Our Rig at Jojoba Hills (yes, that's
snow) ------ Some Local Jojoba Flowers
Alice and I retired in April of 1998 to travel
around the country living full-time in our RV, a 34 foot fifth-wheel
trailer pulled by a three-quarter ton pickup. We have spent over
five years at this endeavor. In 2000 we returned from a trip to
Canada to settle into Jojoba
Hills SKP Resort, our base camp in southern California. The
next spring we watched the extremes. One morning we awoke to snow
on the Palomar Mountains, and two weeks later we watched the flowers
along the road blossom forth. Such is the beauty of this place.
My recent activities have been more focused.
I was elected to the Board of Directors at Jojoba Hills and that
takes a lot of my time. I have also written a column for RV
Companion Magazine [now defunct] for the past three years and am working
on a novel. But we did find time in the spring of 2001 to travel
to New Orleans for an RV barge trip and then up to St. Louis and
back to California. In 2002 we made it up the coast of California
for five weeks. In 2003 we plan to travel more!
This travelogue records where we have been.
At our ages we tend to forget, and someday we may want to know
what we have done and what it was like. We invite friends and
visitors to read about our earlier travels, or Click
Here to skip to our Magical Book Tour.
In 1998 you can
read about our adventures in our first nine months of full-timing
and 1999 records the events of the
next year. We began to slow down in 2000.
though we did make it to Quartzsite, Spring Escapade, southern
Utah with Deb, and Canada for Fun Days. We returned to Jojoba
Hills in October and spent the rest of the year futzing around
in Southern California.
In 2001 I was elected to the Board of Directors
of the Resort. We made a trip on a barge out of New Orleans, but
when we came back to California the end of June, it was a busy,
We began 2002 at
Jojoba Hills, enjoying everyone's company at the New Year's Eve
Party. Then in February I was elected President of the Board and
it got even busier. We finally made it out for a short trip the
end of August. I made it to a couple of writer's conferences,
but most of my time was consumed with Board business. We bought
a smaller Automate fifth-wheel in anticipation of traveling more
in the next year. Health issues became important as well.
Finally in 2003
we got back into travel mode. After the Annual Meeting the first
week of February we were able to head out for a couple of weeks
in Arizona visiting friends and relatives and picking up our prescriptions.
The end of March we headed out for an exteneded trip through Arizona,
Texas, and Oklahoma. In May we reached Tennessee and fought with
the weather. Giving up we moved to Ohio to visit our son in Dayton.
Next it was Kansas and then Yellowstone where our daughter Deb
joined us. After touring Yellowstone and the Tetons, we headed
over to the Columbia River Gorge and the volcanos of the Cascades.
After Deb left us, we started our way back to Jojoba Hills, visiting
friends along the way. But when we got there I found I needed
to get back into the Board thing.
In 2004 I finished
up my term on the Board of Directors at Jojoba Hills. At the Annual
Meeting on February 5 Phase III of our retired life was over.
It was time to get into Phase IV.
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