Hesperia, CA

Leaving Pismo Beach

Pismo Coast Village RV Resort…

Santa barbara and the coast


Mussel Shoals Beach and Community… A long pier extends out from the center of this community and connects to a man-made island that is a disguised oil platform.

Places to stay overnight along the coast with no hookup to water, electricity, or waste… In RV lingo this is called boondocking and is free.

Really heading east… Just south of Ventura we take Highway 126 East where we pick up I-5 South for 10 miles. Then we take Highway 14 East for 35 miles to Palmdale where we continue heading east on Highways 138 and 18.

Meanwhile we desperately look for a place to stay overnight. We finally find a place at the intersection of U.S. Highway 395 South and Route 66…

Desert Willow RV Resort

We arrive right before the office closes and rest peacefully overnight for only $35! Tomorrow we have less than 100 miles to go to get to Thousand Palms Oasis.

Back on Highway 101

Leaving Carmel And heading east

We decide to give up our adventures of driving on Highway 1 with a motorhome towing our car as we head to Pismo Beach.

The marine layer

Just as we enter San Luis Obispo, a massive white cloud ho res over the hills.

Within minutes, the clouds begin turning the blue sky gray.

The pacific coast again

As we enter Pismo Beach, Highway 101 connects with Highway 1.

Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

A  very h-u-g-e complex of RV timeshares, we settle in for 2 nights…

Elk Country RV Park

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We leave the northern portion of the coast redwoods and meander our way 62 miles south on Highway 101


past Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park to a 200 acre RV campground in an open park-like setting.



Elk Country RV Park is right off Highway 101, recognizable by the little red school house behind the RVs in the picture below,


or the local herd of Roosevelt elk that roam freely throughout.

Jeff has been on the lookout for elk ever since we entered Oregon. With each elk crossing sign

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his heart rate rises and an eager look takes over his face. He gets ready to spot an elk, only to be disappointed over and over again.

As I check-in to our RV site I am required to sign a waiver regarding the caution to not approach the elk and asked to be careful when opening the door to our RV. Then the manager shares pictures of yesterday’s elks who came to visit.

I fear I have created high hopes for Jeff. No elk come around today.