This song triggers great memories of an earlier time. For those of us who lived in a harsh climate, it also sang of a place far away from the cold and snow.
Flash forward 47 years and it is time for Betty, Bailey the dog, and me to have out own type of California dreaming: our next satisfying retirement RV trip starts today! Golden State, here we come.
Because of the distance and time available, our trip to Portland last month was by plane so the RV has probably started to feel somewhat neglected. Since our 3 week trip to New Mexico and Texas several months ago and a quick 4 day trip to the White Mountains in June, it has been sitting on the side yard, feeling ignored. My oldest daughter and her family did borrow the RV for a 2 night-3 day trip to Flagstaff in July, but otherwise, nothing.
That changes today. We are headed out to the Palm Springs area, then wandering on to Paso Robles and Morro Bay. The route home hasn't been picked. We may head for Flagstaff for a few days. Or, if the weather has become too cool in the high country, then we will take a more southerly route through Quartzsite. That is one of the best parts of this type of travel: we have a map, a GPS, and a directory of RV campgrounds. We will let our mood and the weather determine where we travel.
In another chance to turn a blogging friend into a real friend, we plan to meet up with Pam, a regular commenter who lives in the Paso Robles area. We are anxious to get together and exchange stories. We also have a list of the best wineries to visit, courtesy of Early Retirement Tamara.
Bailey has never seen the ocean so our time around Morro Bay should be fun to watch. Will she leap in or scurry away from the waves. We will see.
This will probably be our last trip this year in the RV. After our return in the middle of the month it will be time to perform all the end of the season maintenance and prepare for next year. We have a major, 11 week trip planned for mid June until Labor Day. This will allow us to miss almost three months of the Phoenix summer heat.
Look for regular posts on our progress, along with Betty's photos. We are learning a new photo editing program which will keep us busy.
But, for now, I am behind the wheel of the RV while California Dreaming.