We Have Visitors!

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 072015

One of the greatest things about the RV lifestyle is meeting up with the many friends we have made in our travels all over the country. Sometimes these meetings are planned in advance and other times it’s more of a spur of the moment type thing. Or, just kismet. I can’t tell you how many times we have pulled into a roadside rest area for a potty break and seen somebody we know parked next to us, or been at an RV fuel island filling our tank when somebody we know pulls up to the next pump.

I mentioned in yesterday’s blog that we ran into Jim O’Briant from the Overnight RV Parking website here at the Atascadero Elks campground, and he came over and visited with us for a little bit yesterday afternoon. Jim’s a nice guy and we enjoyed chatting with him.

Then, a little later on, our good friends Tom and Barbara Westerfield arrived. These two longtime friends always helped us at our Western Gypsy Journal rallies, and even came to at least one of the Eastern rallies. At every event, they were always busy doing something to lighten our load and help make sure the rally went off without a hitch. Tom did everything from parking RVs as they arrived for the rally to helping set up the different rooms we use for seminars, while Barbara is a Jack of all trades (should that be Jill of all trades?) who is a whiz when it comes to organization and all things technical. She would help Terry with the registration lists, with printing out nametags, registering folks as they arrived, and helping keep me sane when I would get overwhelmed, which happened more than once.

They had driven over from Fresno for a few days, and once they were parked and hooked up we spent some time catching up on our mutual travels since we last saw them in Newport, Oregon a couple of months ago. I also picked Barbara’s brain about some computer issues. My friend Brenda Speidel calls me Gadget Boy, but Barbara is the real true Gadget Gal. Some people drink or eat junk food when they get stressed, Barbara just goes and buys a new electronic gizmo of some kind. She’s got everything from cell phones to computers to tablets to external hard drives, and about a zillion other things I’ve never heard of but know I must have as soon as I see them.

All of that visiting made us work up an appetite, so we decided we must address that issue posthaste. A couple of readers had recommended Pier 46 Seafood in nearby Templeton, and when I logged onto Yelp to check it out I saw they had 220 reviews with an average of 4 1/2 out of five stars. It’s pretty hard to beat a record like that, so we jumped in Tom and Barbara’s Jeep and headed out for dinner.

The restaurant is a small place with maybe half a dozen tables inside, and a few on an outside deck. It being Friday night, it was crowded, so we ended up sitting outside, which was cold even with the propane heater we were sitting next to. But the food and the company made it worthwhile. I can see why this place has such a high rating.

Barbara chose the Ahi tuna tacos and said they were absolutely amazing.


Tom had fish and chips, and Miss Terry had a gourmet quesadilla, which came with cheese and shrimp with a spicy cilantro sauce, along with chips and salsa. I chose the seafood combo, which included fish, shrimp, calamari strips, and fries and it was delicious. The serving was so big that I couldn’t finish it all.


Back at the Elks lodge campground, we visited for a while longer in Tom and Barbara’s motorhome and then came home. We had a great time with them and look forward to getting together again while we’re all here. Today we will go to Morro Bay and play tourist, something I’m really looking forward to. I’m sure I’ll have a picture or two to share with you in tomorrow’s blog.

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  One Response to “We Have Visitors!”

  1. the wife and i honeymooned from Morro Bay to Obispo a few years ago just love it there,have too much fun if you can.

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