Fran & Steve's Excellent Adventure

Full Time RVing and RV Travel

This is the 1998 - 1999 travelog of Steven Fletcher and Fran Crawford.

We have been on short trips and vacations in our RV but this year was the first time we've been able to 'Hit the Road'.

About the first of November we said good-by to family and friends in Yuba City, California and headed south for warmer weather.

We spent November and December in Lancaster, California visiting Fran's #1 son and his family.

Our adventure really started the first week of January when we hitched up and went even farther south. First to Salton Sea State Park and then on to Yuma Arizona.

It took us a while to get into the Travelog mode. At first we were just sending short e-mails to individuals but as the list of recipients grew the travelog evolved. Our first travelogue here is a compilation of several different e-mails. The last travelogs are much more organized and even include some photos!

   Travelog Summary
    For those who just want the

#1 - Lancaster to Yuma to Quartzsite

#2 - Quartzsite, Lake Havasu City,

#3 - Needles, Mohave Valley,
Oatman &Kingman

#4 - Quartzsite (again), 29 Palms,
Joshua Tree National Fores

#5 - 29 Palms, Calico, Boron, Mohavem
Lancaster, Kingsburg, Yuba City

Harold Drummond's RV Poem

Quicktime Panorama Movie

Our Travelog Photo Album


At Home in the LTVA at Quartzsite Arizone

At Home In Tyson Wash LTVA
Quartzsite AZ

Jumbo Rocks- Joshua Tree National Part

Jumbo Rocks - Joshua Tree
National Park

A little history of our year...

We spent the 1998-1999 winter in Southern California and Arizona arriving back at our 'home base' the end of March. If you want, you can read about our Excellent Adventure on our travelog pages above.

We spent a long weekend in Lodi, CA where we met several members of the on-line RV Club for a mini get-together. I think it's safe to say that all of us had a good time.

In April 1999 we attended the Escapees' Escapade in Chico, CA. We had a great time. We met old friends we hadn't seen for a while and old friends we had never seen before... friends from the RV Club mailing list. The photo below shows just a few of the 1200 rigs at the Escapade. 

We were right in the center of the parking lot... one of several. Fran took the photos from the roof of our rig. We tried for a full panorama like our Quartzsite Panorama but not all the photos turned out so this is it.

Except that Fran was working at the California Fruit Packing Company peach cannery for Morning Star Trucking we had a pretty good summer. We spent 'quality time' with friends Bill & Nancy, Buddy & Gail and Everett & Betty. And, we met fellow RV-Club members Pete & Jo Peters! Lots of other park regulars and repeats have come through too and it's always nice to see them again. That's one of the few good things about having a 'home base' and being in one place for a while.

To keep our Hitch Itch in remission we've taken several day trips and lots of afternoon drives. It's working so far but as the end of the season get closer the Hitch Itch gets stronger!

On Saturday, December 4th we went on our annual pilgrimage to the California Delta which always includes watching the lighted boat parade in Stockton. We'll try to get some photos and a description up soon. 

The Saturday trip wasn't enough so Sunday we took a little ride up Highway 20. We took our water jugs along and filled them at Bitney Springs and then drove on up to Bridgeport. The longest single span wood-covered bridge is there. Built in the late 1800s the bridge is closed to traffic and is the center point of a small state park. Wow! It's been 20 years since we've been there. We both can remember when the 'park' was a private ranch and we could drive across the bridge.

We spent the holidays in Yuba City and had a nice Thanksgiving & Christmas with family. It's always nice to get everyone together.

Fran & I got a Delorme Earthmate/Street atlas as our gift to each other. Just having the Street Atlas is pretty cool but with the Earthmate GPS the system is lots of fun.

We had a chance to try out the GPS 1/2/00 when we took a ride up through Oroville, Paradise and Sterling City. We didn't plan a route... that's not how we do daytrips. But it was fun to track our position along the way. 

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Last modified on: Feb 1, 2000.