Moving on – to Acton, CA

3/8/16 (Tuesday) in Acton, CA (Soledad RV Park-TT)

Wow! It poured rain, slush and small hail, slanting in the wind, all day. SO glad we made our trip to town for groceries yesterday, when there was a break in the rain that day in the afternoon.


This morning, on travel day, we woke up to snow/hail on the ground and sunshine!

This Morning

morning 1

I was concerned about the ice on our mountain road down to Banning and I-10. A neighbor, who’d just driven his car up this morning, said it wasn’t bad if you went slowly, that maybe they’d sanded the road. John swept big chunks of ice off our slide toppers (awnings), then wanted to put the slides in immediately so the ice on the roof wouldn’t get on those toppers.

We felt it was the smart thing to once again drive the car separately from the RV down the mountain, then hook up in Banning. That worked quite well.

I was surprised that I-10 was fairly rough up through San Bernadino, but it smoothed out after that, then we took I-215, also smooth. Love to see the mountains with snow as we traveled. They were especially close and snowy as we drove down our San Jacinto Mountain to Banning but I wouldn’t take any photos while driving! We got to go through some pass in the San Bernadino National Forest that was pretty windy. Thank heavens John is such a good driver and this rig handles better than Miss Zanzibar. We hadn’t seen Joshua trees in bloom before. Spring in the desert.

On the Pearblossom Hwy (SR 138) we encountered pretty heavy construction. It should be nice when they get finished.

Left at 9:30, arrived by noon. Yay! It took the usual hour to find our site and get settled in. Their power is pretty iffy, we checked 2 likely sites with our voltage monitor that the circuit breaker wouldn’t set, for one we got a ground fault reading, finally found a new pedestal and it’s okay.

We met a nice couple (Nancy/Gary) who also had major issues with a Safari MH and then got a Journey! We had fun sharing RV and travel stories, after walking the long trek down to the gatehouse to deliver our site number. Time to rest!


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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