Here are the Blogs in the California Loop 2009 category.
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Monday, 16 February 2009
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This trip on the View took us from Murray, north of Dallas on US 380 to Roswell NM, White Sands, Quartzsite AZ, and on to the Salton Sea area. Coming back we followed I-10 to Destin FL and spent 5 days on the beach there.   Click here to start at the beginning. ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/16/2009 3:44 AM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 15 February 2009
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This will be the last entry for this trip. On Friday I got the water heater fixed (I hope) at our dealer. We used the rest of the day to clean inside and out. On Saturday (Feb 14) we took a load of new cushions for the boat up to Kenlake and drove the View to the shed in Murray to store until June. ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/15/2009 12:18 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 11 February 2009
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There was no entry for yesterday as we spent the entire day either on the beach or reading. Today, Wednesday, we decided to change the plan for a Friday departure and left Destin this afternoon. The weather today was bad with high winds, cloudy skies, and rain. The surf was so high that the View got ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/11/2009 6:07 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 9 February 2009
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All the walking on the beach yesterday yielded an allergy attack that left me almost unable to see out of one eye. Apparently the red tide leaves toxins in the air. Today I stayed off the beach and had no problem. We took the View out and revisited Baytowne Marina and Wharf, one of our stops on the ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/09/2009 9:18 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 8 February 2009
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It was another perfect day on the beach with the temperature in the high 60s. We have now gone for 28 days without a drop of rain and hardly a cloud in the sky. This has not been the case for the places we have left behind. Kentucky had one of the worst storms in history. At Joshua Tree National Park ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/08/2009 9:30 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 8 February 2009
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We will be here in Destin until Friday when we head back to Nashville. Today was relaxing on the beach. Mavis walked and I put our new folding chair on the beach and read. In the afternoon we walked to the largest outlet mall in the world which is about a mile from the RV Park. When we got back to the ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/08/2009 1:43 AM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 6 February 2009
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The Hollywood Casino buffet dinner was pretty good and there was a good variety of dishes. The gambling was not so good. They would only give $25 per account which meant $25. The first two cards wouldn’t work. The second card worked for a few times but then quit with $5 unused.  With total winnings ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/06/2009 8:51 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 5 February 2009
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A few miles east of Lafayette on I-10 is an 18 mile long bridge (see photo) that crosses the Atchafalaya Swamp, the largest swamp in the USA at 585,000 acres. If allowed to flow freely, the Atchafalaya would capture the main flow of the Mississippi River, forcing it to bypass its current path through ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/05/2009 4:51 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 4 February 2009
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Today we got a better look at the massive destruction from hurricane Ike in mid September 2008. We took the free ferry across Galveston Bay to the Bolivar Peninsula and drove 27 miles along the barrier island. The amount of trash everywhere is unbelievable. Even the marshes are full of plastic bags ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/04/2009 4:36 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
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We took time this morning to explore the area around the Pecan Grove RV Park. Austin has gone a long way in combining a downtown entertainment district with condos and greenways. Dozens of people were out running and walking. A building boom seems to be continuing. The Pecan Grove RV Park seems to be ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/03/2009 6:40 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 2 February 2009
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We had dinner last night at the RV Park restaurant and watched the Superbowl on a TV in the room. It was a pretty exciting game to watch with a crowd. Today it was a 333 mile drive to Austin. We are in a campsite in the center of town. It seems to be occupied primarily by monthly residents. We got here ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/02/2009 8:10 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 1 February 2009
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This was a short mileage day (222 miles) so we would have time to watch the Superbowl. Fort Stockton was closed on Sunday so we didn’t get to see it. It was built in 1858 to protect travelers on the trials from Indian raids. Closed during the Civil War it reopened in 1867 and remained open for 19 years ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/01/2009 5:53 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 31 January 2009
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Today was 342 miles entirely on I-10; lots of trucks of course. We went shopping in Deming and again at the CostCo in El Paso. I had planned to stay in El Paso but the RV park’s location looked pretty grim like the rest of the city so we just kept driving and found a rural place beside the Interstate ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/31/2009 6:02 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 30 January 2009
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This was a long day covering 408 miles. Leaving the campsite an approaching motor home started honking with the drive madly waving his arms at us. We stopped backed up and learned we had left the satellite dish up.  This was a first for us in 2 years. We fueled up at Twentynine Palms and headed east ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/30/2009 9:57 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 29 January 2009
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Joshua Tree National Park covers two deserts; the Sonora on the south and Mohave on the north. A remarkable change occurs when you cross the mountain range between the  two. The Joshua trees and rock piles are only found in the northern part of the park. We are at the Jumbo Rocks campsite which has ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/29/2009 3:05 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 28 January 2009
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The mineral water hot tub last night was great. Every tub was full even at 10PM. This morning we left at 10AM for the nearby San Andres Oasis. The San Andres fault runs along the east side of the Sea just below the Chocolate Mountains. The Oasis is fed by an artesian water supply and is natural. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/28/2009 6:26 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 27 January 2009
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Slab City is the left over slabs from a World War II Marine Base. All the buildings were torn down leaving concrete slabs. Trailers and motorhomes then moved in on the slabs. However, Slab City is most famous for Leonard Knight’s Sanctuary Mountain. This is probably one of the largest examples of folk ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/27/2009 9:27 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 27 January 2009
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This was a day to visit some very strange spaces. It started with a 1 mile trip over some very rough unpaved roads along the side of the Salton Sea to the mud pots. These are small 5 foot high volcano like piles of mud with the center occupied by boiling mud from the center of the earth  that burps ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/27/2009 9:24 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 27 January 2009
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We are now beside a beach 248 ft below sea level at the southern end of the Salton Sea at the Red Hill Marina County Park (see photo). It is a very wild but beautiful place in the Sonny Bono Wildlife Refuge. The Red Hill is a large rock that rises from the very flat sea bed. The marina is long gone ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/27/2009 2:51 AM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 26 January 2009
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This morning we hiked 2 miles through a canyon at Agua Caliente (see photo). We drove south on the Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849 to I-8 then east through the desert. At one point named Plaster City, we passed a large plant where gypsum is mined and made into sheet rock. Heading north the ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/26/2009 6:46 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 26 January 2009
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Bob & I started the day off right with a 1 mile hike up 260 feet to an overlook of the park and desert beyond. At 10 we left for the town of Julian at 4000 feet. The temperature dropped from about 60 to 40 as we climbed and when we got to Julian we were in thick fog. Julian is an old town with many ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/26/2009 6:43 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 24 January 2009
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Finding myself out of cash, I rode the folding bike a couple of miles into Borrego Springs and found an ATM that worked. It was mostly downhill to get there so it wasn’t so easy to get back. I walked ¾ mile to the Nature Center with Bob (see photo). It was very well done and had an interesting movie ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/24/2009 9:04 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 24 January 2009
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The day began with a visit to the Southwest Arts Festival. This is a juried event so only the best of the best is on display. There were all kinds of paintings, photographs, sculptures, clothing, and jewelry. With 270 artists exhibits it was overwhelming. If you go take lots of money; $1000 doesn’t ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/24/2009 3:01 AM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 22 January 2009
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Our first stop was a McDonald's in Parker for a senior decaffe. I parked the View and walked to the building A crude sign on the door said the lobby was closed. I walked around to the drive in and the order window was closed but the delivery window was open. The clerk said they could only serve if I ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/22/2009 6:14 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 21 January 2009
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This was “take a hike” day. We went on a 3 mile hike to the old abandoned mines in the hills East of the park. We climbed a total of 908 ft during the hike according to our GPS with a maximum elevation of 620 ft and a minimum of 350 ft. I used the GPS track file to plot a profile of the hike from which ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/21/2009 4:58 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 20 January 2009
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We watched the inauguration on our satellite TV. As battery voltage was low we had to turn on the generator. This is where solar panels would really help. Only one other View had its generator going during the ceremony. Then we headed 46 miles North West to Buckskin Mountain State Park. This is a beautiful ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/20/2009 3:08 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 19 January 2009
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This was our first day of not driving anywhere. The morning was spent touring other Views and Navions and talking about all the modifications people have made. Our View is a rare model that many of the others have never seen. It has the most storage space but the least living space of the three models ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/19/2009 6:28 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 18 January 2009
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Quartzsite is a tiny town in the desert near the California boarder. Originally a stage coach stop it can now boast having one of the largest flea markets in the world with 2.2 miles of aisle frontage. The Bureau of Land Management owns huge tracts of desert land just south of the town and allows camping. ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/18/2009 8:56 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 17 January 2009
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We drove 330 miles today, mostly on US70, known in Arizona as the Old West Highway. Tonight we are in Apache Junction, one of the eastern Phoenix suburbs.  The Old West Highway is a spectacular route through several mountain ranges each one more interesting than the last. It is much more exciting than ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2009 10:20 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 16 January 2009
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The cruise today was a relative short 198 miles to allow time to explore the White Sands NM in the Tularosa Basin. The White Sands are ground up gypsum crystals formed from dissolved gypsum that flows in streams from the surrounding mountain ranges. Since there is no outlet from the basin when the water ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2009 11:00 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 16 January 2009
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It is cold; we woke up to 18 degrees F. outside. The propane heater really works well when it is this cold so nothing froze. Tonight it is going down to 22, nothing compared to Nashville where the forecast is for 5. The route today continued on US380.  This road, built in 1932 is 677 miles long, mostly ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2009 2:30 AM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 15 January 2009
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Out at 7:55AM, after an hour we left the Interstates for an old US highway #380 that takes you north of Dallas and Ft Worth to Roswell New Mexico. Haskell is half way to Roswell and has a public park campsite with power and water that is free the first night. We stopped in Denton TX to visit a Radio ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2009 1:00 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 13 January 2009
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On the road at 8:00 our first stop was McDonald's for the 53 cent senior decaf. The next 40 miles on I-40 were in the worst shape of any road we have seen in 21,000 miles. The pot holes were everywhere. Then suddenly near Little Rock the pavement became super smooth. The area of rough road appeared ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/13/2009 10:40 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 13 January 2009
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We left home at 7:45AM, filled up with gas and coffee and were on our way to Kenlake to drop off some of the new cushions for the boat. At 10:15 we were at the storage shed. The View started right up and soon we were packing all our stuff aboard. I turned on the propane, started up the propane heater. ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/13/2009 2:00 AM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 9 January 2009
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This is a difficult trip to plan because of the uncertainty of weather. We want to get to Quartzsite AZ by January 18th. There are three possible routes. If it is not too cold the northern route along I-40 to Albuquerque NM then down to Phoenix AZ and on to Quartzsite is the shortest route. If its really ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/09/2009 5:44 PM by Bob Duthie
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