We had a fantastic time in Northern California, one of our favorite places to visit for sure, but we were ready for some warmer weather. We had both been to Southern California a few times but mostly for business; so we were looking forward to spending more time in the area. Tim had dreams of surfing and running on the beach…he was thinking too much about Baywatch! Renee was looking forward to Hollywood and trendy restaurants, too much People Magazine. As it turned out we spent a lot of time enjoying the beach towns and meeting interesting people.
Where should we go next was the question. Tim wanted to stay along the coast as we made our way south towards San Diego. Renee, our Director of Travel Planning, was concerned about how expensive the campgrounds and RV Parks were along the coast. After digging deep, Renee found a campground (Morro Dunes Campground) in a town called Morro Bay. She secured a tent site in an RV Park (Peg can fit anywhere). The tent site had water and electric and was only $35/night – a bargain for this area. As it turned out the park was perfect, although a bit old/dated, and the double tent site (as it turned out) was a steal. The park was located right on Morro Bay, known for it’s famous Rock – Morro Rock (over 500 feet tall). Perfect setup for us, we walked to the little fishing town, watched the otters and seals who hang out in the bay, went to the beach (which was right across the street) and got plenty of exercise running on the amazing bike path. Oh and the Morro Bay Holiday Boat Parade took place the week we were there. Renee delivered again – she should be a travel agent when/if she grows up!
slideshow of various pics we took of the area
Wow is all we can say about our stay at Rincon Parkway in Ventura. You literally park right along the beach. Nothing better than listening to the waves crash as you fall asleep. Certainly one of our favorite “campgrounds” we have visited. For $28/night you get a little piece of paradise, no hook-ups at all, no facilities of any kind. We were content to hang out at the beach, do a lot of reading, walk the dogs and watch the surfers. It was fantastic, like being on a short vacation in the middle of a really long vacation. I mean we hit an all time low in terms of laziness! Renee did leave one night to meet up with a friend who happened to be in the area (Santa Barbara) on business.
Palmdale and Bakersfield
Ok so not too much to highlight here, not all of our travels are exciting and scenic. We needed to get some work done on Peg, which meant we needed a hotel stay or condo. Renee found a corporate apartment for a good rate in Bakersfield, so we booked an appointment at the Bakersfield Camping World for Peg. We did enjoy a few days in the large apartment but other than that, there is not too much to highlight – not an area you would most likely visit on vacation! We did take some pictures, oh and we had to drive through the mountains to get to Bakersfield, which meant driving through some snow!
The itinerary called for a visit to LA, I mean when in Rome, right? We decided to stay south of LA and make a day trip to the city and the famous beaches in the area. We found a little county park in Oceanside - another solid county park (Guajome Lake) with a great location, water and electric hook-ups for $35/night and lots of nature trails in the park. Oceanside was cool, looked like a great place to live if you can afford it. We drove up the coast visiting Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and Long Beach – oh the life of the fit, young, rich & famous, we then headed east to Los Angeles. By the time we got to LA it was already dark. We decided to go to Hollywood and get a picture of the famous Hollywood sign. We drove up to the Griffin Observatory but it was bombed out busy. – I mean who knew it would be that busy on a weeknight? We ended up driving to Hollywood Blvd and took a few pics. As it turned out we were too tired to stay for too long. No matter how much we fight it, big cities are just not our thing. On the way back Tim starting feeling sick, as it turned out he had a pretty nasty cold for a few days – must have picked up a bug in LA, not one his favorite places we have visited list.
Chula Vista/San Diego
San Diego was the place we planned to stay for Christmas. We figured we needed to reserve something early or we could be homeless for Christmas. Renee found an RV park in Chula Vista, which is 15 minutes south of San Diego. She fell in love with the place based on their website and marketing video. She decided we had to stay there, so we booked it. It was the most expensive place we have stayed, but hey it was Christmas after all. As it turned out the RV park was super nice and in a great location – right by a marina along the harbor. The weather was beautiful (cool but sunny) and we met some interesting people. We ended up making new friends and even stayed (boondocked on BLM land) with them over New Years – which will be highlighted in our next post. We visited beautiful Balboa Park and checked out the Gas Lamp District, but the highlight of our stay had to be the potluck dinner at the RV Park. Imagine 130 RV’rs each bringing their favorite holiday dish, coming together to celebrate Christmas – not something we imagined we would be doing but it was fun.
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