|Bay walk near campground. rainbow on one of our 1st walks|
There are lots of folks from Arizona and Texas here since this is an easy summer ocean destination for them. We totally understand their need to come to the ocean during the summer. The campground is quite crowded, with lots of kids riding bikes and skateboards and family gatherings. We are truly enjoying our time here. The extra bonus is that each evening we get to see the fireworks that are put on by Sea World just across the bay. Saturday nights the campground puts on an outside movie, tonight it's Megaminds and the snack bar sells $1 bags of popcorn.
We spend lots of time reading and walking. Fred has started grilling since the weather is more reasonable. We bought a new small grill at Loew's which is much better than what we had to start on the road. He has found that he enjoys doing this again now that the weather is cooler.
Of course we did look for a french bakery and found one not far from us! The croissants and pain au chocolat are okay not great, but this has not stopped us from enjoying them twice already. Our top french bakery on the road continues to be the one in Amarillo, Texas. They are our bench mark when traveling from city to city. We look forward to being in Seattle end of August to be able to go to Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle.
We took a day trip up the coast to the Mission at San Juan Capistrano. A really beautiful location with incredible plants and flowers. Swallows return here to nest every year on March 19th, so tourists flock here then. Unfortunately, due to changes in the land ie more houses and less agriculture, there are fewer areas for the swallows, but the town is doing everything it can to keep areas available for the swallows to nest. I had always wanted to stop here, but due to various reasons we had never been able to do so. It was a wonderful visit to make and one we highly recommend.
|see swallows nests just under roof line|
Another day, we visited Old Town San Diego. We had visited this area about 10-14years ago. There are a lot more shops mixed in among the "history sites". The area does attract lots of tourists to enjoy the shops and restaurants in this area
We did of course have to take our semi-regular trip to Camping World in San Marcos, which is about 50 minutes up I-5 from our camping. They took off the tires and did a complete valve stem job on the tires. Seems as though there were more problems with the work that had been done back in April in Albuquerque. Valve stems had been wrong size, only two of the 6 tires had been balanced and more but I don't remember all the details as I write this. The bottom line is that we have been very lucky that we had not had a major blowout and serious accident. Service manager in this shop was contacting the service manager in Albuquerque to talk to him personally about the job they did. the costs for all of this work is again being charged back to the Albuquerque store.
We are crossing our fingers that all is fine now. We wont know for sure until we get back on the road, which will be Tuesday 7/19.
When we leave here, our next stop will be to spend a night at Pismo Beach. Then on to Redwood City, a bit south of San Francisco, starting on July 20th. We will be there one month, possibly two, while we await the arrival of new grandson. We will enjoy visits into the city while there, travel to Seattle for a week and possibly take a few days to stay in lodge at Yosemite.
One of the things we have learned is that this kind of travel is not as spontaneous as we originally thought. It is important to keep planning where we move the Roulotte. So, we are already looking at the next few months. End of September we will spend a week in Joshua Tree; October we'll be back in the desert in Tucson; November we will be in Cottonwood with family; December and possibly January back in San Antonio area; February- 2 weeks in New Orleans for Mardi Gras! Anyone interested in joining us there?
We'll keep you up to date as we move around. Bye for now
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!