Our waiter at The Pantry suggested the scenic drive on CA-154 E (San Marcos Pass Rd) when we told him we were on our way back home taking US101-S. We were coming from Santa Maria and driving towards Los Angeles and glad we took this scenic route (… spotting falcons, deer, and all the lovely wineries) along the way. The vista point over Santa Ynez Valley was found directly after passing Lake Cachuma.
First time visiting Santa Maria, CA to pick up a 2015 Polaris RZR XP 1000. Relieved after a long 6-hr drive from home to know the owners of the off road vehicle only lived 6 min from this hotel. When we made reservations, we didn’t know it was haunted.
After setting up at Capri RV Resort (Yuma, AZ) and a shower to rinse off the drive… we were ready for dinner. On the way, we saw a billboard for Prime Rib at Quechan Casino. That’s sounded tasty. It was only a little over 10 miles away, too. Back on Hwy 8 and headed back into California. As we found parking at the casino, we noticed quote a few RVers parked. Looks like Quechan Casino offers free RV Parking but I don’t know if that’s an overnight or multiple night stay. As a newbie RVer, we’ve heard many casinos accomodate the RV community but it’s always a good idea to inquire ahead of time to make sure (…just like Walmart recommends…).
Dinner in Little Italy, Downtown San Diego which has been “a stable ethnic business and residential community, since the 1920′s.” Only a few minutes walk from Billy Jr’s place… so very convenient and we can see why they love where they live! Little Italy is central… right next to Interstate-5 and the San Diego International Airport. So many choices for dining here! Our choice for the evening – Burger Lounge.
This morning’s mission is in search of a good breakfast burrito. One popular local joint nearby is Kono’s Surf Club Cafe in Pacific Beach. Not only attractive due to its location but prices. A breakfast sandwich (Eggs, bacon, cheese, tomato, mayo on toasted english muffin) is only $2.95. An egg burrito (Eggs, bacon, cheese, potatoes, pica sauce in flour tortilla) is only $4.95!!!
We spent the night outside RV Specialist. They worked on our Montaj 29H RV yesterday and were making the final installation of the Roadmaster InvisiBrake system for our tow vehicle to the RV. While they still needed a few more hours this morning to complete the job, our stomachs grumbled. We decide to take out our Brompton folding bikes for a spin. Denny’s is only a little over a mile away. Perfect!
Day 2 RV-ing: Today we seek out a specialist to get a tow bar and InvisiBrake® by Roadmaster installed for our Gulfstream Montaj 29H to Mini Cooper. They’ll need our vehicles all day. How to pass the time? A day at San Diego Safari Park with Billy Jr. where we really enjoy the Ring-tailed Lemur Walk and Pygmy Falcon encounter.
RV Day #1: We start our RV Trip in San Diego, California. Our RV still wasn’t organized. We didn’t have supplies: hanging dryer, dishes or groceries. We still had to unpack our luggage of clothes. We had a lot of chores, like dusting and vacuuming. We have so much to learn about our RV so we can create good habits for traveling. In between, we would visit with friends and our old favorite hangouts.