Another Night at Cahuilla Lake Saturday 2-9-19

Had to say good bye to Tim, Mary and Jersey this morning. They decided to head home to Grand Forks. They went as far as Laughlin, NV today. They are visiting Mary’s brother there.

We moved over to the primitive area by the lake. Alan & Angela are also over here, only $20/night.

We went shopping this afternoon. 99 Cent Only, Dollar Tree, Trader Joe’s and Ralf’s.

Ate the left overs from Mario’s with Chianti from Trader Joe’s

Round Trip to Julian Friday 2-8-19

Left about 9:30AM for round trip to Julian, CA. Went up CA-74 to Anza

then Aguanga, then Temecula down I-5 to Escondido, on CA-78 to Ramona and Julian then Borrego Springs and Salton City and back CA-86 to La Quinta.

Drove by my Grandparents Smith house

And my Grandparents Johnson apartment house in Escondido

Stopped at two 7 – 11 stores for a restroom without finding one. We were tempted to use a PortaPotti at a road crew.

Stopped at McDonald’s, used restrooms and got lunch

Took CA-78 to Ramona on to Santa Ysabel. Stopped at cider and wine tasting in Santa Ysabel

Decided to go on to Julian for apple pie

Went on to Borrego Springs and Salton City.

Stopped by La Quinta Walmart then back to Cahuilla Lake.

Went with Alan and Angela, Tim and Mary and Cathy to Mario’s Italian Cafe.

Had a large glass of Chianti and Meatloaf Parmigiano

Everyone’s food was great.

Went back to camp and celebrated Tim’s birthday with a Birthday Cookie

Fountain of Youth to Cahuilla Lake Thursday 2-7-19

Got up early and walked Joy. Saw some unusual RVs

When I got back to motorhome Dug and Rhoda came over and we talked until we left at noon.

Drove 60 miles to Cahuilla Lake, a Riverside County Park at La Quinta, CA. We opted for a site with electricity. Nice spot on the lake.

Tim & Mary are right across from us.

We are right next to camp host in site 3. $35/night and $2/day for Joy.

Tim, Mary and Jersey walked around the lake, 2.2 mi.

Nice day, sunny, no wind and cool at 54F at 6:00PM.

Fountain of Youth, Slab City & Bombay Beach 2-6-19

Left at 10:00 AM with Tim, Mary and Dug for Slab City

They were painting Resurrection Mountain so we couldn’t go up the Yellow Brick Road.

We then went through the various streets, past the library and stopped at East Jesus. It is an artist colony with resident and visiting artists.

Lots of art and very interesting.

There are lots of electronic connectors in that piece.

There was even a snowmobile.

We stopped at Bombay Beach on the way back and had burgers at the American Legion.

It is an interesting building.

There is a Drive-in Theater

And an Opera House

We even visited the beach

We got to the Fountain of Youth RV Resort yesterday about 1:00 PM. Set up and got dug to grill shrimp on his pellet BBQ. We all enjoyed shrimp, coleslaw & potato salad in our motorhome.

Made reservations at Cohuilla Lake for tomorrow and Friday

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2019 Southwest Trip Thursday 1-10-19

Spent a quiet cold night at the Nebraska Welcome Center. It is closed until March.

Got going at 8:10AM. Headed south through Nebraska and Kansas to Cheyenne Wells, CO. Had intended to drive longer, but too hard at night on narrow roads with a lot of curves. Called sheriff’s office and asked where we could park for the night. They said the city park.

We traveled 366 mi yesterday. Both yesterday and today we filled with gas with a single gallon left.

2019 Southwest Trip Thursday 1-9-19

Hot a late start as usual, 5:00PM. Drove to Yankton, SD and parked at the Welcome Center on the Nebraska side of the Missouri. Equinox battery is dead. Temp is 19F.

This was as we departed Buxton. Had to call Chevrolet regarding “Dingy Towing” as it didn’t do as manual said. Display stayed on instead of going off. Evidently that discharged the battery.

Got to Yankton at 2:00AM. Will try to leave between 7:00 and 8:00AM.

Friday 5-25-2018 Brewer Lake and Home to Buxton

We had a clean out the refrigerator breakfast with left overs.

Said good bye to WIT Central Reps Butch and Val Peters. We really enjoyed having them

They were on their way to Iowa, a 7 hour trip.

Most everyone was gone by a little after 10:00am except Cathy and me. We left at 1:00pm. There were some people fishing on the dock. I talked to a couple with three little girl’s. They caught 3 bass and some sun fish. The little girl’s liked Joy and their father said he would hear how they want a dog all the way back to Fargo. They moved to Fargo from Albuquerque, NM 2 years ago and really like Fargo.

We got back to Buxton at 2:00pm. Parked in front of the house to unload. I will have to mow the lawn on Saturday. We have broken the high temperature record 3 days in a row with temperatures in the 90’s and 20 degrees above average.

Thursday 5-24-2018 WIT Rep Sale and Q&A – Red Baron Lunch – Maple River Distillery and Drumconrath Brewery

Day started cloudy and windy. Progressed into nice day and beautiful evening. Fargo broke a record high with 91F.

We had a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and fruits.

The WIT Reps Dug and Val layed out Winnebago logo clothing and merchandise for sale before breakfast. After breakfast they talked about WIT and Winnebago and answered questions and listened to suggestions for bettering WIT and Winnebago.

At 1:00pm we ate lunch at the Red Baron in Casselton. Most had pizza or subs. I had a Shiner Boch.

It is a very nice bar

Vern, Bob and I went next door to Maple River Distillery. They make whiskey, brandy, vodka and cordials from local grains and fruits. I bought their whiskey and lilac brandy.

Bob, Vern and I then went to the Drumconrath Brewery in Mapleton. We each had a beer and I bought a growler of their IPA.

The outside doesn’t look to inviting

It looks a lot different on the inside

We got back to Brewer Lake in time for the WIT Club meeting. The meeting centered mostly on membership and upcoming campouts and GNR. We also planned a thank you letter to Adventure RV in West Fargo for their generous donation of gift and discount cards. We discussed how to use the cards.

We then had a hamburger soup dinner made by Gloria. We had salads, fruits and bread with the dinner.

After dinner Myron started a campfire and we enjoyed a perfect warm bug free evening.

Wednesday 5-23-2018 Lunch at the Pantry in Page, ND

Day started with breakfast of fry bread and Spam by Goria and Bob.We went into Page for lunch, about 12 mi NW of Brewer Lake. It is a nice little town and ha 4 site campground.We ate at the Page Cafe. They had several lunch specials and pie. I had a hamburger and potato salad. There is an antique store on one side of the Page Cafe and a park on the other sideThe inside is nicely decoratedWe needed a Onion for dinner so stopped at M&M Grocery. A very nice store.Got back to the campground and prepared for dinner. I prepared the chili main course at home. There were lots of salads, fruit and hot dogs to go with it.We played Bingo after dinner and Cathy was the big winner of about $10.Myron started a campfire and several of us sat around it for awhile.