Wow – I guess it’s been a WHILE since I blogged. Let me just be real here. My back has been REVOLTING on this trip. Since the final week of moving when my back went out… my back has been giving me problems. It’s been aching and screaming at me since we first began, to the point where everything I looked at was through a lens of pain. We figured out it was the mattress and have purchased a new one (due to arrive today we hope!). These RV beds weren’t made to hold two big bodies full time. I sit in our outdoor “living room” in 78 degree weather in Anaheim next to a palm tree drinking coffee. Not a bad life at all. There is SO much to catch up on… so get comfy, grab a snack and a drink, and read on.
This was actually pretty fascinating. I am going to admit, that I was at that moment wanting to stay in the RV and sleep. I’m glad I went, because I got to see my husband be a kid again and relive some moments of his life. Sometimes, I get wrapped up in my vision of what I wanted for our family on this trip and I forget that he has input beyond providing for our family. I was actually pretty bored by all the planes. If I could go in them or fly them, that is another story. Walking around and looking at placards on planes isn’t exactly my idea of a thrill. Then, we came to a plane that Karl had run a refueling exercise on when he was in ROTC. I sat back as he described all of it to the girls. They were fascinated by their daddy’s stories, and I was enamored with him as his face was lit up. Sometimes, the cares and worries of his need to provide and do his job well tend to obscure his jovial personality. Seeing him like that reminded me how important it is for him to have a part of this adventure and not just plan right through him. I am in charge of scheduling and planning… and need to remember to ask, “Honey – is there anything you’re really desiring to see?”
Here the girls are “riding” a nuke!
Enjoying the sunset
Wow. So pretty. We were right by the ocean in this RV park. We could walk out any time we wanted to go to the water, and it was just beautiful. There were starfish washed up with starfish wasting syndrome. It is truly a sad thing to see. The first couple of sand dollars were just beautiful… then we noticed there were thousands and it wasn’t as special, haha. Each sunset was beautiful… we flew a kite, walked for miles, the kids and Karl body-surfed, and all in all… just enjoyed our time. The girls and I enjoyed jogging on the path that wound through the quaint little fishing village. Morro bay was not crowded at all. We watched sea otters and sea lions play around in the marina. I loved it so much I didn’t want to leave. Some places we can’t wait to leave… Morro Bay wasn’t one. We watched the lighted boat parade – so pretty. We also toured Hearst Castle while we were there. I would highly recommend tour #5 which was a night tour. Everything was lit up and dressed up for Christmas. There were docents wandering around in garb from the 1930′s and even fresh bread baking in the kitchen.
Here a 1930′s docent bakes in the Hearst kitchen. The smell was amazing!
Mr. Hearst was an odd man. He was against drinking heavily, and had a ton of stars try and sneak in booze – but if they were caught or acting drunk they would be asked to leave. They were offered only a little alcohol on their stay each evening with dinner, and were only allowed to drink sparingly. However, after dinner they could come to the kitchen were he had some beer on tap (he liked German lager). They could have as much as they wanted of beer! Against drinking too much, but was totally fine staying married to his wife that lived across the country as he lived with his mistress all of those years. Bizarre. Also, the house was just filled to the brim with “religious” artifacts, but he was decidedly NOT a man of faith. In all, the 5th tour was a great highlight tour. We got to see the best things from all of the various tours.
A small hike to a beautiful BEAUTIFUL beach. We drove highway 1 and enjoyed that so much. It’s just majestic. The views are out of this world. Jade cove is a MUST SEE for rock hounds. There are so many different types of rocks to look at here, and the sea life is plentiful. Go during low tide and you’ll have a tide pooling adventure. I can’t say enough about this beach! Caves to explore, rocks to climb and collect, sea life to observe…
A crab – not too happy to be played with
Pismo beach RV Park was pretty nice. We liked the pool and the general store… but the beach was inaccessible. They kind of falsely advertise it being right next to the beach, but you can’t even get there really because of a marshy duck poo swamp separating you from it. It’s also a pretty dirty area. We went to see the monarchs which were really cool. They were flying all over the place and clustered in trees. Thirty thousand of them. It was quite amazing. We also went to Solvang while we stayed here. It’s a little Danish community. Way more commercialized than it was when I was a kid. Kind of sad, really. There is plenty of food and shopping. We also saw the mission – they charge just to walk in and see the church. $5 a head. Not even worth it… but I did want to see the paintings made by the indians with berries. Oh well – December was a tight month financially because of Christmas. Did I mention we don’t do credit cards? I spent some of my money outside of our Christmas budget to surprise Karl with something he’s always dreamed of… a helicopter flight! It was so cool to see Santa Barbara from a helicopter. Just breathtaking.
The family walking the streets of Solvang
Monarch butterfly in Pismo
The hubs and I
Rincon Point Break in Santa Barbara – mentioned in “Surfin’ Safari!”
Placard in Solvang
Christmas in an RV
Yes. It’s possible. We had a Turkey in a crockpot and the sides in disposable little squares. Turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, candied yams, and stuffing. It was pretty awesome.
on to… Magic Mountain!
In September we bought our 2014 season passes to Six Flags, giving us the rest of 2013 and all of 2014! They have lost money on us! We are going to see every six flags in the country we can. Our biggest disappointment was that X2 was closed down. BUMMER! We were there 11 days! We rode ride after ride after ride, walked anywhere from 11500-16000 steps a day, ate funnel cakes, got caricatures of the girls, I almost got beat up for asking a mom to clean up after her son that fire-hosed the bathroom, drank too much soda with free refills, almost got sick, lost a hat and found it, and in general just burned ourselves out on thrills. All the while Karl did work throughout. Pretty awesome. One of the days, we dropped the girls off with money and an iphone and let them have the day without parents. Hugely scary for me. Hugely. They had a blast and were very resourceful with the $20 they were given.
Homeschoolers be like… just kidding.
WHICH brings us to… DISNEYLAND!
Most Expensive Happiest Place on Earth. To say I love Disneyland is an understatement. I have been coming here since I was little. My dad was a tour bus driver, and this was one of the places he would bring me. He would go sleep in the bus and give me my pass book and a little cash. I was running around the park on my own riding everything from the time I was eight years old. Back in the days of e-tickets, I would run out of the good ride tickets and then ride the train around and around the park. By myself. It was fantastic. I sang in choir in highschool and did a solo of Phantom of Opera at the Disneyland Hotel. We did a behind the scenes tour (which we are working on getting right now… more to come) during Disney Magic Music Days. Boy has it changed over the years. I almost wish they’d open another park with their old rides that we could go on. I’m really looking forward to it, and my mom will be coming with us! We got the city pass which is an UNBELIEVABLE deal – 3 days Disney park hopper, 1 day at Universal Studios, 1 day at Sea World, 1 Day at San Diego Zoo for under $400 a person. Such a blast!
Thanks for reading – there have been a lot of lessons along the way. A lot of different personalities encountered. Varying degrees of loveliness as far as RV Parks go. The current one is clean, but the pool is tiny and spa was like a sardine jar. Not sure if I want to go in unless I BYOB (Bring Your Own Bleach). We watched the fireworks from the RV last night, and tomorrow will be our first day in D-Land. LOOKING FORWARD TO IT! WHOOP!by Theflyingks
What started out as “hopes and dreams” somehow descended into the dreaded… expectations. Expectation is defined as:
The act of expecting or looking forward to a future event with at least some reason to believe the event will happen.
I guess I reasonably expected we would be out of this town by now. I had hoped and prayed we would. I had visions of being on the California coast by now. Or Placerville, or Lodi… but instead we are here. Looks like my reservations for Price is Right will need to be pushed back I had hopes and dreams that I allowed to go into expectations… I heard once, “Expectations are resentments waiting to happen.” I believe this to be true. How many times have I allowed unrealized expectations to throw me into a tail spin? I’m ashamed to say. Perhaps that is one of the main lessons this journey will provide.
I’m not saying being here is 100% bad. This gave me a chance to pare down and organize while we are close to our storage (and a dumpster). Staying has given us a chance to re-organize our storage in a more concise way, instead of the panic mode we stuffed it in. Staying gave us a chance to get the hitch installed by pros – so that we will have peace about our traveling safety. We also met an awesome little full-time family Pete, Gina, Zoe, Luke, Reed, and Sadie - so sweet and resourceful! She is an amazing hooper and he is an author. So these are the blessings we got from staying.
Some fun “adventures” so far:
1. Our first night I had a panic attack all night long… there was a loud *BANG* in the middle of the night and Karl got up to investigate. I was sure someone had tried to break in, and as such I couldn’t go back to sleep at all. In the morning, we realized that our clothing was all on the ground, the clothing bar intended for a short term use was NOT rated for the amount of clothing we had.
2. We ran out of propane while the truck was in the shop… had to wash dishes with Keurig water – one 12 oz. transfer to the sink at a time.
3. I think I’m having hot flashes – yep. Made a doctor appointment for next week.
4. The cat was a no-show for taking him to my MIL’s… so we got him a couple of days ago and now we have a CAT and a BIRD in our RV at the same time. Sylvester and Tweety on the road!
5. My grandma is dying. She is 98, and lives with my mom in Clovis. I want to be there with every fiber of my being. We have to wait for the funeral and go then because of our living situation now. She fell and broke her leg in two places, and is now not doing well at all – it’s hard not to be there.
6. Sydney fell from the top rung of the loft ladder and crashed down into boxes… has cuts and bruises, but she is fine.
It has been a crazy week and a half – and we haven’t left Reno! Looking forward to hitting the road!by Theflyingks
The blue truck SOLD today! YAY! What a praise! Karl flies out 4am-ish to go get our NEW truck.
It is the king ranch edition – 2008 with navigation and a dvd player for the kids. It is built to haul, with built in drawers and cut bed for turning radius. It is also a dually so it can handle our beast of a home. Karl is staying with my mom’s cousin in Austin while there… super happy about that! We’re very excited!
We are searching for our Heartland Cyclone. We know what we want:
2 Air Conditioners
2 queen slide beds in garage
awnings over slides (we’ll need at least 2 slides)
Queen loft over garage
All the other usual stuff and…
large booth instead of dinette and plumbed for washer dryer would be icing on the cake.
ALL for under $30k and preferably no further away than Texas. It’s a lot to ask, but you just never know!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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