We’ve been so busy that we haven’t posted about the last 7 camping trips we’ve taken. Some trips were to familiar campgrounds (3) and others (4) were new to us. Here’s a quick summary by month: Red Rock Canyon State Park, Nov. 2018; Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (new), Nov. 2018; Flying Flags RV Resort, Dec. 2018; Oasis Palms RV Resort (new), Feb. 2019; Refugio State Beach (new), March 2019; Anza Borrego State Park, March 2019; Chino Hills State Park (new).
That’s a lot to talk about! We’ll try to summarize each the best we can to keep this post reasonably short.
We’ve been very, very lazy about keeping this blog up to date with our travels. We haven’t posted since October of 2018 even though we’ve visited a number of campgrounds and celebrated and anniversary. Hopefully, we will catch up soon. As a first installment of catch up, here’s a post about the anniversary we celebrated last September.
My wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary on September 4, 2018. It’s been a great 25 years and it’ll be fun seeing what the next 25 brings us. How she’s been able to stand me for so long still escapes me so I guess I’m just extremely lucky.
Our anniversary was about a week-long celebration consisting of eating, hiking and a trip to a famous, haunted hotel.
We wanted to get up to the forests and enjoy the spring flowers so we decided to go to Barton Flats since we’d not been there for a couple of years. We figured going there the middle of the week before Memorial Day weekend would be a good time. The drive up to Barton Flats is on state highway 38, which is scenic. When we arrived at the campground, there was just one other RV camper in our loop and a tent camper in another loop. It was good to be back in the San Bernardino National Forest and smell the wonderful pine trees! Continue reading “Welcome to Barton Flats!”
What a week of history for us! Tuesday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 9th, we visited Brackett Field Airport in La Verne and on Friday, May 11th, we visited Lyon Air Museum at John Wayne International Airport in Santa Ana to see the “2018 Wings of Freedom Tour” that is put on by the Collings Foundation.
The tour is a collection of 4 to 5 superbly maintained WWII fighter and bomber aircraft. We were able to walk around and explore the interiors of a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-24 Liberator, a B-25 Mitchell, a P-51 Mustang and an A-1E Skyraider (a 1955 vintage fighter). And on Friday we FLEW in the B-24 Liberator, which is the only one in the world still flying! We also toured the Lyon Air Museum, which has a fine collection of air worthy vintage WWII aircraft, historic motorcycles and cars. There are even a few WWII veterans that hang out at the museum who are more than happy to tell their stories.
The Collings Foundation flies the planes to Airports around the US for public viewing and we highly recommend that you see them if they are scheduled for an airport near you. 2018 Wings of Victory Tour Schedule
Fair warning: there’s a more video in this post than usual because the videos convey our experience better than still pictures.
Just a short two-hour drive north of Los Angeles, along Highway 14 in Kern County, leads you to Red Rock Canyon State Park. The park is located where the southern most tip of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range converges with the El Paso Range in the Mojave Desert.
Huge cliffs and Mars-like red rock formations create an out-of-this-world atmosphere for one of the most unique natural wonders in Southern California. Red Rock has a rich mining history, diverse desert wildlife and has been used as the setting for many movies and TV shows.