Ventura To Santa Barbara, California

Yesterday I drove to motorhome the about 60 miles from Ventura to Santa Barbara, California. I’m now parked at Thousand Trails Rancho Oso (Bear Ranch in Spanish) RV Resort. In reality the park has a Santa Barbara mail address, but is physically located about 25 miles north of Santa Barbara in the Los Padres National Forest.

Mary continues to be occupied with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

I’m now in what I’m calling my “pacing mode”. Last October I had cataract surgery at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. My surgeon wants me back in mid-April for a six-month post-operative eye examination. Palo Alto is only about 275 miles from my current location. So, in the meantime, I’ll “pace” my forward direction travels hoping stay in 65-75 degree temperatures all the while.

About 2/3 of the trip was on U.S. Highway 101 which runs along the coast of the Pacific Ocean…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…


Then you head north on California Highway 154 rapidly rising to the 2,000+ mountain pass…


Then a right for a four-mile drive on narrow Paradise Road…


Then another right on the 1.2 mile road leading to the park. This is where it gets really hairy because it’s one lane with few places where two RV’s may pass-by each other. If two RV’s that are towing vehicles behind meet…you’ve got a problem…someone will have to unhook and backup…


There are three switchbacks locations where it’s so narrow they have installed mirrors to help you see if there is traffic coming from the opposite direction. Fortunately for me, I met no outbound traffic…


Being in the mountains the park is situated such that there are several layers on which to park…my location is marked by the X…


The sites are kind of narrow…


And here is the usual dinette window photo…


Even though we are a week away from the beginning of Spring…yesterday it was 85 degrees without a breeze of any kind. Too danged hot! All sites face south which means having to close the front curtains all day. I fired up the air condition and read most of the day.

You can read all about the park by clicking this link…


Yesterday was sunny and 85 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 84 degrees.

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link…

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

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