stillhowlyn's travels 2010 travel blog

State Beach at Refugio, CA.

After a month of peace and solitude boondocking in the Anza Borrego Desert, the hustle and bustle of traffic along I-10 and the sensory overload when we stopped for an overnighter at the Morongo Casino was further enhanced by a visit to the nearby mega Outlets Mall, just west of Palm Springs!! The casino parking, though a bit noisy with interstate traffic, is free and offered a great view of the snow-capped mountains of Big Bear. An evening in the casino provided fun and reasonable entertainment with a great buffet dinner. The designer outlets featured all my favorites and then some. Ann Taylor and Jones New York had sale prices that I couldn't pass up. Now I have a few selections for my summer wardrobe. That is a joke in case you didn't guess!

This particular location also provided easy access to our early morning appointment at nearby Colton Truck Company for our annual RV service and maintenance, a necessary event that keeps this 10 year old coach purring along. Our old air filter weighed about 300 lbs. and represented much sand from the beaches of Mexico and blowing dust from the recent stay in the desert! Our dash air conditioner had ceased to function a while back and was found to have a hole in the condenser on the radiator. This can be easily bypassed by running the generator and roof/coach air, until such time as we want to spend the money to replace or repair. And speaking of replacing parts, as in via Country Coach who is no longer in business, the good news is that they farmed out their parts department anticipating the axe hitting the fan (so to speak), and all it took was a call and our coach number to find availability and cost. We have used this service once before, very successfully, when needing a new muffler.

We were in and out before noon which allowed ample time for us to negotiate our way around Los Angeles over to Highway 101 at Ventura. The drive along the Coast was beautiful and our night's stopover at Refugio State Beach, just north of Santa Barbara, was the perfect "post-desert" setting until we saw the rates; now $35 per night with no hookups. Welcome to California!

The excitement really escalated as we drove into Half Moon Bay. We had not seen daughter Terri and family since Thanksgiving when baby Liliana was two weeks old! She is now 5 1/2 months and the best, happiest baby ever. And no, I am not prejudiced!

As family time becomes our priority for a few months we will endeavor to keep this blahg alive and kicking and, yes, there will be a lot of bragging and doting!

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