Sunday, October 9, 2016

Tulare and Newberry Springs

Thursday, September 20, 2007, we left the Trailer Villa San Mateo in Redwood City and went south on US 101 through Palo Alto and San Jose and into Gilroy. We left Gilroy going east on CA 152 until we reached I-5 south. We left I-5 to take CA 198 east, then CA 99 south to Tulare and space 50 in the Sun and Fun RV Park. With our Good Sam discount, we stayed in the RV park for $26 per night – a little high, but we could live with it for a day or two.

 I-5 goes all the way from Oregon to Los Angeles and is probably the fastest route going north or south. California is a long state and there are a lot of towns and communities along the highways. There are not many roads going east to west, probably because of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The drive was about 220 miles and took us about four hours. They were pleasant hours with lots of sights to see. There were several orchards and many farms with crops we could not identify. We also passed a large sheep and goat farm.

Friday we drove around Tulare to see what the town had to offer. We found lots of stores. They had an outlet mall, a Target, a Walmart and a grocery store. We saw a movie theater and decided to go in and see what was on. We watched the re-make of “3:10 to Yuma.” This was the version with Russell Crow and Christian Bale. It was good entertainment and I liked the popcorn, but I liked the original version better. It starred Glenn ford and Van Heflin.

It was raining when we left the theater and it rained on into the night. It had been a while since we had some rain and we were glad for the farmers and ranchers. Water and irrigation was a constant struggle in California.

It was a pleasant, cool Saturday with a little overcast skies and occasional rain. We found a nice laundromat and did our laundry. Kathi treated me to Taco Bell, then we did a little Walmart shopping before returning home to prepare for moving on Sunday.

We left Tulare Sunday morning and moved to the Twin Lakes RV Park in Newberry, Springs, CA. We started south on CA 99 to Bakersfield, then east on CA 58 to Barstow. A short drive on I-40 took us into Newberry Springs. The drive was about 210 miles with more farms and some mountains to look at on the way. We got to watch the ducks on the lake from inside our RV – a fun afternoon. We were staying two nights at $15 per night – perfect pricing for us. The park was rustic, but the new owners were planning to make some improvements. It was okay with us just like it was. We had no plans to go anywhere in the area, so we did not unhook our Jeep.

More bird watching on Monday and a little reading to while away the hours. We enjoyed having the shades open and basically, just enjoyed being alive.

Next stop: Arizona

All the Duck pictures were taken at Green Caye RV Park in Dickinson, TX. Click on pictures to enlarge.

1 comment:

  1. That was fun reading about your time visiting me and you guys running around the Bay Area. I remember talking with you about the movie but I did not remember there was a remake. It is cool watching animals from the motor home. They can not see you so they come real close