We Made It To Murrieta

We drove a total of 1,267 miles during our trip from Abilene, TX to Murrieta, CA. The bus ran perfectly and only used 1/2 gal. of oil. (The engine swap we did 4 years ago has made a huge difference in oil consumption and reliability.)

It was great to stop along the way and see some family and friends.  We visited bus nuts, Elaine and Marty Golden and Becky’s Turney family in Midland, TX; my daughter Christina and grandchildren Alex, Brianna, Trinity and Lily as well as my step-daughter Melanie and grand-daughter Tenishia and my step-daughter Brenda and her family in Tucson, AZ. Our visit with busnut friends, Laura and Wilbur Bradbury, in Yuma, AZ topped the trip off.

We also want to thank our good busnut friends, Anne and LeRoy Willis, for arranging our stay for one week at Northwest Community Friends Church in Tucson. That was a huge blessing to be able to camp out there in such a great location and be able to spend time with our family.  We enjoyed the Sunday morning service as well.

As we look back on our trip, it was always hard to say goodbye and we wish we could have stayed longer at each stop. Each and every one we spent time with was so precious and made us feel welcome. It really is never goodbye, but “Until We Meet Again”.

We left Yuma on the morning of October 29th and made our way to our final destination in Murrieta, CA. Thanks to Laura and Wilbur for making our visit a memorable one. You two are such great friends and we always have such a good time with you.  (Becky and Laura got to shop a little and they were Crossword Queen’s; as long as they put their heads together they can get the entire puzzle worked out.)  We wish you two nothing but the best.

As we left I-15 in Murrieta to head up to our workcamping job we made a quick pit stop in Stater Brothers parking lot to grab a bite to eat before making our way up into the mountains. We also had to make a phone call to the owners to let them know we were close and would be arriving shortly.

The drive up to their place was a 12 mile long winding road most of the time. Looking back, I will unhook our tow car the next time. There were several switchbacks that had me thinking, “I sure hope we are on the right road because there are no outlets”.

Well, we made it. After greeting the owners they showed us where we could park the bus. They had poured some concrete pads a week before and I wasn’t sure if we should park on it yet. We setup for the night and after speaking with them the next day we decided to go ahead and park the bus on them and set up camp for the duration of our stay.

Murrieta setup

Our location in Murrieta, CA

We have also spent some time with Becky’s son, Shea and his family, her daughter, Shanna and my daughter, Katie. It’s always so special when we are with family as we’ve missed them so much over this past year since we saw them last Christmas. Needless to say we have made plans over the coming months to spend more time with them and other family members that we have not seen yet.

My brother Dan and his wife Charlene will be visiting us later this week. They are making their way down from Bend, OR for a short vacation. We are looking forward to their visit and hope they have a safe trip.

Since we’ve been here both Becky and I caught the “Crud”.   (Becky calls it the Hykeephokee.)  We were each down for a few days and are now on the mend. Being sick is never any fun and it seems to take us longer to heal as we get older, which is a total bummer!  Oh, did I mention we celebrated Becky’s 65th birthday on November 3rd?  She is now a card carrying member of Medicare and even got to try it out when she saw a doctor and got antibiotics for bronchitis.

We’ve been able to accomplish a few tasks since we’ve been here and look forward to helping the owners out in making more repairs. They own a production company and have not had the time to fix a few things.  That is where we come in, as workampers.  They only require 15 hours of work per week, at our discretion, in exchange for FHU and other amenities.  What a nice family!  We feel so blessed to have landed here with them.

Due to the fact we are in such a remote area of the coastal mountains, we have no cell phone signal. Each time we go into to town for something we take the time to make a few calls and listen to our phones ding with text messages and voicemail. We now have a phone at the bus that runs off of their home line so we are able to make phone calls when we need to. They also supplied us with WiFi, so we are not totally disconnected with the world.

The weather has been perfect, a little rain and a lot of sunshine. Did I say perfect? El Nino is predicted to bring a lot of rain in January and February to Southern California, which they do need badly. At least there will be no chance of snow, freezing rain or ice storms. Our location is such, that if any severe weather hits it will not last long and is not at all normal.

The owners have several horses and a few that they board, along with a couple of sheep, a dozen goats, a bunch of chickens and one steer.


We met Shanna and Katie at the Crab Cooker for lunch and just had to go down to the beach. We took 74 just outside of Lake Elsinore, over the mountains to San Juan Capistrano and up the Pacific Coast Highway to Newport Beach. That road is not RV friendly for sure. We were glad we took the Enclave! We saw a lot of motorcyclists enjoying the winding road.

Here we are on the boardwalk at Newport Beach enjoying the sun, sand and family.


This was taken just outside of the Crab Cooker after our delicious lunch of Dungeness Crab!


Katie, Becky, Paul and Inky

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

Happy Trails and “Until We Meet Again”


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Trip 2015 Yuma Bound

We had such a wonderful time in Tucson with Family! It was full of laughter, fun and lots of hugs! The week has gone by so fast but it’s time we continue on our journey. We are headed to Yuma to visit our friends, Laura and Wilbur Bradbury. They have been full timing in a Prevost for several years and spend their winters there.

Here are a few pictures of our week. This was our first evening with Christina, Noel, Brianna, Trinity and Lily. It was so great to have them stop by and greet us. We hadn’t seen them since 2012 and they have grown so much. We are so proud of all of them! Alex, the oldest, had to work that night and couldn’t join us. He’s a senior in high school and working part time at Subway.

Our Tucson Family

Our Tucson Family

Our Grand Daughter Brianna is playing in the Catalina Foothills Marching Band. They put on a great performance with around 260 band members.  It’s amazing to see those formations in sync with the music.  It was their final game of the year and the football team won in a big way by around 50 points.

Catalina Foothills Marching Band

Catalina Foothills High School Marching Band

We took time to do some sightseeing and drove up to Mt. Lemmon. It was about 30 degrees cooler than the valley with great scenery. The leaves were starting to turn so we used them as a backdrop. We had just finished our lunch at The Iron Door restaurant and found someone willing to take our pic. The food was very good and the wait staff was great. It is a long windy road up and down the mountain with fantastic scenery of Saguaro Cactus, pine and other trees in abundance.

Mt. Lemmon

Mt. Lemmon

We had such a nice visit with our daughter, Brenda, and her family from Mesa. Daughters, Christina and Melanie, completed the group. We visited all afternoon and ended up at Whataburger restaurant later for dinner before we parted. It was a great time seeing all of them. We got to give and get lots of hugs; nothing better than that!

Our Mesa Family

Our Mesa Family

Here is a great pic of Tenishia Noel and I celebrating her 21st Birthday. It’s hard to believe that she is now an adult. (Tenishia is Melanie’s daughter.)  Time sure fly’s by!  We are very proud of the woman she has become.

Tenishia Noel and Paul

Tenishia Noel and Paul

Here are some pics of the ride up the Catalina Mountains to Mt. Lemmon.

Catalina Mountains Tucson, AZ

Catalina Mountains Tucson, AZ

Tucson, AZ

The valley of Tucson

Interesting Rock Formations

Interesting Rock Formations

Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro Cactus

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Trip to Murrieta Day Four

We had a smooth trip to Tucson yesterday. It was longer than the previous ones, but well worth it.

We set up camp behind the Northwest Friends Church on La Canada. (I can’t put the little squiggly thingy above the N. Just to let you know we are not way up north.)

My daughter Christina and her children came over to visit. Her oldest, Alex, could not make it as he had to work. We had not seen them since our last trip through here in 2012, way too long! My other daughter Melanie and her daughter Noel also stopped by, so we all celebrated Noel’s 21st birthday.

Becky had prepared spaghetti for dinner trying out a new crackpot recipe she found online. It was fantastic, tasted like baked spaghetti. Yummy!

It was quite interesting serving dinner to 8 people in our small space, but nobody complained. Food and family is all you need to have a good time. After we ate we served up a birthday cake I picked up at Albertsons, a yummy carrot cake. One of my favorite types of cake.

There is nothing better than gathering with family during a meal!

Here we are all huddled up for a group photo. Becky took the photo before Melanie and Noel arrived, and I forgot to get another one. We’ll take more today as we continue to celebrate Noel’s birthday.


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Trip to Murrieta 2015 Day Three

We arrived in Las Cruces, NM yesterday early afternoon, staying at Sunny Acres RV Park. We stayed here back in 2011 during our last trip. It’s a very nice place to park, very clean and easy to get in and out. There is a 5 mph speed limit posted throughout the park. I wish more parks did that. There is no need to be in a hurry!

We set up camp and then headed over to High Desert Brewing Company for lunch. We were told they had home-made Root Beer, so we had to try some. That was some of the best Root Beer I’ve ever tasted! The food was also fantastic with great wait staff to take care of us.

Later that evening we had dinner at La Posta de Mesilla. This building has some rich history. It is the last remaining stop along the Butterfield Trail. The restaurant is very large inside due to it being divided up by rooms, one of which is called the Bunk House. There are live trees inside throughout along with different kinds of birds in cages. Of course they have a gift shop full of goodies to entice the woman folk. Wink, wink…..

The food was very good. Although I did bite into something very hot, I mean explosively hot. I thought my mouth was on fire! It did not deter me from enjoying my Chile Relleno plate though! We had a very enjoyable evening in a fantastic setting!


We met a very nice couple from El Paso who had driven over for dinner.  We had great conversation while all of us were waiting for our tables. They were telling us how much El Paso had grown over the years due to the military presence at Ft. Bliss. The traffic was pretty light on a Sunday morning, which can be very crowded during the week.

This morning we are headed to Tucson for one week. It will be the longest drive on our trip so far, so we’ll have a few more stops to stretch our legs and let Inky do his thing. We are very excited to see Christina and our grands! It has been about 3 years since we saw them last.   Becky is worried ALL four kids could be taller than her now.  Can’t wait to get and give some much needed hugs!

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Trip to Murrieta 2015 Day Two

We landed in Van Horn, TX yesterday after the short drive from Midland. We got to see a whole lot of desert along the way and not much else. But that is West Texas!

We had breakfast with Elaine and Marty yesterday morning and it was sumptuous! We supplied some much needed bacon for the meal which added to the delicious food that Elaine had prepared. They were going to visit their grand-daughters softball game at 9 am which was gave us a window to leave for the next leg of our trip.

It was great to spend some quality time with them during our short visit. They have only been to one bus rally which was the Bus Conversions International rally in Pahrump, NV earlier this year. If another rally is held in Pahrump, maybe we’ll get to see them there. Here they are standing proud in front of one of their 3 Eagles.

Elaine and Marty Golden

Meet Elaine and Marty Golden

Elaine and Marty Golden

Elaine and Marty in front of their house.

This is what greeted us on the morning of our departure from Midland. A gorgeous Texas sunrise.

Midland Sunrise

Midland Sunrise

Here we are preparing to leave Midland. We had to include our four-legged fury friend, Inky.

Becky Paul and Inky

Becky Paul and Inky

Marty took this of us as we were leaving their house. If you look close you can see me waving “Happy Trails, Until We Meet Again”.

Leaving Midland

Leaving Midland

We head to Las Cruces this morning. It’s a short drive of about 185 miles, which will let us start our day slowly until we head out. It is so relaxing to not have to get up at the crack of dawn and get ready to hit the slab. This will allow us to take a leisurely tour of Las Cruces. One of our bus nut friends on Facebook suggested that we go to La Posta de la Mesilla in old town. He said the food is fantastic, so I guess we’ll have to go check it out. Thanks Perley for the suggestion!

Happy Trails!

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Trip 2015 Day One

As we head out, we are thinking of all of our Abilene friends, you know who you are. We will miss seeing all of you, but know this. We’ll carry you in our hearts as we make this journey.

Our first stop was the VA Hospital in Big Spring. I had to get a shingle shot. That was fun finding a place to park. An officer was kind enough to give us directions. Not easy parking a 40 coach pulling a towed. Then we headed to our friends house, Elaine and Marty Golden. They have three Eagle buses and we had to see them all. One they travel in, the other two are being transformed into their dream coach. One is a model 15 factory raised roof. He is installing a Series 60 in it. Marty has done a great job of stuffing that in there after many frame modifications. There is quite a story attached to each one.

We then went to visit Becky’s prior in- law’s. They are 94 and doing pretty good. It was great to see them. They fed us as old times were being discussed. What fun.

A funny thing happened during this first leg of our trip. My phone GPS was going nuts, telling me to stay on the I20 access road. I ignored her and turned down the volume. After I completed my appointment at the VA, I checked the GPS settings, it was on bicycle mode. I have no idea how it got there. We had a pretty good laugh.

Dreamscape ran very well. It felt good to give it a workout. The Enclave stayed right with us, which is a good thing!

Tomorrow we head to Van Horn to over night. We are keeping each day’s driving to around 4 hours. That gives us time to see any sights, and of course time for a nap!


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New Journey Awaits Us

We leave Abilene on October 16th making our way to Murrieta, CA for a workamping gig. Our trip will include stops in Midland, TX, Tucson and Yuma, AZ to visit friends and family.

We have been working feverishly preparing for the trip. The installation of our Air Force One braking system, new dash for our coach, new 8D start batteries and a whole bunch of other stuff.

We are excited that our final destination will put us very close to our kids and grands in Tustin, Irvine and Santa Barbara. We will probably be there until late May 2016 to await the arrival of our new grandchild, lucky number 13. It will allow us to visit them more often and get/give those hugs that make life special.

Even though we will be leaving friends and family in Abilene, we will remember the words to the song “Happy Trails, until we meet again”. It’s never goodbye!

After the new grand-baby is born, we’ll make our way up to Bend, OR. I have a brother and sister-in-law that live there, which puts us closer to Salem where my Mom lives.

I will try to update the bog during our journey, so follow along as we embark on this new chapter in our lives!

Murrieta, CA

Murrieta, CA

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