On Part 3 of our sojourn with the Escapees Xscapers 2018 Bash convergence, we left the boondocks for the day to head into nearby Quartzsite Arizona. Grace loves to get craft beads at huge discount prices in the huge Gem World store while I refresh our rig – dumping and refilling tanks. We had a blast taking a spin with our neighbor Brad and Carolyn RadPower electric bikes (gotta’ buy two!) In the evening, we enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner with other Xscapers, followed by awesome 1970s type music by the Status Crows duet. Afterwards, we went out for a nighttime photography session, doing foreground cactus light painting with the Milky Way stars in the background. Turns out the only thing in short supply are the hours of the day and night – so much to do, so little time…
California Travel Video Part 2, Summer of Love. We walk the Haight Ashbury San Francisco district to relive the homes and music of the hippie movement. Come join us “be-in” with Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Peace out 🙂
Coit Tower – a monument filled with suspense. From any perspective it’s a beautiful view of San Francisco and a must for tourists and sightseers. Lillie Hitchcock Coit led a fascinating life in challenging times. And while her parents and husband were wealthy, at a young age she experienced the ravages of a fire that almost took her life. This led Lillie to be a lifelong champion of firefighters, who also bonded with her and let her accompany them on fire calls and attend their parades. After her husband’s long illness and demise, Lillie distant cousin and business advisor tried to take her life, instead leading to the demise of the man trying to defend her. Yet in her later years when she moved to Europe to avoid the impression of a scandal and the Great Depression hit hard, she thoughtfully bequest 1/3 of her estate to beautify the City she loved. But wait, there’s more shenanigans and skulduggery with the City of San Francisco so tune in for “the rest of the story!”
Completing our Panama Canal cruise we come back home into San Francisco bay in the wee hours of the morning. The ship sails under the Golden Gate Bridge as the full moon is setting providing us with a sense of awe. Our episode continues with the Palace of Fine Arts, Pier 39 Fishermans Wharf and lots of “segues” (sic) along the way!
At last, California Travel Videos reaches the United States while aboard the Recent Cruise Ship Mariner! As we pulled into the harbor we were treated by sorties of Miramar F-35 jets thrusting through the skyways, along with numerous helicopters – WOW! Ditto seeing 50 naval ships – cruisers and destroyer including the latest Zumwalt class stealth ship. On our City Tour we enjoyed spending time at Old Town, with numerous “drive-bys” of scenic highlights and historic locations. Getting back on board, Grace and I made our final tweaks to our homemade model ship, Minniehaha as we prepared for tomorrows competition in the cruise ship’s jacuzzi and swimming pool – so stay tuned…
Cabo San Lucas makes a wonderful getaway for tourists who love basking in the warm Pacific gulf waters at “Lands End.” And while cruise ships shuttle tender boats ashore, our day trip included a fascinating boat ride to the tip of Lands End with narration by Cousteau and a bus trip to see stunning studio art works as well as learn about Mexican customs, glass blowing and details of how public and private education works in Mexico.
Don’t miss the Acapulco daredevil sea cliff divers descent 100 feet into a narrow, shallow sea inlet! This is our fourth stop heading north after cruising the Panama Canal. On our 4 hour day trip, we also enjoyed seeing the Chapel of Peace, John Wayne’s hacienda, the nearby historic fortress and more. Three more cruise stops before returning to RV Life.
Nothing quite like the great outdoors INCLUDING the Costa Rica rainforest! Love the flora and fauna – seeing the crocodiles, poison dart frogs, monkeys, Scarlet Macaw and Toucans were a real plus.
cTv RV Life meets up with the mighty Panama Canal. We have lots of photos and cinematic video clips about how the canal and locks work, intriguing history factoids and most everything you’d want to know including the rain forest, the new third huge canal locks and more.
Going through the Panama Canal
Next up: cTv, Costa Rica Rainforest – Crocodiles, Poison Dart Frogs, Monkeys
Michael – Oh boy, time to pack up video, photo, audio, computer gear for our upcoming cruise trip from Miami to San Francisco via the Panama Canal. The big questions are: Will everything fit and will I actually use all this #$%^&* stuff???
Grace – The mission, (should I choose to accept it) is an 18 day repositioning cruise through Continue reading cTv Cruise Trip Planning, Packing Video and Photo Travel Gear