Last night we drove nearly 300 miles to get to San Martin, CA to stay at the Camping World parking lot. The last time we were here was in February, 2010 shortly before we left for our first cross country trip. We spent that night here with our battery practically dead. It was cold and we had no way of heating the inside of the trailer. Last night was a little different. We are older, wiser and much better prepared for parking lot nights than the greener versions of us over 3 years ago.
Our stint in southern California allowed us to catch up with a lot of our friends, new and old. During our last cross country trip, while we were on the road, a new dealership opened in Los Angeles. Our friend Lynda and Mona invited us to come join in on their 1-year anniversary celebration which we were thrilled to be a part of.
The third stop on our tour of the Eastern Sierras is to a city called Bishop. We are staying at our second BLM campground just outside of town called Pleasant Valley Pit Campground.
For the next 10 days and so, we are planning on exploring the Eastern Sierras. Why the eastern side? Well, everyone and their mom is always talking about Tahoe and Yosemite. And yes, they are crazy beautiful but it is time to give the Eastern Sierras some love. You with me?
It has been awhile since we posted on this blog. That is because we have been busy getting ready for our next adventure. Since we got back to southern California in March, we have been doing a fair bit of local traveling. Before we head out on our next trip, I thought it might be a good idea that I first catch up on our travels since we got back. This was back in April of 2013 when we headed out to the California desert to meet up with some friends. You might even recognize them.
Wandr’ly Magazine is a Web-only magazine founded by a friend and fellow traveler Nathan Swartz. We were interviewed and featured in one of his articles a couple of months ago but I just realized that we never wrote about it on our blog.
over and out,
Even though we are not technically on our trip, as denoted by the lack of a “Day: Number” in the blog title, we still don’t have a sticks and bricks house to call home. Our rental property in Los Angeles where we will be moving to is still occupied and we needed to make a trip up to the Ventura/Santa Barbara area for work.
We packed up this morning and left Lake Cahuilla County Park knowing that it was our last night before getting back to see some family. But we still have a long day of activities before that happens. We are here in the Palm Springs area to relax but also to attend the annual Vintage Trailer Show at Modernism Week.
Every time we are in Palm Springs, we have to go to Ace Hotel. Thanks to Marlene’s parents who spend a week each year at their Palm Springs timeshare, the girls have associated the city with swimming. Ace Hotel is the perfect place to go for that. Their pool is open to everyone, guest or not, with a small daily use fee.
Being here near Palm Springs feels like we are already home. This is one of our go-to places for a getaway while we are home based and even though we are still technically full-timing across the country, it definitely feels like our trip is all but over. Officially, it will be in a couple of days but it is hard for us to make that distinction. We still won’t have a house to move into for a couple of weeks but we will be sleeping under a roof supported by walls sitting on a concrete foundation at Marlene’s parents house.
The spring is a perfect time to come here to Palm Springs. We didn’t actually think we would be here this soon but because of a firm work deadline, we are here. Actually it worked out pretty great because the Palm Springs Modernism Week is happening right now as well the Vintage Trailer Show this weekend.
Last night we parked next to big rigs at the Flying J truck stop in Ehrenberg, Arizona. This is the same spot where we spent out first night as full timers back in 2010.