November 2, 2013

Ventura, California

Driving back into California from Las Vegas, we couldn't believe what we saw. Smog -- like we haven't seen in many years! At least it was white smog instead of yellow smog. The closer we got to the beach cities, however, the less smog we saw until it seemed to disappear.

Driving into Los Angeles and seeing smog.

We spent a week in Long Beach, California, at the Golden Shore RV Resort. We like that place, partly because it is within reasonable driving distance to our kids and grandchildren. Yes -- the week entailed seeing everyone (family) whom we haven't seen in 15 months (saw the group last time when we were in Fargo, North Dakota, in July 2012 and saw Tom when I recently went to Georgia with him for Stu's memorial).

Fun times together again. We are not posting family pictures on this blog, except on occasion, and the one below. Actually, we didn't take that many family pictures this time around for some reason. Suffice it to say, we missed all of them and were happy to see them again.

 Samantha (granddaughter on left) and friend
talking to each other.

Then, on Tuesday (October 29), we traveled to our favorite RVing spot yet. Having traveled to every state and seen a lot, we still feel that parking 25 feet from the Pacific Ocean on Rincon Beach near Ventura, California, is our favorite place. We are ocean people, and we love hearing the waves crash against the shore all night and all day long. Of course, we have to dry camp, which is doable. But, if one needs more water or the tanks dumped, they provide that service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays ($40 to dump, $20 for water).  Since we have been coming here over the last 7 years, we have seen the daily fees raised from $15 a night to currently $28 a night. Plus, they now have added a new fee of $1 a night for a pet. Needless to say, it is worth it.

While here, we have taken excursions into Santa Barbara for a day and yesterday to Ojai where we enjoyed a delicious sushi lunch.

We leave here on Monday and head back up the coast to what we consider our RV home, the Pismo Coast RV Resort, where we will stay until the holidays in December.

Here are just a few pictures we have taken this time at this beach.

Parked on Rincon Beach near Ventura, California

 That is our coach up there behind the rocks.

Chanti loves running loose on the sand.

 We watch the sun go down over the
ocean every night.

On Monday we will travel the rest of the way to Pismo Beach. On Tuesday, we will drive with the car to Cambria to get our mail, check out our house, have mochas from the Cambria Coffee Company, the business we used to own and run, and spend time with Marlene and Paul, friends from Charlotte, North Carolina, who are out here. Looking forward to seeing them again. 

While in Pismo Beach, we will summarize our trip with statistics for anyone interested in that information and for ourselves.

Continue to enjoy the life you love!

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