From the Escapade we
headed back for the Colorado River valley and the
woodcarver's workshop in Ft. Mohave.
We had a
great time as everyone had promised. Fourty hours of
woodcarving and visiting and learing.
At the end of the
workshop we drove down the road about five miles and stayed
a couple of nights at Spirit Mountain RV Park in Mohave
Valley. Phone hook-up is the big draw there. You park in
your space and you have a landline for 800 numbers or local
calls. A local ISP had a flyer at the RV park office
offering monthly service for $18.95 and no set-up fee. Well,
after more than a week without an internet connection we
were feeling withdrawal symptoms. We got hooked up with for
internet access and spent a couple of days online until we
realized we were still in triple digit weather... duh! We
cut our stay short a day and headed back for California and,
hopefuly, cooler weather.
Through Needles and
the long, long pull uphill to Antelope Valley was next. The
combination of hideous headwinds and an uphill climb held
the rig to 45 mph part of the way. Luckily we missed any
really bad dust storms but we were plenty glad to get to the
Arabian RV park in Boron.
The wind subsided some
during the night so we decided to make a run for the
Tehachapi Mts while the gettin' was good. On the start up
the hill a sign warned high profile vehicles, but at that
point there is no turning around. Up by the Tehachapi
turn-off an eighteen wheeler was laying on it's side. Help
was there already and we couldn't stop. As soon as we
`summited' (notice how I made a verb from a noun like the
Generation Xers!) and started down the other side, the wind
It's always a treat to
start down the last hill and look out over the huge expanse
of California's Great Central Valley with citrus orchards,
vineyards, fields of grain and row crops... and, of course,
We stopped at at our home
park, Royal Oak Resort, just east of Kingsburg. What a
sanctuary for renewal that place is. Twisted, shady green
trees, peaceful river, quiet nights and calm days... great
rejuvenation after the treeless big heat days that moved
into Arizona. We stayed almost two weeks and did a little
exploring while we were there. Features that stand out in my
mind are the oil well pumps in the foothills by Coalinga.
They have been painted to look like different creatures....
Snoopy, a grasshopper, butterfly, giraffe, all sorts of
things. And we visited Pinnacle National Monument while
traveling up the fault line on highway 25 to Hollister. They
have some great information on earthquakes there.
When we departed Kingsburg our next
destination was the California Delta... the state's best
kept recreational secret. We were in search of a RV park for
the woodcarver's workshop next May. We didn't find one
there, but chuckled at the prospect of what our fellow
woodcarver's faces would look like if we chose Snug Harbor
and they discovered they had to cross the slough to get
there on a ferryboat! The ferry's captain told us that they
transport big motorhomes and other RVs easily, but if we
were going to do that we should send everyone a tide
schedule so they could cross at high tide. That would keep
rigs from dragging on the ramp as they drove off the boat.
But, alas, Snug Harbor is not big enough for the 25 to 30
rigs and they don't have a clubhouse or us to use.
We hated to leave the
warm sunny days and cool breezy nights of the Delta, but it
was time to move on. Yuba City was our next, and last, stop.
It was early afternoon when we arrived in town, entered
Travelhome Park through the back entrance and finding our
usual space vacant we pulled in and hooked up. Then I called
the office and when Nita answered I asked if there was room
for us. Sure, she assured us, then asked. what time we would