We had a windy night at the Arabian RV Oasis in Boron, California, but fortunately, by early morning it had calmed down. We needed to get to the Escapees Park of the Sierras in Coarsegold before noon, or else we would have to dry camp overnight. So I staggered out of bed by 6:30 a.m., and woke right up when I stepped outside to greet the very cold morning.
We were on the road before 7, and I took a photo of my Silverleaf engine monitor to prove it. That’s right, 6:47 as it shows in the box that is second from the right and second from the bottom. That’s just obscene! Working people start their day at that hour!
We ran under a heavy cloud cover, and as we started the climb up to Tehachapi Summit, the wind farms on the hilltops were starting to disappear in the mist.
As we climbed, it began raining, and soon it was really coming down and our windshield wipers got a workout. The rain let up as we started the 6% downhill run, but the road was pretty wet. You’re not supposed to use an engine brake on wet roads, so it took some care to get down the hill safely.
We got onto State Route 99 and took it north through Bakersfield and on to Fresno, where we picked up State Route 41 and followed Greg and Jan’s American Eagle motorhome another 35 miles north. The road started out as four lane highway, and soon switched to two lane road, but it was an easy ride, in spite of a lot of traffic. There were a couple of pullouts and passing lanes, where we pulled over to let the cars following us get past.
The scenery along the way was fantastic, with lots of old barns and farms to admire.
The sharp downhill left turn onto County Road 416 was a little intimidating, especially since there is a curve just past the turn, and traffic was flying around it.
The entrance to the Escapees campground was just past the turn. We arrived about 11:30, with 232 miles behind us.
This is our first visit to this area, and we are impressed! Our friends Dave and Lynn Cross have a lot here, and greeted us when we pulled in. As soon as we registered, Dave jumped in a golf cart and led us to our RV sites. We got a very nice back-in 50 amp full hookup site with a wooden deck and a great view. There are birds everywhere here!
We got settled in, then went over to the Activity Center for the Sunday afternoon ice cream social. The place was full, and we got to meet a lot of new folks, and saw some familiar faces too!
Afterward, we went back to our motorhome, where I made a new post to my self-publishing blog, then took a very nice and much deserved nap! Greg and Jan spent a couple of weeks in this area last year, so about 6:30 we all went for a ride through the town of Coarsegold and a few miles further up the road to Oakhurst to do a little sightseeing. This is very pretty country, and I can see why so many RVers we know have fallen in love with the area.
We stopped for an excellent buffet dinner at the Chukchansi Gold Casino, and were impressed by how friendly everybody on the staff was. We’ll definitely go back again while we’re here!
Of course, the black cloud that hangs over my head closed back in as soon as arrived, and it was downright cold when we left the casino. The next few days are supposed to be cloudy, with daytime temperatures in the 60s and overnight lows in the mid-40s. That’s a far cry from the 90s we had in Las Vegas last week! But it’s sure good snuggling weather! 🙂
Thought For The Day – When did my wild oats turn to prunes and All Bran?