Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Return to Twentynine Palms

Today’s post is a continuation of our 2005 travel year experience. Picking up on Saturday, October 29, 2005, Kathi, Christopher and I left AJ and the San Francisco area and headed back to Twentynine Palms. It was a beautiful sun-shiny morning with cool air, making a pleasant drive to Bakersfield and the Bakersfield KOA. The KOA was about 20 miles off the highway, but we felt like the best stopping point for the night.

Yacht at the San Francisco Yacht Club
Sunday we drove back through Apple Valley and back to Twentynine Palms. We used US 395 out of Bakersfield, then south on CA 14 to Palmdale, then turned east on CA 18 through Victorville and Apple Valley. Kathi and I agreed the route through Apple Valley was much more pleasant than the mountainous route further west that we had used a few times before traveling on I-5 to I-210 and then east on I-10.

Someone sleeping on the grass near the Yacht Club
Christopher was glad to be back in the barracks and with his friends at the Marine Base. He was 30 years old at the time and spending too much time with his parents got to be a drag. I do not blame him. After my time in the Army, I could not go home again – I had to create my own home. Luckily, Kathi and I found each other.

View of the water near the Yacht Club from a hill across the street 
Monday we picked Christopher up at the barracks and took him into Twentynine Palms so he could sign up for cable TV. We spent the next few days at home getting ready to travel. We were planning on leaving town before the weekend. We had a problem with brake lights on the motorhome transferring the signal to our tow vehicle. I spent a little time troubleshooting the problem and had to rewire my cable connectors.

Thursday night Christopher came over for dinner. After dinner we took him to the grocery store. He had been on vacation for three weeks and was ready to get back to work. That fit well with us, as we were ready to get back on the road. It was getting to be end of the year holiday time and time for us to return to Texas.

Marine Boot Camp in San Diego January 2003

More marines at boot camp

Graduation ceremony for boot camp

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