Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Monterey, CA July 17-26, 2017

The Central California Coast  is arguably one of the most desirable areas.  It's rich history, beautiful weather and views make it a fun place.  Unfortunately, it's too expensive to live here.  Think how crowded it would be if it were less costly!!  Either way, we really enjoy visiting Monterey and Carmel by the Sea.

The shops and restaurants at Old Fishermans Wharf are a big tourist attraction

It's nice to see that an artist can create beauty on this old, demolished building foundation.  And I'm not talking about the guy on the right side!!

Monterey is well known for it's Cannery Row.  This is the area that supported numerous Sardine Canneries, the last of which closed in 1973.

Are we having fun yet?  Yes, she made me go to a wine-tasting...

Carmel by the Sea has so many unique shops and homes.  This is one of the little courtyards we found  

We had dinner and drinks here at Clint Eastwood's Hog's Breath Inn.  (He no longer owns it)

Miles of coastal beachfront in Carmel

This is the Carmel Mission Basilica

Part of Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch Hotel and Restaurant.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pismo Beach, CA July 12-17, 2017

We moved up the coast to Pismo Beach.  Actually we stayed at the Oceano Elks Lodge.  Just a couple of blocks from the ocean, it's a great place to stay.

There is miles of beach here in Oceano/Pismo.  

One of the few beaches that allow vehicles is right here.  It makes the beaches very popular and busy.  If you want to relax on the beach, this may not be the best place...but if you want to have fun, it's the place to visit...especially if you have off-road vehicles.

RV beach camping is also very popular here.  However, I wouldn't recommend parking too close to the water...You never know how high the tide might get!

Our first day on the beach was rather exciting.  There was a police chase with at least 20 cops from various jurisdictions.  They chased the suspect along the waterfront...until he got stuck in the sand and decided to run.....into the water.  He didn't get too far!!

Thursday evenings host the San Luis Obispo farmers market.  Plenty of food and fun!

We rode our bikes into downtown Pismo and greeted the crowds...

The crowds are enjoying a nice sunny day in the sand.

Looks like a great place to spend the night!  But I don't think I would be comfortable dragging our Fifth Wheel down here.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Santa Barbara, CA July 7-12, 2017

We made it to Santa Barbara without a flat tire.  That's exciting!!  The traffic was terribly slow, so it took us most of the day, but once we got settled in, it was worth it.  With the temperatures in the high 70s, it's a great feeling.

Just another day at the beach, except the sign posted at the right reads "Recent Confirmed Shark Sighting".  I don't think we will be swimming today!

The boardwalk along the Santa Barbara beach was busy with lots of bikes, surreys, and walkers.

When we visit Santa Barbara, we always make a point to try some good seafood.  This was the Cioppino Seafood Stew in a sourdough bread favorite!

This artist was busy creating a very realistic sand sculpture

Tonight is "Cook Your Own Steak Night" at the Elks Lodge.  They let you choose your meat, then season and grill to your liking.  And yes, I was also wearing a hawaiian shirt...what are the chances??

Santa Barbara was experiencing a wildfire near Cachuma Lake.  The sky was filled with smoke, but it didn't really affect us in town.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mt Charleston, NV Jun 29-Jul 7, 2017

We returned from San Diego to McWilliams Campground at Mt Charleston to celebrate Linda's Mom's 80th birthday.  Unfortunately, she wasn't able to come to the mountain as she was recovering from surgery.  The good news is that she is doing well, and we were able to visit her on her birthday in Fort Mohave.  

We were in campsite 18, and we loved it.  Room for 3 vehicles and fresh water across the road.

We had views of the forest and mountains

Celebrating with friends and family at the mountain - a great escape from the desert heat!

Our friends and their band "Headz or Tailz" was performing at the Foxtail Picnic area of Mt Charleston.  What a great time!

Tom & Debbie getting photo-bombed...

It looks like Myles is all ready for the 4th of July!

And what trip wouldn't be complete without another tire blowout!!!  This time I changed all 4 tires to the new Goodyear G614s.  At nearly 3x the cost of normal trailer tires, Discount Tire guarantees I won't have any problems with these.  We will see.....