Travels in Review 2019 Part 3
Coco is ready to go!
On May 31, 2019 we were finally on the road – the solar installation taking longer than we expected. Both of us were also recovering from the Texas cedar fever allergies that had sent us to an urgent care for antibiotics and inhalers. Coco on the other hand was ready to travel.
We left Austin, TX just as things were getting toasty in the southwest and found ourselves hurrying through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California to escape the heat. With temperatures approaching 105 degrees by early afternoon, we still managed to enjoy Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ and Joshua Tree National Park in southern California by visiting them in the morning.
From southern California we headed towards the coast and cooler weather to see Hearst Castle. Now operated by the California State Parks, it once included 250,000 acres and 14 miles of beach. There we enjoyed the magnificent views of the ocean from on top of the hill that Hearst Castle was built upon. What a glamorous time that must have been with parties thrown for the elite and movie stars. Guest such as Charlie Chaplin and Greta Garbo enjoying a private guest cottage, movie screenings, tennis, with an outdoor and indoor pool.
Close by was the quaint sea town of Cambria which offered small retail shops, art galleries and independent restaurants. Better yet was our first taste of Olallieberry pie. Offered up by Linn’s which was established in 1979 and having multiple retail and restaurant locations in town. The informative sales person at the gift shop explained that the berry was first developed in Oregon in 1949 and was a raspberry/blackberry mix. Yum!
Favorite nightly stays on this segment:
Schreiner Park, Kerrville Tx – Once a state park it is now operated by the town of Kerrville. We have stayed here before when visiting the scenic hill country area of Kerrville and Fredericksburg, Texas. Enjoy its proximity to the small towns, right on the Guadalupe River with some full hook-up sites. Nice trails to town for a hike or bike.
Catalina State Park, Tucson AZ Just on the north fringe of town but feels remote once you are in the park. Newly paved pull through with electric and water backing up to the Catalina mountains. Nice hikes with Saguaros to rival the national park. Sure, to be busy in season but it was wonderfully quiet on our visit.
Catalina RV Resort, Desert Hot Springs, CA Not our usual stop but with the heat in southern California we needed a full hook-up location. They offered fair off-season rates and were very friendly. Two pools but one was closed due to remodeling. Nice laundry facilities. Close to Joshua Tree National Park and Palm Springs.
Next up: California National Parks, Dramatic and Serene