Acton, CA

The next stop in our pieced together summer itinerary was Acton, CA.  It was not originally our intent to be here but without boring you with the details, here we were.  This became our place to ride out the July 4th weekend.  It’s one of the most popular times for families to pack up the RV and this year was a ready made 4 day weekend.  So I’m always concerned about making sure we have a place to park during this time.

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Santa Clarita, CA

Leaving Morro Bay was tough knowing that we were heading inland and would certainly encounter warmer, perhaps hot weather.  We’re making our way over to the Sierra Mountains with a couple of stops in between.  Our first waypoint was Santa Clarita, just off Interstate 5 about 35 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

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The weather was not too bad, mostly in the upper 80’s.  While here Ralph, Carlie and Carlie’s Mom came up and had lunch with us at the Valencia Travel Village.

Next stop:  Acton, CA

Morro Bay

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We have visited Morro Bay a few times but this has been our first stay here in the motorhome.  We stayed at a very nice small RV park which is ideally located with a two block walk to the center of town and a two block walk in the other direction to reach the waterfront.

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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