San Diego–December 2018

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As November drew to a close, we headed south to San Diego.  We wanted to return to Mission Bay RV Resort for the month of December.  It’s a super relaxing place with a great location right on the north side of Mission Bay.  From the RV park you can access the walking/biking path for miles in both directions.

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As soon as we got the motorhome parked, we headed up to Murrieta in order to babysit Tad and Mia for the weekend while Jason and Ashley took a weekend trip.  The fun began as soon as we picked them up from day care and went back to their house.  Keeping up with a 5 year old and 3 year old is a challenge for grandparents, especially now that Mia likes to “fly” which means holding her in your arms and letting her swoop around the room.  She likes doing that a lot.

For the remainder of the month, we attended Steve & Wende’s very fun Christmas party, did some bicycling and visited (or revisited) various spots around San Diego.  For Christmas we joined Valerie’s family at her Mom’s house.  Tim picked up delicious steamed Dungeness crabs for dinner.

Next stop:  Long Beach, CA

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November in So Cal

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After returning from Nashville (Cooper Family Event), Ralph and Carlie allowed us to leave our motorhome parked on their property.  This allowed us to spend the remainder of the month between visiting with them and spending some time in Torrance with Valerie’s Mom and other family.

Chrissy Bridal Shower

First up was a Bridal Shower for Chrissy.  Her wedding will be on January 19, 2019.  After that we had some family dinners and enjoyed a visit with Mae’s sister in-law who made the trip from Hawaii for Thanksgiving.

Next up:  San Diego, CA

Dale Hollow 2018

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Eagle Cove Resort

Once again it was time for the annual fall/winter meet up with the Cooper family at Eagle Cove Resort on Dale Hollow Lake near Cookeville, TN.  This year the event took place during the first weekend of November.  We certainly enjoyed the family, food and lovely fall weather.

In addition, we enjoyed two days with my brother, Hew, at his place on Nolin Lake in central Kentucky.  We appreciate his hospitality and had a great time visiting with him and Peanut.  Finally, we spent one night in Louisville with Nancy and had lunch with her, Alyson and Corey.  Our thanks for putting us up for the night before our return to Nashville for our return flight.

Finally, our thanks to Ralph and Carlie for allowing us to park our motorhome on their property.  This has been a great convenience for us and has allowed us to visit with them and their family as well.

Desert Center, CA

From Prescott, AZ, we needed a place to stop in order to break up the drive that would get us to Southern California.  The Lake Tamarisk Desert Resort in Desert Center fulfilled that requirement.

Lake Tamarisk Desert Resort

Desert Center, located approximately halfway between Phoenix and Los Angeles, has a colorful history.  It was founded in 1921 by Stephen A. Ragsdale, also know as “Desert Steve”.  He and his wife began with a simple shack and provided vehicle repair, fuel and refreshments to travelers.  Desert Center offered the only such services for 50 miles in either direction.  Today, there is not much left in Desert Center.  However, there is a small golf and retirement community centered around a nice lake.  We spent two nights at Lake Tamarisk Desert Resort before continuing our drive west.

Next stop:  Sylmar, CA