Beginning our Full-Time RV Life
10.18.2016 - 11.09.2016
It has finally happened. After 4 years of planning and downsizing, we've made the move into our motor home named Serendipity or Sara for short. I decided to create this blog because I wanted to document our exploration of this great country. I expect to have so many adventures, I'll never be able to remember them all without a digital recording.
I also wanted to share our journey with interested friends and family members. Magic & I hope you enjoy this little blog.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 is the day we made the move. We parked Sara in the street in front of our condo & moved most of what we planned to bring with us into the RV.
Over the past few months, I've re-packaged all our dry goods into Lock & Lock plastic containers. These containers are unbreakable, air tight, spill proof and pest resistant. Plus, the various sizes stack efficiently. Perfect for an RV pantry. It's amazing how much food is up there!
We made reservations for 3 nights at Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park. This is the only public RV campground in Santa Barbara. It's right next to the 101 freeway, so the traffic noise is constant. But the laundry, toilet and bath facilities are very clean and there is 24/7 security. We highly recommend this place. This is where we spent our first night as full-time RVers.
We moved to the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge for 5 nights from 10/21 - 10/25 (their maximum stay per 30 days). We joined the Elks to take advantage of the nationwide network of Members-only RV campgrounds. You can't beat the location of the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge for staying in Goleta. It was just a few miles from our condo, making it very convenient while we finished emptying and cleaning our condo for the last time.
I thought it would be fun to camp on the beach, so I made reservations to stay at Carpinteria State Beach for 1 night, 10/26. What a disappointment that was! I couldn't believe how full the park was in October! And the sites were really small. The view was beautiful after campers across the street left, but I doubt we will ever stay here again.
We still had a few things to wrap up in Santa Barbara before taking off, so we came back to SB Sunrise RV Park for 9 days. Site #7, the most level site here so far. We are backed up between the very clean laundry facilities and the toilet/shower building. I am shocked at how many RVers with HUGE Class A rigs use the toilet and shower facilities in camp. Why don't they use the bathrooms in their rigs?
We were finally out of our Santa Barbara condo on 10/31. We have a small storage space for our trailer & a few important papers and other things, so we'll definitely be back to SB. We have loved living here for 9 years, but it's time for a change.
Magic has loads of projects to keep himself busy for a while; installing a Bose sound bar, a backup camera and WifiRanger router, among other things.
We'll be in Santa Barbara through 11/9. On 11/10 we say "So long" to Santa Barbara for a while and head toward Joshua Tree National Park. Here is a map of our journey so far.
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