Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Barstow CA Calico KOA Mojave Desert

We finally made it to Barstow CA and decided to park at the Calico KOA  located in the Mojave Desert.  It was super easy to find.  True to form we got in after dark so were trying to find the spot in the dark. What is it with us and navigating in the dark

When I was trying to get the directions online I kept getting a warning about making reservations and to call.  So being the cautious type that we are, I called.  Sure enough, they had a spot or two open.  It was more like a good portion of the park . Seems we are here during the off season :)  Imagine that.

A Hunter Ranch Lunch

Wonder what that is. Well we did too. Stopped at Lowes to get some tools, like a screwdriver and Dale asked if there was any place to eat. Lady promptly says yes. Go to Hunter Ranch Golf Course  they have a brunch ..

We ask if an RV can get up there. Oh yes of course. They go up there all the time.  so off we go.

Now getting up there wasn't exactly as easy as the lady said. The driveway looked like Pacfic coast highway 1 but since we had already driven it once, this was not a big deal.  Of course we did have to back up into the parking lot just so we could park.

Can you believe the extent Dale will go to find a place to eat!

The Country club and golf course is set on a hill.  The brunch was really good. Whoever their chef is knows how to cook.   well worth the stop.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Day 4 Coyote Valley RV Resort

You read it right.. Did you know that RV's have resorts..  Now Dale and I do not do RV parks stuff often.. I am thinking never so this has been one big learning experience. Like check the reviews, call ahead (or you end up on the Walmart parking lot) Check to be sure they have 50 amp electrical service. And Dale is getting into the cable TV hook-ups

So I get on the my handy dandy internet and google. Find a place called Coyote Valley RV resort in Morgan City, CA and check the reviews. Holy Smokes. This is like a spa, golf course, hiking, country club, you name it kind of place

Restaurant, swimming pooloutdoor BBQ  And a escort limo service 

We take a chance and call. They have one spot left in the whole park. So we'll take it.  They give us all the particulars and ask when we expect to arrive, please be specific within a one hour timeframe.  That is because they have someone meet you. 

The office is closed but that doesn't matter, Here comes this all dressed up for New years eve party lady, all happy and welcoming us. And she promptly gets into her "limo" to escort us to our spot. 

She has Christmas lights on it and heads off leading the way to our spot.  Then the nightguard shows up with his flashlights to help guide us into the RV spot.  They measure to be sure the slideouts won't touch the trees. And give us the list of rules.  No wonder the place is pristine..

They have rules like I can't do my washing and hang my clothes all over the RV .. My swimsuit is okay but that is all.  Or we have to be quiet. No loud outside parties, singing or carrying on.  Who made these rules up. Do'nt they know we are from Kansas and we use whatever to hang our clothes on. But I guess we will comply and be good.

In all honesty, the RV resort was very well done. The people were very helpful and extremely nice.  They dropped back by to be sure we had everything we needed and all was well .

Day 3 Pomo campground

I will try to get you all caught up.. Internet service has been really spotty the last couple of days so haven't been able to post much.

We stayed in Fort Bragg, CA  December 30, 2011 at the Pomo RV and campground.  Really nice place.  But getting there. Now that's the story

It is getting dark and so we were trying to find where the Pomo Rv park was located. Of course it is on the other side of the highway. So we think ah, just keep on driving and see what is on down the road.  About 30 minutes later, we think this isn't such a good idea. Let's turn around and go back

.Just finding a place to turn around is a challenge but we got 'er done. And head back to Pomo

We turn into the driveway and start down the road. About 50 feet in Dale says, Boy this doesn't look right. The road has a "Y" and both roads appear to drop off in the Forest of Nottingham where no man goes. Surely this can't be right.

It is pitch black out by now. Dale decides we better back up and look elsewhere.  Can't see nothing. So I hop out of the RV to help direct him ..  Have you ever tried to direct a 43 foot RV in the total dark.  Oh yeah something everyone needs to do. And Dale forgets to turn on the volume on the back up monitor. So all the hollering and directing I am doing does absolutely nada zip.  I have to run up to the side and holler at him.

Dale spots what appears to be a driveway that maybe we can turn around.  I go look but nope it is gated.  Then out of the corner of my eye I see movement across the dark gated lot.

It has to be a scary creature from the Forest of Nottingham so I am going to get ready for flight. In fact, I am heading backwards already when the moving creature hops over the gate about scaring me to death..

It is the nightguard of the landscaping nursery along the road. And he is coming to help us find our way. Going to stop traffic for us so we can get out on the highway. Then he asks, Folks where you all heading..To the Pomo RV park.

Why yes we are but we can't find it.. He smiles and says just follow the left fork at the Y.. You are not 35 feet from it. Right around that corner. 

Well I'll be ,, when you take the curve, there the RV park is.. Down in the valley the valley so low. Drive the RV around the corner the parks down below

Great place , nice folks very clean RV park