Organ Pipe National Park

Organ Pipe National Park

About Me

I purchased "Sadie''s House On Wheels "in late 2007 and loved traveling in a motor home so much that I went on the road full time in late 2008. I started writing this blog to help me remember all the wonder places I have been and it allows me to share those places with my family and friends. Summer of 2013 I decided to hang up the keys for a while and moved back into my stick house. After nearly two years, I am on the road again.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I arrived in Yuma this afternoon none the worse for wear. The drive on I-5 and through LA traffic was scary but uneventful. There are new freeways shown on the map as "future" and not listed on the GPS which would have made a slightly smoother drive hid I know they were finished. I hit Pasadena smack in the mist of 4:00 commuter traffic but much to my surprise the traffic didn't come to a complete stop but crawled along at about 20 mph. It could have been much worse. The down side was that once I got through all the traffic I wasn't sure where to stay. I drove on until I hit Calimesa and a very nice rest stop, only to find that if I had gone just a little further I would have arrived at some nice casinos. Oh well, I was pretty tired and the rest stop was very nice.

I did have one exciting moment on the trip. This afternoon I stopped in Brawley around lunch time to pick up a few groceries and let Sadie walk. I returned to my rig to let Sadie out and at that exact moment the rig started to bounce up and down. Then my grocery cart took off. By the time I realized what was happening my rig started to bounce up and down again and I was sure it was going to take off or explode. I had to hang on to Sadie. I looked up and the lamp post was swaying. EARTHQUAKE!! The radio said there was a 5.9 earthquake originating around the US and Mexico border. Good thing I'm a California gal and used to such things. . although they do seem to follow me. Its been awhile since I experienced such a large earthquake and it caught me off guard.

The WINS are camped on BLM land behind the VFW building. I ambled in and found a great spot in the shade, which I'm having second thoughts about. Its probably not the most efficient place for my solar panels. I'll wait and see how tomorrow goes. Its a nice balmy 70 degrees but feels warmer. The shade will be nice for Sadie, but sun is needed for the solar panels.

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