Motorhomes don't do well in cold, damp weather, and neither do their occupants. We become moldy and mottled, moody and rather unpleasant. Plus the blue light anomaly has been in place for some time now.....so it's time to leave our dear families and head south to warmer climes.
Our route is pretty much the same: Leaving Sacramento and south on Highway 99 to Bakersfield is an easy first day's drive of about 300 miles. We normally don't pay $35 a night for RV parking but the Orange Grove RV Park lets us pick delicious oranges right from the trees, so we load up bags for juicing.
Our second day's drive takes us to Lake Cahuilla, a Riverside County park in La Quinta, which also happens to be one of our Passport America half price campgrounds, $11.50 per night includes water and electric.
Our two day stay allows for walks and runs (Howard) in the morning, stocking up at Costco for some major boondocking days ahead, and a movie...the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which in our opinion, was amazingly well done, especially after reading all 3 books, and seeing the original movies in Swedish with sub-titles.
So we're off for a short drive down to the Anza Borrego Desert, near the town of Borrego Springs, where we will greet the New Year 2012, and plan to stay until the Santa Ana winds, temps in the 100s, or boredom drive us out !