Saturday, January 5, 2019

Orange You Happy Here?

THIS is one of my happy places.  It's always comforting to know I don't have to drive very far the first day of a long trip.  It didn't really help much with the nerves about "something" might happen along the way, but I pushed those thoughts aside, pulled up my big girls pants and hit the road.

First stop .... fuel.  I love the new station I found across from Pilot Flying J outside of Chowchilla.  There is rarely anyone there, and with only four islands, it's a blessing they are empty just for me.  With $250 now in Union 76's pocket, I was set for the next two weeks.  Fuel - $3.89 a gallon.

Traffic was heavy, but I did my usual thing and stayed in the right lane going 58 mph.  Everyone passed me.  I made one quit pit stop for the puppies and I'm in like Flynn at my favorite happy place, Orange Grove RV Park outside of that ever lovely smelling Bakersfield California.  I can say that because I visited family here for years and smelled the oil from drilling.
You can dry camp anywhere in among the trees at the end of the park, for a few dollars of course, but I don't know what that would be.  I choose to park in the OTHER side where 50 amp electricity comes magically up out of the ground.  Whoever had the idea to build a park in an orange grove was genius.
Sadly, the oranges are very small this year, unlike in previous years when they were the size of a softball.  These are all more baseball sized.  As you can see, the trees are LOADED!!  You get to pick an entire shopping bag full for free.  It makes the $50 nightly fee a little more palatable.  
I discovered quite by accident when my awning hook went flying in the air, that you can grab an orange with the hook and pull it right off the tree.  I got a load of nice large oranges from the top, all of which will be fed to the RV group.

I cleaned up the water and ice from the bottom of the freezer because the drain tube is apparently plugged, as well as a quart of doggie water I keep on the floor.  The plastic container had a hole in it.  Otherwise, all went well.  

It's been a little difficult for the puppies to get used to the new routine of harnesses and going up and down the steps.  Me too for that matter.  Let's hope I remember to unhook the power cord.

I'm taking off early and heading to Walmart in Indio.  What better place to camp for the night.  Let the crazy rat race of a rally begin!!









8 comments:

  1. Nice camping in the orchard and pick your own is fun and so fresh. Now enjoy camp Walmart and back in the race again.

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    1. You mean back in the rat race again? Yessiree!

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  2. You'll be happy to hit Arizona where the fuel prices are more affordable but I know you are prepared and used to that. :)
    Nice place to park among the orange trees. I'd love that!
    You mentioned the kids getting used to the harnesses and steps and you too. What size is YOUR harness? Probably small. Teehee. Have fun at the rally!

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    1. MY harness is HUGE. I'm like the wagon pulled by the two horses/puppies!

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  3. When you have been sitting for any length of time it feels like a whole new routine to get used to again.
    Fuel in Arizona, $2.899 a gallon.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. It does feel like a whole new routine. Everything is done in a different order ... and I have to remember so MUCH!!

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  4. Probably a bug made a nest in the drain tube...someone will need to climb under and poke it with a plastic straw (ooopppps...no plastic straws in California anymore)

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    1. I think you are right Dave. I have an access panel on the outside, I just haven't gotten up the nerve to try and fix it!!

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