Our lives now include living at one of the nicest senior communities in the USA. Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA. We will still travel in the RV but not full time.

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January means Traveling South to San Diego

Our new neighbors in Walnut Creek asked us as we took our last load to the motor home if we just bought our condo for a weekend retreat.  We had reservations for San Diego before we bought, so decided to go ahead and come down here to Mission Bay RV.  OMG!  It is a wonderful place to camp and take walks and bike rides.  We are so close to Balboa Park and it’s wonderful museums, Old Town and everything we could want.  Drove back up Highway 1 to La Jolla and just enjoyed the views and the incredibly beautiful homes.

Today we decided to tackle a bike ride up some hills where Starbucks is-just under 2 miles.  We have sat here for two hours and I have enjoyed perfect weather, latte and then lunch.  Russ has read his book and nice young people are sitting nearby with one year and 5 month olds, entertaining us.  Does it sound like a perfect retired day?

Before we left northern CA I had my hair recut and colored the reddest color ever.  When I stopped by to see a long time friend, she said it was the preferred color of middle European women.  Does that make me more interesting?

On the way down we had a lovely stop at Russ’s sister’s RV spot in her back yard with plug ins and everything.  Since it is so close to Carmel we will probably spend many weekends there!  They live on a Strawberry farm in Watsonville close to Salinas.  Just beautiful.

My nice sister in law

My nice sister in law

Just done by Kay's hairdresser Martiza

Just done by Kay’s hairdresser Martiza

Freaked me out-color that dyed my hair

Freaked me out-color that dyed my hair

Georgie still loves bike rides and walks-I let her chase the ducks and stuff along the water.

Georgie still loves bike rides and walks-I let her chase the ducks and stuff along the water.

Stayed above the ocean at Ventura RV place that had heated pool

Stayed above the ocean at Ventura RV place that had heated pool

Lava Hot Springs Near Wyoming, Idaho Border Rises to Its Potential

The land around Lava Hot Springs

Montpelier, Soda Springs and Lava Hot Springs usually mean you have arrived from Wyoming into South Eastern Idaho. It is actually beautiful to me. High rolling sagebrush and grassland-much of it farmed wheat. Harsh winters, and hot summers. Grandpa Gilbert used to take us to the hot springs to swim in the 1950’s cause it is close to Pocatello. Then when my sister Karole was raising her three sons, we took them to Lava to swim too.

 

Well this time it was just Russ and I with three nights to spare so we stopped at the Lava Hot Springs KOA Campground now owned by a local couple who are burning their candles at both ends, fixing up and making an old campground on the river, be beautiful, serviceable and a great place for travelers to stop. Not only that, but it seems Southern Utah has fallen in love with it for their family weekends. Good fishing-the old hot tubs fixed up, the garden paths around the historic resort are lava rock specific and very cool. The stores now attract visitors and are open on Sunday. Also coffee and would you old time Idahoans believe that there is a latte stand on the corner. OMG!

Water slides for families and tubing and rafting down the river. We loved it and will return.

 

Must mention stopping at Montpelier at the Oregon Trail Memorial. Great paintings that I believe Simplot had done. They depicted all my favorite southern Idaho spots as they were in the days of the Oregon Trail Expeditions. Nice people and lots of tourists stop there, too. I recommend it.

 

Stopped here with 200 bicyclists who had done 100 mile rides in the mountains

Stopped here with 200 bicyclists who had done 100 mile rides in the mountains

Painting of Thousand Springs where I went swimming in my teens, Hagerman Valley.

Painting of Thousand Springs where I went swimming in my teens, Hagerman Valley.

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Garden walk above hot springs

Garden walk above hot springs

lava rock-garden carved out of it

lava rock-garden carved out of it

great old building with holly hocks

great old building with holly hocks

High dive scares everyone, had a ball watching the 10 minute before diving and then the 45 minute!

High dive scares everyone, had a ball watching the 10 minute before diving and then the 45 minute!

Young kids walking the strap.

Young kids walking the strap.

KOA we loved in Lava

KOA we loved in Lava

New chairs for the motor home

New chairs for the motor home

Camping Alone at Luray! Where did all the People Go from Outlanders RV Park?

Let me remind you-double click title line to get on to actual blog when you cannot get the photos up.

Last weekend was a Holiday and our lovely camping spot at Outlander RV near Luray, VG was full of families getting away for the weekend.  Really nice people to visit with.  Gary and Hilary next to us have traveled across the States 4 times-he is in the Navy (?) at Alexandria, VA.  She is a social worker and is from Kentucky and told us where to stay and what to see in Louisville including touring the horse barns at Churchill Downs.  He was at Monterey for some years.

Then the weekend comes to an end and Memorial Day everyone left except two couples.  So I went over to them, old Air Force buddies and wives.  Lots of good stories to share.  Both men had been at Mountain Home, Idaho air base.  That was one of the towns we played basketball against when I was in high school.  Talked about Beale outside of Marysville, CA where I lived as well.  Then one couple and I exchanged stories of meeting our partners.  She was divorced and ended up with her old boyfriend from when she was 12 and that was it-they are together now.  The other couple are both military! Nice people.

And then they left and here we are-with gorgeous nite skies and almost no lighting.  We are on farm land. The grasses and weeds and wildflowers grown high in certain parts, with mowed areas for runners and graveled areas for walkers and bikers.

Vehicle repairs took us the little town of Stanley, and then we finally -after 5 days here, made it to the actual town of Luray.  Another incredibly sweet spot in the Shenandoah Valley.  It is actually just up the hill, hidden, 5 miles away from us.  I bet if we had not gone to a garage for repairs we would never have seen it.  It was the first really hot day here in these mountains and we could not leave Shadow in the car-so I allowed Russ to do the laundry in air conditioning-and I found a park on the river with ducks and kids and people having their lunch break.  Shadow and I walked the path to Main Street and checked out the shops.  These little towns are very interesting.  They manage to keep businesses in the old buildings and even the battered ones draw you in.  Homes are smallish-old and 50’s 60’s old.  People do not appear to have wealth in these small towns.  The shops are not open every day except maybe in the heart of summer and we are just early for that.  I have such wonderful conversations with strangers!

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Haiwassee and Young Harris, Georgia

Russ and I became friends in Perdido Cove with a lovely couple, Wayne and Linda.  They were the center of the night life each evening as a half dozen or more of us gathered together, they had the view of the tug boats and the waterway.  Well, when I began to plan our route out of Florida and through Alabama and Tennessee and then into the Smokey Mountains, Wayne said, bring the map to me.  He knows all the south, actually.  So leaving Chattanooga we did not go to Knoxville, but he wanted us to see a very scenic area in NW Georgia where he and Linda live-Young Harris.  He knew of a remarkable campground, isolated a bit but still close to everything.  This was in Haiwassee. Well the drive from Chattanooga there was on narrow two lane highways, with plenty of up and down, and then my side of the RV almost over the River was very exciting OMG!  Russ knows he should never have me be a passenger on those narrow road trips, as I am sure he will drive us right into the river.

The RV place is beautiful, rolling country grasses and forests and the whole valley has lake and river winding through it.  I think it might be the prettiest place I have ever been. In Haiwassee the campground was River’s Bend.  Creek was stocked with trout and place was landscaped beautifully.

For some reason I keep forgetting to say anything about the Southern accents.  They all don’t come across the same.  The order of words, the level of education, the country or city they live in-absolutely delightful.  What I have enjoyed is that I don’t try to imitate anyone, but in my head I play back something someone said and I realize I am remembering it with the accent.

Linda and Wayne live on top of one of the Hills and have a scrumptious house and huge lawns.  They entertained us for the first evening in her country creative porch room they enclosed.  Oh, the views!!!  They also belong to a Resort with pool both indoor and outdoor.  Linda took me to swim and have lunch by the pool.  I can’t believe they are members of this magnificent spot.  What an incredible afternoon she gave me.  Girl talk endlessly!

DSC04197This view from Linda and Wayne’s family room views the mountain.

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These two are the porch-very informal compared to the rest of the home.  They enclosed it, and it is perfect for family.

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One of the views of the resort where Linda and I swam.

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Resort fireplace and great room.

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more of the resort

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views from resort terrace

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Russ with our friend Linda.
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You know who!!

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The area around the RV place.

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