We left McCloud this morning and headed south on Interstate 5. Along the way we passed Lake Shasta which is a large beautiful lake that certainly needs more water. After getting out of the mountains, we drove through a major agricultural area, in fact, we are still in that area. We are still north of Sacramento, the capitol of California. We are in a very nice campground that has a 9 hole, par 3 golf course on the grounds.
Yesterday, still near McCloud, we walked along the McCloud River and saw two of the three waterfalls. Yes, Oregon is not the only state with waterfalls, California also has some. The three falls are named Lower Falls, Middle Falls, and Upper Falls. How's that for creative names. The Native Americans from the area had another name for the Lower Falls which translates to "Falls where the Salmon turn around." That's more creative than the modern names.
We tried fly fishing just above the Upper Falls. We wanted to practice fly casting and if we caught anything, that would have been a big bonus. We did practice but we didn't catch anything. It was still fun. Fly fishing is much more interesting then spinning.
Last night we had the campground virtually to ourselves. The owners want to close the campground for the season but later this week they have a group coming in. The owners said that next year they are closing on October 1.
Where are we? We are at Camper's Inn in Dunnigan California. There is not much to Dunnigan, but a short round of golf should be fun.
By the way, we have come from 70 degree weather to 103 degree weather. The last 3 nights we have had the heat on since the temperature was 34 degrees! It was an incredible shock and we drove less than 200 miles.
Subj: 11. Where are we?
Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2001 8:30:26 AM
Yesterday (Tuesday) we left Dunnigan, California and headed South. We are now in an RV park just off Interstate 5 in central California. It's a very small town but, probably because of I-5, it's on the map.
Before we left Dunnigan, I managed to get in a second 9 holes of golf. I played golf while Adrienne cleaned up the RV. Now that's a good deal, especially for me.
Yesterday we drove down I-5, then cut over to CA 99 in Stockton. Cutting over to CA 99 in Stockton is much easier than doing it in Sacramento. We continued South on 99 to Modesto where we stopped at Costco for groceries for this weekend (our family get together at Lake San Antonio). Then we cut back over to I-5.
Really not much to write about but I thought I'd send something out. We may be out of touch until next week. I don't know if Lake San Antonio has a place to hook up a modem. I hope our cell phone gets a signal there.
Where are we? We are at Santa Nella, California.
Subj: 12. Where are we?
Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2001 3:40:07 PM
We are now camped on a Lake. In fact, a fairly large lake. It is part of the Monterey County Park System. Of course we are still in California. We set up the RV and took a short walk. During the walk we saw about 6 deer just laying in the shade. We did see some quail however.
The drive here was uneventful. The last 28 miles was very hilly and curvey. It took us almost an hour to drive the RV that 28 miles. When we leave we will have to drive that 28 miles again. However, then I think I'll have Adrienne drive the car and I'll drive the RV. A few of those hills are pretty steep.
Right now it's hot here. The temperature is close to 100 degrees. It will be interesting to see if it gets cooler at night.
Where are we? We are at Lake San Antonio, California. We're having somewhat of a family get together this weekend and we figured we needed to get here early to check things out. It is a nice place but getting here was something else.
Subj: 13. Where are we?
Date: Monday, October 8, 2001 9:08:17 PM
We left Lake San Antonio today (October 8) and drove that same twisty hilly 28 miles to Paso Robles. Since I had Adrienne drive the truck and I drove the RV it wasn't quite as bad as it was last week. Now we are located in a small RV park in a small town in California's Mojave Desert. This town has a population of less than 1000, but is close to another town with a population of 20,000 to 30,000. This part of the Mojave Desert is known for some of the movies that have been filmed in the vicinity. Not far from here is the "center of the universe" at least according to one of the Star Treck movies. The same location is also the site of the crash in the most recent "Planet of the Apes." Actually, this area is probably most known for the Navy facility nearby. I'm refering to a Naval Base in the middle of the desert that is well known for developing air delivered weapons.
With that said, we had a great family get together at Lake San Antonio. The campground we stayed in was very nice. The first two days we were there, we almost had the place to ourselves, then on Friday it filled up. By Sunday afternoon, again we had the place to ourselves. Our family arrived late Friday afternoon or early that evening. Frankly, we had a ball. We sang (we have several guitar players in the group), we played, we fished, we went out on a boat, and generally had a good time. We also played with the five grandchildren that were there. Nicolas, (18 months old) was fascinated with Whitney (our dog). Whitney seems to really enjoy children to a point, then she just goes somewhere and hides.
The trip from San Antonio today was pleasant but seemed long. I think we've gotten used to traveling 100 or so miles a day and spending a couple of nights. So driving about 250 miles seemed like a long day.
Where are we? We are back in Inyokern. It's interesting because the RV park is almost full. We talked to the managers and apparently the place has been virtually full ever since we left on September 10!! One has to wonder if the isolation of Inyokern and the number of people in this small RV park might be correlated to the events of September 11. Be that as it may, we are, as always:
Subj: 14. Where are we?
Monday, October 29, 2001 7:35:51 AM
We left Inyokern yesterday (Sunday) and drove to California's San Joaquin Valley. We are near the southern end of the valley in an important shipping and marketing center for oil, natural gas, and farm products. We've been here a number of times before.
We spent the last three weeks in Inyokern. When we arrived in Inyokern, we discovered that Carrie Ovall Children's Center had received a grant application from the Employee Development Department. Larry volunteered to help put together the grant application. When he was able to get a copy of the grant, he discovered that we had exactly 4 days to get it in the mail! That was a pretty intense four days but we made it. We won't find out until December if we were successful.
Meanwhile, Adrienne taught three CPR classes while we were in Inyokern. She also participated in the interview process for the new Senior Information and Referral Program Coordinator at Homemakers and provided training to the applicant that was hired. Since the quarterly newsletter for Senior Information and Referral was almost ready to be mailed, Larry helped a bit with the mailing list and the ad pages.
We also took care of other personal items, doctor's appointments, dentist appointments, and visits with friends. We also had a fun time with three of our grandchildren.
Larry had hoped to get on the base to play golf. But after the events of September 11, security was very tight and only DoD employees and Military were allowed through the maze (yes there appeared to be a maze) to get on base. Larry didn't even attempt to play golf.
Where are we? We are at one of our favorite RV parks just outside of Bakersfield California.