Krusen with the Kruses travel blog

Last view of the Pacific Ocean

Vineyards on the Central Coast

An olive grove in the coastal mountains

Picking cotton in the Central Valley

Vineyard in the Central Valley - don't know why they cover some...

Grapes & oil - it must be Bakersfield

And orange groves

And carrots

A look back at the Central Valley as we head up Tehachapi...

Our home for a couple of nights

A lovely area almost all to ourselves

Alyce & Larry joined us

Mama's & kids in pastures in the rv park - huge ears!

David & Larry walking Callie this morning

Leaving Tehachapi - lots of wind machines here

Mojave Desert

Sand from the desert blows up into the hills

We were surprised at how green the desert is after a hot,...

Motorcycle group gathering to ride Route 66

Full moon over Needles

We left Arroyo Grande day before yesterday to go to our annual doctors appointments in Visalia. The appointments were completed in record time so we decided to go on to Tehachapi that day. (We were supposed to meet David's sister Alyce & husband Larry in Tehachapi the next day.) When we got to the Mountain Valley RV Park, we discovered that it was full with an Airstream Rally. They told us Indian Hills Ranch RV Park at the west end of town had space so we headed there. The rv park looked pretty full but when we finally found someone to talk to about spending a couple of nights there. They said they had more rv spaces "behind the electric gate" that were water & electric only - no sewer - & they were rustic but more private. We said "show us how to get there!" So we followed someone thru the gate & down a bumpy, curvy dirt road to an area with Twin Lakes that were almost empty. They took us to a remote site that had 2 hookups - perfect for us & Alyce & Larry. Our site overlooked one of the Twin Lakes & there were ducks on the large puddle in the bottom of the lake. As it got dark, we saw 3 deer down by the lake. It was very private & quiet & we loved it.

Alyce & Larry arrived around noon the next day so we had all afternoon & evening to visit with them. They loved the location, too. It didn't seem like we were in an rv park - more like boondocking with hookups. We had a nice grilled steak dinner that evening & then this morning Judi made pumpkin apple pancakes & Larry grilled sausage for breakfast. We were packed up & headed out around 10:30.

We'd had some pretty good wind gusts at camp this morning (it just didn't feel like an rv park - more like camping) but when we hit the highway there was hardly any wind at all. Yeah! We had no problems & even pretty cool weather (60s this morning to low 80s this afternoon) for our drive thru the desert. We got to the Desert View RV Resort in Needles about 3:30 & had time for a quick dip in the pool before dinner. The water sure felt good!

We're just spending 1 night here & are headed SE tomorrow. More later...

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