Thursday, July 30, 2009

On the Road Again...

Here we are in California, having driven over 1500 miles from Rapid City, SD. We took 5 days to get here, starting with 2 rather long days, covering almost 850 miles, then 3 shorter days allowing us to visit Don's late wife's parents, Dottie and Frank Azlin, in Modesto, CA.

We didn't have any major problems with the motorhome during the trip. The only minor mishap was that the glass slide on the screen door shattered (for the second time) when Don pushed it open at a fuel station in Fernley, NV. This time, he decided to make a more permanent replacement out of Lexan rather than thinner Plexiglass, like he did last time. The glass breaks too easily and creates quite a mess. It's the right side of the clear panel in this photo.

Our motorhome is parked in front of Don's sis-in-law's house in Watsonville. Here, Susan is grooming one of her dogs while Don takes a break from dry-washing the motorhome. I'm meeting lots of Don's family members, with still more to arrive today and tomorrow for his niece Lisa's wedding on Saturday. This event promises to be a big gathering for the Del Rosario family.

The weather is cool and damp in the morning, with the sun burning through the fog early in the afternoon, which is typical of this area of the Pacific Coast. There's no need for air conditioning, and I'm enjoying the break from hot weather during our trip through the desert.

Don bought a new game for the Wii, and his great-nephews are having a wonderful time playing with it, showing Uncle Don how it's done! I managed to escape the mayhem and had some fish tacos at Del Taco, one of my favorite west coast haunts. It's nice to be back in California, where I can buy low-fat Gallo salami, Orowheat bread, and good, inexpensive wine, among other things I've missed because they're scarce or not available in other parts of the country. Fuel isn't as expensive as we had feared, either.

I'll post more photos when I get some of the family. I plan to keep this blog updated fairly frequently while we're traveling, but probably not every day. I'll send an email notice when there's something new.


  1. Hi Sharon -

    Nice blog! Enjoyed catching up on your and Don's travels. Where in Watsonville does his SIL live? We still have a house there in Bay Village that we bought new in 1969 for Jim's Mom.

    Enjoy all that coolness - we're roasting up here in WA state - 111 yesterday in the shade on the back porch! Yikes!

    Hugs to both of you,
    FT on Safari aka RV_spirit

  2. Welcome to the wild world of blogging!

  3. Very nicely written. Glad to see you in Bloggerville! Sounds like you're having a good time in CA.

  4. We're glad you made it to California safe and sound. Sounds like the weather is nice, we're in Minot, ND and the weather is not bad here either. Temps in the low 70's with rain showers off and on. Have fun on the west coast!

    Hugs, Sharon & Ron

  5. Betty Anderson & Duane PeytonJuly 30, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    Wow, very nice Sharon. I'm impressed. Gee, we're gonna miss you guys! But we will also be hitting the road in two weeks...I'm ready!
    Betty & Duane

  6. Hey this will be fun! I'll keep up with my gypsy friend by reading her blogs. Okay, first of all, LOVE the RV. That "thang" is sweeeeeet. Secondly, you look soooo happy. I remember well helping you sort through stuff at your house as you were getting ready to sell and go.

  7. Hi Sharon,
    Somehow I stumbled upon your blog, but I can't figure out how. Anyway, since we've met at the minirang in Rapid City I recognize you and Don, so I decided to subscribe via the RSS link and follow your travels for a while.

    -- jc&bev

  8. Looks like you are off to a great start with your blog. I have put it in my favorites and will stay in touch.


  9. Hi Sharon & Don, Welcome to the world of blogging it is quite fun. I enjoyed your post and will look forward to following your travels.

  10. Congratulations! You done good, kid! Be sure to tell your readers that they can enlarge the pix by clicking on them and then come back with the Back arrow! Some of us old-timers need a larger picture to look at! We'll set you up to follow so you won't need to email us.

  11. Hi Sharon,

    Sorry we missed you in South Dakota. Didn't know you were in the area. We've been in Custer since the middle of May. Take care and drive safely. Nice job on the Blog.
    Hugs........Pat and Mike


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