We Are Off And Running 10/7/2015 (Page One)
Bob and Sandy decided to jump in the motorhome and go to the Stanford-UCLA game taking a leisurely trip up Highway 101. The trip was almost two weeks beginning October 7th departing from Lake Forest and returning on the 22nd. Please enjoy their adventure.
Did The Trip Change Anything?
Before the trip
Almost after the trip!
Departed Lake Forest On October 7th (Day #1)
Lake Forest to Lake Casitas was an easy three hour journey
The lake can hold 313 million cubic meters of water
Did You Know? - Lake Casitas is a man-made lake in the Los Padres National Forest of Ventura County, California, created by the construction of Casitas Dam on Coyote Creek, two miles (3 km) before it joins the Ventura River. Santa Ana Creek and North Fork Coyote Creek also flow into the lake.
The dam was constructed of earth-fill and was completed in 1959. It is 279 ft (85 m) and was built by the United States Bureau of Reclamation. The lake has a capacity of 254,000 acre·ft (313,000,000 m3).
The dam was built as part of the Ventura River Project and was strengthened in Jun-Dec 2000 as a seismic improvement to help withstand earthquakes greater than 6.5. The project provides drinking water and water for irrigation.
Once hooked up it was time to relax and check everything out!
Sandy gets to learn how friendly RV'er are!
Side Trip To Ojai On The October 8th (Day #2)
Check the reflections in the glass
Did You Know? - The town was laid out in 1874 by real estate developer R.G. Surdam and named Nordhoff, California, in honor of the writer Charles Nordhoff. Leading up to and during World War I, American sentiment became increasingly anti-German. Across the United States, German and German-sounding place names were changed. As part of this trend, Nordhoff was renamed Ojai in 1917.
Much easier parking with the Jeep
Don't ask... Don't tell!
Ojai is a tourist destination... Shopping a must!
Back to the motorhome... Time to Relax!
Off To Santa Barbara To Visit The Elks Lodge On October 9th (Day #3)
The next morning we looked at the lake, packed up, and headed out!
Easy trip of 25 miles!
The lodge is north of Santa Barbara - The lodge has 17 RV spaces with 50 amp electric, water, wireless Internet and an on site dump station. Gravel surface and the entire area is screened by hedges on 3 sides.
Santa Barbara Elks Lodge #613 was founded in 1900.
Great dance floor!
A magic conversion
To The Santa Barbara Harbor And Lunch October 10th (Day #4)
We had plenty of room!
The living room pops right out of the side
Sandy's first motorhome trip.... She had expectations!
Lunch at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club
Did You Know? - Just seven years following the conclusion of the Civil War, organized yachting came to Santa Barbara. According to the Bible of all things maritime, Lloyd's Register Of American Yachts, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club was formed in 1872, although not formally incorporated until May 5, 1887. This was a time before the first Southern Pacific train reached the city and State Street was a graded dirt thoroughfare with boardwalks and lighted by gas imported from San Francisco. In the world of yachting this was the beginning of the "golden age" with the first race for the America's Cup in 1870.
What a view...
Bob said "...and the ocean is pretty also!"
Long Trip From Santa Barbara To Santa Maria October 11th (Day #5)
Santa Barbara To Santa Maria was 80 miles and about two hours
Bingo... We are here! The Elks Lodge 1538 began operation June 25, 1927
Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538
1309 N. Bradley Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93454
805-922-1538, 805-925-0297 fax, 805-925-1538
Parked and hooked up!
Just a short walk to the lodge proper
On Our Way Again... To Sunnyvale Elks Via Avila Beach October 12th (Day #6)
Quick stop at Avila Beach
Did You Know? - The name Avila commemorates Miguel Ávila, who was granted Rancho San Miguelito in 1842. The town was established in the latter half of the 19th century, when it served as the main shipping port for San Luis Obispo. Around this time, Luigi Marre built a honeymoon hotel here and steamboats brought customers from San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Although Avila Beach still has a working commercial fishing pier and the inland areas have extensive apple orchards, tourism is now the main industry. There are few historical structures remaining; among the oldest is the Point San Luis Light, built in 1890 after a series of shipping accidents.
Walking on the pier
S-h-h-h-h-h-h Don't wake us up!
Bob musy be a Seal Whisperer!
Meeting new friends...
His name was "Bark, The Wonder Dog!"
Life is great! 10/12/2015 – 3:40 PM
Avila Beach between Pismo Beach and Morro Bay
We watched the sunset... 5:40 PM and the sun is getting low in the sky!
8 PM and the view gets better
We can change the view with a simple move of the rig
The Morning At Morgan Hill Area October 13th (Day #6)
Same view... The next morning... Beautiful
Sandy wondered what a dump-station was!
Here comes the sun! 7:00 am 10/14/2015
Did You Know? - King City (variant: Kings City) is a city in Monterey County, California, United States. King City is located on the Salinas River 51 miles (82 km) southeast of Salinas, at an elevation of 335 feet (102 m). It lies along U.S. Route 101 in the Salinas Valley of the Central Coast of California.
Time to stretch our legs and see a neat museum
Just off Highway 101
We visited the Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum
11:00 on the 13th
Did You Know? - The Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum (MCARLM) is located within San Lorenzo County Park, 1160 Broadway, King City, CA. The park is a Monterey County facility.
MCARLM's interpretive period is the last quarter of the 19th century through World War II. The collections are principally agricultural related implements, house museum furnishings, and historical objects related to specific local history.
The museum complex has 6 buildings: the Exhibit Barn, Olson Blacksmith Shop, and the History of Irrigation Museum; plus the historic Spreckels House(1898), La Gloria Schoolhouse (1887), and the King City Train Depot (1903).
All are completely furnished with turn-of-the-century artifacts. There are outside exhibits of antique farm equipment dating from the late 1800s into the 1940s. The main Exhibit Barn features displays following the development of Salinas Valley agriculture and rural life from the late 1700s to 1940. We also have meeting rooms, picnic facilities and camping through the auspices of the Parks Department.
Great old cars... Trade in the jeep?
An oldie but a goodie... Filler up!
Near Morgan Hill On October 14th (Day #8)
Did You Know? - Morgan Hill, officially the City of Morgan Hill, is a city located in the southern part of Santa Clara County, in northern California. The city is located in the southernmost portion of Silicon Valley.
Time to stop and stretch
Sandy has the drill perfected... Stop coach, grab chair!
Studying the map?
Time to rest!
Mr. Toads wild ride
Time To Stop At The Sunnyvale Elks Lodge October 15th (Day #9)
Plenty of room!
Hook up and meet new friends!
Yeah! We found a tail-gate party
Dressed for the game!
More UCLA fans?
Sandy finds a new friend... If he is for UCLA then he must be OK
Always a smile!
5:30 in the evening... Time to dine!
Bob is ready to go!
Checking our tickets! We are ready to go!
Our car was parked away from the coach
Sound: Come Go With Me