A few days of sunshine!
Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
253Trip End Dec 31, 2014
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I think there is a perception out there that being a full-time RV’er means you are in constant ‘vacation mode‘. In truth it’s not that different from having a stationary home. Laundry & housework must be done, meals cooked, maintenance performed and bills paid. Ken always has a ‘honey-do’ list going and his current projects include repairing a closet door, replacing a fantastic fan motor and adjusting the shower door.
The benefit of this lifestyle is that there is no yard to be mowed, no weeds to be pulled or trees/bushes to be trimmed. The pools & spas are maintained by someone else and we don’t have to deal with the garbage man, electric company or water department. Sure beats owning a house and working. Our days belong to us to do with as we will.
This is the reason we move around as much as we do. Most of the fulltime folks we’ve met tend to sit somewhere for long periods of time. Be it ‘snowbirding’ in the southern states for the winter months or hanging out close to ‘home’ during other parts of the year. In all honestly, we haven’t met another fulltime couple who does it the way we do. To us that is reason enough to consider this lifestyle - you can make it whatever you want it to be.
We’ve spent the last several months in places we are very familiar with. The reasons for this are many and include wanting to stay in ‘free’ membership parks and having time to visit with friends & family. I tend to get a little ’edgy’ re-visiting areas, after all there is so much to see and do, I want to keep exploring. Ken, on the other hand, is happy anywhere he happens to find himself so long as there is a golf course close by - and there always is!
Because I am the chief route planner and because I knew I would need something different thrown in to this winters travels we’ve found ourselves in a campground we’ve never been to before. Pio Pico is a Thousand Trails park located about 8 miles east of Chula Vista which is just outside of San Diego. We’ve had a couple of really spring like weather days - what I would describe as perfect days - and we’ve taken advantage of them by doing some sightseeing.
First up was a trip to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, located at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego. This lighthouse is one of the eight original west coast lighthouses. It functioned as the southern-most Pacific beacon of light in the U.S. from 1855 to 1891. Located 422 above sea level the light was more often than not shrouded in fog. Because of this it was moved to be bottom of the hill in 1891 and served at that location until 1977.
Cabrillo National Monument marks an area that Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered on behalf of New Spain in 1542. Just 50 years after Columbus’s discovery of the new world, Cabrillo set sail from Mexico attempting to find a route to the Spice Islands. What he discovered instead was San Diego Bay ( originally named San Miguel ), Catalina Island, the Channel Islands and San Pedro Bay. It’s a fascinating bit of history.
We also took a drive out to Coronado and Imperial Beach - taking advantage of the weather to do some walking and sightseeing. Also, close to our campground is one of three Olympic training centers. This one is used primarily for summer sports and can house up to 200 athletes at one time. There wasn’t much going on during our visit but it was still interesting to see the facilities and to talk to the staff working in the gift shop.