Elephant Seals

The most easily accessible location on the California coast where you can view the Elephant Seals is near San Simeon, CA, about 5 miles north of the entrance to the Hearst Castle.  Right on Highway 1 you can pull into the parking lot and observe them laying on the beach and maybe sparring in the surf.  The rookery you see here ranges over 6 miles of California coastline in the area of Piedras Blancas.  This was a 30 mile drive north from our base in Morro Bay, CA.

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Lake Casitas Recreation Area

After 5 months, we’re back in our house on wheels.

Lake Casitas Recreation Area

Over the Memorial Day weekend, our friends Ralph and Carlie generously allowed us to park our motorhome on their property.  This gave us the opportunity to not only visit with them but to get ourselves settled back into our home and to do some shopping to resupply.

The photo above is from Lake Casitas Recreation Area.  This was our first stop after leaving Ralph and Carlie.  This lake is located in the coastal hills between Ventura and Ojai, CA.  Although the lake has benefited somewhat from this past winter’s rains, it still remains at only 43% of capacity.  Nevertheless, we had a few days of nice weather and tranquility.

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Next stop:  Morro Bay, CA

Anaheim, CA

When I first arrived in Southern California, I parked for a week in Anaheim at Canyon RV Park.  This gave us some time to figure out what we would do with the RV in the near term future.  This park is located just off the 90 Freeway.  It is in a park like setting with large shady sites.

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Since it was clear that we would be here for a while helping to look after Valerie’s Mom we decided to store the motorhome.  We were able to find an available spot in a storage facility close to her Mom’s house in Torrance.

Three Week California Break

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With our motorhome stashed in Tullahoma, TN, we took a 3 week trip to California.  This was an opportunity to catch up on medical and dental checkups and for a variety of family events along with visits with friends.

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During our visit, the Morita family had a photographer take a series of family photos which was followed by a birthday celebration for Mae, Valerie’s Mom.  Of course, there was a Mother’s Day celebration which we shared with Nycolle’s family.  In addition, we had the opportunity to visit with our friends, Steve & Wende, Tim & Dinah and Ralph & Carlie.

It was a busy and fun filled visit.  We’re not sure when we will return to California, possibly in the fall.  Once we get back to Tennessee we’ll continue our motorhome travel, initially into Kentucky, then Ohio and into western New York.  We have already booked a spot near Buffalo in order to visit Niagara Falls in mid-June.

We’ll see you on the road.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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We stopped off for three nights to visit here.  The park covers 600,000 acres making it one of the largest state parks in the US.  The park headquarters is adjacent to the town of Borrego Springs.  We parked in the RV section of the Palm Canyon campground.

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We checked out the Visitor Center and did some hiking, including a hike up into Palm Canyon which leads to an oasis with a large stand of…you guessed it, palm trees.  Unfortunately, we were not able to get a look at the bighorn sheep which are a signature part of the park.