Monday, January 30, 2017

Bakersfield Visit

Monday: (01/30) Hard boiled eggs for breakfast. We were on the road to Fresno in the RV before 0800. A stop in Gilroy for gas at Costco, 54 cents less per gallon than neighboring stations. Then over the hill into the valley. We stopped at Lou’s niece’s house left the RV and she drove us to a Basque restaurant downtown for lunch. They visited and I napped after lunch. Next stop was the Book Barn in Clovis. We left town as it got dark stopping a few miles South at a rest stop in Tipton. 55 miles to Bakersfield tomorrow.
GPS: 36.109105, -119.323950

Tuesday: (01/31) Breakfast at Milt’s restaurant. We left The RV at Wal-Mart's and checked out The campground at Hart Park. Nice spot so we move The RV there. The day was spent visiting thrift stores. Dinner with Ernie, Cousin's Don and Judy, and Lou’s former roommate Anita at the Rice Bowl Chinese restaurant. 

Wednesday: (02/01) Chow mein for breakfast. The house batteries were totally discharged again this morning. I think they have failed again. We headed off to Tehachapi in the morning via two-lane roads, not freeway. On the way, we stopped to watch a train pass by the Tehachapi Loop, One of the seven wonders of the train world. Lunch at a German bakery in Tehachapi. Lou and Dawn visited shops downtown while I checked out a couple of RV parks and the PCT Trail crossing on Willow Springs Road. I hiked through there last year and just wondered how the road was. Dinner at Albertson’s Market. We spent the evening at the open mike night at Fiddlers Crossing. Dawn told a story there. We got home about 2300.

Thursday: (02/02) Leftover rice, egg rolls, and shrimp for breakfast. Our morning was spent at the California Living Museum (CALM) next door but a mile by road from our campground. Quite nice. I really enjoyed seeing their condors and mountain lions. For lunch, We visited the Moo Creamery. Nice bacon ice cream. Then we went to Camping World to look at our RV’s and try them out for size. The current decision is the Winnebago Vista 29VE. Grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. 

Friday: (02/03) We started the morning with walks. Lou and Dawn were off before me and headed East on the Kern River Trail from camp. I left later and met them on the back side of Lake Ming on the paved bike trail about one mile out. I continued for another mile to the end of the trail while they headed back. I returned via a dirt path nearer the river making my walk about 4.5 miles total. After more leftovers for breakfast, we headed out. First stop was the Zoey Brookes Gluten Free Bakery in Oildale. A little thrifting by Lou and Dawn and I visited Harbor Freight to get a few tools. I had left my tool pouch at home. We met Lou’s friend Anita at Pyrenees Basque Cafe for dinner. After dinner, we went to Anita’s to meet her dogs.

Saturday: (02/04) Leftover Basque food for breakfast. While Lou and Dawn cleaned up, I took a walk West toward Hart Park. Nice walk. Lou and Dawn picked me up and I took them to a festival at the fairgrounds. We visited the Vallarta Market for some flan. Next stop, Beverly’s Craft Shop. Next stop, Barnes and Noble’s bookstore for Dawn. Then we returned to the park to sit by the river. Anita and her dog Charlie came over for dinner.



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