50th HS Class Reunion 2016 Trip travel blog

Channel Islands NP Visitor Center

All the island

Individual Island

Individual Island

Individual Island

Individual Island

Houses on a hill

Major house on a hill

Coastal Highway Scenery

Coastal Highway Scenery

Coastal Highway Scenery

Hearst Castle

Elephant Seals

Elephant Seals

Coastal Highway Scenery

Coastal Highway Scenery

Coastal Highway Scenery

Coastal Highway Scenery

Coastal Highway Scenery

Trailer & Car


October 9, 2016 (Sunday): Well, this day started off horribly! I got up and took my shower in the campground restroom. I returned to the trailer and started using my computer. Betty was just getting out of bed and putting on her slipper. She yelled and said her right hip bone just popped out of the socked. This was the hip she had replaced (for the second time) about 5 years ago. She was in excruciating pain and could do nothing but lay down to feel the most comfortable. The fire engine and ambulance crew arrived in less than 10 minutes. It was very difficult to get her out of the trailer and onto the stretcher. They ended up using the sheet she had slept on to carry her out of the trailer – with excruciating pain. After about a 15-minute trip to the hospital, the physician was able to reinsert the bone into the socked without surgery, and we were out of the hospital by 12:30 PM!

Betty felt good enough after a 2-hour nap to go to her great niece (Katie) and her husband’s (Anthony) place near Santa Monica. We had dinner there and an enjoyable evening with them and Betty’s niece, Sharon.

Betty’s medical event dramatically changed our future plans. We planned to stay here for 4 nights, but now will leave in the morning. We planned to spend a couple of days with my niece in Antioch, CA, but because Betty would feel better in a house, we will proceed directly to Lincoln, CA to spend 9 days there. This will be a lot better for Betty than getting into and out of the trailer.

October 10, 2016 (Monday): We got away about 10:00 AM, and because of our truncated schedule, we only stopped by the visitor center for the Channel Islands National Park (in Ventura, CA). This was only about a mile out of our way for the trip up north. We did plan to take a boat ride around the islands, but it didn’t work out. I’ve included a few pictures of the displays at the visitor center. We took the 101 Freeway to San Louis Obispo and then started on our long trip (not necessarily in miles) up Route 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway). We planned to stop at Vandenberg AFB, but was scratched. We continued all to the way to Monterey, CA. Along Rt. 1 we passed Hearst Castle (did not stop because we did it a few years ago), saw Elephant Seals on the beach, and went by Big Sur (but did not stop). The 120 miles from San Luis Opispo to Monterey took 3½ hours. What an amazing highway – ups and downs, ins and outs – and tremendous views. For most of this trip, the land rises out of the ocean at about a 60 degree angle – with a road on the side of the mountain!!! Nothing like the east coast. I’ve included a number of pictures so those of you who have not traveled this highway can see what the topography is like. The two pictures of houses are included only for you to see how people take advantage of this steep incline and the quality of the houses. Although I grew up in central California, I had never traversed this entire highway before today. Quite an experience, but Betty and I agreed that you only need to do it once. We got to the Navy campground (Monterey Pines RV Park) about 5:30 PM. This one is not as nice as most of the military campgrounds we’ve used, but the bathroom was excellent. There are only about 35 campsites.

October 11, 2016 (Tuesday): Got going about 10:00 AM. On our way to my niece’s place in Antioch, CA, we passed through two major cities: Castroville (the artichoke capital of the world) and Gilroy (the garlic capital of the world). We didn’t stop at either because we needed to get to our ultimate destination for the day, Lincoln, CA (about 30 minutes NE of Sacramento) by a reasonable time. The trip went rather smoothly (California has great highways but some are in need of repair) and we arrived at my niece’s (Debbe) house about 1:30 PM. We initially planned to stay a couple of days but Betty’s condition trumped that plan. We left the trailer at Debbe’s house and will return on October 20th to retrieve it and proceed to Campbell, CA where I have my 55th HS Class reunion on the 22nd. Then we made the two hour drive to Lincoln, CA, (arrived about 5:30 PM) at our friend Jean Beckwith’s house. Betty and Jean both grew up in Easton, PA. Spent the evening looking at wedding pictures (Jean’s son, Stephen) and catching up (we were last here in January of this year).



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