Today I am continuing the progress of our 2005 travel year, picking up on October 25, 2005. It was a Tuesday and we spent the day traveling from the 29 Palms Golf Resort and RV Park, taking a scenic drive through Apple Valley and moving into the Boulder Creek RV Park in Lone Pine, CA. The trip was about 250 miles and we expected to be on the road between four and five hours, depending on traffic. Kathi and I were taking our youngest son, Christopher with us to visit our oldest, AJ in San Francisco. Christopher slept on the couch for much of the trip.
We took CA 62 west from Twentynine Palms to Joshua Tree, then north on CA 247 to Lucerne Valley where we switched to CA 18 to get to Apple Valley. I always wanted to see Apple Valley, because this is where Roy Rogers and Dale Evans had their ranch. They had both been dead for several years, so visiting the ranch was not as important to me as just being in the area. Nostalgia is a strange thing. We left Apple Valley and crossed I-15 at Victorville. We took US 395 out of Victorville and on into Lone Pine.
We were only in Lone Pine for one night on this trip. The weather was great and the mountains are always pleasant viewing. From Lone Pine we could see Mount McKinley which is the highest mountain in the contiguous United States and several other peaks nearby are almost as tall. If you want to read more about Lone Pine, you can see the blog I posted on February 27, 2015 titled Lone Pine. That post discusses the time we were in Lone Pine in October 2003. That trip we were moving south and this time we were moving north.
The next morning we left Lone Pine and drove through the Tioga Pass which led us into Yosemite National Park. This was an arduous journey, winding through the beautiful forested mountains. Yosemite is a place to visit and enjoy, not a place to drive through. We thought we might return someday when we had more time to spend in the area.
We talked to our oldest son, AJ while we were traveling and arranged for him to catch the Cal Train to Redwood City, which was our destination for the day. We got situated in the Trailer Villa San Mateo and parked our RV, then we met AJ at the train depot. We all had dinner together at Red Lobster, after which AJ spent the night with us in our RV. It was a little crowded, but we were glad to be together.
|Flowers on lamp posts|
On Thursday, we drove into San Francisco to look around for a while. The weather was great, as usual. We had lunch at Olive Garden, then dropped AJ & Christopher off at AJ’s apartment. They were going to meet some of AJ’s friends in the evening and we were going home to rest and relax.
|Jam-packed city of San Francisco|
|All building are close together|
|A few high rise buildings|
Friday we drove in to take AJ to the grocery store. The guys apparently had a good time the previous evening. After grocery shopping and getting groceries put away we began thinking of the return trip to get Christopher back to the Marines in Twentynine Palms.
|Overview of Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz|