Well, we made a few changes to our travel itinerary since returning from San Francisco on the train. We awoke at TT Morgan Hill on Thursday morning to temps around freezing. There was frost on our Vue outside and even with our space heater on inside PP for the night, the thermostat was reading around 50F in the front living area. We both muttered to ourselves about bare feet on cold tile floors as I made coffee and turned on the gas furnace to warm things up. Almost at the same moment, we both agreed we needed to get to some warmer temperatures, sooner rather than later.
Our present travel plans had us not leaving TT Morgan Hill until Nov 22nd and then heading to TT San Benito and then TT Rancho Oso near Santa Barbara for 4 days each, before reaching TT Soledad Canyon near Acton, CA for a 2 week stretch at the beginning of December. I chatted on MSN with our friends, Barb and Dennis and learned they are enjoying lovely hot temps, along with great pickleball at TT Palm Springs, and other friends from our times in Florida are also there at the moment. Also, we already knew that Jim and Jane were on there way from Rancho Oso to Soledad Canyon. We jointly decided to weigh anchor and spend a few days with them in Soledad Canyon before moving on to Palm Springs for a 10 days over the Thanksgiving holiday.
A couple of quick cancelations done online and telephone bookings into Soledad Canyon and Palm Springs, and we were on our way out of Morgan Hill to Acton, CA by 9:30 am on Thursday morning. The drive south on I-5 was flat until we reached the mountains on the way up to the Flying J on Frazier Mountain near Lebec, CA. What a spectacular drive! We hit a little rush hour traffic once we got onto Hwy 14 and headed east near Santa Clarita, but things moved along fairly well and we pulled into TT Soledad Canyon around 4:30 pm. Jim and Jane were out shopping in Palmdale but had left word with the ranger that we were coming. We took site N-96 next them and were all set up before the sun went down. They popped in to say hello upon their return, a little natter, and then we all agreed that an early night was in order after a long and unexpected travel day.
We’ve learned not to blindly trust the TT park GPS POI file downloaded from POI Factory a few months ago. The exact location of the parks are not 100% accurate and our Garmin Nuvi 760 does not always take us on big rig friendly routes to get to our destination. Even the GPS coordinates on the Thousand Trail website and in their campground guide which we carry with us, are not 100% accurate. Presently, we’ve found it best to use the GPS to get us within an hour of our destination and then for us to rely on the written directions in the TT campground guide, for the best route into the park.
Friday morning was spent washing five weeks of road grime off PP and the Vue. This is the first park we’ve been in since Cultus Lake, that has allowed RV and vehicle washing. I broke out the power sprayer to tackle PP first while Chris worked her magic on the inside. After lunch, we made a run into the Super Walmart in Palmdale for some much needed groceries and supplies. We all enjoyed a nice evening watching the newest Star Trek movie that just came out on DVD, followed by our first canasta match since before Chris left to spend time with her parents in Nova Scotia. Ladies won!
Saturday started off with a little pickleball after breakfast and then some laundry. Chris and I explored TT Soledad Canyon on foot in the afternoon. This is a huge campground situated in the hills above Acton. Section N appears to be one of the most popular areas for big rigs, offering wide open skies for satellite access and some great views of the mountains. Excellent reception for our tracfone too. Section N is higher up than other sections in the park and seems to get more sunshine during the day than the lower sections. The adult pool and spa is still open which is a welcome change from what we have seen at other TT parks on our way south. The adult pool is a 25 meter pool and will be great for some lengths when we return in a few weeks. Chris made her always fabulous schnitzel and spatzle for supper. Then the guys took their revenge on the ladies in canasta.
On a maintenance note, Jim noticed that our topper on the driver side rear bedroom slide has a slight tear in it already. It had been flapping in the wind, enough to catch his attention. He and I used my new collapsible folding ladder from Camping World and a bit of his duct tap to repair the one tear and then to also reinforce the same areas on other toppers that also appear to be wearing very quickly. Looks like something else to add to the list of required warranty repairs during our visit to the Tiffin factory in Red Bay, Alabama in the spring.
Today is a quiet day at home for Chris and I, while Jim and Jane visit relatives nearby. Onto TT Palm Springs for us in the morning.