Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, AZ.

After entering Arizona, we stopped at Painted Rock Site to camp for a couple of days and to check out the area before heading into Phoenix. This campground is off the beaten path, which is exactly what we needed after spending over 6 weeks in California. These rocks have images pecked into them by the Hohokam people who lived in the area 350 – 500 AD.

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There’s a nice walking path that circles around the outcropping of weathered basalt. With over 800 images, it’s the largest known petroglyph site in this area.

We took a short hike to explore the desert. We walked very carefully not to stir up any snakes or scorpions.

I really enjoyed taking photos of the plants in the area.

The desert sunset that evening did not disappoint!

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Oceanside/ San Diego, CA.

Spending the Thanksgiving holiday in southern California was different. We normally associate the holidays with cold weather. This year, we played on the beach in warm, sunny, beautiful weather!

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Thank you, Rita and JB for your generosity. Opening your home to us and hosting dinner was greatly appreciated! 

 

We really enjoyed spending time with family. Erin, Kris and Luca hung out with us for 6 days. We played on the beach, went to the San Diego Zoo, and explored the area. It really is amazing how much Luca has changed since we last saw him. What a cute little man !!!!!IMG_E2896

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A day at the San Diego Zoo !!

 

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L.A./ HOLLYWOOD, CA.

Moving further down the coast, we stopped at Dockweiler State Beach Park located in Playa del Rey, CA. There, they have a RV park just steps away from the ocean. And it has miles of bike paths! That gave us the opportunity to ride our bikes to Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, and Fishermans Village in Marina del Rey.

We drove to Hollywood and walked down The Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

While in LA, we HAD to experience the excitement of attending tapings of our favorite game shows, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and The Price is Right ! We didn’t take our phones into Jeopardy or Price is Right, so no photos to show you. We did buy a souvenir photo at Price is Right. We met some really nice people waiting in the lines to get in. It was a great time !!!!!!!! We had a blast !!!!!!

We left LA and stopped in Long Beach, CA. There, we took bike rides to Pine Ave. Pier, Rainbow Harbor and Shoreline Village.

Today, we took a Harbor Cruise to see The Queen Mary and catch views of Long Beach skyline.

Here’s a few pictures of the beautiful plants here at Golden Shores RV Resort.

We are EXTREMELY EXCITED to see our grandson Luca, November 21st, and spend Thanksgiving with him in San Diego !!!!!!!!

Everyone, have a great Thanksgiving and thanks for following us on our journey !!!

Monterey/ Pebble Beach/ Carmel/ Big Sur

A nice long day drive took us to some really beautiful places. Monterey has a really nice fisherman’s wharf that we walked around. We also walked around Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck writings.

The beautiful, winding coastal road took us to Pebble Beach. If your a golfer, its a must see. The links are immaculately manicured. The Lodge has breathtaking views. Pebble Beach is a golfers paradise!

Carmel By-The-Sea was where we had our picnic lunch on the beach!

We ended the day by watching the sunset at Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur. IMG_2575 (3)

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Next stop, LA !!!!!  Stay Tuned Folks !!!!!

Pinnacles National Park, CA.

Pinnacles National Park is located in central California. Its about 140 miles south of the San Francisco Bay area. IMG_2446

The park features over 30 miles of trails, of which we covered about 10. Our first trail to try was Balconies Trail, which included Balconies Cliffs and Balconies Cave. We had fun, though a bit scary, scrambling through the cave with our flashlights blazing! We had backup batteries just in case, although it totally wasn’t necessary! You can never be too prepared when it come to dark, cool, musty caves!

The Balconies Cliffs trail took us up and around some beautiful scenery.

Interestingly enough, the volcanic fields that formed The Pinnacles were originally about 200 miles southeast from here! The fault zones (Pacific plate) carried 2/3 of the formation north to its current location. These volcanic rock formations are about 23 million years old. IMG_2501

Juniper Canyon Trail turned into High Peaks Trail. This climb was very challenging! The trail was steep and narrow. It took us through a tunnel, up steep switchbacks, and over some amazing rock formations.

 We had a great day of hiking. It was one of or toughest hikes, but well worth the effort!IMG_2527