After four weeks in Santa Cruz, we loaded the Vistabule and meandered down highway 101, hugging the coast and then veered east over the Topatopa mountain range. The land was dotted with acres of orange and lemon groves with fruit ready for harvest. As we travelled, we passed by a number of tractor trailers heaped with lemons heading for processing sheds. I wonder if some of those lemons made their way to a HyVee store in Minnesota? We spent one night in Santa Paula and our final destination was Descanso, a small mountain town 40 miles east of San Diego. While it wasn’t a big deal we struggled with battery issues and are still trying to learn some of the Vistabule mechanics of battery chargers and voltmeters. I will spend more time researching this and write about it in a later post. Because it was so cold on our drive from Minnesota to California we never turned on our newly installed refrigerator but finally had the opportunity to test it for 24 hours. So far so good, my yogurt was cold! Our camper is once again sheltered in the garage of a friend until mid February. Tomorrow we depart for New Zealand and will fulfill another item on Stephen’s bucket list.
We’ve been nomads for six weeks and have a few more travel discoveries to share:
- Two pair of jeans, two shirts and a jacket are sufficient.
- Take advantage of nature’s opportunities immediately. We missed the monarch butterfly migration by one day.
- Walking together fosters good conversation.
- Purchase a good quality raincoat…it will pay for itself.
- Avoid Interstate 5 through Los Angeles while pulling a camper….its nail biting.
We have been generously blessed by friends and relatives along the way. At times we are overwhelmed and humbled by the kindness we have received. Thank you! I will close this blog from a location on the North Pacific Ocean and pick it up on the other side of the world at a location on the South Pacific Ocean. Pinch me!
How incredibly exciting to be heading for New Zealand!
Have a wonderful trip, oh, and maybe take a peek at the Hobbit village while you’re there!!
No pinching required. Keep on with the dream traveling! I am vicariously enjoying your trip.
Driving through L.A. with a camper………yikes! We will be there Feb 8-22, sans camper.
Hi Julie and Stephen,
Thanks for the update! Have an amazing time in NZ! C
Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures!
Big hugs to you both!
I thought of you this morning thinking you must be close to leaving for NZ. Have a pleasant journey. We look forward to your next posting!!
Please keep the updates coming. We do not know each other but I am seriously looking at buying a tear drop and look forward to hearing about your trips and lessons learned with the camper.
I’ll begin writing more about the Vistabule in late February. We plan to travel in it for most of March and April.
Done pinching yourself yet???!!
Hope you are totally awed by NZ!
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