Earlier RV Trips
Note: These old stories are listed with the oldest stories at the bottom. Many of these stories seem disjointed and abbreviated. They survived migration from site to site over the years ’til I finally settled here at WordPress. I suspect some text, and certainly many photos, have been lost during the migrations. They do add some continuity to our RV adventures, and I enjoy looking back on these old adventures.
March 7-11, 2005
Exploring Salinas & Watsonville Coast Area With Rich & Juanita
We joined up with our Wally-Docker pals, Rich and Juanita, and headed for the Salinas area to just explore the area for a few days. We had no real schedule and camped where we found ourselves each afternoon.
One night we stayed at Campers World in San Martin.
Overnight at Walmart in Gilroy where we also visited factory stores.
Here we are camped near San Luis Reservoir on the last night.
March 17-20, 2005
To Oceanside, Ca to visit the kids with Lavonne…
At rest at Guajome Park near the kids’ home.
It’s clearly evident that cuteness runs in our genes.
December 11-12, 2004
To Oceanside Again
We hopped aboard the coach and headed to Oceanside to visit my son Dean and his family: Wife Melissa, son Connor and newest son, Aidan.
We headed south on Thursday, arriving Friday to visit through Saturday. Well before dawn on Sunday, we were streaking northbound, headed for home.
Six Gillespies in one photo? I’m doing my job well, and my son, Dean, is doing even better!
Parked Friday at Oceanside’s beautiful harbor facility.
The next night was to be the “Lighted Boat Parade”. We left early and spent the next night in a nearby I-5 Rest Area – I don’t do crowds! We drove on home the next day.
November 12-14, 2004
A little tour of the Sierra Foothills…
We joined our friends, Rich and Juanita for an autumn motorhome tour of the nearby foothills. It’s a wonderful time to see the hills in their fall colors.
Here we pose (L-R: Dale, Lavonne, Juanita and Rich) at the old, covered bridge at the historic little town of Knight’s Ferry, just a ways outside Oakdale. We also visited the foothill towns of Columbia and Murphys and camped one night at New Melones Lake.
We pulled over for a rest as we approached the Parrot’s Ferry Bridge that crosses New Melones Lake.
We camped for the night at New Melones Lake campground. The lake was very low, but the recent rains have greened up the foothills nicely.
My Annual Oregon Trip!
August 1 – 7, 2004
Camped at Klamath Falls Walmart for the night, heading to Al’s in Oregon.
I visited the Collier Logging Museum along SR97 in Oregon.
We managed to fish three lakes in three days, but the fishing was poor. We trolled in Al’s Valco boat, catching a few trout but doing rather poorly over the three days. Of course, the visit was the main attraction and we had a great time together.
Al readies the boat for launch at Lava Lake near Bend, Oregon. This was day three of the fishing trips. We also fished Walton Lake and Ochoco Reservoir near Prineville over the prior two days.
A beautiful lake we did not fish but drove by on our trip.
September 23-26, 2004
To Oceanside To Meet Baby Aidan!
We headed south to Dean & Melissa’s at Oceanside this week. A new baby was waiting for Grandpa and Grandma to meet. We spent the night at Frazier Park’s Flying J Plaza, then drove on into Oceanside on Friday. We try to time our streak through LA traffic about mid morning to avoid the worst of LA’s traffic. It worked again.
We visited Friday and Saturday and streaked back through LA just after daybreak Sunday morning. That sure beats the traffic!
Here’s the happy Grandma and Grandpa with Connor and new baby Aidan.
The coach stayed at nearby Guajome Park.
March 4-7, 2004
A Great Weekend With The Kids!
Here we are at Guajome Park in Oceanside, Ca., camped for a couple of days. This lovely park and lake is a beautiful setting; the small lake is natural and very scenic. We spent two nights here while visiting Dean, Melissa and Connor.
Grandpa prepares to catch his first ever toss from Connor.
Here Dean and I prepare to board an old, commercially operated biplane for a 20 minute flight over the ocean near Oceanside. This was an exciting flight, a few simple maneuvers like “lazy eights” over the ocean and the “slip” as we landed was a lot of fun.
Buckled in and getting briefed. The pilot sits behind the passengers in this old biplane.
Taking off – there was no turning back at this point!
Our first real long distance trip: To Arkansas!
May – June, 2004
Here we pose on Nevada’s US Highway 50, a very lonely highway, during our trip to Arkansas. This exciting RV adventure lasted 18 days.
May 25, our first night on the road: Bob Scott Summit near Austin, NV on “the loneliest road in America”, US50.
East Bay RV Park near Provo, Utah, a very nice place to “camp”.
Provo River Canyon, one of the prettiest drives I’ve ever seen.
View from Berthoud Pass from Colorado’s I-70.
An internet photo of the summit – and we saw no snow on our trip.
Open Kansas prairie land and a “Kansas skyscraper” in the distance.
Salina, Kansas Flying J where we spent the night of June 6.
Oklahoma storm – with winds about 50 MPH!
Note to self: Stay off state highways I don’t know! This is an Oklahoma State Highway, or at least I thought it was…