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Apr 13, 2011 - Visalia, Ca

We traveled as far as Visalia today (a little south of Fresno).. We will spend a day or two here, do some laundry and visit with Sandi's cousin... Weather here is nice... gradually getting warmer, drove thru a little rain today and found a Baskin-Robbins IceCream place... Coconut-Plum yogurt.. Yum Yum

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Sep 13, 2010 - Visalia, California

Checked into a motel on this day, and guess what....no internet! Had to catch up on 2 days of riding/picture taking. Also, Turkey reviewed yesterdays pics, and rated me a zero. (said that I didn't have any descriptions of the pictures). Had to go back and edit. Ho hum. Another great sunny, warm day in the forecast today. Where to go?? We rode down through Fresno and on through the Fresno Valley. We stopped and picked up some fresh fruit at a fruit stand, before heading on up to the Sequoia National Forest and the Kings Canyon National Park....

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Jul 14, 2010 - Leaving Las Vegas, Entering CA

We got up at 6:30 trying to beat the heat and pack down in the little bit of shade the bathroom gave before the sun got higher. Grabbed some food from the KOA store and were on the road at 7:30. After driving for a bit, all of us were pretty sleepy. Bobby asked Karen to drive so he could sleep. After a bit the KOA breakfast started giving Karen terrible heartburn, she kept trying to tough it out while everyone slept and we were in the middle of the desert, no rest stops. Finally, she pulled over to this lone gas station with a store and...

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May 22, 2010 - Sequoia National Park-Visalia, CA

*Saturday, May 22* We got to the KOA in Visalia, CA Saturday about 4 PM. On the way we drove through a mountain range and canyon that had strong winds. Just before entering the canyon there was a blinking sign advising high profile vehicles of the wind—there was no place to turn around, (wonder who the smart person was that put the flashing sign there instead of the previous exit). Anyway, we had to either pull over on the side of the road and just wait, or continue. So we continued, but slowed down. We didn’t seem to have any problems,...

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Apr 11, 2010 - Tour through Yosemite National Park

Sunday, April 11, a day in Yosemite National Park. Cloudy in the morning with rain and snow starting about 2:30. Temperature when we left the motel was 56 and up about 6,000 feet in Yosemite in dropped to 34. I forgot to write that yesterday we saw another huge wind farm. It wasn’t as big as the one in Texas, but it was about 5 miles long and my guess is there were about 500 windmills. Now back to today. When we left the motel we saw flat, green agricultural land all around us. As we headed due east to Yosemite, we could feel we were slowly...

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Dec 2, 2009 - Entry to magazine 1987

My parents joined Good Sams with the name of Sams and Sallys in 1983. We were honored to travel with them when my Dad got cancer so we could do the driving. He passed away July 12, 1987. I wrote in his funeral verse side an artical about his love of traveling and it was printed in the Good Sam magazing. Some one from the God Sam's sent it in. The club members continued to meet while they were in their 80s' Some still do. Just a little note from a 2nd generation of Good Sams. We feel honored to be members of Good Sams Club. Claudia Boswell

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2ndgeneration

Aug 11, 2009 - Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

I have to tell you about Sunday night. When we arrived at this campground Thursday afternoon, we looked the park over pretty good. With the temperature being up close to a hundred or more, we looked for a site with some shade. We found our place, nice tree, shaded the front of the motorhome, everything was good. We found out the next morning that the tree had some kind of sticky sap. It was all over the car. Bob washed the car Friday morning. We then parked car behind motorhome. All was good. Sunday morning I did some vacuuming. As I was...

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RAMBLING ALONG

May 15, 2009 - King's Canyon National Park

We spent the day in King's Canyon, which is so beautiful and breath taking that it is hard to describe. It's starts off calmly, with several huge sequoia groves. One is dedicated to General Grant, and his tree is the second longest living organism in the world (General Sherman's tree has the #1 spot). The General and his grove are at an elevation of about 6500 feet; then suddenly you start a descent to the canyon floor, which is about 2000 feet. The mountains surrounding the canyon are spectacular and hard to adequately capture with...

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Dilsea's Road Trip

May 14, 2009 - Sequoia: Tokopah Falls

Today we drove to the eastern end of Sequoia National Park to satisfy Anne's craving for waterfalls (I think we've hiked to every one on the East Coast). So we did the 3.5 mile hike into Tokopah Falls. It's a beautiful walk, with the trail following the Kaweah River the entire way. There is a 1200 foot water drop at Tokopah and, since the snow is still melting here at the highest elevations, the flow was spectacular. On the way home down White-Knuckle Road (on the way down you worry about the brakes over heating), we saw our first bear. She...

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Dilsea's Road Trip

May 13, 2009 - Sequoia Day #1: Moro Dome & Parker Grove

Our first day in Sequoia and it was a good one. We entered the park at Foothills, then proceeded up a 20 mile "highway" that had more switchbacks and hairpin turns than I have ever seen. The speed limit varies between 10 and 15 MPH and, within a 15 mile distance, you move from 1300 feet elevation to 6700 feet. A slow, but beautiful journey. Part of the time, one is above the Kaweah River, then you move up to the Avenue of the Giants. Our first adventure was climbing Moro Dome. This is a bald rock outcropping that hangs out over the valley...

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Dilsea's Road Trip

May 12, 2009 - Crossing the Mojave

So we finally made it to California, the "Golden State." We left Sedona and drove to Needles, which is just across the CA state line, on the Colorado River. It was 108 degrees when we arrived, so we huddled inside the 5'er with the A/C going strong. The next morning when we were ready to pull out, the slide would not retract on the trailer. So we had to extend our stay in lovely Needles until we could get an RV service person to help. Finally, we got it fixed and headed across the Mojave Desert, bound for Sequoia National Park. The distance...

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Dilsea's Road Trip

Dec 1, 2008 - Visalia, California

We laid over a day yesterday in Redding and got a few errands done. Today was another long day behind the wheel and remarkably boring. Soon after we left Redding a ground fog started appearing and frankly, most of the day we could barely see in front of us, let alone anything visually stimulating out the side windows. Hopefully tomorrow that will clear as we climb out of the Central California Valley and head up into the hills near the Arizona border. Sorry no pictures today, tomorrow should be better.

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