8:55a, 46,566k getting an early start cause today is the day we go to Costco. True to us it is a 5-minute drive from the RV camp, yet we still manage to take a wrong turn. Around a building we go… We do make it and thankfully the parking lot is relatively empty. We park in the back and stock up on stuff, back on the road at 11. Today’s destination is Bakersfield.
We opted to take the scenic old Pacific Coast Highway until we had to turn inland. We drive through several cute towns with extremely narrow main street. Allan gets to use his air horn for the first time. Scared the crap out of the lady who was inching onto our road without looking. Allan decides his nerves have had enough so now we head to the main highway, I5.
We have a choice to turn left into a marina, not for us, or right we can’t tell where that goes so right we go. Whoops, this is a military base, complete with an armed guard at the entrance. There is no way we can U-turn in the street. Turns out it’s Camp Pendleton’s housing area. Mary-Ann jumped out and sweet talked the guard into letting us drive in and turn around but not before he called for armed backup to make sure that was all we did. Got turned around and headed back to a safe I5. So happy to be back on the highway.
It’s getting late so we stop at the KOA in Bakersfield for the night. We did not expect it to be as cold as it was, little did we know it was just going to get colder.
We did Traegar dinner, relaxed by the fire and we anxious to get to Vegas.
Beautiful sun filled day, unlike yesterday, off we go to Old Town San Diego using the trolley. Whoa!! in some areas the rails are so high you almost feel like you are flying. Old Town was much fun, looks like you are in a Mexican town. There were lots of “interesting” people some yelling louder than others. The stores are all touristy but that’s what we are so all is good.
We ate at the highly recommended, Café Coyote and were not disappointed.
Many seem to fly a flag at their RV site, we stumbled upon a flag store and bought Bailey’s first flag.
We walked around and came upon a bar, go figure!
We did consider going to Tijuana as the trolley takes you nearly there but didn’t want to take the chance of getting stuck in Mexico due to the unrest.
Such a fun day, now back to the trolley and home. Must admit it is colder than we thought it would be so got a good deal on these.
Finally, the rain stops, off we go for a walk to the liquor store, yep it’s opened here on Christmas Day to finally get some Bailey’s! Started raining again on our way back but we’re happy we have Bailey’s. We can now formally introduce Bailey to Bailey.
Allan did Traeger us a turkey Dinner was delicious.
A visitor to our park.
Ended up the evening in the hot tub. Love hot tubs 🙂
We leave at 9:25a, mileage 46,207k. Still need groceries so off to Walmart arrived 11:55a, back on the road again at 1:30p.
All of Bailey’s parts are working well. Such a nice change, but not as exciting. The drive was uneventfully picturesque. We travelled through Ripley, Blythe, Brawley, Ocotillo, Imperial and several more towns. Imperial and Ocotillo are wind turbine rich.
Arrive in La Mesa 3:40p. Super tight corners and our first back in site. Allan handled it like the pro he is. Nice sunny day.
Overnight what do our ears hear but pitter patter, splish splash not …
While we were gone, Tim Baker of Baker Mobile RV Repair made repairs for the issues we had last trip. Fingers crossed this trip is a bit less eventful mechanically.
Bailey is filthy! We can barely see out the windshield with the sunshine and the rear view camera total blur off to Blue Beacon Hand Truck Wash. Arrive at 8:50a several tractor trailers ahead of us but we need to be clean so we wait. Our first Holy Shit of the trip, weird sound coming from the back, rodent attempting to make its escape?? We see a flock of birds fly off – Solved birds on the roof not trapped between as it sounded like. Relief. Keep waiting. 10:11 yep over an hour wait and we’re up next…
And we’re clean now just to the drying station
Finally off to Costco what were we thinking? Costco on the Saturday before Christmas – simply no room for Bailey in that parking lot.
A few photos from the drive
Arrived at Arizona Oasis shortly after 3:00p. Prepared Bailey, slides all worked wonderfully. Allan was so happy to be reunited with his Traegar. This is our appetizer, jalapeno stuffed with cream cheese. wrapped in bacon. Had hamburgers for dinner then relaxed in the hot tub. What will tomorrow bring?
A day of relaxation at Arizona Oasis RV Park. The park was nice enough except for the occasional sewage smell. Park says they are aware and are working on it. We walked to the local convenience store and purchased a PowerBall, let the dreams begin. During our walk we come across some cute signs. Had chuckles at the sign in the window but did heed the warning.