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Turning East

Boron, California

sunny 80 °F

Another traveling day today, about 300 miles, nice drive. We came through Bakersfield, had lunch at Red Robin, then ended up in Boron, CA. This is where 20 Mule Team Borax is mined and produced. We didn't arrive in time to go to the museum today, maybe tomorrow before we check out.
The landscape started out lush in the San Joaquin Valley and has turned into the Mojave Desert. DSCN1152.jpgDSCN1145.jpgDSCN1144.jpgQuite a change. Lots of freight trains on the rails today. We saw miles and miles of almond treesDSCN1131.jpg along with tomatoes, oranges and grapes. Also on today's trip was Edwards Air Force Base. You will remember that this is where the Space Shuttle would land if it could not land in Florida. The shuttle flew over our campground many times and the astronauts ate at a local Mexican Restaurant when they were here.
Beautiful day, sunny, windy, 80.

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The San Joaquin Valley

Patterson, California

sunny 91 °F

The drive today was about 250 miles, not bad at all. All of that was on I-5 heading south in California. For the most part, the road was good, but there were a few sections that I thought we were going to be rattled apart! California is not our favorite place. Many of the roads need serious work, many of them have so much garbage along the sides it's disgusting and the drivers here are fast and do a lot of in and out stuff. Not only that, the motorcycles actually drive between the lanes of cars! Crazy!

We are staying at an RV park in Patterson that is right off the interstate. The park is nice, but all the pull-through sites are gravel. Oh well, it's only 1 night.
Kit Fox RV Park

Kit Fox RV Park

Our gravel site

Our gravel site


We made an unexpected and quite pleasant stop at a Ghiradelli Chocolate Shop and Outlet! Chocolate is a good reason to stop.
Ghiradelli

Ghiradelli


We drove right through Sacramento, which was no problem because it was Saturday. Today we saw our first palm trees and cactus in a long time. I guess we are getting into the hot climate again. The temperature today only hit 91, which was so much better than yesterday's 105!
Palm trees again!

Palm trees again!


Oh, by the way, I didn't gain ANY weight on the cruise last week! That was a surprise to me, a very pleasant one!
We went outide to see the sunset and, alas, it was already gone at 6:45!
Sunset?

Sunset?

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The Oregon Trail

Redding, California

sunny 105 °F

We drove through Oregon today into northern California and are staying in Redding at a place we stayed on the way north. There were many mountains to drive through today and the new truck performed beautifully. We had a beautiful, clear day today with the temp at 58 this morning. When we arrived in Redding it was 105!! Yikes, summer is back upon us, and fall just started. Rats, I was enjoying the cooler weather. It was hazy, but we still had some beautiful views of Mt. Shasta as we got into California.
Mt Shasta

Mt Shasta

Mt Shasta

Mt Shasta

Mt Shasta

Mt Shasta

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On the road again!

Sutherlin, Oregon

sunny 85 °F

Today was the first of many driving days. We did 360 miles into Oregon. The day started out with clouds and sprinkles and ended up a beautiful day. The temp got to 85 today. We haven't seen those temps in a while! We are staying at a place we stayed on our trip north. It's a nice park that shows drive in movies on the weekends! We haven't been here on a weekend, though :(. After we got set up we had a quick dinner and rode our bikes 3/4 mile to DQ for Blizzards, yum! Our drive today was pleasantly uneventful, just the way we like it.

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Back in the lower 48!

Everett, Washington

overcast 78 °F

Yesterday was our last day and a day at sea. We were looking forward to just relaxing and enjoying the day. Alas, that was not to be! We ran into some storms and rough water, 12 ft seas, that lasted from Monday night until 3 pm Tuesday;(. Many people were sick, luckily none of us. We did try to find places low in the ship and midship because that is the best place to be. When we finally reached calmer waters we all had to pack :(. The remainder of the day was calm, but we were not allowed outside on the open decks until later in the evening.
This morning we woke up in Vancouver, BC. The process of disembarking was easy and efficient, and by 10:30 am we were on our way back to Everett, WA. When we arrived we found a slight problem in that the refrigerator that we had left running in Bob and Shirley's camper didn't keep running and the little bit of food we had was spoiled. Not a great problem, but an inconvenience. Otherwise we are all here for the night and Don and I are heading south tomorrow. We have spent 28 days with Bob and Shirley, and we can't think of too many other people we would be able to do that with. It has been a wonderful time, a fabulous Alaskan adventure, and now we have to start heading back towards Florida. Our blogs may become fewer and farther between due to the fact that we are now on a mission to get to Albuquerque for the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.
Warm in Everett today, 78 and cloudy.

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