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The Plan

Heading to Southern CA by RV in April & May, 2013 -

It’s been quite a while since I’ve taken any sort of extended trip. Since my temp job ends March 31st, and Mom has decided to move back to WA (and doesn’t want to fly) – I have a built in excuse to take an RV trip to southern CA to pick up Mom. The gas for this will be considerably more than a plane ticket, so I might as well make a real trip & vacation out of it!

This time, I’ll be travelling in ‘style’ (if a 1992 lemon of an RV can be considered stylish! Yes, it is quite a lemon, but it’s my lemon so I might as well enjoy it.)

1992 Winnabego Brave

1992 Winnabego Brave

This is a 27’ Class A (bus style, no bunk over the cab) – so you really have a great view driving down the road. I will be towing a 2009 Kia Rio (not a good tow car by the way, in case you are ever planning to try something like this). So the plan will be quite different then my last trip, we will plan ahead, stay in campgrounds or RV parks for several days, and use the car to get about town while we’re in an area.

My last big trip was in a 21’ Class C and we drove the RV everywhere (it wasn’t capable of towing a car behind it). We had such a blast, it was really hard deciding to move up to this larger size. In case you didn’t follow us on that trip, the blog is also on Travellerspoint:

http://johnston.travellerspoint.com/

So anyway – here’s the plan (caution – things may change!)

April 1, Leave WA

Will head pretty much straight to LA to get Mom first, with one exception. I will stop Marin to take the Docent lead tour of the Marin County Courthouse on April 3rd.

April 5 – 9, Long Beach, CA area
Pick up Mom and her stuff. Probably also spend some time at the beach, tour the Getty Museum, also the San Diego Zoo, and visit my cousin Beth

April 10 – 13, Santa Barbara, CA area

Spend some more time at the beach, Solvang, Anderson Pea Soup, and Santa Barbara in general

April 14 – 16, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande

Spend some more time at the beach, possibly also Hearst Castle

April 17 – 19, Carmel, Monterey, Castroville

Spend some more time at the beach (hmm, am I detecting a theme here?), Cannery Row, find an Artichoke restaurant, ???

April 20 – 25, San Jose, San Francisco (Bay Area)

OK, looks like I’m starting to get into trouble time wise, so may have to cut down some of these stops… In the meantime, we’ll plan to visit some cousins in Cupertino, I’d like to visit the Egyptian Museum in San Jose, SF Wharf area, ???

April 26 – May 5, Napa Valley

Big visit with my uncle Al on April 28th, hoping also to visit the Jack London ‘Wolf House’ ruins and see if I can locate any more of my great aunt’s art work, there, in Petaluma, Santa Rosa areas. Will also fit in some wineries (Castle de Amarosa comes highly recommended by my brother)

May 6 – 12 (or slightly less), Fresno Area

Visit the Lewis’s outside of Fresno, possibly some other family. I’ve written two drafts of Mr. Lewis’s story so far, he spent time in Okinawa during the battle in WWII, was an AF Jet fighter pilot in Germany when Russia invaded Hungary, and also a forward air controller in Vietnam, so has quite an interesting story – I’d like to try to finish it! Got a cousin getting married in the area on May 12th, and a sister getting married in Seattle May 19th, so the timing get’s kind of tricky. However, if everything works right, I should be able to hop back on I5 and get back to WA in a couple of days.

However, would also like to visit my aunt in Salem, maybe at least stop in Ashland and or Cottage Grove, Fort Vancouver is also fun – oops! May have to start reigning myself in a bit. <<Sorry if I confused you, this last bit was just joking, well maybe will stop in Salem - but I Will be back in Seattle before May 19th!>>

So this is the rough plan, stay tuned!

Posted by jl98584 12:25 Archived in USA

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I see you got a time and date to visit the Marin County courthouse. great! Your end of trip timing is a little tricky, you are right. You might want to stop in Salem on the way down, its a less than 3 day trip, after all. I doubt if you will have much time to stop in Cottage Grove or Fort Vancouver this trip. We could always take a weekend trip to Astoria and see Fort Vancouver. Maybe I am wrong, but you might want to be a little rested for the rehearsal and wedding... Tell Gabbie we are so sorry to miss her wedding, but ours is just coming up too soon afterwards...

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