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Sep 26, 2016 - Banning, California

Last travel day, end of summer travels. We crossed into California, traveled past the chocolate Mountains to the south (east of Salton Sea), then over Chiriaco Summit to see Coachella Valley come into view. Palm Springs is at the north-west end of Coachella Valley. We headed up the hill to Silent Valley Club in the San Jacinto Mountians, to stay for about a month before going down into Orange County to attend my 50th High School Reunion - what? How did I get that old? Seems to be a theme lately. I enjoyed the swimming pool in the mornings...

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May 10, 2016 - Back up to the mountains

We came back up to Silent Valley to use some days of our membership, much cheaper than staying at the lodge. The weather was gorgeous and spring was blooming. There were sounds of bees and birds in the trees. The Mallard pairs that summer in our fishing pond, walk around the park daily. One couple had the first duckling of the season. We only saw one duckling with a mother who was being very protective. We also saw "Ranger Ten" the cat, doing his job, watching for a gopher. Daisy tried daily to chase squirrels, never catching them and...

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Mar 20, 2016 - Up to Silent Valley

We went up to Silent Valley for about 2 weeks, enjoying the warm springs days. Daisy met two of the feral cats that go after the gophers in the park. The Golden male is called Ranger Ten and the Black/White female is his girlfriend. Both were a little stand-offish but warmed to Daisy’s slow approach. Every time we go for a walk, she is looking for the kitties.

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Jul 18, 2015 - Lytle Creek CA

We moved over from Silent Valley to Lytle Creek on Tuesday the 14th. Got a campsite on the catfish lake. We are about 7 miles off I-15 where the big fire jumped the Interstate and burned 20+ vehicles. We are not in danger but see the DC 10 going over to go and make retardant drops. This morning another fire broke out, near Wrightwood. Again we are ok, but it will be nice to get out of this area next Tuesday when we will begin our way north. Sorry we don't have anything more interesting to report. Today we are expecting stormy weather from...

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Jun 19, 2015 - Out of the desert heat

We got off to a slow start due to an unexpected delay. Carl picked up the RV from storage and on the way home blew a tire. The tire did $5K damage to the RV and although it was useable, we did not want to start out with the damage. It took 2 weeks to get repaired and we finally got out of the over just in time, last Sunday the 14th. Discount Tire made good on the tire that blew and gave us credit on the others as we upgraded the tires. The "old" tires were all of about 1 year with 5,000 miles on them. So here we are in Silent Valley, up...

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Apr 27, 2015 - Up to Silent Valley for the summer

We had a lovely drive today along a very scenic highway that we have never taken before. It is nice to get off the major interstates and see the back country. Lots of ranches full of horses and cattle, many small farms and orchards. There was some very interesting geology along the way. We came through Hemet Valley from the south, then into the Banning Pass and up to Silent Valley Club which will be our home for the next six months. Larry will be working in the Snack Bar and we'll be saving lots of money by not traveling.

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Feb 23, 2015 - Up to Silent Valley Club

We arrived in Silent Valley on the 19th to lovely weather to use some of our (free) membership days, but it didn’t last long. We started to have cooler temps and waking up to being in the cloud layer, and then some rain and hail storms. But while we were there the first few days, I was amazed with all the spring flowers and flowering trees. Our friend Eric was up here in Silent Valley and he and Larry enjoyed watching the Daytona 500 race together. Later the rain and clouds took away our satellite reception. We were having trouble with our...

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Nov 22, 2014 - Back to Silent Valley 3 weeks

On November 3rd we relocated back up to Silent Valley. We had not been here for over a year and a half and we wanted to make use of our membership dues, so we stayed three more weeks. There were fewer campers in the park this time and the weather was cooling down. It is finally feeling like Autumn and the trees are showing their colors. The Acorn Woodpeckers don't seem as active but there were many little Dark-eyed Junco birds, a type of sparrow. They are ground feeders, usually found in mountain forests. Every afternoon we had a small...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Heading Home

Today we head for “home”, our membership campground, Silent Valley, in Banning, CA. Just past Stateline in California, north of the highway, is Ivanpah Solar Power Plant in the distance. After looking it up, I found it was quite contorversal. You can see more about this solar plant byVisiting Ivanpah Solar Power Plant. Then you can see the controversy, they want a government bail out now. Read about Ivanpah's troubles. Our GPS give us warnings of traffic conditions ahead, which is really great. In situations that can give us an alternate...

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Jun 25, 2014 - A fun afternoon

On Monday, Carol and Bill, fellow members here at Silent Valley, are not here in their RV but came up for an afternoon visit. They said they would bring chicken, which they did, along with all the trimmings. To top that, they brought a birthday cake and cards for both Carl and me. What a nice surprise and what great friends. We really enjoyed their visit. Today was a day of grooming. Bella went to 4 Paws Inn while Carl and I went to Great Clips. Now we are all groomed and beautiful. Friday we plan to visit Carl's brother Bob, have lunch...

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Jun 21, 2014 - Plans for travel

We have been idyl long enough and itchy feet are sending us onto the road. The plan is to leave California on June 30 stop at home to drop off the car, then head east toward Florida. We will be in Texas, Canyon Lake July 6 to 10, to see friends, then onto to see more friends in Hattiesburg MS and Mobile AL, then onto FL. Dates are tentative beyond Canyon Lake. It will be interesting to see how we can handle humidity. I should have thing to blog about,so until we hit the road.....

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Jun 10, 2014 - Return to Silent Valley

We returned to Silent Valley yesterday on one of the warmest days we have had so far. It was 100° so we did the minimum set up. Today, much more normal 79° so we set up the rest. We met our friends Edith and Bob in Idyllwild for lunch as they were passing by on their was to the coast. We will be here at least w week then who knows where next.

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