The West Coast Adventure – California

We made it to California today!  We drove through the Mojave Desert, and we saw temperatures reach 115F!  “But it’s a dry heat”, as you hear people say….and it’s true!  At 112F, we all stepped out on the side of the highway for a few minutes for a photo in front of some neat rocky formations.  We never broke a sweat, even after I trekked out into the desert a little bit to find a good souvenir rock to bring back with me!

We stayed at the Riviera RV Park on the Colorado River, in the city of Blythe.  It’s a clean place with level,grass sites, friendly staff, and average wifi. It cut our drive in half on our way to San Diego. We saw lots of speedboats and jet skis in the river as we got closer to Blythe, and the RV park has a parking lot full of boat trailers and trucks. 

San Diego

We made it to San Diego the next day, where we stayed for a couple of nights at Santee Lakes Recreational Preserve.  we liked the park overall, but the dusty sand where you park your RV will turn your feet brown quickly if you are wearing sandals or flip flops. 

Nice shaded spot (#127):

Headed downtown to the Old Spaghetti Factory:


Love this shirt:

We spent the afternoon and evening at the San Diego zoo. Very expensive, but we had a blast!

During an appointment to get a couple of things fixed on the RV at La Mesa RV in San Diego (funny story there), we went to a beach in north San Diego (Torrey Pines State Beach).

We had to get a hotel for one night until we got our RV back.  We stayed in Oceanside, a town we really like.  The best place for breakfast is the Breakfast Club, which is an 80’s style cafe with awesome food!

Pretty palms in Oceanside and a pier loaded with people:

The next day, we got our RV back and also started out 6 day visit to Legoland / Sealife Aquarium in Carlsbad.

We found an awesome RV park nearby!  😀

There’s something fishy about this tank…

After getting our RV back in San Diego (which felt so good to all of us!), we drove 20 miles in 8 or 9 lanes of heavy I-5 traffic on our way to Olive Ave RV Resort in Vista. We really like the city of Vista. It has just about everything you could want nearby, and only a few miles from Carlsbad / the beach.

The sites are not level, but they provide premade leveling blocks at each site (very nice of them). 

The next morning, we woke up and Tripp lost one of his front teeth immediately. He was so glad!  It seems that our kids always lose their teeth when we are not at home.  Maybe that means we are always gone!

Our morning was extremely bazaar! It started off with a broken washing machine at the RV resort, which led to a very nice (and tech savvy) person tracking us down on the Internet to give us our lost drivers license. It’s a long and crazy story!  Eventually, we made it back to Legoland for another afternoon walking around the park and seeing really cool Lego displays. 

Even the Walmart entrance is full of palm trees!

3 thoughts on “The West Coast Adventure – California

  1. I never dreamed 50 years ago when I was in San Diego in Navy boot camp that one day my son would be pulling into town driving his “home” and bringing his family to San Diego. Enjoy it you guys it’s a fun place

  2. I love the pics. So glad you guys are making some awesome memories! Love you! Angel

  3. It all looks so fun………except the traffic. Makes us miss the good old days when we ran all over Southern California.
    The boys look VERY happy to be there. Beaches, zoo, cool aquarium and………LEGO LAND…..HOORAY!

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