NPS Centennial Post #3–So Cal

Morro Bay Campground

Morrow Bay, California on Christmas eve.  And right on the beach.  I’m heading down the coast from Seattle after house-sitting my house-sitter in Alaska.  It’s nice to be back in the sun.

Bakersfield

There are huge fires raging around Ventura so my route takes me east to Bakersfield, then south to the LA basin for the Pasadena Rose Bowl Festivities.  I’m giving three talks at the Convention Center and meeting and greeting the crowds.  Mom & Pop oil wells are still pumping out the crude–at $28 a barrel…..and I’m now driving a mondo-mobile (new Toyota Sequoia getting about 12 miles/gallon) after the FJ Cruiser lost the rear-end.  Don’t believe the Toyota ads that they can pull 4700# trailers.  Love this car–heated leather seats, sunroof, and Siri talks to me all day.

Live on Green

The trailer is man-handled into the convention center and I set up camp alongside a climbing wall and a planetarium.  Actually I’m “camped” at a Holiday Inn about 15 miles south in the Korean part of Rosemead–the hotel is very nice however no restaurants at all so I’m eating TV dinners every night.  Further, this is hotel-central for all the Korean tourists coming to town and they begin their busing around at 6 am–not to waste a bit of the day.

Korean Cell Phones

They’re the masters of the cell phone……note the girl on the right managing two at a time!

Cat City Campground 1

Can’t wait to leave LA–it’s a HUGE city.  So it’s off to Palm Springs and Cathedral City where I meet up with old friends and make improvements to my little trailer.  But look at my neighbors–these motor-homes get larger every year.  And they have pull outs that make them even bigger…….

Triple extension

But you haven’t arrived until your pull-out has a pull-out.  Where will this end?   Stay tuned!

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