I waited as long as I could. I only had a three hour drive to the first parking spot. Traveling with this many animals can be a challenge, and the first is to give Jonathan my parrot a rest.
It was a cold 40 degrees and overcast/foggy when I left. I took a leisurely drive around the neighborhood to get back in the swing of things. Not really, I discovered I forgot to lock the door and set the alarm. Thank the Lord I remembered THAT one!!
I was trying to sneak out quickly so no one realized I was gone, but that second trip around, parked in front of the house while I ran to the door, was a dead giveaway.
Three and a half hours later I pulled into beautiful downtown Bakersfield. Wasn't I surprised to find it close to 70 degrees and the fog had changed to smoke. This Valley definitely needs a good wind storm, but please wait until I'm over the hill.
Orange Grove RV park is the place to stay this time of year. It sits smack dab in the middle of an orange grove and you can pick one bag full for free. I have to admit the oranges are not as big and beautiful as previous years, but there are just thousands and thousands of them. A bumper crop!!
All was going well ... I met my neighbors, a full-timing-for-20-years couple ... until this morning. At 5:00 am the loudest diesel engine in the park started up. Are you kidding me? Turn that thing OFF!! I was awake anyway, but I'm sure no one else in the park was.
Wouldn't you know it was my neighbors. I'm sure there's a good reason to leave that early in the morning ... they have a five hour drive to Tracy. I guess they didn't want to miss breakfast.
It's different getting used to motorhome life again. I've kicked the dog's water bowl over twice and forgot the microwave is half as strong as my one at home. As always, there's a problem. I put in a new water filter and it killed my water pressure. I'll deal with that later.
At any rate, I'll be back on the road sometime this morning, heading further South. I've got to say I'm LOVING this warm!!!