On to California

Current Location: Shadow Hills RV Resort, Indio, California

We took our time getting ready this morning since checkout was at 11:00 AM MST from Quartzsite and check-in time was 1:00 PM PST here in Indio. Since the trip was only a couple hours long and we gained another hour in the process moving into a new timezone, we knew we had to waste some time somewhere on the trip. That was verified as we were about 10 miles from our destination and Shadow Hills called to see when we were coming in since the person on the site we reserved hadn’t left yet.

The lonely road (I-10) between Blythe and Indio, CA

The lonely road (I-10) between Blythe and Indio, CA

We ended up stopping at a truck stop and fixed ourselves lunch. After lunch, we drove over to the truck wash and had the truck and trailer washed, then back to our site to wait for 1:00 or for a call from Shadow Hills to let us know the site was ready. We ended up calling them at 1:00 and they said to come on in.

We decided to have the truck and trailer weighed on the CAT scales at the truck stop before we left since we haven’t had the rig weighed for a while. The scales said we weighed at least 2500 pounds more than we expected. Though the scales are supposedly accurate, we wonder. There is no way we’ve added 2500 pounds (or more) of stuff to the trailer since we last weighed. We’ll wait until the national rally this summer and have it weighed there to find out the true numbers.

Our home for the night

Our home for the night

We pulled on in around 2:00 and got set up in our site. One of the reasons we are stopping in this area is to visit our son-in-law’s grandparents in Palm Springs. We called them up and they invited us to come over tomorrow at 5:00 PM. After talking with them, we headed out to the store to stock up on a few things we were out of. We also ended up eating dinner out at Red Robin since our stomachs are still on Central Time.

Tomorrow, we’ll decide what to do during the day based on the weather. The wind picked up pretty strong this afternoon and evening and the weather says it will probably be that way all day tomorrow into tomorrow evening.

License plates – 25 of 51 found today.

License Plates

License Plates

Two Different Directions

It’s been a week since our last post, so we thought we’d catch up real quick.

Malcolm is out in southern California on a business trip. He flew out on Sunday (Mar. 2) and is staying in the Laguna Hills area, working in Irvine. He is assisting his co-workers during installation of new equipment and providing troubleshooting skills. The installation and testing activities occur overnight, so Malcolm was up all day Tuesday and started work at 3:30 PM. He dropped into bed about 11:00 AM today. He will be working locally tomorrow and Friday (daytime hours, presumably) and flies back home on Saturday.

Val arrived on Tuesday afternoon in Seattle to visit the grandbabies. She flew out of Atlanta, leaving the campground early Tuesday morning. She had a long day of travel that started with getting David’s car jump-started (the battery went flat on her the night before). She’s having fun visiting the family and returns next Tuesday.

On Saturday, we got a lot of stuff done on the house, including a lot of outdoor landscaping and trim painting in the rooms that were going to be carpeted. The carpet folks arrived Monday morning and were done pretty quickly. The new carpet looks great. When Malcolm returns, he will be running over to the house and taking care of a few other things. The interior of the house is pretty much empty now, with most remaining things in the garage corralled up there.

We’ve been giving some of our friends various pieces of furniture and, whatever is left on Monday will be going to a local charity (they are coming over to pick it all up). We did give our piano to a young lady that answered our somewhat hurriedly placed ad last Friday. She and her Mom came to look at it Saturday morning and brought back a crew to move it later in the afternoon. She even sent us a picture to show us where it landed in her living room and to let us know it arrived safely. We were so happy to have given such a special piece to someone that will love and care for it.

Window Treatments and Close to Leaving

Current Location: Vacationer RV Park, El Cajon, California

We haven’t posted for a few days, but it has mostly just been work for Malcolm and some modifications for both of us. We’ve been replacing our window treatments in the kitchen, hall and bedroom over the past couple of weeks and Val completed the last of the items today.

We converted the kitchen windows from metal miniblinds after the one on the long (6 foot) window finally gave up the ghost. That window got curtains. The window over the sink got the same treatment that the hall and bedroom windows received – roller shade and valance curtains. Here are some pictures:

Sink window.

Sink window.

Long kitchen window.

Long kitchen window.

Kitchen overview

Kitchen overview

Bed slide.

Bed slide.

Bedroom window.

Bedroom window.

The trailer is very light and airy looking inside now, except for the living room. Now that we see all the new shades and valances up, we’re thinking of ditching the remaining cornice boards in the living room and putting up some valance curtains over the existing wood blinds (which we like). We may do that in a couple weeks, while we are stopped in Texas for Malcolm to work.

Speaking of work, tomorrow is Malcolm’s last day at work here. Good thing, as we have been itching to be on the road for a couple days now. This is the longest we’ve been in one spot since we officially started traveling this year. We’ll start breakdown activities tomorrow evening. We’ll have to take the rental car back and get our final receipt from the campground (they’ll have to read the electric meter to bill us for the electricity we’ve used) before we can head out.

Horseback Riding

Current Location: Vacationer RV Park, El Cajon, California

This morning, we took our time crawling out of bed. We both slept great after walking for hours around Disneyland the California Adventure parks. We wandered downstairs in the hotel for breakfast and decided the big restaurant with the buffet had too long of a line for our hungry stomachs, so we went next door to the almost empty quick service spot. The breakfast there, though limited in nature, was excellent and cooked to order. It was a wise move.

While at breakfast, Malcolm called to arrange a horseback ride. We decided to set it up for 1:00 so we could drive up and have lunch before the ride, since it was a long ride (3 hours).

After breakfast, we loaded everything in the car and decided to walk to Downtown Disney. It is primarily just shopping, but we had fun wandering through the stores, and it was a relaxing way to spend late morning. We headed back to the car and pointed it north towards Burbank for lunch and a horseback ride. We hadn’t quite planned on the amount and speed of the traffic.

As we got to the area of the horseback riding place, Rocken P Outfitters, it was nearly time for our ride, so no time for lunch. We went on over, paid our fee and waited to get saddled up. Our guide for the ride, Dave, is an easterner like us. He originally lived in the Cincinnati area. The three of us were the only ones on our particular ride, so it was very relaxed and we got a lot of chatting in.

We rode all the way up the hills in Griffith Park to view the Hollywood sign. The whole ride took about 3 hours and 20 minutes. We were both wobbly when we dismounted back at the stables. For people that don’t ride too much, we held up rather well.

On the way out of town, we stopped by the Triple R boarding stables and found our friend Erin there cleaning up her horse, Beatrix, after her ride. We chatted for a while, said our goodbyes, then headed on down the road back to El Cajon and our home. It was a tiring, but fun weekend.

Here are some pictures from today:

Rocken P Outfitters

Rocken P Outfitters

Val ready to ride

Val ready to ride

Bridge over the Los Angeles River

Bridge over the Los Angeles River

Lots of horse trails in Griffith Park

Lots of horse trails in Griffith Park

Lots of great views

Lots of great views

Pit stop

Pit stop

Val and Dave

Val and Dave

More great views

More great views

Hollywood sign off in the distance

Hollywood sign off in the distance

Portrait time

Portrait time

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Heading back down

Heading back down

One last view back towards the Hollywood sign

One last view back towards the Hollywood sign

Down towards the valley

Down towards the valley

Disneyland

Current Location: Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Today we decided to knock another item off our bucket list, since we are still on the left coast. We got up super early this morning and were on the road from El Cajon at 6:00 AM. We arrived at Disneyland shortly before 8:00 AM and parked in the second row of cars that they were lining up in the parking lot.

Since we had hotel reservations for this evening, but weren’t sure if we could park at the hotel before we checked in, the cast member at the parking booth for the parks gave us free parking, rather than us having to potentially drive to the hotel, find out we couldn’t park there, then have to drive back over again. It’s nice to know that Disney empowers their employees to allow them to make such decisions.

We walked and walked and walked. Malcolm rode the fast rides, we both rode the slower rides. We shopped (but not too much), ate, had a blast and headed to the car to drive over to the hotel a little after 3:00 PM. We got checked in there, dropped our stuff and walked back over to the California Adventure Park.

We ended up staying through the 9:00 World of Color show and walked our weary feet back to the hotel and plopped down on the bed around 10:00 PM. We had one day tickets to the park, so we’ll lounge around in the morning, grab a nice breakfast at the hotel, then check out and head to our next adventure tomorrow. You’ll have to check back in tomorrow evening to see what we’ve got cooking for Sunday.

One other note – the Ford dealer called mid-morning and indicated our truck was fixed. It turned out to apparently be a bad bolt or pulley for the water pump (which they recently replaced), so they put a new pulley and bolts on as well as a new belt and something else (will have to look at the paper work after we get back in town). Val will walk over Monday morning and pick it up. There was no charge for today’s work.

Obligatory pictures:

Here we are

Here we are

Horse-drawn trolleys (which we rode)

Horse-drawn trolleys (which we rode)

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Goofy and Goofy

Goofy and Goofy

Malcolm contemplating the weather

Malcolm contemplating the weather

Tow Mater

Tow Mater

Malcolm ready to blast off on the California Screamin' coaster

Malcolm ready to blast off on the California Screamin’ coaster

Radiator Springs at night

Radiator Springs at night

Paradise Pier at night

Paradise Pier at night

End of the World of Color show

End of the World of Color show