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Old 11-25-2004, 10:43 AM   #1
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life on the road - week 1

Thanksgiving Day, Bethel Island, CA

You meet the nicest people... when you don't know how to back up! ok, not the smartest thing i've ever done, hitting the road with no backing up experience, but even this little kink has had it's good points, like being stuck in the middle of a northern california suburban nightmare, the day before thanksgiving, in a parking lot with no outlet. as i sat there with my head in my hands, a nice man came out, got me pointed in the right direction, and gave excellent instructions on how to get to this rv park. once here, i discovered that, in theory, they have no pull-through spots but according to the women at the desk, i could just pull through empty back-to-back spots with some minor maneuvering between picnic tables, electric hook-ups, trees. ha! minor maneuvering! but i made it and am happily ensconced in space 46...even though i was heading for 45.

Towing an airstream; you don't even know it's back there. How true! I had to fight with vanna to keep her speed under 70. not even stressed out going over the siskiyous. however, from sacramento to here, the roads absolutely suck - be it I5 or this little hwy 4. i was terrified to enter the trailer to see what all had shaken loose. guess what i discovered? that little padded thing behind the toilet holds extra toilet paper!!!

so, it's been a helluva week. started off with making new friends at beverly beach (what a great group of people), and will end with thanksgiving dinner with a family i've known for 30 years...kids all grown up with kids of their own.

next stop....monterey penninsula where i just may settle in for a month.

happy thanksgiving to all you airstreamers and airdreamers (btw, i'm parked on "airstream drive")
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Old 11-25-2004, 10:57 AM   #2
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Happy Thanksgiving! Sounds like a wonderful adventure.
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hitting the road with no backing up experience, but even this little kink has had it's good points, like being stuck in the middle of a northern california suburban nightmare, the day before thanksgiving, in a parking lot with no outlet. as i sat there with my head in my hands, a nice man came out, got me pointed in the right direction, and gave excellent instructions on how to get to this rv park. once here, i discovered that, in theory, they have no pull-through spots but according to the women at the desk, i could just pull through empty back-to-back spots with some minor maneuvering between picnic tables, electric hook-ups, trees. ha! minor maneuvering! but i made it and am happily ensconced in space 46...even though i was heading for 45.
You've just explained my current night nightmare, as I get ready to pick up my new 25' CCD tomorrow. I'm having visions of the entire Casa de Fruta RV park standing around in a big circle watching me try to maneuver on my first night with my Airstream. It's good to know I'm not alone.

Keep us posted on your trip. Sounds great.
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Good for you, Annettte! Glad to hear you made it safely to your next park. There's lots of learning to do, but it's all do-able, and folks really can be pretty nice. So, did you find someone to help unload the Vespa yet

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You've just explained my current night nightmare, as I get ready to pick up my new 25' CCD tomorrow. I'm having visions of the entire Casa de Fruta RV park standing around in a big circle watching me try to maneuver on my first night with my Airstream. It's good to know I'm not alone.

Keep us posted on your trip. Sounds great.
ahhhhh, a new 25' CCD. oh man, i am so jealous! where is pope valley and casa de fruta? i'd love to come watch . a couple days ago i was in another park without pull-throughs and was given a big spot at the end so i could just back straight in. no such luck. finally, some old guy in a little white cart came by, at first gave me instructions but said i was backing in too slow ("like an old lady") so i jumped out and made him do it. fortunately, one of the guys at dinner today tows for a living so i plan on getting lots of advice.

good luck with your new airstream.....let me know how the entertainment, i mean backing up, goes.
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Good for you, Annettte! Glad to hear you made it safely to your next park. There's lots of learning to do, but it's all do-able, and folks really can be pretty nice. So, did you find someone to help unload the Vespa yet

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Hi Stef.....it was so great to meet you at the mini rally! (note to all: stef is as wonderful and kind and smart as she appears on this forum ) thanks to you and david and jim for loading the vespa into the van. she is still there but don't you think it is a great idea to head for monterey and tool around there with her? i think so.

Happy Thanksgiving to you guys, too.
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Glad to hear you're safely ensconced on Airstream drive! I think Monterey would be a woooooooonderful area to visit! Having trouble loading pics from forums rally...so placing individual ones here & there!

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Annette,sounds as if your getting the hang of it. If your planning on staying on the Monterey Peninsula for a bit, I'm sure will catch up with you, happy trailering, Jeff
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Hey Annette,

Seems like you will make it to Monterey after all, but a month late for the rally. Do you know where to stay? Everything is expensive on the Monterey Bay but at least it is off season rates. There is a rv park in the dunes south of Monterey at Seaside. There is a KOA one mile from the beach at Watsonville. There are three rv parks in Big Basin surrounded by redwoods near Santa Cruz.

My favorite would be KOA and you would have the whole, beautiful park to yourself. But spendy even in off season. We go to KOA usually in fall and spring every year.

Good luck in your towing education. Soon you will be a proud graduate of "On-the-Road" University!
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where is pope valley and casa de fruta? i'd love to come watch .
Annette,

Pope Valley is just east of the Napa Valley near St. Helena. Casa de Fruta is near Hollister. It's about 35 miles from the Airstream dealer in Los Banos. If you're heading to Monterrey, Casa de Fruta is kind of on the way. Come on by, I'll be there Friday evening. I'm going to bring her home on Saturday. Maybe two pathetic newbies would attract some experienced hands to stop by and give some more training .

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Cam, I may try to break away from the family for a bit, I'd come watch you circle around Casa de fruita , just kidding, what's your check in time at the fruita ? hopefully before dark I hope. Jeff
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Let's set a time for a tour of the new rig on Friday. It will be a mini-reunion. Jeff, bring Collin along for a ride on the train.
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Great idea Big Dee, we'll have to see what time they check out of Toscano.
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ok ok ok...wait a minute. are you guys serious? where is los banos? i want to be there too. i need to do laundry tomorrow (i do have my priorities!) then i could hit the road. i'm in brentwood, could head to napa...damn, too many mimosa's
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