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Sat. May 5 to Fri. May 11- Rancho Oso to Oceana CA

Saturday- Happy Cinco Da Mayo! We had a very bad start to the day at 3 AM. Both of us were sleeping pretty hard, and did not wake up for Karlie vomiting on the bed. We both woke up when we heard her tag banging on the water bowl. Bob got up to help her back on the bed and realized what had happened. We turned on the light and Bob started cleaning up the bed while I comforted Karlie. Suddenly she took off. Bob grabbed shoes and clothes and took her out. That was when we discovered that she had diarrhea on the rug near the door. Poor baby, she was so upset!

I cleaned up the rug and pulled the quilt off the bed. When they returned, I comforted Karlie for awhile, before she had to go back out. I had to keep Roxie with me, both times, so that Bob did not have to deal with two dogs.

This time Karlie was able to settle back on the bed with us and we cuddled both dogs, as they were both upset. We finally fell back to sleep around 5 am and woke up at 8. We took quick showers and ran to breakfast. We decided it would be best for one of us to stay with Karlie all day, as she still had diarrhea.

Bob took the quilt over to the laundry room and washed the rug in the washer in the MH. We were out of the pill pockets for Karlie’s meds, so I ran to Goleta. I stopped at Ulta for hairspray, then Jersey Mikes for sandwiches for lunch. Then to Costco for the pill pockets. I ran through Costco, picking up chicken, ground turkey and pork chops also, and returned to the MH at around 1, as it was Saturday and everywhere was very busy.

We took a nap. Then went to the Ice Cream Social at 3. We bagged some of the items for the freezer. At 6 we went to the ”make your own” Tostada dinner at the resort. Just before bed, Karlie wanted to play, so she was feeling much better. We are not sure what caused her tummy issues….

Sunday-  We did our usual Sunday tasks, then around 11, we left to go to Goleta to the Farmers Market, as we had missed the one in Santa Barbara yesterday. This market was much smaller. We purchased cucumber, oranges, local Romaine lettuce, and strawberries.

We went to lunch at Pieology. We had a nice pizza for lunch. This was the first time at Pieology, and we would return.  We stopped at Ralph’s for groceries and returned to the MH. We bagged the rest of the meat from yesterday. We had a quiet afternoon and evening. Karlie is back to normal.

Monday- We have noticed that our shower water has not been very hot. So we used the Hydro Hot, instead of the propane Atwood water heater. The difference was really startling. So Bob investigated the issue. The Atwood website said that we might need a new thermostat for the water heater. So he checked with an RV Parts store in Buellton. They had what we needed, so we left and went to Buellton. They had the part, $13.

We drove through Flying Flags RV park in Buellton, per Glenda’s suggestion. It is a very nice park! We returned thru Solvang and stopped for lunch at one of the Smorgasbord’s. The guidebooks recommend that you go to one of the Smorgasbord’s during your visit to Solvang.

We looked at the Smorgasbord and were not impressed, but we did want to try the Danish sausages and meatballs. So we both ordered the Sausage/Meatball plate, with mash potatoes, gravy and red cabbage. The bread was interesting. We both enjoyed the plates.

We returned home and I took a nap. Bob had watched a YouTube video of how to install the thermostat. It was to take 30 to 45 minutes. It took him 1.5 hours! Guess if he had to do it again, it would only take the 30 minutes! The water heater water is now 120 degrees instead of 90 degrees.

We ate dinner at home and watched TV.

Tuesday- Finally, enough people have left the park, that I can now use the internet again. I was able to send my three articles that have been waiting until I had decent internet.

Around 10 we took the dogs and went down the mountain to Santa Barbara. Our first stop was at Arroyo Burro Beach, which was where we had been before. It is dog friendly. We drove through a really nice residential area on the way.

The marine layer was still over the area, but we still took the dogs out. The temp was supposed to be in the 70’s, but with the marine layer, it was in the 50’s. We keep some jackets in the car, so we took them out to wear.

We took the dogs to the ‘off lease area’ and let them run, play, dig, and meet up with other dogs. They had a great time. They let us know they were done, and we put the leashes on and walked back up the beach. I have no pictures, since the marine layer was covering everything.

We left and stopped at a McDonalds drive thru for lunch, since we had the dogs with us. We continued back down the mountain, off of Cliff drive, and went to Montecito. Montecito is an upscale area and there was supposed to be a beautiful scenic drive. We could not find the drive from Santa Barbara, so we took the freeway to the exit and drove into the town. I have no idea why celebrities and other rich folks want to live there. The roads are narrow, the area is crowded, and the houses are all surrounded by lots of vegetation, so you do not have beautiful views of the ocean. There had been a mud slide there in January, and much of the area was under construction.

We left, stopped for gas $3.53 gal, and returned to the MH.

Wednesday- We had a quiet day to day, getting ready to leave tomorrow. We ate lunch and dinner at home. We left and went to the Square Dancing in Santa Barbara in the evening. Our last drive up and down that horrible hill! We will not miss that drive!

Just before the bad road into the park, there was a tree down on half the National Park road. We were able to get by on the road. We turned into the park and when we arrive at the TT Ranger Station, we told the ranger about the downed tree. He said he would report it and have it removed.

Thursday- We packed up the MH and got ready to leave. We pulled out of the site at 9:15. I was nervous about the road, so I drove the MH. Bob drove in front of me in the car. This road is only 1 mile, but it is a very long mile in the MH with, ups and down,and the twists and turns. Right after the first sharp turn, Bob called on the radio to tell me that there was an RV coming my way. Huh? At 9:15 in the morning! This is why we were leaving early so that we would not meet anyone on the drive out!

Bob told the guy that his wife was right behind him driving a big motor home. The guy met me on the road. He got over as far as he could to his right. I managed to pass him with about 1.5 inches between his trailer and my mirror. Whew, was that scary!

By this time, Bob is calling me again! There were tree guys taking down trees on the park road. Bob had gotten out of the car and told the guys I was coming and that they needed to move the “bucket” and all the limbs out of the road. They did and Bob directed me through the mess.

We got to the end of the park road, and both of us were stressed! We hooked up the car and got the heck out of there. Next time, we will not stay at this TT. That drive is just too much! There is a nice Elks Lodge in Santa Barbara where we can stay if we come through this area again. Oh, and the tree had been removed from the park road and you could not even tell it had been there!

We arrived at the end of the National Park road and turned right, heading towards Solvang, and down hill on Hwy 154. There was no way we were going to go up the mountain from a dead stop on that highway.

We drove pass the exit for Solvang, and continued through Mt. Olivos, to the 101 freeway. We turned north and traveled to Oceana. We turned west towards the town. We drove into Pacific Dunes RV resort at about 11:15. We arrived just as a wind advisory was posted, so we were glad to be settled.

We set up camp in the 50 amp, FHU site. The sites are not great, although the nightly rate is $67. We only pay $23 as this is an Encore park.

We left and drove north to Pismo Beach. We had to drive around the block to find parking. We pulled into a parking place. As Bob was going to the meter, a car stopped and I guy leaned out and gave me his ticket. The ticket was good until 2:30. Talk about good luck!

We walked up the street to a little walk up restaurant called Splash. Bob had the clam chowder with steamed clams and I had the crab melt. Both were excellent! I see another time going there for lunch in our future!

We walked down to the beach and looked at the ocean.

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We returned to the MH and continued to get settled into our site. We had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Friday- We drove north on the 101 to Paso Robles. We stopped at the Visitor Center, where the girl was the least helpful of any that we have been to…They did not even have a public restroom! 

Evidently, there was one at the park, and most of what we wanted to see was located around the park. So we walked over to the park. They were really nice public restrooms, with outside hand washing and Dyson hand driers.

The town of Paso Robles was founded in 1889. El Paso de Robles means “The Pass of the Oaks”, The town was also  known as “Almond Town” due to all the almond orchards surrounding the town. Currently, the area around the town is producing Olives and Wine.

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Below is the oldest bar in town.

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It was built in 1887 and now hosts a different bar. The building below was the Municipal Bath House, built by and for the city, the building made it possible for the residents to share the curative power of the hot sulfur water and the building was used for that purpose for 65 years.

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There were a number of other buildings on the walking tour, but none are still used for their original purpose.

We went to lunch at The Blue Moon Southwester Grill. We had found a flier for this restaurant at the RV park, and we liked the menu. Bob had a huge burrito, which he only ate half of. I had a shrimp chili relleno. Both meals were terrific.

We left and returned home. We ate dinner at home and had a quiet evening.

Sat. Apr. 28 to Fri. May 4- Rancho Oso/ Santa Barbara CA

Saturday- We went to the great breakfast again this morning. Around 10, we left and drove to Santa Barbara to the Farmers Market. We purchased strawberries, potatoes, and oranges.

We left and went to the Santa Barbara Mission. They have a nice parking lot, so it was easy parking. The cost was $7 each, senior rate. We had just missed the tour, so we did the self guided tour. This is a working parish, and known for being the only Mission which has continuously been used. It was the 10th Mission established by Padre Junipero Serra, the founder of the first nine missions. He died before it was built, but his successor, Padre Antionio Paterna built the Mission in the 1790’s. Some of the buildings still exist today, but the Mission has been through several devastating earthquakes. 

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The tour starts in the garden. Due to the drought, the fountain is not working and the plants/flowers are being traded out for water conserving plants.

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Below is the closed area where the Jesuits live.

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Below is the entrance to the cemetery. The far building houses some graves.

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Below is inside that back building.

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Below is an old external entrance to the cemetery.

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This was quite a tree in the center of the cemetery.

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With the picture below I am trying to show how empty the cemetery looks. There were mausoleums around the outside walls and a few in the center.

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Yet, over 4,000 Chumash Native Americans are buried in the cemetery, in addition to others.

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Next we entered the Mission Church.

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On the left above is St. Francis of Assai and on the right is St. Clare of Assai. This was on the right side of  the church. In the back was the baptismal font.

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On the left side were these statues of Jesus, post resurrection and Mary Magdalene.

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Below is the history of the growth of the Mission.

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We moved into the museum.

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Below is a traveling Tabernacle which they used to take to various areas when saying Mass.

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Back out front, there is this Moorish Fountain.

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On each end were statures which are deteriorating. The Chumash used a lot of concrete! .

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The cross below is to honor Padre Sierrra.

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We went across from the Mission to the Mission Garden, This was a hopping placed with parties and picnics.

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We left and went to lunch. We found a seafood restaurant at Henry beach. We arrived to find a 1.5 hour wait, so we left. Too bad, as the restaurant was right on the dog friendly beach. We went to lunch at a small restaurant downtown, nothing impressive.

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We stopped at Ralphs for groceries and returned to the MH.

Sunday-  We went to the park breakfast then did our usual Sunday tasks. Checking accounts, sheet and towels, and filling pill boxes. We left and went to In n Out burger for lunch, then to the Santa Barbara Arts and Craft Show at Chase Palm Park, right on the ocean. We skipped the arts part, and just cruised the crafts. They had some interesting items, but living in a MH, means we don’t buy that sort of “stuff”. Below is Stearns Wharf from the street.

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We returned to the MH and had a quiet evening.

Monday- Bob was supposed to take the car in for repair, but we have not had the issue with the transmission. So he cancelled the appointment. We did need the oil changed. I was having massive problems trying to work on articles as the internet was so slow. So I went to Santa Barbara with Bob. He found a Jiffy Lube and dropped me off at a Starbucks close by to work on the internet. I was able to download what I needed and was very surprised when Bob returned quickly after the oil change.

We went to little Mexican Restaurant in a shopping center near by, which had excellent lunch specials.

On the way back, we decided to drive onto Stage Coach Rd. This road winds through the entire area, up and down some interesting hills. Those poor horses, having to drag the stagecoach over these mountains. On Stage Coach road in this area is the historic Cold Spring Tavern.

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On the weekends, they have a band and the place gets very busy. I guess here is where the action is. They also had an outside BBQ cooking kitchen.

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We checked out the menu inside and decided we would return for lunch on Saturday. We returned to the MH and had a quiet afternoon and evening.

Tuesday- The internet was better today since so many of the weekend folks have left. So I was able to work all morning. We decided to go out to lunch, but most of the restaurants in Solvang are closed on Monday and Tuesday, so we went to Buellton for lunch at Anderson’s Restaurant. This restaurant is famous for creating Split Pea Soup.

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We did not have the soup, but did have a nice meal. We drove back through Solvang, and stopped at the Hans Christian Anderson Museum. The Museum had been closed the last time we were in Solvang. He certainly wrote a lot of famous books! He never married and did not have children. His books are in the public domain, which is why Disney is able to make so many of the books into movies.

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We returned home and it started to rain. The first rain we have had. It is cold and damp, with temps in the 50’s. Solvang was in the 60’s and sunny!

Wednesday- We stayed home most of today, having leftovers for lunch. We had a quiet day with me working on articles and Bob working on Genealogy. I worked on Genealogy in the afternoon. We ate dinner at home and drove to Santa Barbara. We stopped for gas, then went to the Square Dance. It was the club’s 49th anniversary, so they had a small party. There were two squares all evening. The last dance, we dance with two squares of 6, which was interesting, as the caller joined the two squares, into a rectangle, and we danced that way. It was fun.

Thursday- I worked on articles again today. We decided to go to lunch in Solvang. We had seen on the menu outside the Belgium Café that they had crepes, so we went for crepes. Bob had a chicken crepe and I had a shrimp.

We went to Los Olivos to a brewery for Bob to sample some beers. Los Olivos is a pretty little town with lots of restaurants.

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Friday- We went to breakfast at the resort. Then at 10, we left and drove to Ventura, about 1 hour and 10 minutes away. We stopped at Andrea’s Seafood and met up with my friend Glenda for a nice seafood lunch. We sat and talked until the restaurant became very busy, and we left and wandered down the wharf.

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Above are both sides of the Fishermen’s Memorial. Below is the restaurant. That is Glenda walking into the outside area. Forgot to get pic’s of us all together….

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Below is the wharf. It was a beautiful day!

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Thank you Glenda for showing us the Ventura Wharf and suggesting a great restaurant!

We stopped at Walmart, then returned to Santa Barbara. The ride back was not fun, as the traffic picked up. No accidents, but it was slow and bumper to bumper thru Santa Barbara. It was heavy traffic crossing the pass, but at least it was moving.

Sat. Apr. 21 to Fri. Apr. 27 Rancho Oso /Santa Barbara CA

Saturday-  We went over and had breakfast at the resort. I had the blueberry pancakes and Bob had the Mini Oso. We left and traveled into Santa Barbara. Our first stop was a car wash, as the car was filthy. It was the most expensive car wash we have ever done at $20. It was a hand wash, then they run you through a short car wash, then a hand dry. The car really looks awesome, but wow, was that pricey!

We went to the Farmers Market. At least that was what Bob put into the GPS. It took us to the corporate office of the Farmers Market. So we tried again!

We eventually found the market. Then it was time to find a parking place. We found a city parking lot, on the next block, which was free for 75 minutes. Perfect! We parked and walked over to the Market. It was about 3/4 of a block, with 4 two sided rows, plus the ends, so it was fairly large. It was also a real farmers market, with just fruits,  vegetables, and baked items.They also had some honey stands but everything was food oriented. There were two jewelry stands, outside the Market on the street. There were also musicians on each row.

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There were so many great items, we had to make a decision on what and where to buy. We bought some Romaine lettuce, as it was from the local farms, not the recalled Yuma AZ Romaine. We bought some fresh California strawberries and oranges. 

We left and drove a few blocks to a Crepe restaurant where we had crepes for lunch. This time, we parked on the street for the free 75 minutes. We stopped at a gas station and purchased gas for $3.69 gal, better that what they were saying on TV about gas being almost $5 a gallon in the LA area. There is a Costco just north of Santa Barbara, but it does not have a gas station.

We left and returned to the RV park. We ran over to the camp store and signed up and paid for the BBQ dinner this evening. We went to the Stone Lodge at 3 for the ice cream sundaes.

At 6, we went to the Stone Lodge for the BBQ dinner. Bob had the chicken and I had the tri tip. The dinners came with a slice of garlic bread, baked beans and  a half corn cob. While it was tasty, we felt that the price was too high for what we were served, on paper plates with plastic utensils. Almost $30 for the two of us. So we will not do that again. We returned home and watched some TV. 

Sunday- A quiet day. We went to the breakfast, and both had the Mini Oso. Bob had the hash browns ( never again, he did not like them) and I had the biscuit.

We did laundry, our budgeting and filled our pill boxes. Because the internet was so slow, I took my laptop and went over to the Adult Center and used the internet there to download the information that I needed.

We stayed busy all day and ate dinner at home. We watched Hacksaw Ridge, which we had downloaded on the free HBO/Cinemax weekend. It was an excellent movie! Wow, the conscious objector had saved 75 soldiers, all by him self. What a hero!

Monday- I am having to vacuum almost every day because there are briars all around and the dogs keep brining in the thistles on their fur and paws. We have to clean them off every time that they go out.

We left around 10 and drove to Santa Barbara. Our first stop was at the Post Office to pick up two packages. One was our mail and the other was pills for Karlie. What a mess! I dropped Bob off and tried to go around the block. There was lots of  construction and many one way streets, going, of course, the wrong way!

Bob walked into the PO and said to the employee, we have 2 packages for General Delivery. The guy said yes you do and retrieved them. Guess they do not get a lot of General Delivery packages, so we stood out!

I picked Bob up and we went to Trader Joes. Then to a car repair place. Bob had looked at the Ford dealership, and the reviews were very bad. So he found a facility which had good reviews. We stopped in and he made an appointment for next Monday, the first appointment they had available.

For quite awhile, when you hit the button to turn the car off, intermittently, you get an alarm. The car does not recognize that the transmission is in park.  Over the last few days, it was every time either of us went to turn the car off. Of course, today it did not do it at all. What a pain! So hopefully it will be an easy repair.

We decided to go to lunch. We chose the Santa Barbara Seafood Company. The restaurant had excellent reviews. It turned out to be a good choice.The restaurant is on Stearns Wharf, one of the places we wanted to visit. We drove the car right out onto the pier. Free parking for 90 minutes. Below is the view from the pier.

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We had an excellent meal! Bob had an assortment of fried seafood. I had the lobster roll. Both came with coleslaw and two onion rings. After lunch, we wandered around the pier. There were some nice little shops. I saw this on a T-shirt in one of the shops and thought it was a hoot!

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We left and went to the Visitor Center. We had wanted to stop in before lunch, but there was no parking. This time, as we went by, there was a free parking spot. So we stopped in. The gal gave us suggestions. We decided to head home from there. So we drove back to the MH.

We sat out reading until the wind picked up. For some reason, around 4, the winds pick up and we end up going into the MH. We had dinner at home and watched some movies we had recorded.

Tuesday- We decided to go to Solvang. This is a Danish tourist trap nestled in the mountains between all the vineyards! It is 35 miles from Santa Barbara. The town was founded in 1911, when some folks of Danish ancestry were looking for a place to settle. In 2017, Expedia named the town of the 50 cities to visit in North America.

We stopped at an overlook, on the way, of the Cachuma Lake and dam.

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As you can see above, the lake is low and the dam has no water in the spillway. The drought is very bad in this area. We even drove through areas that had some fire damage.

We continued on to Solvang. We stopped at the Visitor Center and were given some directions. Our first stop was at the Solvang Restaurant / Bakery to try the Aebleskiver. They are described as ‘light and airy Danish pancake balls dusted with powdered sugar and served with raspberry jam”. A serving is 3 of the balls.  They were delicious!

There are numerous wine tasting rooms. We tried two of them, and I found a wine that I really liked, but I was not paying $28 for a small bottle of wine. It was not even a regular size bottle! Of course, I can pick the expensive one!

We walked around the town, and over to the Santa Inez Mission.( It is interesting, the Mission is spelled Inez and the valley and river are spelled Ynez).  This picture of the stage coach route was there. We cross Stage Coach road every time we leave the park. More on that later!

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Above is the trolley tour, which we did not take. This shoe was outside the shoe store.

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Bob in front of the “Little Mermaid” bronze statue. 1/2 the size of the original in Denmark. We walked to the Mission.

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Out in front of the Mission was this reservoir.

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This is the view from the Mission. It is a very pretty area.

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The Confessional and Bell.

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Inside the church.

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The gardens.

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Flower arbor. Those are not grapes…

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This is the cemetery.

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We walked back into town.

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We wandered into the Amber Museum.  This guy was sitting there!

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This lizard is in this piece of Amber.

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Here are carvings of the founders of Solvang.

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Lunch was at the Brewery.

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After lunch we went to the Wind Harp. Oddly, it is located in a retirement facility parking lot.

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We drove back to the MH. We tried to sit outside, but the winds are too bad. WE watched NCIS LA tonight. The plot of the episode was located in the Los Padres National Park, which is right what we drive through to get to the Thousand Trails park.

Wednesday- We had a quiet day at home.I worked on articles and Bob worked on Ancestry. We took a short nap, ate dinner and went to Santa Barbara to Square Dance. We were welcomed by the dancers. Originally there were 7 clubs in Santa Barbara, now they are down to just one.

There was a Mainstream class from 6-7:30, and then dancing from 7:30 to 9. We had 2 squares to start, but dropped to one square. The caller was a substitute, and not all that great. But we still had fun. The drive back after dark was not too bad. We are getting used to the road.

Thursday- We drove down the hill to Santa Barbara. Our first stop was at the Historic Courthouse. This is still the Courthouse for Santa Barbara county. Below is the entrance.

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We arrived at 10:45 and the tour started at 10:30, but the gal at the desk said just join it up the stairs. So we ran up the stairs and joined the free tour. The Docent, Diane, was very knowledgeable. We joined them in the stairwell, looking at the tile walls and lamp.

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Below is the Rose Window.

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Below is the old jail. It is 4 stories, with the first floor for the office, the second floor for the Sheriff and his family to live in, then the 3rd and 4th floors were the jail. It is connected to the courthouse.

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The floor below was interesting. When the Courthouse was built, they took dirt and rock from all areas of the county, so that they were represented in the Courthouse.

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These maps were in the law Library.

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I thought it was interesting that they were still using these original pieces of furniture.

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Some door!

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This door, below, was directly across from the Library. If you look closely, you can see a door within a door, on the right lower area. This door leads to the courtyard, and is where “Santa Barbara”, the patron saint, goes out into the courtyard, during their yearly celebration. It leads to a balcony.

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They seemed to do that a lot, putting a smaller door within a large door. The tile floor below is original, and seems to be holding up well.

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All of the lamps had dragons on them. This one was from a local area,. On the ones from Italy, the dragons do not have wings. The local dragons have wings.! Or I might have that backwards…

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We went outside. This is the back of the Jail, with the walkway where the prisoners would walk to court. They no longer have prisoners here.

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This is the main entrance from the courtyard.

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Entrance to the tax office.

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The planter above is the heater and air conditioner. Below is another old piece of furniture while they still have in use.

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Below is the glass roof.

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Below are plaques on the wall outside. The one on the far right was for Queen Elizabeth, who visited with the Reagans in 1983.

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Below is the compass near the front of the building. The arrow is pointing north.

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This is a map of the area. Santa Barbara is unique, as the mountains run west to east rather than north to south.

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Court was going on while we were there. But this was an empty courtroom. It was very ornate!

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The tour ended, and we rode the elevator up to the Bell Tower overlook.

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In this final picture, you can see the mission to the right in the back.

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Here is the jail and the balcony. None of the fountains are running due to the drought.

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Our selfe with the ocean in the background.

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Then we went down the stairs, one floor, to the clock room. The clock rang every 15 minutes.

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We left and went to lunch at La Superica Mexican take out. This was an authentic Mexican taco stand and was a  favorite of Julia Child. It was okay, but we would not go there again.

20180426_122446 Then we went to the Ronald Reagan Ranch Museum.

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We expected more about the ranch and less conservative politics. There was a terrible movie, which took the events of the 80”s completely out of context. It was by Steve Bannon, need I say more?

The parts about the ranch, where interesting.

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Ronald Reagans boots.

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A piece of the Berlin Wall.

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This is a privately owned museum, which is free, but be prepared for the propaganda if you visit. I do not think that President Reagan would like what is being said or done at this facility in his name. We do not recommend a visit. The Reagan Library was much better and much larger.

We returned to the MH and had a quiet dinner at home. The weather has been windy and temps during the day are in the 70’s. It is 40’s to 50’s at night.

Friday- We went to the park breakfast, both having the Mini Oso. We decided to visit the other towns in the Santa Ynez valley. The Valley is interesting. The drive from Santa Barbara takes us up through the San Marcos Pass, and into the valley. The Reagan Ranch, which you cannot visit, looks down on the valley. Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is in the  valley foothills somewhere.

We looked at the map and tour books for a scenic drive, so we went down the mountain to Santa Barbara and turned north on I-101. We traveled along the coast to the town of Los Alamos. There was not much there. So we decided to drive through the valley, to Buellton. We took a back road, which rapidly deteriorated. When we came to a spot in the road to turn around, we did and back tracked. We took the interstate back to Buellton.

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We stopped for lunch at Ellen’s Danish Pancake House in Buellton.  Ellen’s is an old restaurant in the valley. I had the Danish Pancakes, which were excellent. They are much thinner, but larger than American pancakes. Bob had a triple decker,which he thought was going to be a club sandwich, which turned out to be a triple burger.

We stopped at the Firestone Walker Brewery. Bob sampled 3 beers. Only one that he would buy, which was the milk porter. Since it only came in a six pack, he did not purchase one.

We drove back through Solvang and drove through the town of Ynez. There is a brewery Bob wants to try there. We returned home and had a quiet evening.

Sat. Apr. 14 to Fri. Apr. 20- Hemet CA to Santa Barbara CA

Saturday-  We walked,  then I went to make a Lanyard. It turned out very nice, but the grommet  is facing the wrong way. So I need to buy a new grommet and take some of the beads off so that I can make a tail.

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Bob came over and met up with me at 12:30 and we went to the patio to have steak and cheese subs. The cooks come on Saturdays to cook these really good steak and cheese subs.

We left and went to the Escapees Joba Hills Resort. We are always looking for a place to settle, when we need to, and we wanted to look at this resort. We had heard great things about this resort.If you want to move in there, there is about a 10 year waiting list. It is a beautiful park! There was a wonderful activity center; there were even women playing Maj. They have Maj daily, which is a plus. A nice pool, an outside BBQ and Bar, and all the normal amenities, including a wood shop. There are several negatives though, 1. California- so very expensive. 2. Built on hills. We would not be able to ride our bikes or walk. The place is so hilly, you would need a golf cart to get around. 3. It is 13 miles to town and 5 miles from the nearest fire station/ EMT’s/ Paramedics. So as much as we liked the resort, it will not be on the list.

We returned for social hour. At 5, we went to the Leisure Coach Works dinner. They always serve hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, pasta salad, and chips. It was a buffet. They are sponsors of the rally every year!

John, the CEO,announced that they were fund raising for one of their employees. The poor guy had just lost his 17 year old son. The kid was riding his skateboard and was hit by a car. They needed money for the funeral. So he was asking everyone to donate. I don’t know how much money they collected, but folks were shoving money into the box. ALFA stands for A Loving Family Affair. Leisure Coach Works used to be Alfateers, and the company is made up of the guys who built the ALFA’s, so it is all family….

We went over to a street party on the next block, taking the dogs with us. Since we were all sitting in a circle, we let the dogs off their leashes, which they really enjoyed. They were of course fed lots of treats and got lots of petting They were two very happy canines!

There were several other dogs there. All of them sniffed butts, and generally enjoyed their time together. A lady drove down the street, in her golf cart, not from our group, with her dog in the cart. All of the dogs gave that strange dog a good barking! We have a Roadrunner dog pack!

Sunday- I woke up this morning thinking about the fact that we did not have a costume for the dog show. So I got up and made one for each of them. They were “First Aide” dogs. We made signs out of paper with a red cross on it, and put some tape, hand sanitizer, 4×4’s and band aids on them. I forgot to take a picture. We did not win a prize, as they only gave away 1st prize this year. The pet show is always fun. Harley, who is a professional dog, did not win the best performance category. Rudy and Beth’s dog, Noah, won! Yea, the 10 year run was broken! He has always won this category.

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It always amazes me how well behaved all the dogs are. This year it was held inside, and there were no fights, arguments, barking, or carrying on. All the dogs behaved very well.

We returned to the MH and I worked on another article.  We went to brunch at a little local restaurant. We took home enough for two more breakfasts, each!

We stopped at Sprouts then returned to the MH. We went to the final social hour and took our chairs home with us this evening. We always to just leave them at the site of the social time during the rally.

We went to dinner at the Ballroom for the final dinner. We were the second to the last table called. Usually, they draw table numbers, which is fair. This year, some guy just walked around telling tables to go. His friends came first, of course.

We did not win any of the prizes, but I did win the center piece, which is a napkin holder.

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We returned and said farewell to some folks. Two of the MH’s are already gone, They left and went to Redlands for some repairs, although the owners returned for the dinner.

CeeAnn and Ray’s MH had 4 broken jacks. When Redlands was repairing the valve stems for their tires, the workers broke all four of the jacks. Ray had spoken to the owner of Redlands and they are replacing the jacks, free of charge, as they should. Glad we did not use them for our repair!

We stopped at the social hour site and picked up our table which the group used during the rally. It is a slightly rectangular table which rolls up  and is stored in a bag. We are starting to get ready to leave in the morning. 

Monday- We had been watching the weather and the winds,are going to be 25 mph, in the Hemet Valley. We had  planned to go up to the Soledad Canyon TT near Palmdale and Lancaster. The drive is through several canyons and up in that area the winds are to be 45 to 60 mph. So we decided to stay at the resort.

At 9, we went over to the office to see if we could get the Passport America rate. It was $28, as this park is very expensive. For the Rally, we were paying $44 per night, with the rally discount. We would have to move from our pull thru site to a back in. That would not be a big issue, but if we have to pack up the MH to move, we might as well move to Wilderness Lakes TT, 13 miles away, and near the interstate we are traveling tomorrow. Our stay there is free. So we decided to move. 

I called TT and they said they did not have any sites available at Wilderness. Barb suggested that I call the Ranger at Wilderness and ask them. Sure enough, they had a site for us. So we packed up, went around saying good-bye to friends, and drove to Wilderness Lakes, before the winds picked up.

We arrived and settled in. This is our third time at this park. So we were very familiar with the place. We had found a nice, FHU, 50 amp site. We ate lunch, and went to Costco in Temecula for gas, $3.35 gal. It was $2.36 gal in AZ before we left! We went to JoAnne’s and Total Wine. We returned and ate dinner. We had a quiet evening.

Tuesday- The winds were gone for today! So we left around 10 AM for  the Soledad Canyon TT. We traveled through several canyons and there was some wind, funneling through the canyons. We were very glad that we waited to move!

We traveled through some NP land and state land. We arrived and checked in at 12:30, for a total of 102 miles. I had already checked on RVParkReviews.com, to see where we wanted to park. The park is in the mountains, and to obtain internet, we need to be up high. So we knew we needed to go to the ‘N” section. TT parks are first come/first serve for parking, so we always disconnect the car, and run around looking for a site. We found one where we could get satellite and 4 bars of 4 G Verizon internet. This park has free internet, at the Family Center and at the Adult Center, but you have to sign up for a specific 1 hour time period, and use a code. Luckily, we found the site with good internet access using our MiFi.

We set up, then drove around the entire park just to check it out. This is a very large park, located in Los Angeles county. I imagine the place is packed on the weekends! We ate dinner at home and had a quiet evening.

Wednesday- We had several places we wanted to visit while in this area.  Our first destination was the Musical Road.

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This was pretty cool! It was originally built, in a residential neighborhood, for a Honda commercial. They had to move the road due to the noise. It is now located out of town in a commercial area.

If you drive over the road, at 55 mph, you hear the William Tell Overture. (The theme for the Long Ranger). We did it three times! Just something different…

We continued on to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. The Poppy Festival is this weekend in Lancaster, so we thought they would be in bright bloom.

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Well, we were wrong! The lack of rain and the poor winter weather meant that they did not bloom at all this year. The guard said that there was nothing to see. So we turned around and headed back to Lancaster.

Our next stop was at the Boing Plaza.

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Well, this was a whole lot of nothing! They had the one plane and several homeless people. So we continued on to JoAnne’s, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. I am still looking for the grommet, which I did not find.

We went to lunch at a little Mexican Restaurant, which had really good ratings. We were not impressed. From there we stopped at Walmart and returned to the RV park.

We ate dinner in and had a quiet evening.

Thursday- The weather forecast was for winds to pick up in the mountains after 12. So we tried to get moving quickly and drove out of the park at 9:15. We decided to take a longer route, rather than drive through LA traffic, so we drove north to Lancaster. Unfortunately, the winds picked up in Lancaster and were a side wind. So we had to slow down a bit.

We turned west and now had a headwind. That slowed us down some and with the twists on the two lane road, we traveled slower than anticipated.

We eventually reached I-5, and drove south, with a tail wind, and down hill, which helped with our mpg. We turned west and traveled out to the coast. We turned north on the 101 and traveled  north through Santa Barbara, and turned east on Hwy. 154 through the mountains. We traveled UP, UP, UP! What a zig-sagging, two lane road! All of the pull outs for slow moving vehicles were on the uphill, so it would be impossible to get moving again! It was 11 miles.

On the first real downhill, we went about 1.5 miles, and turned right onto Paradise Road, which took us further into the mountains, in the San Padres National Forest. This was a 5 mile road in, and not a bad drive. THEN, we turned onto the road into the TT. It is 2.5 miles.

We had heard about this road. UGH! it is basically a little bit wider than a single lane with small turn outs where the MH will not fit. As we turned in, there was a MH hooking up to leave and a pick-up truck leaving. We took a deep breath and started in on the road. About 1/2 way through, we met a small car, that was leaving, The driver backed up into a slightly wider part of the road. We were able to squeak by the car.

As we came around the last curve, we could see down into the valley where the resort is located. We could also see a delivery truck headed our way! Good timing, because he spotted us on on the road and pulled over in the parking lot near the Ranger Station. Whew, we made it through!

We disconnected and ran around the park looking for a site where we could get internet. At most sites, we knew we could get satellite.  We found one, and backed the MH in, but could not get level. The park is located on a hill, with terraces, where the FHU sites are located. We moved to the second road from the bottom. We wanted to be near the WiFi booster. We initially have a very poor signal, but with our Wilson Booster, we are getting a moderate signal.

We set up, and walked over to the Adult Center. I picked up a couple of books and will replace them with books we have read. We went to the store, and checked that out. There are two pools and a spa.

We settled in, ate dinner and had a quiet evening.

Friday- We are planning a quiet day. We went to the breakfast at the park. They have a nice breakfast on Fri, Sat, and Sun mornings. We checked with Tammy, the cook, to see if tonight’s spaghetti dinner had bell pepper. It did, so no spaghetti for us!

I had the Oso mini breakfast, which was plenty. Two scrambled eggs, 2 pieces of bacon ( or sausage) and a fresh biscuit( or hash browns). Bob had the pancakes, which he declared very good!

The breakfast and all the other meals are located in the Family Center. The Family Center resides in The Old Stone House. This ranch and RV park has quite the history. The land was originally occupied by the Chumash Indians, and there is a Chumash reservation in the area. Then a land grant was issued by Governor Pio Pico, while California still belonged to Mexico. The property passed through a number of individuals and was a Morgan horse ranch and an Arabian horse ranch. It was purchased by the Jameson family who opened a horse/camping dude ranch. The first of it’s kind! They were the ones who designed and implemented the terraced sites that we are staying in today. They lived in what is now the Adult Center. The Family Center is located in the original adobe. In the building below, to the right is the kitchen and activities office, to the left is the ping-pong room, and straight ahead is the actual living room/dining room and behind the building is a large porch with picnic tables. No bathroom, there is a porta-potty outside. 

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The ranch was eventually sold to American Trails in 1984, then purchased by NACO in 1986. NACO was purchased by Equity Life, which owns Encore and Thousand Trails. NACO is part of our Thousand Trails membership.

We did laundry and worked on Ancestry.  I had several hints for Bob’s tree, so he signed up for Ancestry on his own so that he could add to his tree. Each person has to have their own Ancestry account. I hooked up with another distant cousin who is on my fathers side of the family. We share a great great grandfather..

At a little before 5, we walked over to one of the paddocks. This is a horse ranch which has horse boarding and trail rides. They had the OSO Rodeo Shindig, which they do every Friday evening. It was not much of a show and the horses were not cooperating! .

Below is the Thousand Trails logo flag.

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This is the California state flag.

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They rode the horses around the paddock with the three flags. They are training them(or trying too) to do a flag routine.

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Then they took 15 minutes to set up an obstacle course. The horses did not cooperate, so it was a bust. We were getting cold, as the wind had picked up, so we left and returned home to eat dinner.

At 7 we went to the Pavilion/Chapel to watch a slide show of the history of the ranch. It was interesting. One of the Jameson children had given the resort a scan disc with a lot of pictures. One to the employees had put together this presentation. Afterwards they had a trivia contest on the slide show. I won a pair of sunglasses for knowing that Pio Pico was the Governor who gave the first land grant.

Sat. Apr. 7 to Fri. Apr. 13- Hemet California

Saturday- We did our walks, then went to the coffee and doughnuts with the Roadrunners. We picked up our very good, very fresh doughnuts and returned to the MH. I worked on another article that my editor had sent to me. I finished the article and sent it back to him. Bob went to Dale’s Tech Talk. While he was there, the washing machine, started making very strange noises.  Finally, it started howling. So I turned it off and went to find Bob. He returned and fortunately, it did it for him. He ran it on rinse, and then spin, and for some reason that seemed to take care of the issue.

We left and went to the Hemet Farmers market. It was not much. Then we went to Dollar Tree and to the 99C store. Rudy had told Bob they had some German Beer at the 99C store, so Bob looked it up. It did not have great reviews, surprise, surprise!

Then we went to the party store. We use cheap plastic serving spoons for the pot luck’s, so that we do not lose our good spoons ( the voice of experience). Our old spoons had broken, finally, so we needed new ones. I purchased two of them.

We returned to the MH and ate lunch. Two of my three missing medications had arrived. Still waiting for one. I looked it up and called UPS. I gave them the site number and they are to deliver it on Monday.

I had made broccoli salad for this evening, so we took a nap. We went to social hour at 5, then the pot luck dinner at 6. We of course had a great time with our Alfa family!

Sunday-  At a little before 8 we went over to the Roadrunner room and worked on the pancake breakfast. We were the servers. People came through the line and we served them the pancakes and sausages. There were leftovers, which after everyone was served, they put out for anyone who wanted more.

We returned to the MH. Bob took a picture of the generator radiator, which he had repaired, and he put that out on the table for sale. I went to Susan’s meeting about the basket for the raffle. I donated a few items and we discussed what she was purchasing.

I returned. Bob had started the sheets and towels, washing. I worked on the blog from last week and Bob did some tasks. Then we did out usual Sunday tasks. We went to social hour at 5, and we brought a cake for our anniversary tomorrow. We had a quiet evening at home.

Monday-  It is our 30th wedding anniversary!  Bob went to Dale’s Tech talk. Ruth Anne, who is a new Alfa owner, came by and asked to see the coach. I showed her all the changes that we have made and she took pictures of the various items. Bob had left his coffee when he left, so Ruth Anne took his mug over to him at the tech talk.

Bob returned and we ran to the liquor store. Dale was asking for 4 craft beers as payment for him moving the drivers seat last year, so we ran to a couple of stores looking for craft beers. Bob found 4 and gave them to Dale. He also paid Dale for wiring our batteries together.

We attended the afternoon social, then went to the Sheriff’s dinner. We sat with Judi, Gene, Sid, Barb, and another couple John and Carol who we did not know. Our table was called last and Bob did not get dinner. They had run out of salad and he could not eat the lasagna as it had bell pepper. Barb Leachman, who was in charge had let the caterer know that there should not be any bell pepper in it. The guy told her there was no green pepper in it. She told me and I asked her to re-ask if there was ANY color of bell pepper in the lasagna.  She came back and said yes, he finally admitted that there were bell peppers in the lasagna. So Bob was just going to eat salad, fruit, bread and desert. By the time we got there, there was no salad left. The guy was rude about it, saying it was not his fault. Well, yes it was, and I told him so! A good caterer comes prepared for enough food for everyone. There was left over lasagna, bread, fruit, and éclairs. But no salad? Seriously??

Barb Z was the Sheriff. We don’t know who the Sheriff is, but whoever is kept anonymous so that you don’t know your infractions. You end up paying 25cents per infraction and the money goes to charity. The infractions are usually silly things. We were fined for having our wedding anniversary during the rally.

They announced the nominations for officers. I do the newsletter so we don’t get dragged into that!

Tuesday- We went over to the main building at 10 to the registration for the Alfa Owners Club Rally(AOC). We received our packet of information. I signed up for 2 of the 4 craft classes and we signed up for the dog show. We do not like the categories, so we just signed up for the best costume. We don’t have any costume! Oh well….

We returned and I finished some articles. We went to lunch and did laundry. We had the social at 4, but they did not say where, so we all went over to the main building. Not there, so we all sat out on the patio by the pools. At 5:30 they started lining up at the door. We were all given 1 ticket, per couple, which assigned us to a table, so that we mix up the various club groups. There were only 6 of us at the table. Rudy and Beth ( who are Roadrunners from Germany) were at our table. We had great conversations.

The dinner was sponsored by Redland Trucks. They do a lot of RV work in southern California. It was a delicious BBQ dinner catered by a local restaurant. Excellent food!

The entertainment for the evening arrived late. They were horrible! It was a Hawaiian theme and the dancers were college kids. Plus the guy running it kept messing up the music. It was terrible! We did not win any of the door prizes. 

Wednesday- After my walk I stopped in at the coffee and doughnuts to check on what we need to do, as we are the volunteers for early tomorrow morning. I was given a tour and showed what to do. I returned and submitted one of the new articles to my editor.

At 9, we went over to check out the vendors. At 10 Bob went to the Redlands seminar. We ate leftovers for lunch and took a nap. I had been up since 3 AM. Sometimes that just happens. While I was sleeping Bob ran over to see what the other seminars were, as there was no listing on what the seminars where, just the name of the person giving the seminar. This is a very poorly managed rally! Usually they are much, much more organized. The Wagon Masters are not people that we know and are not from our club. We went to the social hour and then out to dinner with Barb, Sid, Carol, Brian, Judi and Gene. We went to Polly’s Pies and had a great time!

When we returned we had to set up the coffee pots and the water pot for the morning. So we went over to the ballroom. We found all the doors locked, as it was 8 PM. Hmmm, so we walked all the way around the building to the registration door. That was open and we walked back through the dark building. We got into the kitchen and turned on some of the lights.

We started setting up the coffee. One of the guards walked in and I said hi and he about jumped out of his skin! It was funny! Poor guy, I did not mean to scare him.

We got all the pots filled and ready to go, but not plugged in. We turned off all the lights and returned home to go to bed.

Thursday- At 7, I went over the the room and plugged in the coffee pots. I returned while Bob was walking the dogs. At 7:30 we went back over to the ballroom to put out the rest of the items, juices, cups, spoons, stirrers, sugars, yogurt etc. We were on duty until 8:30 when the next crew arrived. They did the clean up portion, so we left and went back to the MH.

At 9, I went to Susan’s MH and we worked on the basket, with Barb, Judi and Carol. I returned home and Bob went to another seminar. Bob popped eggs into the Instapot for devil eggs.

We met up at 11:30 and went back to the ballroom for the luncheon. Same caterer, but he had enough food this time. It as sandwiches, salad, pasta salad, some gluten free items, and a huge cupcake for dessert.

We left before the, already late, entertainment.( We have decided it is the rally management, not the entertainment, who are having the issues). Again, we were the last table called!!! We came back to the MH and got ready to move. We were having the MH weighed since we have the new tires and we have not had this done since 2010. While the guy was doing some of the prep, I made the devil eggs.

We are overweight in the rear, as always. So Bob flipped the switch to make us use the water in the tank, so that we can get that weight off the tires.

We went over to the social hour at 4. Well, it was on the schedule for 5. We were not the only  ones and pretty soon everyone showed up! Like I said, the schedule is crazy!

We returned to the MH and had a quiet evening at home, eating leftovers for dinner.

Friday- We both were off for our walks. Bob has been trying to move heavy items forward under the MH. We had emptied out the back of the MH, above the bed before we left AZ, so items in the basement have to move!

At a little before 10, I went to one of the craft making classes. We ma\de an ALFA! I am not much of a painter, but it came out okay…Actually, it looks better in person than in the picture!

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I returned to find that Bob was having an issue with the tires, again. This is the 3rd time in 2 weeks that he has had to call our road service to have the valve stems on the tires replaced. So he stayed home and I ran to Walmart.  Then I stopped at the 7-11 to purchase a lottery ticket. Hmmm, the gal motioned to a guy standing in front of the store while she was running off my ticket. As I walked out of the store and across the parking lot, he started to follow me. There was no one in the parking lot, so I turned around and glared at him. He shrugged his shoulders, turned and walked the other way. Not sure what I would have done if he followed me, but that seemed to work. I hot footed it to the car! Weird!

I returned home, we ate lunch and sat waiting. The guy got stuck in traffic but called to let us know why he was late. He arrived and right after he did, the guys from Leisure Coach Works arrived to reseal the window on our door. So we had a lot going on at the same time. Since he had to lift one side then the other on the MH, I took the dogs and we sat outside enjoying the nice weather.

At 2, I walked over to the main building to pick up ice cream sandwiches for us. This was an ice cream social, sponsored by the park. I took 2 and headed back to the MH for us to eat them together.

The guys finished about the same time. We did not have to pay for the door repair, as we had a credit with Leisure Coach Works. We did have to pay for the valve stems, again! Hopefully this replacement will work!

At 4:30 we went to the social hour. At 6 we went to the Roadrunner Dinner. This is our second club meeting of the year, with the election of the officers. We had a “Thanksgiving “ dinner with the usual trimmings. Then the elections. Jim is the outgoing President of the club. His wife Becky is the outgoing Treasurer. She was not there because she was sick. He had to call her and she did not answer the phone. So one of the gals took off to check on her. She was in bad shape with vomiting and diarrhea. The gal returned and asked if any of the nurses could check on her as she looked pretty bad. So CeAnn, Beth and I trotted back to their MH. She really did look bad. So I went to our MH and got some bottles of Propel to get some electrolytes back into her. Beth went and got a bigger basin for her to use, and CeAnn went and got some of her Zofran. She had some Imodium there, but had forgotten she had it, and had not taken  the med.  Then the issue was to get the meds down her long enough for her to absorb them. She finally went 1/2 hour without vomiting, and Jim had returned, so we all left. She looked a whole lot better!

Sat. Mar. 31 to Fri. Apr. 6- Sun City AZ to Hemet CA

Saturday- We ran around doing some errands. It was a busy day for us. We stopped at Basking Robbins for ice cream, as it is the 31st and its $1.31 for a scoop. We cooked eggs and made devil eggs for tonight.

We left and went square dancing. It was the “Spring Fling” with the SCW group. There was a special caller, Dan, whose last name I cannot remember. We had a great time. This time we were the only ones who brought devil eggs, so they were gone really fast!

Sunday-Happy Easter! We did our usual tasks. We are working on getting the rig ready for travel this week. I cooked a corn casserole and we ran over to the ballroom at 3 PM to assist with setting up the room for the pot luck. We had to do a lot of work, since the Church people had not done their part.

At 4:30 we ran over to dinner. We had just 6 of us at our table, so we invited some new folks to join us. It was Ray, MaryAnne, Charlie and Paula with us. There was, of course, a ton of food. There were 60 people attending!!! We had set the room up for 64, and they had to add some chairs at the tables, so we might have had 70 people.

Monday- I had my nail appt., at 9, then returned to the MH for lunch. We left and went grocery shopping. We spend more time getting the MH ready for travel.

At 6, we went to dinner with Judy, Fred, MaryAnne, and Ray at Rosie’s Italian Café, one of our favorite restaurants.

Tuesday- Neither of us slept well for some reason. We were up at 5! At 9, we had our yearly call with our financial advisor. We did some re-arranging and will have papers to sign.

At 11:45 I had my hair appointment. Meanwhile, Bob has been putting things away and preparing the MH for travel. I returned home and we went to lunch, then we ran to Costco.

We ate dinner, and Bob went to the Astronomy Club meeting.

Wednesday- We continued to get ready to leave and ran around doing errands. We dropped off mailing labels at the mail room and instructed them that if my missing medications arrived, that they were to send them back to Caremark, return to sender!

At 4, we went over to Jim and Diane’s to catch up and to play Pegs and Jokers. We gals won both games! We ate dinner at their house.

We returned home around 8, fed the dogs and went to bed.

Thursday-We drove out of the park at 8:45 and west. We turned north on El Mirage Blvd, and  took the 303 to I-10 west. We traveled all day. We stopped at exit 1 in Arizona to load up on diesel. The cost was $2.999/gal. Crossing into CA, it jumped to $3.79.

The worst of the travel was through the Palm Springs area. There is a lot of traffic there. Once you are through the traffic, you have to go uphill into the wind turbine fields. The motor home was rocking with the winds. They are always fierce there! There was an earthquake in the area, but we did not feel it, unless some of the rocking we thought was the wind, was the earthquake.

We turned south on Hwy. 89 and dropped down in altitude into the Hemet Valley. We arrived at Golden Village RV Resort at about 3:30. We parked in our site and got settled. At about 5:00 we went to Jim and Becky’s rig, joining Chris / Barb. and Brian /Carol Hood. The dogs love happy hour! They joined up with Jim and Becky’s dog and played.

Friday- We got up and did our walks. I worked on an article and Bob did some tasks around the motor home. We went to lunch at Polly’s Pies, a southern California favorite of ours, for their famous tuna fish sandwich.

We stopped at Sprouts and Walmart. We returned and greeted more arrivals. We went to social hour at 5 PM, with most of the people who are attending the Alfa AOC rally. We returned, ate dinner, watched some TV, and went to bed. 

Sat. Mar. 24 to Fri. Mar 30- Sun City AZ

Saturday- Bob woke up with benign vertigo. We tried the exercises that I use, but it made him more nauseated, so we stopped. He tried other exercises and they helped a bit. We gave him some of Karlie’s Meclizine ( same dosage)  and that seemed to help. He stayed light headed and dizzy all day. Naturally, we had a quiet day at home.

Sunday- Bob was a little bit better with the medication and the exercises, but we still stayed home and watched TV after doing our usual Sunday tasks.

Monday- I had a Doc appt. for this afternoon at 2:45 ,so I called and moved Bob into my appt. and changed my appt. to Sat at 10 AM. So at 2:45  I took Bob to see the Doc. She ordered that he be seen by an audiologist. Fortunately, there is one in the office, and they were able to squeeze him in for Tuesday. She also gave him a prescription for the Meclizine. We had a quiet rest of the day.

Tuesday- Bob had a little bit of the vertigo today, but he was much better. I went to play Maj at 10, then took Bob to the audiologist at 12:15. Of course, all of a sudden he felt better! The audiologist could not replicate the vertigo by using the table to maneuver him. Oh well, at least Bob seems to have recovered. We did not go Square Dancing because we wanted to make sure he recovered.

At 3:45 we had our Dermatologist appts. The Doc is retiring in December, so we will not see him again. Bob had a great check up, with no issues. I had two places  that the Doc sprayed.

We returned home and had a quiet evening.

Wednesday- I was off to Mahjongg in the morning. Then we had a happy hour here at our RV with 14 of us. Paula and Charlie were in town, so they were able to join us. It was great seeing them! Karen, John, Barb, Sid, MaryAnne, Ray, Linda, Mike, Judy and Fred attended.

Thursday- I picked up Karen and we went to a water color painting card class. That was fun. We made 5 cards at Leslie’s house in Peoria. I returned, we ate lunch and had a quiet afternoon. We went square dancing in SCW in the evening.

Friday- I went to card making in the morning. We met up with Paula and Charlie at the office at 11. We are letting them move into our site for about 6 weeks. We will be gone and they have doctor’s appointments. So they are going to pay the water and electric for the site.

It only took a few minutes to work through this with the park. So we left and ran to the Endocrinologist office for Bob to pick up his prescriptions. Then we went to Cracker Barrel to meet up with the rest of the group for lunch. There were 10 of us, with Linda, Mike, Charlie, Paula, Judy, MaryAnne, Karen and John.  We had a great time!

We said good-bye to John and Karen, as we will not see them again until the fall. We stopped at Costco for gas, and returned home.

We had a quiet afternoon, ate dinner, and attempted to go square dancing. They were not having it at the usual center, and we could not find them! So we returned home and watched some TV.