A Travellerspoint blog

November 2016

From Santa Barbara to Joshua Tree National Park

Settling Into RV Life

View Living in The Coachella Valley & SB to Joshua Tree National Park on DillyLynn's travel map.

We planned to head southeast from Santa Barbara on Thursday 11/10. When Mike heard that some of our PPG (powered paraglider) friends would be camping out in the desert that weekend, we suddenly had our first destination. The first stop on our US tour would be El Mirage Dry Lake Bed.

El Mirage Dry Lake is an Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area. This happened to be the same weekend as the Southern California Timing Association held their November time trials. So in addition to all types of flying and land-sailing machines, many of the fastest cars on earth were there trying to break their speed records. RVs were parked along the drag strip as far as the eye could see. It was quite an event.


Sunday afternoon, almost everyone on the dry lake bed packed up and headed home. We said goodbye to each of our friends as they left El Mirage, and soon found ourselves alone in the desert. Thanks for the great send-off, Chad, Jim, Greg, and Dave!

Sunday evening weather was perfect, and Mike had a beautiful sunset flight as the Super Moon rose in the east.

Mike ordered some high security locks for our outdoor bays from a place in Lancaster, CA, which gave us our next destination. We left El Mirage on Wednesday 11/16 and headed to the Elks Lodge #2027 in Palmdale, CA.

I cannot recommend this campground even though it looks nice and the sites were level. The lodge is not in a very good part of town and some of the campers appeared to be permanent residents who were down on their luck. We stayed there only as long as was necessary to get the parts we needed. Next time in this area, we'll check out the Lancaster Elks.

Our plan to see all the National Parks in the country gave us our next destination. On Friday 11/18, we headed toward Joshua Tree National Park. We stayed at Elks Lodge #2314 in Yucca Valley, CA; a much nicer place to camp than the Elks Lodge at Twentynine Palms, CA. (This day marks 1 Month of RV living already! I can't believe it!)

The Yucca Valley Elks are a friendly group. They made us feel very welcome and invited us to stay as long as we wanted to. We had the whole parking lot to ourselves most of the time. It gave us plenty of time to adjust our tow and braking systems. I created rock guard netting to protect our car while Mike worked on some of his many projects.

On Tuesday Mike & I packed a lunch and took a drive through Joshua Tree National Park. It was beautiful and stunning. It is hard to describe the scale of these boulders. I've tried to show it by zooming in on some of the climbers we saw everywhere.

Once the tow and braking systems were properly adjusted and we had visited Joshua Tree, it was time to move on. So, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving we headed south to our next campground: Desert Pools RV Resort in Desert Hot Springs, CA.

We plan to stay at Desert Pools for another week and a half. The weather here is beautiful right now, so it looks like we'll be living in this area for a while. There are many RV parks and lots of BLM land nearby in which to stay. RV life is agreeing with both Mike & I so far and there's a new adventure around every corner. Stay tuned for my next post about "Living in The Coachella Valley".

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Moving Into Serendipity

Beginning our Full-Time RV Life

View SB to Joshua Tree National Park & Moving Into Serendipity on DillyLynn's travel map.

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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