Camping Day B - Palm Desert, CA

Emerald Desert RV Park

Tonight, we are at Emerald Desert RV Park in Palm Desert, CA. We have been coming to this facility for over a year now on just about a monthly basis to visit with the kids and the now one year old grandson. We will be here for two nights at this five star campground and heading back to Wickenburg on Sunday.

While we are relaxing and blogging about being here, getting here was quite another story. We left Bakersfield this morning at about 10:30 AM expecting about a four and one-half hour drive. Alas, when we got to Boron, CA, on the high desert we encountered an extreme traffic jam. When I say extreme, I mean the sort of delay where we went 6.2 miles from Boron to Kramer Junction in an hour and a half. That’s 4⅓ miles per hour on average.

The delay getting past the traffic threw us enough off schedule that when we got to the Inland Empire (San Berdoo, etc.) we were greeted with rush hour slowdowns on I-15, I-215 and I-10. The net result was that we had a late check-in at the campground (office closes at six and we were here at ten after). In spite of all that, we’re relaxed and unwinding from a rather unpleasant commute.

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Camping Day A - Near Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield, CA

We’re camped in a place called Orange Grove RV Park a bit east of Bakersfield proper. They really do have orange trees throughout the campground, albeit not as dense as one might expect in a commercial orchard. The ladies in the office told us to come back in December when the oranges will be ripe and are free for the picking.

Our itinerary for tomorrow takes us to Palm Desert, CA. We are going to cross over the mountain range east of here through Tehachapi, CA, thence via high desert routing through Kramer Junction and on down through Cajon Pass where we will get on I-10 going toward the low desert.

I labeled the camping day as “A” because this end of the schedule was not as easily numerated as the trip going from Arizona, through Utah and Nevada and on into Central California. I used alpha designators for the last legs of the excursion to keep it simple and flexible for use in the GPS trip planning application while not having to pin down an exact number of days out for a given leg.

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Eleven

ElevenToday marks the eleventh anniversary of Cap’n Bob & the Damsel blog. We are still here although our posting has become sporadic and our commenting on politics has become almost painful in these days of the most berserk political landscape ever.

I was planning on a more elaborate post for this anniversary, but we are still on the road with our relatives and interfacing with them is very important. Our travels will resume later today as we begin to head back toward the southern branch of relatives and then on home to Arizona.

I found the image of dice on-line and thought it would be appropriate to post since our daily blogging has become somewhat of a crapshoot. Thanks to our regulars for hanging in there with us.

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A Red Rose

A Red Rose

This beautiful red rose was fully open yesterday at my sister’s place in the Central California area. The rose bush is beside the driveway where our RV is parked while we are visiting with family here. Click on the image to enlarge.

We will be headed towards the southern part of the state in a couple of days for another visit with the southern branch of our California family as we make our way back home. We will see our newest grandbaby for a short window of time over the weekend. It has been a couple of months and we are anxious to see him.

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Camping Day Seven - Stockton, CA

Stockton, CA

We have arrived at the family reunion location in Stockton, CA. We’re not at a campground, but at Damsel’s Sister’s place where we were just about a year ago. We had a good drive today over Donner Pass and then down through CA Hwy 49, the California gold rush highway and then on to our terminus for the day.

We plan on being here for a while for the family reunion which will take place over the weekend. We will probably be here for a week and unless there is some very compelling reason to blog about something, we will unlikely post anything during that time.

In about a week, we will head south through California’s Central Valley, stopping to camp in another couple of places on our way back to Arizona. See you then . . .

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Camping Day Six - Fernley, NV

Fernley, NV

We made pretty good time today driving most of the way across the mountains and valleys of Northern Nevada along Interstate 80. We started from Elko, where it was still raining a little bit and ended up in Fernley, where it was quite a bit warmer and mostly sunny.

The trip was a bit tedious for me as the driver and for Damsel as the co-pilot, since there were areas of gusty winds along the route. That makes me tense and my arms and shoulders get fatigued and sore after a while. However, after arriving at Desert Rose, setting up camp and having late lunch and a beer, all is good with both of us.

Damsel took quite a few photos along an otherwise boring highway: there were a few interesting rock formations, an interstate tunnel pair, several casino/gas stops and a truck with a happy load.

Tomorrow, we will be traveling to an undisclosed location in the Sacramento Valley. Our route will take us over Donner Pass (still on I-80) and thence via gold rush country to our destination where we will spend several days with family in a long-overdue reunion. Blogging may be light for a week or so.

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Camping Day Five - Elko, NV

Elko, NV

We actually had a pretty good drive today, albeit not as scenic as the past few days. One of the most interesting things we saw today along Interstate 80 was the Morton Salt Facility and the famous Bonneville Salt Flats before we left Utah.

Here in Nevada, along I-80, the scenery was interesting with broad valleys and mountains typical of the Great Basin Area. We had some minor gusty winds along the way and when arriving in Elko, we had a cloudburst from a thunderstorm in progress.

Damsel and I parked the RV at a Smith’s Supermarket and went inside just before the cloudburst. When we emerged from the store, the ground was wet but it had stopped raining.

At the campground, the showers were intermittent enough that I didn’t have to connect the shore power, cable and city water in the rain. Note the front wheels in the image above are again off the ground due to the slope of our campsite. We saw other class A RVs in the park with the same situation.

Tomorrow, we have more I-80 traveling west, ultimately arriving in Fernley, NV, which is a small mountain town southeast of Reno. The forecast for our journey is for partly sunny skies and a slight chance of rain. It should be a nice trip.

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