Fran & Steve's 2003 Road Trip

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Our 2003 Road Trip
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360º Panorama of Our 2000 Home
at LaPosa South LTVA

360º Panorama of Hope Arizona

360º Panorama of Slab City

Harold Drummond's RV Poem

Aerial View of Quartzsite Arizona

Our 2000-2001 RV Odessy Travelog

Our 1999-2000 Adventure 2000 Travelog

Our 1998-1999 Excellent Adventure Travelog

San Benito Thousand Trails preserve was our next stop. Didn’t take long to get there as it is just up over Pacheco Pass and a bit south of Hollister, CA. The park is quite large and spread out with some big spaces for rigs. Although there were quite a few people parked there, many spaces were still available to provide good choices. We saw deer and squirrels and lots of birds. The place has many amenities and a few drawbacks... poor cellular and TV reception, great distance to grocery stores, and a huge curved hill to pull up out of when you leave. I am always concerned about overstraining our equipment.

One day, while there we toured Wild Things. It's a place where you can rent animals if you are making a movie or a commercial. $1500 a day will get you the most photographed animal in the world... a tiger... or Joseph, the lion who has many, many credits to his name. It is said of him that he has never met a human that he didn't like. As the tour guide finished saying that, he sauntered over to the fence by the group, turned around and sprayed all over the back of a little boy who turned to run but didn't get out of the way in time!!!

Wild Things is south of Salinas, off the 68 and then down River Road in case you ever feel the need to have a lion spray you. Actually, it was interesting to see the place and hear our guide’s tales of the fame of their animals. She seemed to truly love each one of them.

In Hollister we drove around seeking open W-Fi wireless connections, (hot spots) just for the fun of it. If we found one we could ‘join’ we were able to download email and check websites.

While exploring from San Benito we traveled down highway 25 and across G13 to King City on the 101. There we ‘discovered’ the really neat San Lorenzo County Park. There are sites for RVs (some with full hookups), shade trees, play areas, a train depot (with a caboose!), old equipment, rural life, agricultural and irrigation museums, etc. A very interesting place to stop if you’re ever in the area. Rates seemed reasonable and you can stay for 30 days at a time if you wish.

On moving day we backtracked to Hollister to cross over to Highway 101 and take it south through the valley east of the Coastal Ranges, along the Salinas River. Agriculture there is impressive. Huge vineyards and humungous fields of row crops with harvesting going on some places while winter crops are planted on other fields. It is an awesome sight seeing the food that is grown in that valley knowing it will seem small in comparison to what we will see in the Imperial Valley and around Yuma, Arizona.


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