swing, Wednesdays salsa.  If you like to dance or just watch people dancing then this is the place to go.  We danced all night every time we went.
  4. Micelis Restaurant Italian Bar – If you like italian food then you need to go here.  Your waiters and waitresses sing to you while you eat and if makes the evening so special.
  5. Museum of Tolerance  in Los Angeles, this is a museum about the holocaust and it is really amazing .  The stories they tell really do teach you what went on during this time and really brings it home to you.  Very special place to visit.
  6. Griffith Observatory and  park – we came here on many occasions to just walk and to go geo caching and also just to go to the observatory and watch the show,  Fabulous place to visit.
  7. Hollywood, You can’t come to La and not go to hollywood but don’t be surprised if it is a little disappointing.  I actually really enjoy going there as I like the buzz, they are working on the area so I think in the future it will be much better.
  8. Milts Milkshakes Milkshakes to die for.   In and Out Burger you just have to have one of these burgers and don’t forget to ask for animal fries.  Only locals know to ask for them.
  9. The Castaway restaurant This restaurant is on a golf course, the views from the restaurant are spectacular as it is high up on the hill in Burbank.
  10. Great shopping centers – The Americana at Brand,  I love coming here it is so relaxing and so lovely to go for something to eat or just a coffee or ice cream and watch the beautiful water fountains sat outside listening to music playing.  Thursdays in June they have music on the green. such a fabulous place to visit. Burbank Town Center Great Shopping here with fabulous prices for everyone,  So many places to eat and shop.

There were so many other places we visited but these were definately our top ten.

Travel Nurse – across America

Meeting our Travel Nurse Representative

We are so lucky that Peter is a travel nurse with such a great company Emerald Health Services.  They really look after us, the money is good and the benefits are great.

Stephanie Dion is Peters travel nurse co-ordinator and invited us out to lunch, yeah! we were really excited to meet her.

We went on our way to Marina-del-rey to meet Stephanie for the very first time.  We have both spoken to her on the phone many times, mostly, when we are relocating looking for a new post.  Quite often we would have the phone on loud-speaker so we could both hear.

Stephanie has spent hours with us while we said yeah or nay to ideas and travel nurse posts that were available to us to move to.  We would have the map open on the computer and give her an idea of where we wanted to go.  Stephanie would then start to go through hospitals that have jobs available for on a 13 or 26 week contract. It didn’t matter how long this took, we never felt rushed and always felt that we were the only people in the world on her books.  We obviously are not, she has to look after so many others but we felt she always had time for us.

Over the time we have spent on the phone we got to know her really well, we had just never met.  Peter and I do everything together and it was nice that she involved me in the process as well every step of the way.  We are a team and she treated us as such.

We were going to be meeting in an Italian restaurant in Marina-del-rey called C&O Cucina, and we were looking forward to meeting Stephanie for the very first time.  We were finally going to meet her in person.

The trip from Glendale to Marina Del Rey was only about half an hour.  We decided to take the local roads using Waze as navigation and not the freeways so we could pick up flowers on the way, this would take and hour but would be a nice drive through.

We decided that we would buy her some flowers for all of her support finding us great new travel nurse posts.  We stopped off at two other stores for flowers before we found the one that we liked.  We couldn’t believe that we found roses that were of multiple colors and had never seen anything like that anywhere. See the pictures below I’m sure you will agree.

The flower basket was the talk of the restaurant when we arrived  the servers absolutely loved them and the multi colored roses were the talk of the day.

Travel Nurse

Muliti colored Rose

Travel Nurse

Flowers

Lunch with Stephanie Dion

Travel Nurse

Travel Nurse co-ordinator

Wow! Stephanie was everything we thought she would be and even lovelier in person. It was finally great to meet her and we look forward to many more new contracts with Emerald Health in the future and look forward to travelling around California seeing new places.

The food at the restaurant was to die for their garlic bread rolls were amazing and we couldn’t stop eating them.  I don’t normally eat wheat but made an exception on this occasion as they were so nice.  Peter had Salmon and I had chicken, and Stephanie had fish.  Such a nice lunch.

Our next stop is San Francisco and we leave next week on our travels.  We are really excited to go to our new destination.

Thank you Stephanie for lunch and everything you do.

 

Cost of living comparison

Cost of Living

cost of living comparison

Montana Mountaineer 362 RLQ 2012

 cost of living comparison

Our home we sold

When Peter and I first started thinking about living in a Fifth Wheel, we wanted to know how much the cost of living would be compared to living in a house.  We thought it would be helpful for you to see a comparison of living in a fifth wheel to living in a house or apartment. The reason we gave up our home was for health reasons and not the cost of living.  It turned out to be the best decision that we ever made. The lower cost of living and the wonderful fun lifestyle really outweighed our beautiful home with a pool.  We loved our house and if we were to pick another house it would be the same type,  once our front door was closed though it could be a lonely lifestyle. We much prefer living in an RV.

Here is our cost of living comparison

The first costs I will portray is our fifth wheel costs living in Buellton, CA.  Buellton is a very safe salubrious area and right next to Solvang which is a beautiful Danish Town, in California.  To buy a house in this area you would at least need $700,000 upwards to even buy a decent home.  You could purchase a mobile home if you were over 55 for around $100,000 to $300,000, you would also then have costs to pay for your spot as well which are expensive.  It is a very sought after and expensive area to live in.

We lived here for 2 and half years living in our fifth wheel and enjoyed every minute.  On our site we had pool, jacuzzi, shop, showers, meeting rooms, gym, meeting place with a beautiful gas fire pit and many other amenities. Flying Flags RV Park is even being upgraded with a massive larger pool as well as we speak.

Video of Aunty Doreen & Christy on Solvang

My Aunt and Uncle actually living in Australia now and came to visit us in America, they absolutely loved there time here and did not want to leave.  Watch the video of them explaining about them visiting Solvang. It will make you smile.  They are so sweet.

To See Video Click Here

 

Cost of living comparison in a fifth wheel on an RV site

(The monthly bills outlined are during the winter period.)

During the winter we needed propane gas-filled every week.

Monthly

1. Rent $700.00
2. Electric average $46.00
3. Verizon phones and Internet  –  Although the site had internet we also had our own $384.00
4. Gas $100.00
5. Washing/Laundry $ 40.00
6. Truck $120.00
7. RV Ins $64.00
8. Car, Truck, RV Tax Monthly $99.00
9. Car Loan $470.00
10. Cable/Internet Free
 11. RV Loan  $500
                                                                  Total $2,453.00


Cost of living in a house

1. Mortgage $1,700.00
2. AT&T Cable $204.00
3. ADT Home security $76.00
4. Verizon Phones $200.00
5. Gas $85.00
6. Electric $215.00
7. Pest Control $70.00
8. Gardener $65.00
9. Water/trash/sewerage $43.00
10. Car ins $104.00
11. Tuck loan $550.00
12. RV loan $500.00
                                                                     Total $3812.00

As you can see the living costs are much cheaper and this would give you enough to put money away so that when the time came to upgrade that you could afford to do so to a new home around every five years or so.

If you are in a good position to be able to buy your RV and Truck outright in the beginning then your costs are going to be lower. This would be a great idea but not everyone has to pennies to go down this route.  Ideally that’s what we would have liked to have done.   We have a goal to be completely debt free and own not one but two RVs in the future outright.  We would like to have one for here in America and one for England for when we retire so we can travel both in america and England.

These costs do not include normal day-to-day expenses such as food, hair, clothing and entertainment etc. These are personal preferences and everyone spends a different amount depending on your particular lifestyle.

The other preferences are that you can live more frugally on other sites.  The one we are on at the moment is only $500 per month.  I have come across sites that are only $200/$300 per month, however, there are typically less amenities on these sites.

The next site that we are going to be on is going to cost $1500 for the month, again, it is in a very nice area in San Francisco at Half Moon Bay.  It is necessary for us to move there as Peter will be working nearby. Apartment costs in that area are over $2000 – $3000/month just for a small apartment.  House prices in this area are astronomical.

We hope this has inspired you to maybe think about a different way of lifestyle without losing any of your comforts of home.

RV lifestyle can be for anyone

Living the RV lifestyle

We just had another great weekend in our fifth wheel in Lake Elsinore.  Only 2 weeks left in Glendale and we will be back too living the RV lifestyle full time again this last 3 months has been hard.  We have both missed it so much.  We have been staying temporarily living in an apartment in Glendale due to Peter’s work.  It is like living in a cave, the blinds are closed most of the time to keep out the sun and keep it cool and also the windows can be seen into by anyone passing so privacy can be an issue.  In an RV the Windows are darkened so we can see out but you can’t see in so all the blinds can be opened.  Except at night when the light is on!

I took a picture of Fred this weekend you will always see him parked by our RV and he has travelled with us since we started out in our RV in 2012.  I went along with some friends to color me mine in 2011 and I painted Fred.  He is very special to us and always reminds us of those fabulous friends we left back in Bakersfield.  Fred told me he likes the RV lifestyle too!

RV Lifestyle

Fred

We went to see the film San Andreas this weekend and after doing my blog about being prepared for an earthquake seemed a waste of time for a 10 point earthquake and was really scary to see. At least living the RV lifestyle my home wont fall down  (I hope).   Of course you should still be prepared but a 10 point was amazing to see what could happen especially with us moving to San Francisco in 2 weeks.  Although one of the fault lines runs right next to Lake Elsinore and there is a 98% chance of an earthquake.  All very scary!  I thought it was really funny that they talked and showed about people in Bakersfield which is where we lived for 2.6 years.  Made us laugh.

Before we went in to the cinema we were looking for something to eat and noticed a cafe right opposite.  The Cafe was called Annie’s Cafe.   We we went in and the lady that showed us to our see was English and spoke to us about England and such.  When we sat down we started noticing that everything in there was English.  The tea she offered us was English and it made our day.  We were half way through our breakfast when the waitresses including the lady who showed us to our seat started to dance to a tune and it really took us by surprise it was 11 in the morning.  It really made us smile, the lady, as I found out later, was Annie.  Annie encouraged some children to get up to dance and they did the chicken dance right there in front of everyone and danced around the tables.  I had an overwhelming homesick feel as I used to dance this on numerous occasions with my sister and Dad.  I put down my knife and fork and joined in with the actions and we were having a whale of a time.

A waitress came over to us and from behind her back she gave us some silly hats to wear announcing that this was our first time at Annie’s and they danced for us again. Peter definitely got the better hat ha ha!

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Silly Hat

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Silly Hat

We will be going back there in 2 weeks before we head off for San Francisco.  We couldn’t believe that this cafe was a mile up the road from us and that we had never noticed it before.  Gutted! we would have been there every week.  We found out after the effect that had we asked we would have got real english bacon and proper sausages.  The waitress had a hand slapping for not telling us in advance.  No worries thogh we will be back for that.  Great time we had for our breakfast and it made our day!

RV Lifestyle and Scooters

When we got back to our RV we were talking to one of our neighbours Robert Bair, he will be helping us get our fifth wheel off our spot and help Peter get hooked up and ready to go.  There is always someone to help on RV Parks and people are so generous and is what I love about our RV Lifestyle.

Robert was just passing by on his scooter as he had gone to pick up his post.  We were talking about his scooter and how fabulous it was and he then explained that he is a distributor for them.  Robert was telling me that the RV Lifestyle was all they wanted to do and that he was on his third RV.  His scooter helps him get about more when he is on his site.  He was saying how these scooters can go out onto the roads and that it was legal, some being 2/3 whelers and some with double seats and that he could even pop up the shops if he wanted to, many RVers have golf carts and you just are not allowed to  do that in a golf cart.  I think that they are a great idea.

I promised I would give him a spot in my blog about his scooters so I have some pictures for you to see. He does have a sale on at the moment so though I would share.

If you are interested in any of these scooters that can help you with your RV lifestyle then please call:

Robert Bair on 909 542 5343 or email him at:

bosscooters.yahoo.com

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Freedom Z Scooters

 

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Boss scooters

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Boss scooters

The RV lifestyle is fabulous and having the scooters to get around can make it even better.  You can even go and collect mail or pop to the shops to collect some groceries.  So If you are disabled, or elderly and find it difficult to walk too far then contact Robert he can help you.

Scooter Regulations

In 2001 Congress passed Public Law 319-107 defining an electric bicycle/tricycle as a “bicycle” and subject to the same rules and regulations as a pedal type bike.  An electric bike is defined as a 2 or 3 wheel device under 750 watt and may NOT have the capability of speed OVER 20 MPH, with a combination electric and human power.  Each state has its’ own regulations for safety and licensing, however the same rules that apply to bicycles should apply to electric bicycles, since local or state laws may not override federal law.

Mobility Scooters:

  1. May be operated in stores on sidewalks in bike lanes, streets and crosswalks by any persons over 62.  No license required.
  2. May be operated by mobility-impaired individuals of any age.  Again, no license required

Electric Bikes (Mopeds) Two or Three-Wheeled:

  1. Two and three-wheeled scooters may be operated by anyone over the age of 16.  No license required.
  2. May be operated on the streets and bike lanes with a bicycle helmet.

The RV Lifestyle in America

I cannot believe the opportunities that are open to us with our RV lifestyle in America, there are so many things to do and see, learn and travel I just love it.  I pick up my friend Suzie at the Airport in just 9 days now and it won’t be the first time she has visited us and stayed with us in our RV but this time I think she will get an even better view of the RV lifestyle as we will be picking up the Fifth Wheel everyday and travelling to a different site every night.  I am excited beyond words to see her and look forward to another journey together.

 

Earthquake – Be Prepared in your RV

Earthquake is a possibility

Be Prepared – Have an Emergency Kit  Go to Amazon and get all you need now.

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Emergency Kit

When we first moved to California from England in 2006 we knew that an Earthquake would be a possibility.  It is unbelievable I know but in 2002 in Dudley, England, where we lived at that time we were in an earthquake.  It was 23.53 pm and we were in bed.  The wardrobe doors in the bedroom shook, our bed rattled and to be honest I thought I was dreaming.  Peter was asleep and I shook him awake with fright and it lasted for about 20 seconds. Peter heard it and felt it but thought he was dreaming to.  We ran out of the house with the kids into the street in our pyjamas along with lots of other people in our street.  Everyone wondering what had just happened.

We all came up with solutions like maybe our boiler in the cellar had blown up or maybe the large local Mall had been blown up.  Never in a million years that it was an earthquake.  We checked our house in the cellar and next doors cellar going really slowly down the stairs it was scary to see what we would find. Nothing!  What had gone on no one knew.  We put on the television and waited to hear news.  Nothing! we waited a bit longer and sure enough after about 30 mins it came on the news to say that there had been an earthquake.  We later to find out that we were very close to the epicentre just up the road.  What an experience.

Tornado

Another experience, I had not been an earthquake but a tornado this time and yes while I was in England. It was 28th July 2005 at 2.30pm.  I had asked a friend to help me during my lunch hour drive over to Solihull it was about 1.30 pm, I needed to deliver a letter, funny enough it was something I needed  to drop off to our emigration nursing agency to do with our emigration.  On our way back we stopped off to get a sandwich in Moseley.  My friend stayed in the car, while I went into the shop to get our sandwiches.

I bought our sandwich and tried to leave the shop but the door wouldn’t open.  There was a heavy wind or something pushing against the door.  It was really weird as there was no wind when I went in.  It took 3 of us to open the door to let me out.  There were flower pots and pans all in the air and the sky was whooshing with all debris in the air.  I thought maybe there had been a bomb and it was like a suction blast back or something.  I ran to the car and my friend was shouting “get in get in” I opened the door and it came off its hinges the wind was so strong.  I had to hold the door closed after as it was hanging by a thread.

My friend started to drive and as he did, there was debris coming for us, sign posts off shops, pieces of slate and trees coming down into the road all over the place.  I was shouting “Oh my god” Oh my God” with a few swear words out of fright.  We were swerving in and out of all the debris and got back to work in town where there was no debris but loads of heavy rain with massive puddles everywhere that we had to drive through.

It was an experience I for sure.  We were late back to work and said to our colleagues that we were sorry we were late but that we had just been in a tornado or something.  They said “yeah right” and didn’t believe us, then about 30 mins later it came on the news that there had been a tornado in Moseley. Crazy right!  They believed us then of course.  Crazy weather and an experience I will never forget.

Earthquake in Lancaster

The date was around April 2007 so we had only been in America for 5 months.  I was at work at sat at my desk when I felt like I was on a roller coaster.  It didn’t last very long but enough for us all to get underneath our desks which is what we’re supposed to do.  By the time we got under the desks it was over.  It was a weird earthquake I thought, The weirdest thing was that the phones didn’t work for about 20 mins.  This as you can imagine started up lots of conversations about other earthquakes that they had around the area at other times, including about being earthquake prepared.  We went out and started to get together an earthquake kit.  We bought a package on-line with all of our emergency items in it and we started to collect from there.

Earthquake Kit that we have

The Food and Water in this kit will only last for 5 years and we have had to have it replaced, we replaced it quite recently so we are ok now for another 5 years.

Food and Water

 

The water or food is in packets, the food is not very nice and will taste like a stale peanut butter cookie but will keep you alive so I’m sure at the time I will eat it if necessary and not care about the taste.

In This Kit which we purchased on-line is

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Inventory of Emergency Kit

Tool Kit

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Tool Kit

First Aid

This is what is in the First Aid Kit and added Items

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First Aid Kit Inventory

Plus extra items in for hygiene purposes and also I have allergies so my allergy meds are in there too along with Tums and antibiotic ointment and pain relief tablets.

 

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Essential Items

 

Radio

 

It is also very important to have access to a Radio of some kind and our radio is a wind up one.

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Wind Up Radio

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Wind Up Radio

 

Water purifier

You can collect water from a lake with this and it will purify it into water that is drinkable

 

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Water Purifyer Bottle

 

Extra Food

We have extra food in our pack which will give us a couple of extra days as well. Just in case.

 

Emergency

Mmmm Nice Food

 

Personal Safety

It’s funny but during a crisis is when people dont act like they should and means that we are left to think the worst of people. For that purpose we purchased a fabulous torch which doubles up as a Taser Stun Gun which trust me you wouldn’t want to be Zapped with this. The noise from it alone is scary.  We are contemplating getting a Gun for our personal safety just to have in case of an Emergency Crisis but have not done this yet.

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Tazor Gun and Torch

 

 

Would you buy a Gun?  What are your thoughts on this.  Let me know?

 

 

 

 

 

Emigrating from England to America

Emigrating

Stunning English Coastline, picture by Frances.

Emigrating Details

I grew up in Dorset until the age of 10, I have so many memories of the New Forest, Durdle Door, Pool Harbor, Bournemouth Beach and many other places that we were taken too as children on so many occasions. I left behind a great friend from childhood who I never forgot and for which I am so grateful that because of Facebook that we met up about 10 years ago and we will always remain friends.

Due to work commitments my parents moved to the City of Birmingham which is the 2nd largest City in England.  The only way to see green hills or the countryside when we were there was to catch a bus to the Lickey Hills.  Ohhhh those were special trips for us.  People who live in Birmingham are called Brummies mainly because of the way they spoke.

Peter, my husband, was bought up in Stourbridge which is on the outskirts of Birmingham and although only 20 miles away he talks with a different accent to me and he is called a Yam Yam.  Peter  comes from what is called the Black Country.  I will write a little more at another time about Stourbridge.

I moved to Stourbridge and, after living there for 5 years, I met Peter.   I loved Stourbridge, but my heart will always belong to Dorset – even though people call me a Brummie now because of my accent. Peter on the other hand lived in Stourbridge in one of the small surrounding villages called Norton.  In Birmingham the pigeons make quiet a lot of mess and in Stourbridge they fly upside down, this gives you some idea of the differences in lifestyle ha ha!

I have put some pictures below of the places we lived and other places we like.  The Coastlines don’t look real do they?.  England is so beautiful and we miss it so much there are so many places to visit.  I will do another blog sometime on places that are great to visit when you go.  Some of the pictures below are from our children all grown up now and they all live in the south of England.

 

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English Jurrasic Coast, by Frances

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Southern Coastline, by Frances

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Durdle Door, Dorset, picture by Sarah.

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The Rotunda, Birmingham

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The Slug, Birmingham

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The Bull at the Bull Ring, Birmingham

We were married in 1994 and both of us had previous relationships, now as a new family we had the Brady Bunch between us with 6 children ranging from 2 – 15.  Both of us worked full-time and times were hard, but as a family , Christmas’s, Birthday’s and just everyday living was great fun in our house. We have so many memories of our times altogether. I won’t say it was easy all the time but certainly not boring.

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Our Family just after we married

After 10 years of marriage and most of the children had gone on to pastures new, Peter was a nurse and we owned a business that had gone sour and left us with wondering what to do with the rest of our lives. We were both 45 and needed a solution and new plan for our life together.

It all started one day when Peter was at work, he had a friend who was leaving work and was headed for the USA to start living her dream.  She was a Nurse and was emigrating to America, America needed nurses so she decided to move there with her family.

The way that she did this was to register with an emigrating nursing agency, O’Grady Peyton Nursing Agency and they dealt with everything for her.  There is so much paperwork and steps to follow,  having someone guide you through all of that was just outstanding.  Peter said she seemed so happy that she was going and was skipping down the hallway on her way to her new life. He felt her joy and starting thinking about us.

Peter had spoken to this girl to find out what agency she had contacted and talked to me about it that weekend.  Rebecca our daughter was there that weekend and started telling all of her friends and was all excited of the thought we may be emigrating to America.

It was very funny to see Peter starting to have panic attacks saying, “stop we might not be going yet” that it was just a thought. Well he went to see the emigrating nursing agency O’Grady Peyton on a Thursday on his half day off .  He came home that afternoon saying “well, I signed up,” and “We are going to America.”  Trust me when I say this, it is very unlike Peter to make a decision so quickly.  I was really excited and so was Michael, Mark was under 21 so eligible to come with us, we called him and explained what we wanted to do andasked if he wanted to go too after he had left the Navy.   Mark was unsure but still included in the emigrating papers so that at least when the time came he could then make a decision. All paperwork was completed to start our journey.

The Decision to go to America

Some people just dream about coming to America but some take action.

We had so many hoops to get over first though.  The first one was for Peter to able to pass his NCLEX exam.  He passed first time after he studied for 4 months before he was put in for his test where he had to go to London.  We were so proud of him and the first hurdle was done.

It took us 2 years to jump through all the hoops that were put in front of us.  So many emigrating forms to fill out and a great deal of waiting and being very patient.  We had Embassy interviews to do, medical, fingerprints and police checks.  The agency took us through every step.  Mark actually decided not to come with us in the end and wanted to stay with friends in his local area when he came out of the Navy.

We started our emigrating procedure in January 2004 and we found out that we may be eventually emigrating in September 2006.  However, the date got pushed back to December 2006.

Death in the Family

In August 2006 we lost  our precious daughter Joanne aged 25.

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Joanne

Joanne was so beautiful and left behind a beautiful little boy Ryan.  This was obviously devastating for the whole family and we needed each others support so much during this very difficult time.  Ryan’s father Andrew had passed away a year before and his Grandmother had taken over the role of his Dad and took him to school and picked him up, having him after school until Joanne came home from work.  It made sense that he would come and see us but that he would have his home with them to keep some sort of normality in his life. He was so gorgeous it was hard not to have him all the time.

Emigrating – Yes or No?

So do you go? or do we stay?  All our savings now were gone as we had a funeral to pay for my Mom did help with this a little too.  This was even harder than deciding to go in the first place.  Our friends, family and children were very supportive and everyone said we should still go. Or, at least that’s what I remember those 3 months were very hazy to me.  We decided we would and December finally came around.  With us and a family who were still grieving,  good times were ahead of us and we carried on with our Dream of coming to America.

Emigrating to America Finally!

Coming to America

London, picture by Rebecca.

We left London on the 14th December 2006, the weather was just like the picture above, took by our Daughter Becky, all grey and dull, new sky’s were waiting for us in sunny California. with a one way ticket to Los Angeles, and a months wages each we started on our new journey.  What a buzz that was with mixed feelings that we would be missing our family but that we had new times ahead of us with so many new places to see and do.

When we arrived after an 11 hour flight we were kept at the airport for 5 hours to be given our Green Cards.  Yes it took that long.  We were so tired Michael was grumpy and we just wanted a bed to sleep in.

The Emigrating Agency had sent someone to come and pick us up and he waited patiently with a board with our names on it at the arrival lounge.  He took us straight to a hotel in Palmdale and the next morning he came and picked us up and took us to our new furnished apartment in Lancaster CA.  Lancaster is high dessert and a lot different from England in every way this was to be our first home.  What a feeling and what a fabulous furnished apartment they had waiting for us.

He came everyday for a week to drive us around to get everything we needed including taking us to the Social Security office.  All we had was our suitcases, no electrical items as they would not work in America from England.  We bought all the necessary items that we needed from Walmart including Bedding, Iron, Ironing board, kitchen utensils, etc. we couldn’t believe they had everything all under one roof.  Our one months wages was now two months as the exchange rate gave us double so we were able to buy everything we needed to survive.

Peter started his new job and we started our new life.  I got a job with Countrywide as a trainer after 3 months and I absolutely loved it.  The very first class I trained after 6 weeks of training bought me a Mountain Bike I just couldnt believe it.  In England we were lucky if trainers got flowers.  I was very emotional and would cry at the drop of a hat with still greiving and missing family my boss thought I was a bit unstable I’m sure.  I did get better after time.

After emigrating to America at the age of 14, Michael was Drum Major of the school band in his Senior year.  To see him march down the street in front of his band just made us cry, all the beautiful music and people clapping with so much patriotism was overwhelming.  Michael went off to college at the Institute of Arts in Santa Monica and graduated at 19 with his bachelors and he was Valedictorian.  5 years after us emigrating to America, Michael was on the stage at the Hilton Hotel in Hollywood giving his speech for Valedictorian.  We were so proud! He now works at the Asylum Studios in LA as an ADR (Automated dialogue Replacement) and Foley Engineer.  Now that is what dreams are made of!

All of our children have great careers and made us proud and cry, Rebecca when she was in her passing out parade for the Army.  Mark when he was at his passing out parade for the Navy,  Frances when she went to work on the Ships in the Mediterranean as a massage therapist, and Sarah when she graduated as a Teacher.  Many other times too during their careers they have made us so proud.  We could not have asked for a better family than we have.  We now have son in-laws, girlfriends and boyfriends to add to our family along with 6 grandchildren.  We are so blessed! We are a close knit family and keep in touch via face time regularly.  

Flights are more expensive now but we do still get to see family, they come here to the USA to see us and we go over there to England and spend quality time with them all.  Since arriving in America we have been home for holidays, two weddings and a funeral.  With many more visits to come I’m sure and, probably even more when we both retire.

Peter was transferred to Bakersfield where eventually we purchased our first home.  The house had the exact plans that were on our wall at home when we were just dreaming and we had a beautiful pool in the back garden.  A dream come true, we even owned the car we wanted to.

We are glad that we were brave enough to make the decision to Emigrate to America in the first place and now moved on to other dreams.  Our house is sold and now live full-time in our RV and intend to travel first of all California and then the rest of America.  

We follow our Dreams.  Do You?

 

RV Cleaning and some important tips

RV Cleaning   and remember to have fun

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Peter Spraying RV

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Peter on top of Roof Cleaning

What a great RV Cleaning weekend we had, sorting out cupboards, cleaning our RV and getting ready to move.

There are probably many ways to clean your Fifth wheel or RV cleaning, this is how we clean ours and we have found that it keeps it nice and shiny and in a good condition.  We clean our Fifth wheel around every 3 months.  It keeps out the cobwebs and stops the dirt getting ground in.  Keeping your wonderful RV cleaning will help it last longer.

The things you need to clean a fifth wheel are

  1. A Bucket or bowl
  2. A great large hose that has a jet spray Hose attachment
  3. A Step Ladder Step Ladder  This is similar to the one we have
  4. A window cleaning pole.  We use the window wand it is excellent.Window wand
  5. Camco 43633 Wash Brush with adjustable handle – Wash brush
  6. Cleaning fluid for RV cleaning  – Gel Gloss RV Wash and Wax
  7. Window cleaner – Any type, we used Windex
  8. vacuum Cleaner –   Dyson DC 44 Animal
  9. Cloths

This is the sort we used it cleans and waxes at the same time leaving a lovely shine

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Cleaning Fluid

 

 

  • Safety First

    The first thing peter always does is the roof of the RV he takes up his bucket and broom and has the jet spray up there with him  He always wears a hat to keep from the sun and always a good pair of safe pumps that wont slip.  The top of the RV is very high and you do not want to fall.  Remember to apply sun cream too you will be up there a little while.  He starts at the front of the RV and works backwards, remembering to clean the sides of the roof.

 

  • After the roof is done we start on the sides.  Peter scrubs with the brush and I go behind him with the jet spray to wash off.  I get ahead of him a little sometimes and he gets wet.  Whoops!  sorry I say ha ha!

 

  • We then clean the inside of the windows carefully taking off the mesh on the windows one at a time, cleaning the windows then cleaning the mesh with a hand-held vacuum.  This cleans the mesh really well and is very easy.  The mesh is then carefully put back into the window.  The vacuum we have is the Dyson DC 44 Animal.  I like this as it can be used with a stand up or as a handheld.  It uses up hardly any space in the RV it charges over night and has no trailing wires when I Hoover the RV it is nice and light and easy.  For the last 20 years I have had a Dyson in my home and I would recommend it to anyone.

 

  • Now the outside windows is next and this is where the step-ladder comes in where we can reach. Clean the windows using the cloth and windex.   For the windows we can’t reach we use a window clean on an extended pole.  The one we use is called a cleaning wand.  This does just as well.

 

  • We now just wipe all around the RV with a nice soft cloth and then you are done.

Relax

Peter was at work all week in Glendale and then we both drove down to Lake Elsinore, stopping off at Tom’s Farms on the way down to pick up some fresh salad for the weekend.  If you have not been to Tom,s Farms which is just off the Interstate 15 going South just after Corona, then you are missing out.  It is well  sign posted so you can’t miss it.  At Tom’s Farms they have great interesting Shops and restaurants with some amazing fresh vegetables straight from the farm.  We also had some wonderful fish -n -chips while we were there and sat by the pond just taking in the quiet and tranquility, such a lovely early evening.

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Tom’s Farm by the Lake

Even a blackbird wanted to eat our food ha ha!

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Blackbird trying to eat Peter’s fish n chips

We then arrived at our beautiful spot is in Lake Elsinore on Crane Lakeside RV Park,  As far as I’m concerned the best park on the lake. the very first thing to do the day before your about to clean your RV is to sit outside with a nice glass of wine with friends and neighbors.  What I love about this park is people come and say hi!  We love our neighbors here and with us moving to San Francisco in just a couple of weeks we are going to miss them very much.  Thank you Sue, Ted, Terrance, Travis and Brian we will miss you all.  When we are not there you watch over our site and have been absolutely amazing, we really appreciate you.

The weekend was really a hot one in Lake Elsinore at some stage in the day it was 104 degrees.  As you can imagine very, very hot in a Fifth wheel or RV of any kind.  One of our neighbours had no air conditioning, can you imagine how hot he was, well when I saw him I invited him in but he was going down to a friends site to keep cool.  I explained his plight to one of our other neighbours who very quickly found a spare portable cooler she had and gave it to him.  The neighbours there are the best and I have found that living on an RV park of any kind they really help each other in every way.  I have found this to be the case on all the parks I have stayed at.  This is the reason I love RV ing so much, it is like going back to the old way of living of love thy neighbour where you could sit our on the step and you knew all your neighbours around you.  This is a great way to live.

 

This was the sky Friday night while outside drinking our wine.  If you are in your: Flat, House or Apartment right now step outside and get some fresh air.  It is wonderful sitting outside and enjoying Gods creation.

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Lake Elsinore – Red sky at night

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Crane Lakeside RV Park

 

Well our RV cleaning is all done and the very next time we go to Lake Elsinore we will be leaving for San Francisco with our first port of call being just in Pomona CA on a KOA site.  Peter will be driving the Fifth wheel off our site for the very first time.

 

More to come this week with our plans.