Where are we?
February 2006

Subj:     166.Where are we?
Date:     Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Well, it's kind of difficult to describe exactly where we are since we really don't know too much about it. But, it is referred to as the Apricot Capitol of the World. However, looking on the web we learned that this place has a population of 16,148 and it is a rural, small town surrounded by agricultural land. With an agricultural base, orchards of apricots, almonds, and walnuts, as well as row crops of dry bean, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, peas, and melons play an important role in the local history.

We are staying in a brand new RV park which is very nice. As has been the case in most recent history, they do have a free Wi-Fi service. Since the RV park, called Kit Fox RV Park, is brand new (they opened in October 2005) we were just lucky to find it. It's much nicer than the RV parks that we usually stay at on I-5. The site we are in is long enough for our 39 foot motorhome and our little Toyota Pickup truck. We didn't even have to unhook the pickup.

Today we drove through all sorts of weather: lots of rain, a little bit of snow, some cross winds (which we barely noticed with the motorhome), and some decent weather (but very little sunshine). We've also started a "punch list" of things that need attention on our new motorhome. The punch list is normal and really there is nothing major. We also discovered that driving this monster is a real pleasure. Larry drove over 300 miles today (from about 11:00 AM to about 6:00 PM) with plenty of stops for exercise, lunch, potty breaks, etc. He thought the 01 Winnebago Adventurer on the Workhorse Chassis was a joy but the Freightliner Chassis with the 350 HP Cat Diesel is much better. It's amazing, our first motorhome was on an old Dodge Chassis, the second was on a Chevrolet P-30 Chassis which was a great improvement over the Dodge. Our third Motorhome was on a Workhorse Chassis and was a really great improvement over the old P-30. Now the Freightliner Chassis with the 350HP Cat Diesel is a great improvement over the Workhorse. The only problem with the current chassis is getting used to the longer wheel base.

Now, where are we? We are in Patterson California at the Kit Fox RV Park. We were headed for Santa Nella but when we saw this we decided we were ready to stop for the night. As we said, it's new, it wasn't in any of our campground directories, but it appears to be a very nice stop over on Interstate 5 between Bakersfield and Sacramento.

The Brauers
Still Havin' Fun
As Always

Subj:     167. Where are we?
Date:     Friday, February 3, 2006

Well, here we are back where we started our full time RV life style 4 1/2 years ago. It's a relatively small community in the Mojave Desert of California. We always say the closest landmarks are Mount Whitney (the highest point in the Continental US) and Death Valley (the lowest point in the US). This community really exists because of the US Navy. Why is the US Navy in the desert rather than on the ocean? Well, they Navy has three major concerns, underwater, on water, and in the air. This area is concerned with the air part of the Navy. Specifically, the major employer in the area is the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, China Lake, California. This is where the Navy develops Air Delivered Weapons and where Larry worked as an engineer for over 30 years.

Now that we are here, and Adrienne has been able to see her Dentist, we are busy reorganizing our new motorhome. We are finding things that we no longer need, that were useful with our 01 Winnebago Adventurer but are not needed with our 06 Winnebago Journey. We are also occupied with some children and grandchildren.

We'll only be here for a few days before we leave to go to LA to visit more kids and grandkids. Meanwhile, it's fun to visit family and friends. This place is so small that all you have to do is go to Wal-Mart or Alberston's and you will see people that you have known for years.

Where are we? We are actually in Inyokern California which is only 10 miles from both Ridgecrest and China Lake.

The Brauers
Havin' Fun
Where ever they are!!

Subj:     168. Where are we?
Date:     Friday, February 24, 2006

We haven't put together one of these emails for a couple of weeks. We'll tell you more about what we were doing but first, we have to describe where we are now located. We are in a city in Southern California. The city is known for several things. One of the many features of this city is a large Park. The park is certainly a green belt. It has a number of museums, a large pipe organ, and a well known zoo. The city is also known for its good weather, nice bays (more than one), and a number of other attractions.

Now, our last email was sent from Inyokern about three weeks ago. Yes, we did spend time in Inyokern but not three weeks. We left Inyokern on the weekends. First, we went to Los Angeles to see two of Adrienne's sons, a grand daughter, and grandson, and two more soon to be grandsons. The first weekend we also attended an LA Kings hockey game. Maybe it was just luck or maybe we brought luck to the Kings, but anyway the Kings won the game in overtime. Apparently the win ended a losing streak.

The next weekend, we went to LA again. This time we took three grandkids from Ridgecrest to visit their cousins in LA. Both Saturday night and Sunday night we had five kids sleeping in the Motorhome. Their ages were, 5, 9, 9, 11, and 13. There were two boys (the 5 year old and one of the 9 year olds), and three girls. That means we had a total of seven people sleeping in the motorhome. We are convinced that this motorhome (like the others we have owned) are really made for two people and two people only. However, we did have a good time and all the kids enjoyed their weekend with Grandma and Grandpa Brauer, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

We also took the kids and their parents to an amusement park in LA, well actually Buena Park. Adventure City is geared for the younger set probably up to about 10 or 12 years old. But everyone did have fun. A big plus was that it cost a fraction of what Disneyland or Knotts Berry Farm would have cost.

Now we have set out to visit Larry's younger daughter, Denise, and her husband, Aaron.

Where are we? We are in the beautiful city by the bay called San Diego.

The Brauers
Havin' Fun
visiting kids and grandkids.

Subj:     169. Where are we?
Date:     Tuesday, February 28, 2006

I'm not sure when we will be able to send this email so we may be somewhere else when this is actually sent. However, on Monday February 27 we left San Diego and headed west. We are now in a relatively small city but still a major city. The population of this city probably doubles or triples during the winter. Why? It's because of the RVers who come from all sorts of places to enjoy the warm winters. There are a surprising number of Canadians who come here to spend the winter swimming, playing golf, and just enjoying the warm weather. Of course there is another reason for the influx of people and that is how close we are to Mexico. Why Mexico? Well, everyone knows that older people end up having to use prescription drugs and those drugs are expensive in the USA, especially if you don't have insurance. Well, Mexico is known for low cost prescription drugs. So people come here to stock up on their prescriptions and save money. In fact there is a small Mexican town about 30 minutes from here that was created just for the American senior citizen tourist trade. It's actually a very nice, but non typical Mexican border town. It's clean, the residents know where their business comes from and they are very helpful.

We had a great time in San Diego. We spent Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday with Denise and Aaron. On Saturday we went to the San Diego Mission (the first California Mission) and wandered around the place for several hours. We had a very interesting discussion with one of the archeologists who was excavating some of the ruins. After the mission, we went to the Mission Trails Park. This is a large park that was established as a nature preserve. It is also the location where a dam was built in the early 1800s across the San Diego River and a six mile long water flume was built to carry water from the dam to the mission.

Sunday we went to the Mission Bay Golf Course with Denise and Aaron. No we didn't play golf but the four of use went through several large buckets of golf balls on the driving range. Denise and Aaron hit enough good shots that we think they may be hooked on golf, or at least going to the driving range. I know Denise had hit some golf balls before this but I think this was the first time Aaron used a golf club.

Where are we now? We are in Yuma Arizona. The Mexican town we mentioned is Algodones, it doesn't appear on many maps but it is a fun place to visit.

The Brauers
Havin' Fun
In the warm desert