Since we only had 140 miles to drive, and it had gotten down into the upper-20s overnight, we were in no hurry to crawl out of our warm cozy bed yesterday morning. When we finally did, we took our time checking email and getting ready for the trip, so it was after 11 when we finally left the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster, California.
It was a short drive south to Palmdale, where we picked up State Route 138 and followed it east. The first part of the trip wasn’t bad, then we got into a long construction zone as we started climbing uphill. We had a Jersey barrier on our side for much of the way and not a lot of extra room but we still made good time.
Once we reached the top and started back downhill I really appreciated our motorhome’s exhaust brake.
We hit Interstate 15 and traffic immediately became heavier as we came down off of Cajon Pass into San Bernardino. Before long we connected with Interstate 215 and almost immediately got hit by strong crosswinds that made for some white knuckle driving for a few miles.
There was quite a bit of traffic and we were reminded that people in California think nothing of crossing three lanes of traffic to get to an exit, and apparently have no idea what a rearview mirror or a turn signal is for. But eventually we put Riverside behind us and continued rolling south, passing the impressive March Field Air Museum.
We connected with Interstate 15, and before too long we were in Temecula. We got off on State Route 79 and followed it 17 miles east to the Escapees Jojoba Hills co-op near Aguanga, passing some interesting rock formations along the way.
This is our first visit to Jojoba Hills and we wanted to see what everybody always raves about. Several of our friends and subscribers own lots here, and others visit on a regular basis, and nobody’s ever had a bad word to say about the place. But now I know why so many of them purchased lots here.
Yes, it’s a beautiful park, and the view from our site is impressive, and though we haven’t had much time to explore the place yet, I know they have all kinds of amenities, everything from a swimming pool to a woodshop. And there are lots of friendly people. But that’s not really why so many people bought lots here. They did it so they don’t have to drive their motorhome back down Highway 79 to get out of the place!
My buddy Orv Hazelton, who has a lot here with his lovely wife Nancy, told me it’s a good road. Orv lied. It’s two lane, narrow, and has quite a few curves. I’m sure that other RVers think it’s a piece of cake, but I guess I’m just an old fart because I really didn’t like it.
A couple of times I pulled off the road at “wide” pullouts to let the traffic behind me get past. One of the cars following us was this beautiful 1957 Chevrolet convertible. Now that’s a classic ride to be proud of!
As soon as we got to the park, before we even got to the office to register, subscriber Joe Wright stopped to welcome us. Orv came down to guide us to our site, which is right across the street from his lot. Then Judy Bell, of Travels With Emma blog fame, stopped to say hello and welcome us to the park. Once we were hooked up and settled in we walked over to Orv and Nancy’s rig to visit for a while and George Ruelens came by to say hello. A lot of other folks walked by and waved and said hi. It sure is a friendly place. I guess we’d better get to know these people, we may have to buy a lot if I can’t get up the courage to drive back down that darn road to reach the highway!
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Thought For The Day – Every woman wants to be swept off her feet. It’s when you put them in the trunk that they start to freak out.