Flying Flags Update

Flying Flags RV Park in Buellton has had a great amount of changes carried out.

Flying Flags RV park

We stayed at the Flying Flags RV park last week and had such a great time.  There have been so many changes there since we were there last. Dan Baumann who is the Manager has done a great job.  Well done Dan.  Dan by the way is now the deputy Mayor of Buellton.  Good job xx

The staff at the desk are the first people to greet you and their customer service along with free cookies and a great shop carrying some fabulous wine for sale could not be better.

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Lady on Reception

Yum Wine xx

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Plenty of wine available.

Thank you ladies for making our stay a pleasant one.

New Kitchen

They have a brand new kitchen and they cooked some great breakfast for us.  They have a whole menu there and also on the evening we ordered a nice glass of wine too.  Wow! so fabulous.  The chef Matt is a genius cook and we really enjoyed the breakfast he made for us.

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New Kitchen and Matt the Chef

 

New Camp for upmarket tents

When we were here last they had new really upmarket tents that had been put up with luxury living inside.  We only saw one and now they have a whole village of them for rent and to stay in.  Such a fabulous idea and a great place to stay.  I spoke to a lady who had stayed there for the weekend and was really upset at leaving and going home.

This is what she had to say

 

Pictures of the Camping Safari Village

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Safari Village

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Safari Tent

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Inside the Safari Tent

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Outside seating area

At Flying Flags they catered for absolutely everyone.  There are so many options of places to stay in Flying Flags like Luxury wooden huts, your own tents, your own RV, hire an RV or a silver bullet to sleep in.  So many options that just about cover anything anyone wants.

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Plenty of Room for your RV

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Silver Bullet for Rent

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Upmarket cottages for rent

Not only was the accommodation to stay in top-notch but the bathrooms and utilities were the best I have ever seen anywhere.

The swimming pool and jaccuzzi was just amazing and they are even now building another bigger swimming pool on the field.

Adding to the fact that the kids and adults can have a swim there were other added amenities for amusement as A fabulous bowling pitch for avid players of Bocce Ball.  Also great new bar has been incorporated out on the field right next to the Bocce Ball pitch along with a stage for evening entertainment at weekends.  We were lucky enough to have a great night listening to a fabulous band and have a nice pint to boot.  Great friends we had not seen in a long time were with us as well.  Just fabulous to see Darlene Bayer, Dan Baumann and Cathy Vreeland.  Thanks for a great night.

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Bocce Ball

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Bocce Ball pitch

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Bar

There is also a great little children’s park if you have kids that want to go play.

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children’s Park

On our second night there we grabbed a glass of wine and sat around the fire by the reception area and listened to a guy playing guitar who was from Belgium.  You meet so many people when you are camping.  We had yet another great night.

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Camp Fire

We had such a great weekend at Flying Flags that we will definitely be back again soon and just cannot wait.  See you all again soon.

 

Weekend in El Capitan

We just had a great Weekend in El Capitan, CA

Weekend

It was the first time in our RV for a vacation away since we had the flood, it was just like putting on a comfy pair of shoes.  We really missed our RV and miss the lifestyle so much.  We talked to more people in that weekend than we had done living in the apartment for a month.  We just love the lifestyle of living in an RV and I don’t think it will be long before we are back in it full-time again.

Living in an apartment is nice and our apartment could not be better as it is very exclusive and high-tech.  The problem is that it is a lonely existence.  No one talks to each other, we can’t just sit outside the home and talk to passers-by and just really miss our friends that we made along our travels, especially friends made in Buellton, Lake Elsinore and Half Moon Bay.  Don’t be surprised it we end up back in our RV full-time again.

Weekend

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Oceanmesa Campground

Oceanmesa Campground is a great place for a mini vacation away and was where we stayed and the reason that we stayed there was that the RV had to be picked up from the Camping world in Valencia after having new carpet put in in the bedroom and the side panel fixed.  Peter picked it up took it to Oceanmesa, then had to travel to Oxnard to still go to work. He then picked me up at 11pm and we drove there which was only about an hour away.  We wanted to go that night so that we woke up in the RV and then had the whole weekend there.

It was a great campground, easy to drive into the pull through spot and easy to drive out.  They had a pool and it was a bit of a walk but walking distance to El Capitan beach.  The other beach close by was a 5 minute drive which was Refugio Beach.

Refugio Beach is my favourite beach and we have been there many times before.

Weird

It was weird being in the RV without all my things around me and it really felt like we were camping.  When we lived in it full-time it just felt like a home.  This time the extra carpets i had on the floor were gone and all my pictures and things that made it look like home.  I really missed that when we were there.  At the weekend we had to really look and see what we had there and perhaps had overlooked when we moved out.  We really tried to make sure that all the things we needed for a weekend were in the RV and other things at home.  I think we nailed it as we did not really see there was anything we had forgotten.

Weekend

Bare RV

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Just look how bare it looks

Vunerable

I had forgotten though how vunerable at times you can feel in an RV,  On the Sunday night we were in bed and the wind pick up to extreme mph.  I could not sleep and at one point felt very scared. It was that windy I thought we were going to tip over. Peter was telling me that no way could it tip over.  We were right on top of the hill and there was nothing between us and the sea so we were getting it full blast.  I can tell you that in the 4 years we have stayed in the RV I have never felt so scared.

It doesn’t put me off though , in the morning we were outside having our breakfast, listening to the birds chirping and waving to passers by walking their dogs.

We love Camping xx

Social Media – FutureNet Club

Social Media

FutureNet Club – Earning money online

FREE to Join

I am so excited to bring this new social media platform to your attention which can make you money online.

This is a post for all you Rver’s or anyone who wants to earn money online or make a living working from home.  If you have not heard of this yet then you really need to pay attention.  It is the easiest and most exciting platform I have ever come across.  I know that some of you write blogs yourself and carry out other businesses and everyone wants to make more money right!

Let me explain:

FutureNet is a social media platform and is very similar to facebook, except, you get paid to interact and socialize for doing so,  and, by encouraging others to do the same you can get paid.  Watch this video which will explain how this can work for you.

FutureNet Informational Video

Free account

Now that you have watched the video I want you to sign up to your Free account  where you can promote any businesses that you have or have more followers that will see your blogs or indeed just socialize.

To make even more money though by using this system you need to also sign up to the matrix which is in the business section of the social media site.

To sign up to this it is $10. Click my link and I will see you on the inside.

If you sign up to this from my link, I want you to email me so that I know to look out for you.

Being in the matrix can really give you a live passive income like me and we all want that right!.  My up line this week after being in this business for 23 days just made $43,000.  This does not guarantee your income to be that amount as everyone is different.  He is a marketing guru who has been doing this sort of thing a long time.  On saying that though I have made money in my very first week.

These are the different ways that you can make money with this platform.

1. Social Media Bonus

2. Multimedia Bonus

3. Sales Bonus

4. Advertising Sales Bonus

5. Friends Bonus

6. Matching Bonus

7. Leader Bonus (Infinity)

8. Career Plan (prizes)

 

Sign up Today for your Free account and click the link below

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Don’t forget to email me that you have signed up so that I can intereact with you.

See you on the Inside

Work from Home

Work from home in your RV

You can work from home in your RV or indeed in your own home.  Now I know that you see this all over the internet and you probably think, who can I trust to do this.

I have tried and tested quite a few network marketing and on-line marketing companies over the last 6 years and all I can say it that it has been a painstaking massive and sometimes frustrating time for me.

You might ask yourself, what is network marketing and what is on-line marketing.  Let me explain in my own words what they are.

Network Marketing – Javita coffee products and beverages

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Network marketing is when you sell or promote a product to people who you know both in person, through emails and through social media like facebook.  For instance Mary Kay is a network marketing company.  I belong to Javita Coffee Company my self and I really love their products and also their compensation is one of the best I have ever seen.  You get paid commission on what you do and from those people you personally sign up below you and who they sign up below them.  Your work is really to promote and help your team be as successful as you if not more. Loving the product that you promote is very important.  I found that while I was travelling in my RV javita coffee  was a very easy product to promote and I often gave out samples to people who then purchased boxes of coffee from me and joined my business which in turn created money for me each month and also on a weekly basis.  I did do better when I was established in one place for a while so that I could build a team of people around me.

Join Javita today, build your own team and have free website to direct people to buy coffee from you.

Javita

Online Marketing

With online marketing I have had successes and failures but I have learned such a great many things in the process.  I am not to technically minded and I struggled with understanding some of the programs I joined and did not feel that I have enough help.  I stumble across a company called The multi stream system.  It is free to join and then you pay for what you decided to purchase inside the system and some of the systems inside are free too.  This system is for every pocket no matter how small or large that you have available to you.  I am having great success with this company with 84 people joining my team within a week of joining.  All done online and some paid advertising through the system.

Inside the system there is step by step instructions on how to set up your multi-stream online income.  You can build income slowly or as fast as you want.  You can invest a little into your business or more if you want to build fast.  Every day I look at my account it has gone up and that excites me very much.  If you want to be as excited as me then click the link and get started for free today. Watch the videos and follow the steps one by one starting with the getting started video.

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Writing a blog

Another way you can earn money is to work from home writing a blog, now some people wonder why you would write a blog.  I like to write my blog so that as we travel around doing many fabulous things then we can let friends and family know that we are ok and having a great time and also I promote different things on my blog and make money from companies like Amazon.  To make money doing this you need to build your list of followers so that the more people who read your blog on a regular basis and follow you may want to purchase some of the same items that you do.

Our RV has been in the repair shop for a while so it has been difficult to write about going away when we have not.  We do however pick up our RV next friday and we are really excited to be taking it out for a spin.

I hope this helps to give you some incite on how you can make money from home.  There are many more and these are just the ones that I do.  You can do the same by clicking the links in this blog.

Camarillo Apartment

Peter and I have moved into our new apartment in Camarillo.

Camarillo

Hey all it has been 6 weeks since our last post and I can tell you I have really missed my weekly blogging.  Our RV would you believe is still in the workshop and we are not happy with both that adjusters for taking so long and Camping World for holding them up with photos that they were requesting.  We are going to give them a couple more weeks and then start to take some action of some kind.  Spring is just around the corner and we want to be able to use our RV.  It is rediculous it is takeing so long.

Well after living in hotels and airbnbs with no where to live during the flood, number 1 we have put on so much weight eating just from a microwave or eating out and number 2 our stuff just feels like it is all over the place.  We have stayed positive knowing that it was not long till we moved into our new apartment in Camarillo and  after living full time in the RV for 4 years,  we were ready for a little change. Not sure how long we will last not living in the RV aswe loved the social aspect of it on a daily basis.  We will just do that now at weekends and long breaks.

Peter and I have decided that we really like Camarillo.  It has everything we want for a place to stay such as:

  • Beaches just minutes away
  • Mountain views
  • Air quality is good
  • Great shopping areas
  • Plenty of entertainment
  • Great Local Church
  • Great Network Marketing
  • Close to other towns such as Santa Barbara, Ventura, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Malibu.
  • A quilting club with over 350 members.

To be honest the list goes on and on, I can find so many reasons.

We moved into an apartment in the AMLI Spanish Hills Apartments it is apartment living at it’s finest. I said to Peter if we are going to live in an apartment then it has to be a really nice one and was exactly what I said to him when we were choosing the RV.

Our problem when moving into the apartment was that we had no furniture at all.  We hit the shops and chose a sofa bed so people can come to stay, a recliner chair and a bed, dining table and chairs, TV and of course a surround sound to begin with.  Soon after with a couple of more purchases we are quite nicely set up.

While living in hotels we were putting money down on these items each week so that when we moved in they were all paid for and that worked out great. On the day of moving everything got delivered within 2/3 hours of receiving the keys.

In the apartment we already had, cooker, fridge, washing machine, dryer and dishwasher so with the items we had purchased and our personal items we had soon set up a little home.

We have been in the apartment for 2 weeks now and we love it.  IWe need to get out and meet people and make friends is what is left to do, we have joined the local church and the local chamber of commerce is next and also I want to join a group of ladies as I have found out that do quilting.  It was my birthday 2 days ago and Peter has bought me a new sewing machine so I am eager to get going on it.

Here are some pictures of our new apartment, see your next time.

Camarillo

Living Room

Camarillo

Dining area

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TV area

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Bedroom

Flood in the RV – now in a Hotel

Can’t believe we have flood in our our RV.  We have had to move out of our RV temporarily due to a flood.

RV Flood

We have not been in our Rv now for a couple of weeks and we are really missing it.  We are staying in a hotel and after being in here for a few weeks I am now sick with a bad head cold which I can say I don’t think i was ever sick when I was in my RV with all the fresh air we got living that way.

We have had a massive flood in our RV.  Let me explain to you haow it happened so that future RV are not flooded this way.

In the shower we had a shower holder which had smart suckers that apparently work really well.   I guess they actually do not.

This baddy caused the flood

Flood

While I was out the shower caddy fell down and turned the tap on in the shower and hours later when I came home there was a water fall coming out of the RV on both sides.

We spent hours trying to clean up the water with the help of John our great neighbour.  It got dark really quick and we didn’t see till in the morning all the water that was still coming out from underneath the unit.  Peter and John unscrewed underneath to let all the water out and it went over Peter and he got soaked.  After letting it dry John screwed it all back up for us bless him we will be forever grateful.

We realized then that we would have to take the RV in for repair to access the damage.  The RV shop has said we need all new carpets and that one point by the door was really spongy.  We have had to get everything out of the RV that we could and have alot of our stuff in boxes at a friends garage.  The RV insurance company are to and froing with Camping world while they make their minds up whether they are going to do the claim or not.

It is a really scary time and I just don’t see what the problem is.  I really hope they cover it but if they don’t I really don’t know what we are going to do to get it fixed.  It is going to cost an arm and a leg.  If we have to pay then I may be asking you all for donations to help us during this difficult time.  We really don’t like to ask but if they do not cover the cost of repair then any help would be greatly appreciated.  I will kkep you all informed on what is going on soon.

We love our RV and cannot believe tht water like that can do so much damage.

Sorry I haven’t written for a while but will try to keep you all up to date with the flood outcome.

This is where we are staying at the moment.  Cheap and cheerful with breakfast included.  Most days it has only been $55 per night but at weekends up to $94.

Executive Inn and Suites

 

Anyway we are both ok so that is a good thing.  We hope you all had a great Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

 

“H A P P Y   N E W   Y E A R”

 

 

 

 

Winter – 5 steps for your RV

Are you prepared for the winter nights that are drawing in?

Winter

Winter in Birmingham

This is what we left behind in England.  If we want snow we will go to the mountains to find it otherwise.

No thank you !

At night the temperature has started to drop, the clocks have gone back and it is dark now at 5.30pm.

We have been living in our RV full-time now for 3 years and to be honest have not had much of a problem getting through the winter.  We do have a few tips for you though.

Winter – Get prepared

Throughout the year we tend to use blankets, just sheets or home-made quilts that are in layers so that depending on the temperature we can put on or take off during the night.  Mostly kicking off all but our sheet during the summer .

We live in California so we find that the only time the temperature drops is during the winter months and at night.  That time is coming upon us and we noticed that the temperature dropped just the other night.  When this happens we switch out our blankets and put on our winter duvet.

1.   Duck Down Duvet

We have found the best duvet to have to keep you warm during the winter months is a duck down feather duvet.  It feels so light and yet is so warm.  We have been in freezing conditions in the past and yet we have stayed warm with this duvet.

Check out this video on how best to put you duvet into your duvet cover in a really easy way.  This can be done with just one person.

 

2.   Cover up your pipes outside

If you know that there is going to be some frost then you will need to go outside and insulate your pipes with slip foam rubber insulation.

3.  Cover up all outdoor furniture

You can get covers for you outdoor furniture and grills,  these can easily be taken off if you wish to use your furniture or grill anytime.  By doing this it will prolong the life of the outdoor furniture as frost can make plastic snap and break from the cold.

4.   Electric heaters

The use of electric heaters are great as they create less moisture in your RV.  We have our gas heater set on 60 so if the temperature drops really low at night then it just comes on.  Living in California has great benefits as it doesn’t drop down to that too much.  On our campsite Mountain View RV Park  the electric is included so that is great to use for heating.  If it is not then try to use both your gas and electric and split the cost of the bill.  Last year we needed a new propane tank every week to get us through the winter.

5.   Pull in your Awnings if you go out anywhere

When we went out today we did not pull in our Awning.  the winds picked up and all I could think about while we were out was. Wished we had pulled in our awning.  Get into the habit if you go out as the winds are much stronger in the winter and you may come back to no awning.

As an extra tip Become a Snowbird

What can I say we are snowbirds if you don’t want winter then move south just like the geese,  We are in Southern California and I thought today oh my there is a cloud in the sky it must be winter!

 

 

Halloween – dress up

Before I start telling you about our Halloween party last night, I just want to let you know that my first week at college doing my billing and coding course went really well.  I am thoroughly enjoying it and I got an  A  for all my work last week.  I am so excited I don’t ever remember getting an  A  when I was at school.  It is never too late to learn and although I go into the college to study you can do it right in the comfort of your own home.  Laurus college in Oxnard is where I am attending.

Halloween Party – Swing Dance Night

Halloween

Peter and Joyce

My husband Peter and I have only been at our new RV Park in Santa Paula Mountain View for a week and already we were invited to go to a swing dance night in Ventura, not only that but it was a Halloween dance where everyone dressed up so even better.

We are feeling really comfortable in this park and my only criticism would be that the spaces are parallel and not on a slant which would make it easier to navigate into your spot.  When this park was built it was not built for the big massive rigs that you see these days.  A poor older guy just hit a truck on his way into the park as he tried to navigate around the park and arrive in his space his poor RV and the Truck has taken a bit of a beating. Take those wide turns people stay right and wide.

Swing Dance Every Thursday in Ventura

Every Thursday in Ventura at the Golden China Restaurant there is swing dancing.  When it is your first time it is only $10 per couple then it is $10 per head following that.

We went last night and it was just fabulous nearly everyone was in costume and we will definitely be going again while we are living here in Santa Paula.

Wherever you live you need to get yourself out and about doing things.  Just because you live in an RV doesn’t mean you have to just sit in it.  Get out and about and do things.  If you can’t dance then go to lessons and learn,  if you’re not able to dance then just go and watch have something to eat and have a drink of your choice.  It is great entertainment watching some of the experts dancing.   It can be just like watching strictly come dancing on the TV.  When I’m not dancing I like to watch others it really makes you tap your feet even if you are not dancing.

We love to dance swing and rock n roll although we also like ballroom.  Peter and I first met doing ballroom dancing and it was over that time that evolved us into the relationship that we have today and after 21 years we still love to dance together.

Here are some of the other pictures of people dressed in costume at the Halloween swing dance. It was so much fun and we met so many people.

Halloween

Halloween costume sumo wrestler

Halloween

Costumes

Halloween

Costumes

Last night was absolutely fabulous and we just can’t wait till next week  when we can go again.

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El Nino – Are you safe

Mountain View RV Park.

El Nino

Mountain View RV Park

El Nino

Jacuzzi at Mountain View RV Park

We have just moved to a new RV Park in Santa Paula called Mountain View RV Park.  The Journey was only 20 minutes away so not a long journey at all.  Everything went well with the move and our spot was really easy to drive into.

Living here in Santa Paula, we feel quite safe.  The fact that with the El Nino, that people are talking about coming to California this fall, that we are going to be safe.

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Our spot at Mountain View RV park

El Nino

Lots of places to sit at the Jucuzzi

Santa Paula

Santa Paula is known as the citrus capital of the world and trust me there is orange and lemon trees everywhere you look.   Peter and I sing the song Orange and Lemons every time we go past them.  We just can’t help it.  We just love the smell.

In England where we are from we don’t have orange or lemon trees.  The first time we saw the orange and lemon groves here in this area was when we arrived in America in 2006 we had a trip to the beach at Ventura and drove down the 126 which were just lined with all the groves and it was just fascinating, we bought some oranges on our way home and they were the sweetest oranges and juiciest we had ever tasted.  Yum.

We really can’t believe that 8 years later we are living amongst the groves.  Just beautiful.

We really like living in RV Parks as we love meeting people and having a life that is as much indoors as outdoors and we like the fact that people who live in RVs meet up and socialize.

Peter just got home from work and we had a nice swim before dinner just fabulous, we were the only ones in the jacuzzi. A beer in one hand and a nice dip after a hard day, priceless.

The same day we moved in Mountain View RV Park we were invited over for snacks and a swim in the Jacuzzi with a few of the other guests staying at the park.  We met about 8 people and have already spoken to our wonderful neighbours who have been very helpful.

El Nino KTLA –  guideline.

On the news this morning they talked about being prepared for the El Nino coming in the fall.  It really made you think.  They explained all about what the El Nino is and to make sure that you know what to do should something happen like a mudslide.  Click the above link to see their explanation and the guideline they have said you should follow.

My take on it is that if you are prepared for earthquakes as you should be living in California, then you are prepared for the El Nino.  The same thing applies.  One of the things they did talk about though on the news was to make sure you have Wellington boots, they called them something else that Americans call them and I cannot remember what that is so here is a link of what the English call wellies

 

 

Keep your wellies in the car so that in the effect of a mudslide that you are able to walk away from the situation should you be trapped in your car.

We also feel that living further inland for the winter will be very beneficial, with the El Nino effect coming around the fall we have a feeling that living right by the beach may not be a good idea. Obviously you really do not know what can happen as living by the coast or inland in a valley can have a devastating effect no matter what.

The El Nino could cause mudslides from the mountains and the Santa Clara River in Santa Paula could fill and overflow or we could indeed have an earthquake living in California anyway.  We do feel a little safer inland from both as an earthquake could cause a Tsunami and being right there at the beach would not be a good place to be. Who knows what could happen but just that you should be prepared.

Be Prepared and check out the KTLA link above.

Stay safe and love to all.

 

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Ventura Pier – just so beautiful

We are in an RV park not far from Ventura Pier just off the main high street and are leaving here on Saturday.  We have not enjoyed our time in the park for many reasons.

1.   The price -$1900 is just way to expensive for a spot right by the freeway and opposite a childrens park.

2.   The customer service in the park is just awful.  I have witnessed so many incidents of the way that the staff have spoken to other people in the office.

3.  There are so many security guards that you are afraid to breathe.

4.  There was a sign on the gate for the pool saying “please do not go into the pool if you have had diraeah in the last 7 days.  This really put me off.

5.   The grass is watered every day and it soaks my windows to the RV and steps and the side of my RV every single day.  It had driven me nuts.

No not happy at all.  I would go as far as to say it is the worse park we have ever stayed at.  EVER!

We are moving on Saturday to Santa Paula CA and we are very excited we have a pull through spot and it is over 50% less in rent to pay, after we have moved in I will tell you all about it.  It is just a small family site but I know we will be happy there and it is still within distance of the beautiful Ventura Beach so we can still have a great time at the beach.

College

I have started to do a college course online and I am doing a course in Billing and Coding.  I am very excited as this is something I have always wanted to do.  The College I am attending is in Oxnard and called laurus College and I have been going everyday this week. It is a very small college and I feel really comfortable already going there.  I can do the course online or go into the college,  whilst we are local I will be attending the college as it is just so exciting to go there every day.  When we do eventually move I can just carry on doing it from home in my RV.  I am just really excited.

Ventura

On my way home from college today I decided I would stop off at the pier at Ventura.  It was such a fabulous day and there wasnt a cloud in the sky.  I parked in the car structure and got a ticket but if I ate at any of the restaurants on the pier my parking would be paid for.  I therefore did eat at the restaurant at the pier and had a fish sandwich and sat just staring out of the window all on my own at the Ventura pier in front of me.  Afterwards I walked along the Ventura pier and it was just so tranquil and quiet with hardly anyone around with it being in the daytime and a weekday.

I ventured to the end of the pier and sat just staring out into the deep blue sea mesmerised by the beauty of it all.

If you ever get chance then head out to Ventura. Eat, play in the beautiful sand, kick your feet in the waves and just enjoy the beautiful scenery and sunshine.

Here are some pictures of Ventura Pier from my day today.  Enjoy.

Ventura

Ventura Beach

Ventura

Ventura Beach

Ventura

Ventura Beach

 

School Friend Visit

School friend visit.

I have had such a great day with my friend Deborah Douglas (Maher).  Debbie is over here on work business and only had 1 day where she was free to spend time with me before she had to work and then fly back to England.  What are the odds that the hotel she was staying at was only 1 hour away from me and a hotel I used to frequent for business meetings.

I was at the same Junior school with Debbie from when I was 10. I remember that she fell off the toilet door frame when she was swinging at aged 10 and put a big gash in her leg and the abulance came to take her to hospital.  Everyone talked about this incident for weeks and Debbie had the big massive scar to prove it.  Funny how there are things that you remember when your are small from school times.

We were then in the same class together in Senior school and we went to Longmeadow Girls school in Birmingham, England.  They say that friends that you make way back when are still friends now as the friendship chemistry between you never goes away.  i believe this is so true as we get on like a house on fire.  We never stopped talking all day and I was very sad when i had to come home as we still had so much more to say but very little time.

This is very true with Debbie and me, we had such a great day catching up talking about classmates and things that we got up to when we were much younger.  We were in the same club together and had friends that we both hung about with.

How do you have a memorable day with very little time. well first of all we went and had a manicure and pedicure.

Manicure and Pedicure

What a great time this was.  We were sat next to each other and never shut up the whole time.  We had our arms and legs massaged and had a right girly time of it.  We found an absolutely delight of a salonthat did this in Santa Clarita called Ocean Spa Nail Salon as far as i am concerned, the best nail spa I have ever been to.  They even had little chairs for the kids to sit in.  One child was sat there watching frozen on the computer in front of him provided by the salon while his Mom got her nails done.  Just perfect, we had a great pampering session.

Lunch

After our pampering session we were hungry so we went to Marie Callenders just down the road and had a fabulous lunch.  I really like this place and have been many times before.  We stayed chatting the whole time and even got the waiter to take our photo.  We both had one of their famous pot pies which was just so huge and Debbie had hot wings which she loved but were way to hot for me.

Right now we needed to walk off that lunch and we were both feeling rather heavy in our tummies at this point.  I had a great idea that would both give Debbie a memorable experience that really was not too far away only 20 mins and also where we could walk off some of that lunch.

Vasquez Rocks

Vasquez Rocks is such a great place to just go for an hour or so and you really feel like you have been somewhere very special.  There are alot of films that use this backdrop as it is just so fabulous.  I know that The Flinstones was filmed here and when you see the photos you will see why.  As we walked around the mountain of rocks you can see the freeway in the distance but there is no sound.  You can hear a pin drop.  We got some great photos and Debbie was really thrilled that we went there as it is such a great site to see.

Amyway day over now and time to get home.  I really do not know when I will see Debbie again but I really hope that it wont be in the too distant future.  School friends forever.

 

 

 

Southwest Coast

Yanks RV Resort

We have arrived safe and sound at our campsite without any mishaps whatsoever.  We stayed at a fabulous campsite on our way down the 101 from Redwood City, CA called Yanks RV Resort.  We had a massive 100ft spot that we just pulled into and left our truck hooked up for the night.

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Yanks RV Resort

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Our RV at Yanks RV Resort

 

It was a beautiful park which was very clean and well-kept.  We had a nice relaxing stay having a swim and a little time in the Jacuzzi until late, it was just what we needed to relax.

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Yanks RV Resort

As we then the next day carried on down the 101 we stopped off for breakfast a the truck stop in Paso Robles which was just fabulous and had a great breakfast that was really inexpensive.

Southwest Coast – Ventura CA

We carried on straight down the 101 which goes right next to the Southwest Coast in parts and is really beautiful.  We arrived at our site in Ventura in plenty of time to set up at 3pm.  When we went to go pay we were told that our site was no longer going to be $1450 as previously expected but that now it was going to be $1950 instead.  We were flabbergasted and could not believe the increase or the matter of fact way that it was explained to us.  Apparently the site that we were going into was a premium pull thorough site.  When we tried to get into our site it was really small and difficult to maneuver with two big hedges on either side the were right up against the slide outs.  We went back to the office to explain that we couldn’t fit and they gave us another site.  It is a little bigger but not much and is now right opposite the children’s park and right facing the freeway.  We have no choice to stay as there are no other parks in the area within 30 mins of Oxnard and so unless we can come up with another solution we have no choice but to pay $1950 per month for our spot.  We are absolutely disgusted with the price and if anyone has any other ideas for us please let us know.

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Ventura RV park

Ventura Harbor

After all the places we have visited the Southwest Coast is our favorite.  The very next day we went for a visit to Ventura Harbor which we have been to before but really love.  We had some ice-cream that was gluten-free, dairy free and was made with  pineapple and just delicious.  The harbor is a very quiet and tranquil place and calmed us down no end after feeling very angry.  Peter had two days off work so we headed to the beach at the harbor and spent a day at the beach there.  There really were hardly any people there and we had a very relaxing time.  Peter got a bit burnt from the sun, he did put on lotion but obviously not in all the places he should.  Bless him when he went to work he looked like a lobster.  I think he forgot how the sun on the southwest coast is very strong with no clouds for coverage.

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the Beach at Ventura Harbor

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Snowbirds – Ventura here we come

The snowbirds saying goodbye

Yesterday at Kaiser where Peter works they did a high tea for him with lots of really nice sandwiches and goodies and had a bit of an English day for Peter.  He loved it, Peter is loved wherever he works and always makes great friends and he is always sad to leave and say goodbye.

It is our last day at the repair shop where we have been boondocking as well.  Boondocking means that we were just dry camping with no hook ups to water or sewer.  We did however have access to electricity and we have been a guest of  V&V brothers repair shop and have been really grateful of their hospitality. You can last a week like this in your RV and we have been at the repair shop on their parking lot for 5 days.  We have tried to conserve water as much as possible so that we can last without any problems.

Snowbirds

We are what is called Snow birds which means we live in our RV and that we are hitting south for the winter.  If you want to see what wikepedia says about snowbirds then just click the title link.  Who wants to be in an area where the weather may be a little colder in the winter.  Not us, we like the warmer weather, our time in Half Moon Bay was just fabulous and we were really lucky with the weather.  Not many cloudy days at all.  We felt like we were living in Scotland with all the heather and rugged terrain on the cliffs.  Fabulous scenery and views that we will cherish for all time.

There are snowbirds that come from all over America and Canada that travel to the South for the Winter. Most of these people are of ages 55 and upwards and some of them meet up every winter at the same places and just live through a winter in the warmer weather.  When I lived in England a lot of people in England go to places like Spain for the winter as England gets so cold.  A lot of the RV parks in the south cater for the snowbirds and give discounted rates for staying on a monthly rate in their parks in the winter.  So many people are doing this now that it can be hard to find a spot.

RV repairs

Not all of our repairs got done as one of the parts we needed was not able to be delivered in time.  The panel that needed repairing after hitting the post on our move to the North still needs to be replaced and is covered under insurance so we will now have to get that done in Ventura.  We were a little disappointed and not very happy after staying this week that we could not to get that done.  We are very laid back people so hey ho the wind and the rain.  It really is just cosmetic and will not affect us in any way so we will just have to wait a little longer to get it done.

We did get a few other little repairs done by Antonio at the V&V brothers repair shop and the most important of all a new set of stairs that got damaged in the accident which were dangerous.

During servicing the RV one of the biggest things that he replaced was the anode rod water heater element.  Apparently this needs to be replaced every year to stop the corrosion to your water heater.  We couldn’t believe the damage that had been done to it in 3 years and is a good job it has been replaced.  Just look at the picture of before and after. The skinny one is what it looks like now and the fat one is how it should be.  Unbelievable, we did not know that this needs to be replaced every year.

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Water heater element

We are so happy with our new set of steps to the RV and now feel very safe stepping in and out and we even purchased a nice little step to make it even easier to get in and out.

Here is a picture of our new steps

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Steps

Other things that you need to do yourself to keep your RV in good working order are:

  • Wash the mesh in the air-conditioning unit regularly just like you would if you lived in a house or replace as necessary.
  • Keep mesh ceiling vents clean.  We wash ours every 3 months and they look like new after 3 years.
  • Clean out the refrigerator vents on the outside and keep free of dust and debris.
  • Defrost the refrigerator every 3 months.  The RV refrigerator needs to be done more often than a normal house refrigerator.
  • Clean your RV every 3 months.
  • After 3 years get your roof checked out for any sealants that need replacing and paint the roof.  We are getting to that point but when we checked ours it is ok at the moment .

Diesel

The snowbirds are on their way today, sandwiches are made to keep us going and we leave today around 1pm to head down the 101 first of all to stop off for diesel at a truck stop which is just an hour away at The Garlic Farm Plaza truck stop for all you snowbirds travelling in case you didn’t know stopping at a truck stop makes it nice and easy to fill up as the rig is so big.  You should always plan your route so that you know were you can park and fill up or stop to eat.

Yanks RV Resort great for snowbirds

We will be staying tonight at the Yanks RV resort which is about 2 hours away from the truck stop. This RV park is very luxurious and we have a 100ft site that will be very easy to drive into and we can stay hooked up to our truck all night without any problem whatsoever.  The site cost is $73 and for such a large site we think this was very reasonable.

While we are at the RV resort we will be able to dump all of our sewerage and water and replenish our water tank as well as catch up with some washing that we could not do when we were boondocking.

We might even have a nice swim in the hot jacuzzi with a beer and relax for the night.  We would imagine that a lot of snowbirds head for this destination from further north as it looks like a really nice site.  We are looking forward to leaving today and we are really excited.

If you are snowbirds and would like to say high then just look our for the montanna mountaineer being pulled by a big red truck.

On Saturday morning we will head to Ventura and will get up and drive a further 1 hour and stop off for a really nice breakfast at another truck stop at the San Paso truck stop in Paso Robles.  This will make the journey nice and easy for Peter.

After that we will head down to our RV Park in Ventura which will take us about 3 hours. We will be staying at the Ventura Beach RV park it was very difficult to get an RV spot in this area as it is as a lot of snowbirds want to stay in this beautiful area.  There are various RV parks but all of them full.  We had our name down on some of them that were less expensive but just could not get a spot.  We are grateful we now have a spot booked but not really happy about the price which is $1600 per month which will include any electric.  The other RV parks that did not have any spaces are only $800 + electric which normally will be around $200 – $300.  We are hoping that this just means that this park is really luxurious. Lets hope so, a lot of the reviews we have read were not that favourable for such an expensive site.  a lot of the comments were though that it is near a freeway and we already know that.

Peter will be working in Oxnard so he needs to be able to get there and this is the only option available. We really don’t mind paying for a spot that is really nice it is our home after all.  We will do an update on our thoughts on the park once we are settled in.

We will really miss the wonderful friends we have made up north but hopefully we will see you again. Bye for now and see you soon.

 

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Javita Coffee, Tea, Cocoa and Cold Drinks

About Javita

I have been a Javita Member now for over 2 years and I am still really excited to be a part of them. Working from home doing my blog and also as a Javita member is just great.  I have made friends who will stay with me forever in my life and I really enjoy their products on a daily basis.  My close friend Jill Putman got me interested in Javita and along with her close friend Dr Chi Ngyuen helped me to launch my business.  I would like to thank them both for their continued support.

The name Javita came to life when their executive team put two words together – java for coffee and vita for life.

The Javita company is based in Florida and are a network marketing company. They have two types of people who sign up with them and they are Members like me and Customers.  These people are changing their lives by enjoying the health – promoting benefits of its high-quality great tasting products.

The CEO of the company is Stan Cherelstein, I have met him on several occasions and he is such a kind and wonderful man, I really feel he just wants everyone to get healthy and prosper.

Stan and his team have almost 200 years of combined industry between them so it is no wonder that everything at the head office just works like clockwork.  Everything is in place for customers and members to feel really secure in receiving the best product and the best service at all times.

You probably wonder why does coffee and RVing go together and I am now going to tell you.  I drink Javita in my RV because :

1.   It helps me lose weight

2.   It helps me stay focused especially when I am tired in the afternoon and on long journeys.

3.   It uses up less space than a coffee machine.

4.   It is instant and can be made hot or cold

There are many reasons why I drink Javita and as I tell you about the different products you will see why.

My husband and I started to eat healthy around 2 years ago now.  A very good friend of mine Michelle Sala Radke is a certified health coach and she taught Peter and I about healthy eating.  We still have things that Michelle has said we shouldnt but we really do eat way better than we did before.  I asked her to look into Javita coffee for me before I started to drink it and it got the thumbs up from her.  Michelle is so amazing, we learned so much about the food that we eat.  I still have lots of weight to lose but because of her I don’t have the health issues I had before.  Eating healthy is key.  We found it so much easier to stick to a healthy diet as Javita burn and control helped to curb my appetite and when I drink 2 cups per day it does exactly that.  We are naughty and do not always drink enough or eat the things we are supposed to all the time but we are way better and healthier than ever before.  Rome wasnt built-in a day.

The products

The Javita products are all healthy and contain lots of different herbs that can help you in so many different ways.  You can read all about the products on My website I don’t want to write about them all and get it wrong.  Go to the webpage and it tells you all about them. Or I can send you a magazine that I have that explains it all to you.

The different products at a price of $35 per box on-line by name are:

1.   Burn and Control Coffee

2.   Energy and Mind Coffee

3.   Lean and Green Tea

4.   Herbal Cleanse Tea

5.   FocusFusion Cocoa

6.   ActiveBlenz Control

7.   ActiveBlenz Defend

8.   ActiveBlenz Flex

9.   Activeblenz Rush

The products do exactly what they say on the box so read all about them today and go to my website

This is how I store my product in my RV and as you can see I can drink them hot or cold, it makes it easy to choose which drink I want.  I just pick up the sachet I want open put powder into a cup or glass and add water and stir.  It couldn’t be simpler.

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My Javita

They come in boxes like this.

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Different products available

 

My favorite 2 javita products are the Burn and Control coffee so it can help me lose weight,  I have lost 20 pounds since drinking this and have kept it off,  My husband also lost weight and has kept his weight off too he is at his ideal weight and I need to continue to drink 2 a day to try to lose another 20.  I am going to work on this during the next year.  My other favorite drink is the Energy and Mind Coffee.  My husband and I drink this if we are tired and still need to go do something or if we are on a long drive.  It helps us stay focused and think as clear as a bell.

Changing the habits of a lifetime is very difficult but with Javita to help you it makes it a whole lot easier.  It is not a miracle cure but a tool to use to help you along the way.

Get you coffee today just go to my website and become a customer today.  If you have any further questions then please feel free to email me.

 

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Repairs on our fifth wheel

Leaving Half Moon Bay

We have been in Half Moon Bay in San Francisco for 3 months now and it was time to leave.  We are on our way now to Ventura County, CA and have to first stop off for some much needed repairs in Redwood City.

Our stay at Half Moon Bay RV Park has been a good one.  We loved the sizes of the plots that we were given and felt like we had alot of personal space.  It was great to be so close to enterainment and also really close to the sea and all the wonderful views it has to offer.  Our only complaint would be the dust, we have never stayed on such a dusty site.  The unpaved roads cause so much dust, even with cars , trucks and RV going past your site at 5mph still causes clouds of the stuff.  It was a nightmare.   I was forever cleaning and when we left was thinking this will turn to mud when the rains comes heavy.  Not a good Idea.  We kept carpets down outside to try and stop some of the tread and trying to get my husband to take his shoes off everytime he came in was a real battle.  I for one will not miss the dust.

Although we have only been on the campsite in Half Moon Bay for 3 months, we made some very good friends that I am sure we will be in touch with in the future.  When you live this way, you never know when you will meet again.  We both had to hold back the tears when we left as we had some very good memories there.

On Saturday Peter and I had so much to do getting ready to move.  It took us a while to take down our tower garden as the roots had taken such a hold in just 3 short months.  The tower garden seemed to really love the weather here.  We picked all the rest of the tomatoes which were in abundance and gave some to neighbours.  Most were still green but before long will turn red.  It wasn’t such a big job to get ready to move but because we had both been to the pub the night before we both had hangovers that made us go really slow and took us all day to pack up.  It is a good job I had started preparing to leave a few days before. We washed our RV ready for the move because if we did not wash our RV then when we pull in the slides all the debris and dust would have come inside so we really did not have an option.  We felt so guilty while washing our RV as California is in a drought but this is our home and we have to look after it.  It was so dirty after only 3 months of being there and probably the dirtiest it has ever been.

V&V RV Repairs

Peter hooked up and drove right over the 92 to the V&V RV Repairs  The 92 is a very winedy road and Peter did really well and in fact it has boosted his confidence with driving.  When we got there One of the brothers Victor helped us get into the spot he had for us so that our repairs can be done this week.  We will be staying here till Friday.  We feel very safe as right next to us he has a security guard in his RV and he also has a dog.  I could not believe though how close to the wall we are and how Peter did that I will never know.  He did a great job.  We cannot have the slides out fully in the RV as people still have to get by us on the road so it is a bit weird to be staying in here with the slides not fully out.

On our way up to Half Moon Bay the RV hit a post and that is the major repair we have.  It needs new stairs and a long panel to be fixed.  We also are going to get a full service done and just a few silly repairs inside.

It was Victor who suggested that we just stay with them on their site while they do the repairs and understood that this was our home.  This has saved us probably $1000 that it would have cost to stay in a hotel while repairs are carried out.  We are blown away by his hospitality.  Thank you Victor.

After they have done all the repairs and service,  we do alot of services ourselves and keep the RV really clean inside and out that helps but the heating and air con will need servicing.  I will let you know the costs and also what they did in the service so watch this space.

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The RV with part slides out

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Right against the wall

 

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View out the window

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Repair shop with more RVs to be repaired

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California Fires – are you prepared

Would you be ready to move your RV within 15 minutes if there was a fire?

California Fires

California fires

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California fires are a reality living in California and during our time here we have seen many fires.  With the many fires that are happening right now in Northern California it has been on many people conversations this past week.  The poor people who have lost their homes is just so sad.

The fire department came to our campsite just the other day and bought to attention to the owners that some campers have way to many items around their RVs.  When you live in your RV full-time you start to collect stuff.  Do not be a victim of California Fires and be prepared.

If you can honestly say that you could not move your RV in 15 minutes then you really need to have a rethink about the STUFF in your RV and around it.

We went through our RV and I can proudly say that we could move in 15 minutes having everything packed inside and out.

The only thing that would get left behind would be our tower garden and some plants.

A Place for Everything

In our RV we have a place for everything and the same plan every time we move sites.  This is how I start packing inside the house.  It normally takes me an hour as I just take my time when I pack away but I can certainly do it in 15 minutes and living in areas where California Fires are a reality, along with tsunamis and earthquakes we have certainly thought of this.

Here are my steps for packing.

1.  First thing I do is to pack my wine glasses into a wine glass protection case.  This releases a whole cupboard for my pictures and ornaments that I have around my RV.

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Glass case

2.  Wrap ornaments in tea towels and place into cupboard that is now empty.  This does not take long.  I start in one area of the RV and work around so that nothing is missed.  All these items fit into that cupboard and then at the front and back I place cushions off the couch for extra safety.

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Ornaments

3.  My washing machine goes into the shower, and the kitchen trash can go into the bathroom.

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4.   My shoes go into a box and also into the bathroom on the floor.  The shoe rack closes flat on goes onto the couch.

5.   My small folding table wheels into the corner where the shoes were along with the coffee table.

6.  The printer goes under the dining room chairs.

7.  The filing cabinet is put onto the couch.

8.  The two swivel chairs go back to back with the cupboard between them so that when the slides come in they have nowhere to go.

9.  Carpets are rolled up and put onto the bed.

10.  everything in the kitchen fits under the sink, except the knives that go under a chair also in the dining room.

11.  Anything on the dressing table in the bedroom fits into the bedroom cupboards.

12.  In the bathroom everything left out goes into the sink such as toothbrushes, soaps etc.

I then check that all the cupboards are shut properly and that there is nothing obstructing the slide outs.  I start in one spot and go all the way around.  We are then ready for the slide outs to come in.  One of the things I nearly forgot once was the hangers  I have over draws in the kitchen.

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drawer hanger

Check ever inch and then get someone else to check too.

If you are having to move in a rush then just stay calm and go through mthodically.

1.  Stay Calm

2.  Make a Plan

3.  Have a place for everything

4.  Be organised

5.  Everything in the RV should have a home in the RV

6.  Everything outside of the RV has a home underneath the RV in storage when packing.

The only help I need inside the RV is to put the chairs back to back, everything else I can do very easily whilst my husband Peter does outside disconnecting the pipes and electricity and making sure everything is stored in the understorage compartments.

We have timed ourselves and it is tight but we can do all this in 15 minutes.

Organisation is the key to all of this.  If you do not have a place for everything then you will not succeed in getting away in time and saving your home and your life.

Leaving your RV in 2 Minutes

If you do not even get 15 minutes because maybe the fire is just too close, make sure that all your personal papers like passports and birth certificates are altogether and in something that you can pick up and run with and also keep them in a safe that if it burns they are not damaged inside.

This is the one that we have

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Sentry safe

 

Make a plan today California Fires is a reality, make sure your can pack up and go within 15 minutes. Fire will not wait for you to pack up.

 

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Weekend with visitors

The Weekend

This weekend was a great time as we had our son Michael visit with his boyfriend Mike.  We had a packed schedule for them and a great time ahead.

They both arrived at 11pm on the Friday evening, we would normally be in bed at this time but wanted to wait up so that we were awake at their arrival.

Cameron’s Inn

We went over to Cameron’s Pub which was such a long way to walk (50 steps from our RV.  Friday and Saturday are karaoke night so we decided we would go and that would keep us entertained until they Came. Sure enough after a couple of drinks we were having a good old-time and singing ourselves on the karaoke.  I was up singing Jailhouse Rock as they arrived and Michael said to Mike “I think that’s my mom singing” just before they entered and sure enough there I was.

After driving for 6 hours they were both tired but were ready to have a good weekend, with still an hour of karaoke left I wasn’t gonna let them get away with not singing.  Michael sang and then it was time to go back to the RV and settle us all down for the night.

Pillar Point Harbor

Peter and I had already been to Pillar point Harbor but the boys had not so when people come to stay you tend to go to places you have already been so that you can show them the fabulous views.  We rose early the next day and had bacon, eggs and toast for breakfast and headed out over to Pillar Point Harbor to have a look round at the boats and harbor.  it was an extremely beautiful day and wasn’t too long before we were all ready to eat again.

We ate at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.  We had great food and even had samplers of beer to try which was just fabulous.  we had such a good time and the highlight was a truly the apple crumple that Per and I shared which was delicious

As we walked around the harbor there were some men who had caught some fish and were cutting them up.  all very exciting but I’m sure the fish was looking at me.

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Fish

 

Pigeon Point lighthouse

We went from there onto see the lighthouse at Pigeon Point Lighthouse.  The views are just breathtaking and I just knew the boys would enjoy to see this.  The last time we came everything was closed but this time the shop was open and other parts that we had not seen before.  Well worth a visit.  We got some great pictures and had a fabulous visit there.

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The two Michael’s

We went back to the RV, watched a movie and all napped a little and then went over to Cameron’s for the karaoke.  We all had a sing-song and were joined by Geri and her daughter Jessica who was also over for the weekend.  I got up to sing with Mike at one point and it was great fun.  Watch the video of the fun we had singing.

Mike and Joyce signing

Sunday came and went off to San Francisco for the day.  We drove in to San francisco knowing it was a holiday weekend we knew it was going to be busy so we parked on the front near pier 19 which is easy then to walk up to pier 49 where we wanted to get to, we were early so the cost of parking was only $20 for the whole day.  It is called early bird parking and is given when you are there before 10 a.m.

Our intention was to have breakfast on pier 39 so that’s where we headed.  We ate at Eagle Cafe and had a wonderful breakfast to keep us going for the day.  We wandered around the pier 39 and saw the sea lions relaxing on the pier along with such great views of Alcatraz, with such beautiful weather and great company what more could we ask for.  We were feeling very lucky I indeed.

The two Michael’s paid for us to go to the Aquarium and we all were thrilled in there to see the Sharks and other fish in the water tunnel.  I could have stayed there forever so thrilling to see the sharks.  We saw so many different kinds of fish it is unbelievable how many species there are.

We got some great pictures.

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Shark and Michael

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Reminds me of children’s program stingray

My husband and I drover over to the Ritz hotel to see the sunset with some friends and the pictures we got were just fabulous.

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The Ritz Hotel, Half Moon Bay

Weekend

Sunset at the Ritz

We will certainly miss this area as we leave next week as we head down south to Ventura/Oxnard area. Exploring California in our RV is very exciting we meet so many people and in this area we have made so many friends I am sure we will be back another time.  I havent see my friends at the quilting shop for the past couple of weeks as I had some work I had to do but I really was grateful of their help while I was here.  Also I will miss a couple of really close friends that we met.  The good thing is that because of the internet people can stay in touch.

This weekend will be a getting ready to go weekend so follow by blog to see how I pack up ready to go on our journey to our next destination.

 

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Growing vegetables when your travelling

We travel in our RV all over California and pretty much change our location every 3 or 6 months.  We have just been notified that we are leaving Half Moon Bay RV Park and heading back down south and our Destination is Oxnard CA.  We are ready and excited to go and the packing will start shortly.

We have been growing vegetables here in Half Moon Bay and our Tower Garden has seemed to like the weather very much.   This is how big it has grown in just two short months.

Growing Vegetables

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The Tower Garden is hydroponic click the link to find out what hydroponic is.  It only took 3 weeks for all of our herbs and lettuces to grow.  We have been eating our lettuce for weeks.  We still have one lettuce left and tons of Kale.

The tomatoes are growing in bounds and are starting to turn red in places.  We have tons of cherry tomatoes turning red and the large tomatoes are still growing.  In the next couple of weeks they will be ready to pick im sure.  We also have peppers red and green which will be ready shortly too. Can’t you just smell them looking at the pictures

Tomatoes

growing vegetables

Tomatoes

Kale

growing vegetables

Kale

Strawberries

growing vegetables

Strawberries

Our strawberries we will be picking this weekend.  There were not too many of them but we think we will have a nice smoothy with them and some Kale.

People like growing vegetables for themselves so that they know what they have NOT been sprayed with these days.  Lots of people in RV parks grow their own vegetables when they live permanently on a site. They grow them mostly in boxes or tubs so that if they move they can be taken with them.  I think however I have the perfect solution in my beautiful Tower Garden.  People stop and look to see how it grows so quickly and cannot believe it when I first put the plants in and that how big they are within 3 weeks.

Growing vegetables is such a pleasure.  It is even better when you can just go outside to pick your own crop for your dinner.  It is so tasty and fresh.  We are hoping the cucumbers have grown before we leave as they are well on their way.  If they are not ready to pick then when we dismantle to leave I will put them in some of the same solution that grows them and then take them with us.  Everything else will be ready to pick anyway so my tower garden will be pretty much done.

I replant and grow my vegetables every 3 months.  I wash everything and start again with a new crop.  As soon as we reach our destination in Oxnard we will replant.

The vegetables and herbs we grew this time were butter lettuce, kale, romaine lettuce, sage, chives, basil, cilantro, tomatoes cherry and large tomatoes, cucumber, strawberries and peppers.

We have had such a great crop while we are here.  We will be dismantling before we leave, pick all the crop and start again when we move.  We have moved mid crop before and dismantled and taken all of the plants very carefully in boxes with solution and reassembled when we get there.  All plants survived and we had a great crop from them.

If you would like to purchase a tower garden and are thinking about growing vegetables then please check out my webpage at Joyce’s tower garden page.  You can purchase your tower garden by paying monthly over 1 year which is what we did and now we own ours.  Best investment ever.

 

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Donner family – Lake Donner visit

We love that fact that our weekends are mostly free to decide where we can visit next.

Donner Lake

Donner

Donner Lake

We sat around a fire at our RV park and was chatting with some friends.  We said we were going to head out to Lake Tahoe for the weekend and over to Reno when the subject changed to the Donner Family and what happened at Donner Lake in the 1846.

We decided we would go to Lake Tahoe first but do the north side and go through Donner Lake on our way as a stop off.

It really sat heavy with us as these poor people decided to emigrate from the east to the west for a new life.  We wanted to learn more. We immigrated to America for a new life 8 years ago and we felt we understood a little that you do what it takes to make it work.  Knowing that these poor people were just trying to make a new life for themselves just made it all the more sad.

Donner family

Donner

Monument

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Plaque

The Donner people took what they thought was a shorter route so that they could knock 300 miles off their journey only to find that it was actually longer and also much worse terrain than if they had followed everyone else.  They found themselves getting trapped by the snow and being trapped for 5 months, after 3 weeks had no food left and finally turned themselves into cannibals as people died they ate them for food.   It must have been so hard for them to get through this time.  So many of them died and some people did survive.  Check out this webpage I found which explains it all far better that me. Website about the Donner Party

We visited Donner Lake and some of Donner Pass and climbed to 7227 feet at one point.  The Information center we visited had a large statue and I have put the picture below.  The snow was as deep as the block on the statue so as you can imagine was so deep.  As we walked around the Information center it gave you the whole story of what happened at that very sad time.  This is a part of US history we did not know so it was very interesting but very sad to read about.  We found the people visiting the center were very quiet walking around reading all the information.

During the harsh times of the Donner family The Washoe People interacted with them and bought them some food to help but when they saw them eventually resorting to cannibalism it made them scared of them look at this website I found on the Washoe people. The Washoe people

 

Chinese Immigrants

It first of all starts talking about the Donner family and then goes on to tell you all about the Chinese who emigrated to help with the building of the railway there too.  Thousands died doing this and it was so sad to read all the information about the chinese too.  We actually saw some of the railway that still stands today as we drove along onto Lake Tahoe.  It all looks so beautiful and unbelievable that so many people died. 137 workers died during the 4 years building the railway.  Read this information to learn more about what happened. Railroad History

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Railway

 

North Lake Tahoe

We carried on our visit to North Lake Tahoe and it was an absolutely beautiful site.  We found a bench right on the lake to have our sandwiches.  The wind really picked up at that point and we just felt like we were sat at the seaside and not the lake.  The lake was so big that it really was just like the sea. We ate our sandwich and got back into the truck and off to Reno.  I booked a hotel quickly on my phone through expedia and off we went to our hotel.

Reno

We stayed at Sieno Hotel in Reno and we were given a really lovely room.  I didn’t sleep very well though as the air conditioning was so loud it drove me nuts.  Although it was a beautiful hotel I don’t think we will stay there again.

Well we went out for the night in Reno and decided we would just spend $20 each on gambling and then go for something to eat.  Nothing too expensive.  On the very first machine that we put our money into Peter won $500. Whoo hooo we were really happy and decided to go for a really nice meal and had a starter our meal, afters and a bottle of wine.  We also had some more money to have a little gamble.  Our weekend now was costing us nothing and we were really happy as you can imagine.

Reno was very surprising, the river walk had a lot of building going on and you can see that the city is being cleaned up   I think I will visit Reno again it would be interesting to see it in another 5 years. They are doing a great job.

We ate at the camporeno Restaurant and we both had Lamb.  It absolutely melted in our mouths and the wine was just wonderful.  The waiter Jason was a gem kept coming over and poured our wine for us and it was just all such a treat. The waiter made us feel very special.

We skipped all the way back to the hotel.

South Lake Tahoe

We left early in the morning and headed off to South Lake Tahoe which seemed weirdly different to the North of the Lake.  We paid $8 to park so that we could just take pictures of the beautiful old fashioned steam boats that were on the lake and we had breakfast.

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Steam Boat

 

We then headed up the hill to Emerald Bay which is part of the lake and just could not believe the stunning views upon heading up the hill.  At one point we were on a ridge with lakes on both side of us.  I got a great picture of Emerald Bay just see how beautiful it is.

 

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Emerald Bay

 

 

 

Video of Emerald Bay 

 

My husband works for Emerald Health which was named after this lake.

We drove all the way home and can’t wait for our next excursion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Army Strong and Stay safe

Off Topic

This is quite obviously off topic from RV stories but today is a really important day and I just wanted to share it with you all.

Army Strong – 40 years – Yeah! for Women

I consider myself to be Army Strong, 40 years ago today I signed on the dotted line to join The British Army.  Such a long time ago I know and I was so young as at the age of 16 I was one of 28 young girls around Britain who joined at that age. We were the very first women to join the Army at that age so we made history for women.

Junior Leaders Number 1 Intake

Army Strong

Junior leaders 1975

We all signed up on or around this date and we all headed towards Guildford for our 6 months training on 1st September 1975.

It was a very scary time for all of us as we were so young and had just left school.  I carried on to serve 4 years in the regular army and 8 years in the Territorial Army and my years doing this were just a fabulous time in my wonderful life.

With all the times that I have camped and lived outdoors it is probably one of the reasons that I love living in a RV.

I love it when I hear an advertisement that says stay Army Strong it makes me feel very proud of my accomplishments over those years.  I live in America now and stand right next to our allies and all the veterans over hear I wish them all the prayers and good health, just like our boys and girls in the UK. Stay safe.

I will always stay Army Strong no matter how old I get. There were many things that I did while I served but one of the things that I was really proud of when I was in Germany was that I marched the Nijmegen March.  Click the link to find out all about it. It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done.

Nijmegen March

I consider myself so lucky to have travelled to so many places and met so many fabulous friends that even to this day I am still in touch with.  My friends in the Army will always remain with me in thought even if they are no longer with us.  Some made such a mark on my life and taught me so much.

Some of the places I visited were, Germany, including Berlin East and West. Denmark, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Bavaria among others.  I have so many memories at all these places and accomplished so many things.

Stay Army Strong people with all my love and respect.

 

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Always Quilting the best store

Always Quilting

Just by visiting this store you can see the it lives up to its name.  I have never been into a store with so many quilts hanging all over the walls.  They must be always quilting to have so many people have their beautiful work hanging.

On Friday I went to a Quilt store in San Mateo as I intended to do some cutting out there. They have a free day on a Friday where you can go there and meet other quilters, sew or cut out your material.  I had such a great time and the ladies there even invited me out to lunch with them.  They helped me so much with my cutting out of my fabric and I will definitely be going back again.  I took some photos of the ladies working on their quilts and also a quilt that really caught my eye.  This is a great place to buy fabric and get all your quilting needs.  I really like sewing and meeting other people who have the passion for sewing was just fabulous.  I look forward to getting to know the women and creating something really beautiful.

Thank you ladies for making me feel so welcome.

The quilting machine they have in always quilting is huge and is a great place to get your quilt finished when it is ready.  The quilts that are all over the walls in the shop are very inspiring and have been made so well.

Always Quilting

Beautiful quilt

 

Always quilting

Quilting sew Room

Always Quilting

Quilting Sew and Cutting Out Room

Always quilting

Quilting Store

Always quilting

Long Arm Quilt Machine

 

I am making a quilt for my son and I am excited to get going I set up a tressel table in my living room to help with the cutting out and because of the advice of the lovely ladies their I now have a much larger cutting board and a better 6.5 in wide ruler which will be much easier for me to cut out my 6.5 ins squares.  Why work hard when you can work easy.  This store has everything you could possibly need to start quilting or even if you are an experienced quilter.

My squares are now nearly all cut out and I’m ready to start sewing which is the part I really like.  Being creative is what I really like to do.  I have just purchased a nice little table from Amazon as well which actually folds away so will be fabulous to use in the RV while I am sewing and can easily be stored away.  Just because you live in a small space does not mean that you cannot still do all the arts that you love doing whether that is knitting, painting sewing or whatever it is that you like to do.  Just be creative with your space.  This is the new table I have just bought check it out.

 

 

I will keep you updated on my beautiful quilt as it starts to come together so watch this space.

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Camping World – Shopping

Camping World San Martin, CA

It sounds a bit daft, but I get really excited when I visit Camping World I just love looking around RVs and the store.  We had a couple of items that we needed for our RV and decided we would make a day of it by going over the 92, down the 280, then 101 and then after our visit to the camping world store we would head over to the coast via the 152 then up the 1 and do a big circle and just see what we see along the way.

I was disappointed to find out that this camping world store only had a shop and no RVs to glance around at as I really like that as a pass time so that I can get ideas and inspiration for the future.  I never really thought that any of the Camping world stores didn’t have RVs to sell as well.

The Camping world shop did not disappoint and had everything we wanted.  We even bought a new shower head that gives us more power when having a shower. The One that we purchased was the Fury Shower Head.  It is great, so much more powerful and we are really happy with it.

 

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We also made a major purchase of a new coffee table.  We have purchased this before but my Son Michael loved it so much, we gave it to him.  We have missed it so much that we decided to purchase another and are so happy to have it back again.  It fits great in the RV and means we can eat off it while we even watch TV and it lifts up just like a table.  The quality is great and the color is Walnut.  it is called Swing up coffee table – walnut.

 

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When we went to pay for our goods the cashier was fabulous and helped us to resign up as members of Good Sam club as our membership had lapsed. You can purchase a One year Membership  for as little as $25 per yer subscription clink the link and sign up today.

 

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We saved $31 on our shopping that day by being members.

After camping world we drove over to the coast and on our way home stopped off at a lighthouse we saw just 30 mins away from where we are in Half Moon Bay.

The old light house was fabulous and we got some great pictures.  It was called Pigeon Point Lighthouse.  They also have a hostel there where you can stay for a very small cost. visit their webpage at

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

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Pigeon Point Light House

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Peter and I at Pidgeon Point Lighthouse

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View from Pidgeon Point

Peter and I  absolutely love the fact that we can get out and about to see so many different places and feel that we are extremely lucky.

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Robin Williams Dedication

It has been a year now since the fabulous Robin Williams has passed away and it is still so sad to hear. Please listen to this dedication on you tube by my Son Michael and his friend.  They did this last year in his memory and I think it is fabulous.  Michael is singing and you can just hear how upset he was at the time.

 

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RV Repairs after 3 years of full time living

Camping World

RV Care

RV Repairs

Our RV Montanna Mountaineer

Taking care of your RV is really important to avoid any RV repairs needed.  Sometimes though no matter how you take care of your RV things happen. Like the small mishap crash we had which was unfortunate. We are covered by our Insurance for that but RV repairs are you covered for that?

Toilet Broken

Just this morning I was using the toilet and  it cracked and nearly fell off the pedestal.  I couldn’t believe it.  Before I get all the big fat A jokes, just to let you know I am a little overwight but I don’t weigh over 200 pounds. I first of all thought, omg! have we just had an earthquake! and are we covered for our RV Repairs, until now we never needed to even think about it.

RV Repairs

I looked for our paperwork which was in the filing cabinet thankfully put away nicely.  Sure enough we have it covered under the warranty for quite a few RV repairs that may be needed. Our warranty covers us for 84 months. We are covered by Good Sam Warranty.  I called them and they were really helpful. I have a company in Redwood City that are going to help us called V&V Bros RVs and Trailers We haven’t even looked at the paperwork since we left Camping World 3 years ago with our RV.  We are really thankful that we are covered.

We haven’t had anything go wrong at all, we have been lucky I guess.  We really do look after our RV though.  I hoover with my Dyson handheld every day and keep down dust.  I clean the bathroom regularly and keep things really tidy.  Peter always looks after the outside making sure everything is clean and free from any leaves or debris.  He also takes care of the pipes and both of us clean the outside of the RV every 3 months.  Just taking care like that though does not mean things will not go wrong.

Make sure when you buy a new RV that you get a good warranty with it.  We bought our RV through Camping World they have a sale on right now Camping World Sale RV Repairs can happen to you no matter how much you take care of your RV.  We are grateful now that we are covered even though we havent need it until now.  It is gonna save us a few bucks.

Peter is going to pop into Big 5 in Redwood city on his way back as this will not be fixed right away and we cannot get through the night without using the bathroom.  He will pick up a camping toilet Camping toilet that they have with plastic bags and goo that goes into it for the toilet to tie us over.  He went everywhere Target, K Mart and Sporting Goods and couldn’t find anything. So amazon it is then, so I ordered these on Amazon and they will be here on Friday.  Just wished I had ordered first thing this morning then it would be here by tomorrow.

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Make sure you do your RV Repairs that are needed as soon as they happen.  Dont leave it, it will only make matters worse.

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Living Small – 10 reasons why we live small

Living Small

There are many ways that you can live small.  The tiny house movement is now getting huge.

  • RV Living whether in a fifth wheel, small van or Large One. They are all RVs.
  • Mobile Home on wheels
  • On a Boat, whether that is on a yacht, narrow boat or boat.
  • Tiny House.

10 reasons people live small

  1. Work –  We travel and live small as my husband is a travel nurse and we find it is a great way to get about and have your own place to call home at the end of the day.  When we move and then set up our site our home stays the same just our scenery changes and I like that very much.
  2. Cost – You save so much money by living small.  The cost of campsites are so much less expensive that renting a property.  For instance in Half Moon Bay rents are anything from $2,400 to $3,500 just for a one bedroom property and we only pay $1,500 and have no electric bill to pay as all is inclusive, also if you don’t want full hook ups it is only $1200.  Some sites we have stayed on have been $500.  By living small you do not spend your money on stuff.  Stuff that you have no wear to put so therefore when you walking around the shops the normal stuff that you probably buy because you liked it you don’t because you do not have the room.
  3. Mind –  There is so much more time for you when you live small.  Less chores to do and more time for you and your mind.  To live this way you have to be right with yourself in what you want out of life.
  4. Time – Living small gives you your time back.  When we lived in a house that we owned we hardly had time to go out and explore places there was so much to do with the upkeep of the house.
  5. Freedom – you can go anywhere you want and choose where you want to live or stay for a while.  All small living houses can be moved. Freedom from clutter, you cannot have clutter when you live small so it feels very free when you rid yourself of things that you really do not need.
  6. Nature – You are more at home with nature when you live small as more time is spent outdoors as well as in.  We eat and cook outside most of the time.
  7. Nutrition – When you live small you think more about what you are going to eat as fresh vegetables and fruit in most country towns have these in abundance freshly picked.
  8. Like Minded People.  We have met so many people on our travels and we find that the people we meet also like living this way and we have many pot lucks and gatherings.  It is not a lonely lifestyle at all.
  9. Health Living small is great for you health as you are living a stress free life.
  10. Fitness – When you live small you go for more walks and go places as you have time and extra money to do things.  If you lived in the house you probably would just stay in most of the time.

Muirs Wood National Monument

This weekend with our time, we went to visit Muirs Wood which is just north of San Fransisco.  We walked up hill a very long way through the woods and the views of the massive redwood trees was unbelievable.  I will leave you with a few pictures from our day out.

Number one, to get to Muirs Wood we had to first go to San Fransisco and drive over the famous golden gate bridge. That was a treat in itself and was the first time we had ever driven over it.

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Golden Gate Bridge

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View of Muir Woods

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Muir Woods

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Peter at the Gateway

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Valley

 

Video of one of the trees

Redwood City Grease Singalong

A night away from our RV.  I dropped Peter off at work at 7.30 in the morning and I had the whole day to kill until we were to go out to our Great night out in Redwood City.  Redwood City is such a beautiful place and has so much going on the City seems to really care about its people with so many events happening every week.  Great place to live.

Denny’s in Redwood City

I first of all went to Denny’s for breakfast which I love and had some nice tea and breakfast.  Denny’s has always been a favorite ever since we came to America.

 Rouge Hair Salon

I then decided that my day would be a pampering day so I went to the hairdressers in Redwood city called Rouge I had my hair done and ended up having the best head massage I have ever had all while the young girl was washing my hair.  Oh my I was in heaven.  I decided then and there that what I would do is also have a manicure and pedicure and that it would be a treat Joyce day.  They also put makeup on me and when I left there felt like a million dollars.  The customer service and the way they treated me was amazing and was as if I had been to a day spa.

Always quilting

While I was in Redwood City I also visited a neighbouring town call San Mateo just so that I could visit the fabulous quilting shop while I was there.  Boy I was not disappointed.  I managed to buy the fabric that I needed for the quilt I will be making and also found out about some classes that they do to help you. It was such a fabulous store and I was in my element.  What a great day so far.  After I visited the quilt store I headed over to our hotel to get booked in.

Best Western Executive Suites

I booked us in as we were staying at the Best Western Executive Suites at Redwood City, it was a very nice room with a welcome breakfast for in the morning at a great price. We decided that because the film does not start till 8.45 that it would be a late finish and with Peter being at work the next day early it would be a great welcome to just have to drive 5 minutes to a hotel instead of 35 minutes home.  It meant he could get up a little later in the morning too.  We were glad that we did and it worked very well.

Redwood City Grease singalong

We arrived to get seated at 7.00 pm and our friends already had a spot waiting for us. We sat and chatted waiting for the film to start with the weather being so warm and welcoming.  We could not believe how many people were arriving every minute.  I would say that there were around 500 people who waited patiently outside in their camping chairs and lots of potlucks waiting for the film to start.  The film was Grease and was to be a sing along which meant all the words were at the bottom of the screen and if you wished you could sing along to it.  I didn’t see anyone when the film started who wasnt singing.  Everyone took part and after every song there was lots of clapping whistling and cheering. There were lines for the girls and boys to sing. The atmosphere was fabulous and we enjoyed every minute of it not wanting it to end.

I was bought up with grease and have watched this film so many times with our children and friends over the years I just had one wish and that was that they were there with us to enjoy this great night.  I don’t think that Grease will ever go out of fashion.

The whole place was so picturesque all around us.  Redwood City is certainly a great place to visit.

Redwood City

Redwood City Grease sing along

Redwood City

Fox Theatre behind us

Redwood City

Beautiful Palm Tree

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Exploring West Coast Weekend

Fabulous weekend exploring the coast

What a great weekend we had exploring the coast around us both north and south.  We headed out on Saturday as there were a few things that we needed and we decided to go to West Lake City Shopping center The journey there and back was just fabulous.  If this is where I have to drive to go shopping then so be it.  There was no traffic on the way there but on the way back we were stuck in traffic but really with this view it didn’t bother us one bit.

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West Coast Near West lake

It certainly makes you think when your driving this close to the sea.  We were talking about what we would do in the event of a Tsunami and certainly this could be a possibility when you live so close and that you are in an earthquake zone as we are.  Seeing these sign posts along the way doesn’t help.  I think if there is a Tsunami then we will be kissing our A………. goodbye the hills will be really hard to get up in time.

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On our way back we stopped off at the fish market in Half Moon Bay for some fresh fish.  Oh! boy we were in for a treat.  It was absolutely fabulous.  We bought prawns, shrimp and salmon and it just looked wonderful, we could not wait to get home and get it on the barby.  Shrimp on the barby it was …. yum yum!

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Shrimp and prawns on the Barby

On Sunday we decided we would go to the The Ritz Carlton hotel, Half Moon Bay for lunch and when we got there we found out that to get a parking spot you need to have a reservation.  The hotel is literally 5 minutes driving distance away from us.  Well we were a little disappointed but may be our exploring in that direction can just wait till next week.  We can’t wait to go it looks fabulous.

We carried on driving down south towards Santa Cruz and found a little town just to the left about 15 mins down the hill called Pescadero.  It was such a cute little town that had a lot of history with pictures of people in stage waggons and cowboys.

We ate at the saloon restaurant there and we were so full when we left they had beef to die for.  The food was fabulous and cheap too.  We visited their shops which were very antique and interesting they even had items for the garden that had been made from old milk bottles that just looked amazing.  There were also a lot of home-made items like quilts and glassware.  We just loved the little town so much I think we will be visiting this one again.

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Local store in Pescadero

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Stage Road Shop

By the time we got back to our RV we were tired and just felt so blessed that we are staying in an area that is so amazing and that has so many nooks and crannies for us to still be exploring.

 

 

 

Dinosaur Parade Band Visit

Dinosaur Parade Band visits Half Moon Bay

Dinosaur Parade Band

Dinosaur Parade Band

Wow! what a whirlwind 3 days it has been.  I was visited by Dinosaur Parade while they were on tour.  They had a gig in Santa Cruz, Oakland and then last night in San Francisco.  I fed and watered them and gave them all a place to lay their heads all be it in a tent next to my fifth wheel.

I went with the for a nice walk down to the beach where they just loved the walk through the trees and even climbed them.  We went down to the cliffs and then onto the beach where Anthony jumped into the sea.  It was such fun.

James was periscoping our events through twitter on his phone while Anthony was climing the trees and we were being watched by a few people.

Dinosaur Parade Band

Anthony Climbing trees

 

When we all got to the gig at the Milk Bar in San Francisco last night one of the people who was watching us came to the gig and introduced himself.  Wow! how cool was that.  I am now a lover of periscope and have downloaded the app onto my phone.  Such fun.

Milk Bar San Francisco

Dinosaur Parade Band

Milk Bar in San Francisco

We all had lunch at Cameron’s Inn while they were here and mostly they had the fish n chips, except Michael and I had the bangers and mash and they even warmed up some mushy peas for me.  Yum Yum so delicious.

In San Francisco we all went to Boudins Bakery and had Sourdough bread bowls with clam chowder.  I havent had this before but it was amazing.  It was quite funny ad Michael really hates the smell of fish.  He had a burger of course.

Dinosaur Parade Band

Sour Dough and Clam Chowder

Dinosaur Parade Band

Thoughts about bread

Dinosaur Parade Band

Boudins Bread Factory

Afterwards Brittney, James and Anthony from Dinosaur Parade band all decided to try some oysters at the bar they all had two each and had one for me but I was too chicken to try it.  They all said it was delicious.  Michael and I declined.  They all really enjoyed the experience though it was quite cool watching their faces.

Dinosaur Parade Band has left now but I had such fun with them the last 3 days and I hope they come again soon.

 

 

 

 

4th July Half Moon Bay

The Day Before 4th July

We needed to go shopping so that we had food and goodies for the weekend of the 4th July and we found Safeway just down the road about 5 mins away.  We went around the shops and we were spoken to by many of their employees asking us if they could help.  One lady who was demonstrating some drinks told us some places that we could visit while we were here.  We were helped with our sales at the till and they were so friendly and laughing and having fun the whole time we were being served.  We signed up for their card which gives you benefits and the lady that dealt with that for us was also really jolly and having fun while she worked.  We fell in love with Safeway and just thought their customer service was fabulous.  When I took the trolley back I was even greeted with a smile by someone then.  I asked if I could take his picture and told him how we just had a great experience shopping there.  He turned out to be the Customer Service Specialist and he was just helping with the trolleys.  Love that.  Here he is and his name is Michael.

4th July

Michael from Safeway

Half Moon Bay Parade

Peter and I were all prepared nice and early to watch the 4th July parade.  We love parades and get very excited with all the wonderful American Culture that is displayed at these events even in a small town. America is celebrated by everyone and we just love the way that the American People just love their Country.

4th July

Peter and Joyce

What a great parade at Half Moon Bay on 4th July 2015.  We have only been in San Francisco for a week and already we are seeing what is on offer in the town.  Everyone from the Town was there and the parade promoted all the local interests such as Yacht Clubs and even the local sheriffs were out in force.

4th July

The Sheriff

 

The Sheriffs were so much fun and we even saw them on their bikes as well and they were zig zagging up the street.

4th July

Police

Half Moon Bay is known really well for their pumpkins so you couldn’t have a parade without Mr Pumpkin could you.  They have a pumpkin festival in Half Moon Bay in October, check out the link below.

October Pumpkin Festival

4th July

Mr Pumpkin Head

It is obviously America celebrating 4th July so it was great to see lady liberties in all their glory. Makes you feel very patriotic.  Love it.

4th July

Lady Liberties

 

You can’t have a parade without the bikers now can you .  They were out in force and the noise of their engines was fabulous.  We got pictures a video and even got a picture of a couple of the bikers back at Cameron’s Inn where they went afterwards for something to eat.

4th July

The Bikers at Cameron’s Inn

 

4th July

Bikers on Parade

To hear the bikes was great.

You can’t have a parade without the old veterans either, Bless xx

4th July

Veteran

I just love the dancing horses and they were sepectavular.  So clever to have them dancing like that.

4th July

Dancing Horses

 

The one disappointment for me in the 4th July Parade at Half Moon Bay was that they had no band. Every parade I have ever been to in america always had a band.  The Local High School band was probably away playing somewhere else.  Such a shame.  The floats and effort that had gone into them were great though and the spirits were really high.  Cameron the owner of Cameron Inn was the compare and it was great to hear him on the mike.  He is obviously a big part of this community.

All in all it was a great weekend, we had a few bevvys on Saturday and on Sunday went for a walk to the beach.  The only downside to this weekend was that the park was full and the noise levels were a little high.  I didnt mind 4th July but on Sunday evening a large group of people opposite just had no concern for anyone else and at 10.50pm when we were trying to get to sleep kids were still screaming and shouting.  I did have to go over and ask politely to be a little quieter.  They did actually oblige and we were grateful for that as Peter had to up at 5 am.  It is the first time I have ever had to ask someone to be a little quieter in 3 years of living in our fifth wheel.

Great night sleep and a new week to begin.  Happy 4th July. xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pillar Point Harbor

Exercise

First thing this morning Peter was helping me with my exercises with my new hula hoop that we purchased while Susie my friend was visiting from England.  I am trying to lose a few pounds by exercising at least 3/4 times per week and drinking some shakes by Isagenix and my Javita weight Loss Coffee to curb my appitite.  I will tell you more about that on Monday as I am running out of time today for my blog to go out on time.

I had to run to the Loo on a few occasions during our exercise as Peter was making me laugh so hard.  I actually got a little video of him doing his hula hooping such fun, I will try to up loud it a bit later.  Mr Bean has nothing on Peter Tatler.

Today we had to take down our flags and put them back up again as they had fallen down a little and looked like they were at half mast.  Didnt want to upset the neighbours now did we, just before 4th July.

Pillar Point Harbor

Happy 4th July

 

We then sorted out our Ariel which really need to go onto the other side of the RV as the clips were a little at a level where you could easily hit your head.  All done now and so we decided we would go on a trip to Pillar Point Harbor.

Pillar Point Harbor

Pillar Point Harbor

Pillar Point Harbor

Great place with plenty of free parking.  It was a very interesting site to visit with fishing boats and sailing boats all around, lots of restaurants to eat at and shops to purchase sweets, fishing utensils and holiday gifts.  There were so many people trying to get served at one of the restaurants and seemed to be the place to eat.

Pillar Point Harbor

Popular Restaurant

 

We walked across to the fishing boats and they were selling fish right there on the dockside.  It was amazing a chinese lady bought 4 massive fishes which I think were called Rock fish.  The guy got the fish out of his barrel with a bucket and put them into see through plastic bags while they were still alive and wiggling hard.  The plastic bags were shaking around soon to be still.  It was weird to see them still purchasing other products while the fish they just purchased were now dying on the floor by their feet.  Weird to see it all happened before our very eyes.  Another fisherman threw some dead fish into the sea over the fence and tons of birds came flying from nowhere and were darting down into the water.  We were ducking and diving so they didn’t fly into us.

Pillar Point Harbor

Birds

Pillar Point also has some great hotels right there on the Harbor and they look very newly built and have a very good quality look about them.

Right next to Pillar Point Harbor there was an RV park called Pillar Point.  I thought it actually just looked like a parking lot and the RVs did not look as though they had much room between each other at all.

 

San Francisco Driving Trip

Settling In

We are getting all settled into our new spot on the RV Park at Camerons Inn.  We love it here, so close to walk to the cliffs to see the views of the ocean, Driving distance to a local harbor which we will visit this week and so much locally to see.

Flags are up and blowing in the wind nicely,  think they need to go a bit higher but Peter was a little scared on the ladder. Bless him he was balancing the pole and trying hard to get it as high as possible.  It will be good just as it is.

 

San Francisco

American and British Flag

 

We decided we would drive into San Francisco to see the sights before Susie goes back to England and was given directions by Lucy the fabulous Manager here at the park.  The address we used to find the parking was 900 North Point Street, San Francisco.  We had great scenery on our drive into San Francisco and it only took half an hour.

The roads that we took were a little hilly to say the least but then we took a wrong turn and Waze our navigation system we like to use directed us along some quiet roads to carry on.  The only problem though was that the hills were now even steeper.  No wonder no one wanted to go that way and obviously the reason they didn’t have hundreds of people on them.  The road we were on was called Leavenworth Street, which then came down to the end of Lombard street.  The street in San Francisco that has the zig zag road on it.  It did get a picture of that as we were driving past.

San Francisco Roads

San Francisco

San Francisco Road

San Francisco

Lombard Street

 

We were coming up a steep hill, which wasn’t to bad we got to the top and I had glanced down at my phone, as I had been taking a picture and when I looked up we were on top of a hill with the steepest downgrade I have ever seen.  We felt like we were at the top of a roller coaster.  I remember shouting the F word quite loudly I think along with Peter and Susie.  We wet our pants and started to go down the hill. It really was scary and I don’t think we will be driving into San Francisco again because of it.  We were laughing when we got to the bottom but – oh my!  Not funny, I thought I was going to throw up.  Well I guess it was funny ha ha!

We carried on along the route to find a parking lot that Lisa had told us about and was expecting to pay quite a bit for our parking, as it happens the parking was free for 4 hours.  Yeah! how cool was that, we felt we had found the only free parking in San Francisco,  probably not true but hey great news.

 

After we parked we strolled along the front and went for something to eat at an italian restaurant, peter and I shared a pizza and had a nice cup of tea and Suzie had a sweet.  It was a lovely break after the scary roads.

Susie wanted to go to the shops which were up the hill so we waited for the tram which actually took 45 minutes to wait our turn and cost $12 each .  We went to the shops and time was catching up with us and the wait back down was apparently going to take us another hour wait.  We caught a taxi instead which actually only cost $10 for 3 of us.  Time was of the essence as parking was only 4 hours and we were running out of time.  We were not bothered as we had been to San Francisco a few years before and caught the tram them also.  It is worth the wait if you have time.  We did though want to go to Alcatraz prison but tickets were not available when I checked online so we decided we would do that next time.

 

San Francisco

San Francisco Tram

 

San Francisco

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

 

After getting back to the car it actually took us 1 and half hours to get home as the traffic was now horrendous.  I think we will  find a different way to go next time.

 

 

 

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.

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.

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!

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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.

 

Emigrating from England to America

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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?

 

Friends and our Fifth Wheel Trip

 

Friend from abroad

I am beyond excited that my friend Susie is flying into LA from England to come on our trip with us and will fly out from San Francisco.  Its been a couple of years since I saw her and we were in the Territorial Army together and have been very close friends ever since.  Can’t wait it’s gonna make the fifth wheel trip so much more special xx

 

Susie and I have done many things together.  One of them was a Detachment Commanders Course which was one of the hardest things that we had ever done.  2 weeks of really tough training.  Assault courses, Range shooting, Escape and maneuvers,  Medical First aid training and many other subjects that were so hard and extremely physical.  We had many times that we helped each other through thick and thin.  One of the stories I would like to tell is, when we arrived back from the range one day.  One of the guys drops the box on the floor with all the empty cases in all over the floor.  We were so tired and heading to the cafeteria, I sniggered and had to stay and pick up all of the bullets.  I was so tired and felt like crying.  Sue tried to help me but Sergeant Major sent her to the Cafeteria and made me do it alone.   Great friend eh! I myself had done 4 years in the Regular Army and 8 years in the Territorial British Army and had served with Sue during that time.  We have a bond that cannot be broken and will remain friends for all time.

 

We will have some fun travelling up the coast while she is here along with my husband Peter and I.  The last time Susie came to visit we did a road trip to Texas and back.  This trip is really memorable just like I know this one will be.  We drove through thunder and lightning storms and experienced all of the terrain between Buellton and Texas.  What a great trip that was with a great friend.  I really am looking forward to our upcoming trip from LA to San Francisco.

 

Friend Susie

Life Long Friend Susie

Planning the Journey to San Francisco

Planning the Journey

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San francisco

Travel Planning

Procrastination drives me mad as I am very proactive.  We had an offer to extend Peter’s contract at Glendale Medical Centre and the final decision to take the contract was waiting on a decision from the accommodation personnel.  It had taken well over three weeks for them to come to a decision and was taking far too long.  However, the decision to stay or not was very quickly taken away anyway with my Asthma kicking off again.

 

We contacted the Recruiter at Emerald Health Services Stephanie in order to start planning our destination. We finally chose the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Redwood City as it was near the coast and that it was an excuse to visit San Francisco up north in the summer – and get paid for it.

San Francisco here we come

We are so excited to say we are moving our fifth wheel to Half Moon Bay in San Francisco. Peter will be working in Redwood City just 30 mins away.  The Journey will end when our final destination will be in a place called Cameron’s Inn RV park. and we will be staying for 13 weeks.

 

On Monday I am taking the truck to Riverside to get the hitch put in.  How exciting is that finally!  We have booked sites mostly with KOA and of course stopping at Flying Flags which is a recommended Food Sam Site.  I have found them to be really easy to book and great sites.

 

We will be doing the journey very slowly going from Lake Elsinore on 20th June 2015 as this is the first time Peter has pulled the fifth wheel himself.  We are financially back on track and ready to do what we intended in the first place – to live in the fifth wheel and travel.

Planning Our destinations

We will be staying at : –

  1. Pomona KOA Site                     46.6 miles away
  2. Ventura Ranch KOA site          95.8 miles away
  3. Buellton Flying Flags                 91.4 miles
  4. Avila/Pismo Beach KOA Site   56.6 Miles
  5. Santa Cruz KOA Site                 160 miles
  6. Cameron’s Inn                             47.2 miles

As you can see we will be doing the trip nice and slowly.  I am so excited beyond words……  please join us on our trip as we now start our journey.

planning the Journey

Peter and Joyce