|We awoke to 38 degrees this morning. It had rained during the night and was still threatening to rain some more. We were trying to hurry and get ready, because it was cold and we didn’t want to get wet as we were packing up. As we got ready to go, we had to wait on the motor home in front of us. The owners of the park had had us pull in and park and then had a motor home pull in front of us and park so we couldn’t get our truck backed up to the front of the 5th wheel. We finally headed down the road and as we went around the corner, we could see the mountain by our campground covered with snow. No wonder it feels so cold. It looks like it snowed down to the 3500’ to 4000’ level last night. We stopped and got fuel and finally headed down Interstate 5 at about 10:45. We are traveling 126 miles today to Orland, CA. Just a stop on our way south.
As we drove south, the land flattened out and there were fewer trees and more fields. We had lunch sitting in our truck at a rest stop along the freeway. It was still cold and overcast and the feeble sun coming through the windshield was a welcome. We put Tiff in the shower for this trip to see how it went. She did nothing but meow off and on the whole way inside the truck. Drove us nuts. This way if she gets sick, it’s not on the bed or on the carpet. We drove past Shasta Lake and saw a deer along the road. It started raining at 12:45 and rained off and on the rest of the trip. Just before we got to Orland, we passed Corning which bills itself as The Olive City. We had passed many olive trees along the way and what look like walnut trees.
We arrived to an almost empty campground. Talking with the owner, there are less people traveling and more are staying in a resort type campground down the road. It looked pretty nice as we drove by. We wondered how much it cost to stay there.
The sun finally peeked out about 3:00 and I pulled out everything that has gotten wet over the last couple of weeks and set it in the sun to dry. I have one collapsible pail that has mold starting to grow on it. I had to empty the water from the bike cover. The water leaks into the top of the cover and collects in the bottom. We have been going through some campsites with overhanging trees so I got on the roof to check that we haven’t torn the roof sheeting. It looks OK, so no worries about water leaking in.
We walked up to the laundry room and found a book library that has some books we are interested in. So we went through them and Carolyn found 7 books and I found 8. It is an exchange library so we got some of our books we have read and took them back to replace the ones we took. Most campgrounds have the same kind of book library, but not many have books we like. The owner says she even has people from town who stop and exchange books.
Then it’s leftovers for dinner and some TV before going to bed. It is still supposed to get down in the 40’s tonight and get to 65 tomorrow. The owner said they are liking the weather because it has been up to 100 for a while. We might be heading south a little early, but we will keep an eye on the weather. We are heading towards Monterey to visit the aquarium and see the ocean one last time before turning east towards home. Carolyn has been depressed about our trip ending, but the weather has helped her bounce back and realize it’s time to start heading home and settling down for a while. She said yesterday that she is looking forward to seeing everyone “back home”. It won’t be long now.