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Jun 15, 2013 - More wineries and a baseball game

Saturday we were on our own to explore more of the wine country. It was obvious the wine tours and bridal parties were in full swing with the week-end. Our first stop was South Coast Winery. It is the most developed with a hotel, spa, restaurant, gift shop, etc. We drove through on Thursday to see the landscaping, but today we decided to find out about their wine. The main tasting room was very crowded so we opted to go outside. Even there we had to work our way up to the table. We again shared a tasting. The wines were good although none...

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Jun 14, 2013 - Hawk's Watch and the High Desert

On Friday, John picked us up in the afternoon and drove us to an area around Temecula that we would never have found on our own. Our first stop was a very small winery called Hawk's Watch that you would definitely have to know was there to find it. The tasting room is inside the warehouse surrounded by barrels of wine. The person conducting the tasting is the wife of the guy who makes the wine. It was excellent. The area is very rustic...right up my alley. From there we drove up in the mountains and stopped in a town called Julien. John...

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Jun 13, 2013 - Pechanga RV Resort

Little did I know when we left El Cajon this morning for Temecula that this would be a very long but fun day. We arrived at Pechanga RV Resort around noon. This park is next to the Pechanga Resort and Casino. However, that is not the reason we are here. We have a friend from college, John Heberle, who lives here with his wife. John has been eager to show us the sites around his home. He drove up shortly after we parked our rig. After a light lunch of CA tacos, we set out for wine country in the Temecula Valley. We were surprised to find 43...

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Feb 20, 2013 - weather

A large storm moved down the Pacific coast from Alaska. We watched the LA forecast intently, wondering what it meant for us in the Inland Empire. Although southern CA weather is not as interesting as ours at home, the forecast is quite complex since there are so many micro regions. The coast gets one forecast: the mountains get another; the flat interior is usually warmer and drier and where we are in gently rolling hills had another forecast. As new arrivals, we're not familiar with the regional terminology. There was great forecaster...

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Feb 18, 2013 - on the wine trail

The rolling hills covered with well draining soil and long hot sunshine days make the Temecula area an ideal spot for making wine. Napa and Sonoma valleys are far better known as producers of California wine and are much bigger; the vineyard loop here is less than a twenty mile drive. Even so, we only made it to three of the forty wineries and one of them was a stop for lunch. We had forgotten that today was a holiday and were surprised to have so much company as we sniffed , swirled, and sipped. Many of our fellow tasters arrived on tours....

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Feb 16, 2013 - food heaven

Bob and Lynda took us downtown to the bigger city of Temecula. The road there curved and wound through some lovely scenery. Every time I should have kept my eye on the road, it was drawn to some rusty looking outdoor art depicting western icons. The series of horses which appeared to be jumping over the road were especially nice. Our primary goal was a farmer's market, but there were numerous other opportunities for fine food experiences. The market was large and also sold nice handicrafts. The younger, more acquisitive me could have done...

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Jan 26, 2013 - It Always Rains In Southern California!

I'm begining to feel like that Pigpen character from the Charley Brown comic strip that always had a cloud hanging around his head! I still haven't seen much of the sun in California although I did see a patch of blue sky briefly today! I arrived in Temecula yesterday afternoon (Friday) and had a great dinner and reunion with Mike and Mona at their place. We'll try and repeat that tonight. Tomorrow I'll try and find the sun in Arizona and start my trip east. Cheers.

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Feb 26, 2012 - Travel Plan

Presently at CRA Emerald Cove, Earp, CA March 5 Travel to SKP Resort, Aguanga, CA April 9 Travel to Alfateers for maintenance and etc. April 13 Travel to TTN Turtle Beach April 15 Travel to Lodi, CA @ SKP Rally April 19 Travel to TTN Lake Minden for family and medical

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Feb 8, 2012 - Day 5 (Feburary 8th, 2012)

We are home!!! Today's driving went by really fast, so when we passed the gigantic outlet mall on the way back, I couldn't resist. :) There was snow on the mountains! I am so happy to be home, and I can not wait till tomorrow when Travis gets home! Lexi has been walking around the house and picking up random stuff and acting like really excited. She remembers all of her toys, I guess she missed them! :) Good night everyone!

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Feb 6, 2012 - A hike and a superbowl

Ground Hog day was a few days ago and Nancy and I were inspired by the “if he sees his shadow” thing. So we decided to invent our own result. We stepped outside, saw our shadows, and decided to stay in Arizona for an additional week. Not sure if this will become a national event but it’ll work for us. So for now we don't plan to leave until the second week of April. A few days ago we noticed that when someone vacates a camp site, a crew of two swoops in, cleans up anything left behind, and one of them runs a 2 foot wide rake across the...

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Feb 5, 2012 - Touristas

Our first few days here have been more settling in than rambling about. We have explored this wonderful county park were are staying in, found out where we can do needed shopping (including Costco), and of course the Laundromat since the clothes just won’t clean themselves. We have tried to sit quietly and watch for critters and have been rewarded for our patience with little Antelope Squirrels, desert cottontail rabbit, a few lizards, and even a curious coyote who just sniffed the front of the car a Chabago, stopped by our BBQ then off...

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Feb 2, 2012 - Arizona Usery Mtn Park

Just a quick update. Our drive from Temecula to Apache Junction was as smooth as can be. With nothing but straight road and a few hills we made good time and arrived just before sunset last night. I hustled to get everything hooked up outside and Nancy took care of everything inside. The sunset was beautiful but since I was 'making camp' I took no pictures. We opted for something simple and I BBQed what Nancy calls "Michael burgers". Its just a burger, with cheddar on a toasted english muffin. Simple but a nice reward at the end of the...

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