Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Walking the Beach

19 January 2017

Guess my blog has been rather dormant with the exception of 1 entry since we arrived Camp Pendleton Marine Base Del Mar RV Park 0n 6 January.

Have spent time just relaxing, enjoying the 4 walks a day on beach enabling me to get some 25 to 30 miles a week. The sunsets are beautiful.  No better place to enjoy a walk. Found a few sand dollars, shells,sea stars and even a heart shaped rock for Hope. The roar of the surf at night, the sand pipers and gulls are fun to watch. Think they are used to seeing me and don't scatter when I walk by.

Sand Pipers


Sea Star

Sea Star

Sea Gulls

Kite and Sunset


Beach Finds

Just Relaxing


Another beautiful and moving sight is to see the Marines and Amphibious vehicles pass by the campground on the way to training. One day more than 50 passed by during the morning.





This was taken in 2014


We have 5 days of rain and wind forecasted. Better than the snow family in Oregon has had.

Rainy Day

Rainy Day
Snow in Oregon


Yesterday we drove into Oceanside and did a walk on the pier where I had a conversation with a magnificent pelican. Saw some surfers waiting for the big wave.

Oceanside Pier

Oceanside Beach

Surfers

Beautiful Pelican

Conversation with a Pelican


Monday, January 9, 2017

Camp Pendleton RV Park

9 January 2017

We arrived Camp Pendleton Marine Base Del Mar Beach RV Park on the 6th for a month.

This is our 4th visit and we come primarily for the beach. Most of the sites are on the sand and not as spacious as some campgrounds. My one issue is with the picnic tables next to neighbor's sewer connection. Feel they should position them in back of the RV. They are too heavy to move, so may try and get maintenance to move it. When it rains as it is doing today, the campground is full of puddles. Oh well, the price you pay for the beachside.

Campground View

Our Site #46





The base does have a very nice commissary and exchange and John is thrilled to be near Dunkin Donuts.

Got a photo of Amphibious vehicle passing through the campground. John says the other reason I like to come here is to see those buff marines. Frankly, he is all the buff I can manage.



Our drive from Coronado was only 50 miles. Took one last picture of the USS Zumwalt before leaving.

Walk the beach 3 to 4 times a day amassing some 10,000 steps/day. Last week I manage to walk 27 miles.Keep looking for sanddollars, but not to be found. Beach is clean except for some seaweed.




Today it is raining and more expected this week. Saw on the news that the famous Sequoia Tree that you drive thru is now felled due to the rain. Never thought that would happen.

Rainy Day


Hope sent some  more photos of snow. She cannot remember such  a brutally cold winter. Hopefully their critters will weather the storm. They  have cattle,horses and chickens.

Knee Deep in Snow





Thursday, January 5, 2017

Last Days in Coronado

5 January 2017

Tomorrow we depart for Camp Pendleton Marine Base in Oceanside camping at the Rv Park on the beach. This is our 4th trip and anxious to enjoy another beach. Our weather in Coronado has not been without rain, wind and cooler weather, but still managed to enjoy some days on the beach and collect some 4 dozen sand dollars. Will certainly miss the views across the bay and our morning trips to Bruegger's Bagels. We shall return either in the fall or early in 2018.

Ships across the Bay

Sandpipers


Earlier in the week, we walked the pier in Imperial Beach..10 miles south on 75. This seems to be a surfers beach.

Imperial Beach Pier




Surfers waiting for the Big Wave


Our friends, Denise and Phil who were in the site next to us at Nellis AFB, came in Tuesday. Sorry our visit will be short. Hopefully, we will connect again in April at Nellis.

Today it is raining and unable to view the ships across the bay. Has just been a lazy day. Since the drive up to Pendleton is only 50 miles, departure preparation will be done tomorrow.

Some of the kids sent us their Christmas Photos. Ryan was missing from Liz's as he was not feeling well and Christine failed to send one.

Darin and Kerry

Parker,Eric, Kendyl & Cindy

Liz and Michael

Colt and Cade


Also, Hope and family completed the 1,000 piece puzzle of the eagle. I had given it to Chuck for his birthday and he gifted back for grandsons. Maybe I will be the next to take the challenge as I want to frame it. The puzzle is difficult because it has no edges.

Eagle Puzzle


Redmond has had a very brutal winter. Temps in the teens and minus degrees.  Even too cold and windy to build a snowman.

Brr, Brr


I have spent the last week working on our British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska trip for 2018. Think it will take most of the summer. Have been comparing notes from our friends Gloria and Jim who went last summer and our friends Alinda and Ernie who are going this summer. Since this will be the one and only visit, want to see as much as possible. Have been trying to convince John to take this trip for several years.

For our last hurrah, want to tour Newfoundland.



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy 2017

25 December 2016

We are sending our wishes for a Very Merry Christmas and wishing you Joy, Peace and Blessings for 2017.




Today we finally got a break in the weather and after lunch will do a walk on the beach. This past week has had wind, rain and cooler weather.



On our walk around the campground, took more photos of Navy ships across the bay. What a beautiful  sight. God Bless our military.





This is our 31st Christmas together and 26 years of marriage. On our first Christmas John gave me a color TV and I gave him what I thought was a very nice sweater. Unfortunately John did not care for it and it finally ended up at Goodwill. Some years ago we made the decision to only exchange cards. This is fine for us as we really don't need much and besides we buy little things as needed thru out the year. We do the same for birthdays and anniversaries.



Was thinking the other day of how many gifts you can name of holidays past and what you gave family. I sure can't.

Anyway, I digress.

This is our 2nd Christmas in Coronado at Fiddler's Cove and our 4th visit. Keep coming back as it is so relaxing.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Just Relaxing and Photos

20 December 2016

Our time here has been so relaxing overlooking the Bay, Navy Ships, boats, walking the beach everyday, getting our late morning coffee and bagel at Bruegger's, and some errands.


View of Campground

Incoming Ship
Not Sure if this is a submarine

View of More Navy Ships Across Bay

View of Navy Yacht Club and San Diego

Some Webfooted Visitors

Sand Sculptures

Another One

Hotel del Coronado


John finally resolved the flag pole problem utilizing the round light we purchased. Made a trip to Flag Pole Buddy for some modification parts so it does not make so much noise and John drilled another pin hole nearer the top.

Flying High


Put up our Christmas decorations. Some in the campground go all out with lights etc.









Finally found a stand for my banners at a store on Orange Avenue called "Treasures of the Heart". Well worth the cost of $30. May get another one before we leave. Should be good for the wind, easy to set out..no more pounding in the ground.

Banner Stand


Found over 50 sand dollars on the beach at the Navy Air Station beach. Promised the ladies at Nellis I'd bring some back to them. It is the thrill of the find that keeps me looking. Sometimes I give them to kids on the beach and grandkids.Have also found some heart shaped rocks for Hope.

This week we want to once again view the Hotel del Coronado Christmas decorations. Enjoyed it last year.

Last week we had Shade Pro Awnings come out and make an adjustment to our big awning. Several years ago we had them replace the slideout covers. They will be out this week to install the tire shades..should be much easier that the ones that slip around the tire, plus those get so dirty.

Read about a cleaning solution for the stainless steel sink in kitchen..put some baking powder on a sponge and wipe around then rinse with white vinegar..it really works..cheap and non toxic.

In March of 2015, we got the Withings app, scale and BP monitor. It has been a real incentive for daily walks. Yesterday I got the Ganges River badge showing I have walked 1,550 miles (length of the Ganges River). This is equivalent to 3,273,600 steps around an average of 2 1/2 miles a day. Some weeks I walk 20 miles to 25 miles depending on the weather and campground. You get badges for each milestone you walk.

Well that is about all for now, off to Bruegger''s and beach walk.