WOW, while most first think of Lake Tahoe being associated with the Sierra Mountains, we were pleasantly surprised to discover the beauties of nearby Donner Lake – right by the Interstate 80 Freeway! Come along with us as we ride our eBikes around Donner Lake (drone video, too) and ride through nearby Truckee.
Boondocking, Dry Camping, Disbursed Camping – whatever you want to call it, there are many pluses and a few minuses to free camping. In the episode we cover the tips offered by Kyle and Olivia of “Drivin and Vibin” as well as Russell and Kelly from “Camp Addict” (and a few of our California Travel Videos tips) to overcome perceived obstacles and enjoy off road RV Life camping at its best!
Heading home after our 18 day trip, we leave Bakersfield to swing by… Visalia (?) of all places. Could we be making a sidetrip to the Sequoia National Redwood Forest? (nope) So it turns out Grace has a “special” engagement party planned with…(stay tuned). Also, while we enjoyed our overnight stays at a handful of Elks Lodges during our trip, at 5:45 we point out a potential downside as we witnessed at Bakersfield (yet great folks inside the Club!)
Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Base – here we come! Well, while we’re not quite ready for active military duty, we had a fantastic time playing at the ocean beachfront property while watching the Countries finest soldiers perform their nearby amphibious maneuvers. Granted “official leave” (LOL) we also went to nearby Oceanside to dine, watch surfers and check out the local shops.
cTv RV Life, before leaving Quartzsite we stop to appreciate founder “Hi Jolly” then it’s off to Indio California for the evening (after missing the turnoff to Joshua Tree National Park). Actually, Indio has an interesting history, too – Indians discovered natural wells (originally named Indian Wells), that were vital to the Southern Pacific railroad obtaining water in the middle of the desert… as always, much to the chagrin of the American Indians.
Excitement today – starting off with a drone flight over La Posa, then off to visit with Escapees Xscapers Quartzsite Convergence to climb the “big hill” and finish the day with a bonfire to cheer on the Scavenger Hunt award winners – awesome group and wish we didn’t have to leave our new friends so soon…
We’ve arrived at the Quartzsite 2017 RV Show/Rally the day before the grand opening of the “Big Tent” yet hundreds (thousands?) of exhibitors have already opened their nearby flea market booths. The weather is cloudy at best, with a winter rainstorm in the evening but what’s our worry? Besides that, no dust tomorrow 🙂
We’re meandering down the main street of Cannery Row at Monterey Bay, enjoying the food, shops and Kaliki running in the beautiful Pacific Ocean beach. Later, we head through the 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach in Pacific Grove so Grace can checkout the Monarch Butterflies.
Here we go again on day 2 at lovely Samuel P Taylor State Park – hiking trail, learning about the park’s history and predecessors, plus playing in the beautiful redwoods. While we were fortunate to stay at the park during non-peak days (Sunday and Monday night) at the end of summer when schools were back in session, the park, river and redwoods are always worth admiring.
With some drone shots from above, we enjoy a midday stop-shop-and-lunch at rural tourist destination Point Reyes Station where Prince Charles and Camilla visited on their honeymoon tour. When you’re in the area of the Point Reyes National Seashore and Samuel P Taylor redwoods, this charming city is a fun place to checkout their shops and have a delicious meal with cool nearby ocean temperatures. Autos, campers and the RVers in the area can also “fill ‘er up” if they don’t mind the premium prices.