Saturday, August 27, 2016

Date up South Fork

Michael and I drove over to visit with Mom G. On our way home, we took the South Fork Road. A sign indicated there may be land or a house for sale up that way - we didn't see such - but we did enjoy the gorgeous drive, mountain meadows, river views and trees. 

LOVE having a tour guide with us in this area
 One of Michael's colorful boyhood tales revolves around a family who lived in an converted bus up South Fork. They had also built several cabins from press-board. There were a couple of families who lived up here 40 years ago.  Of course, we had to search out the site of the stories.  Forty years ago they had the brush cut back...but the road is still there....yes, they were squatters, but no one much cared 40 years ago.

We suspect this was where the bus was parked....Michael did a bit more looking and found an old water pipe and remains of a cabin.

We decided it would not be possible to get a Class A into the old spot....but we did find several promising spots for boondocking  AND a campground. Big Flat Campground is run by the US Forest Service.  There's no cell service, it's dry camping - but the sites are big enough for the trailer and/or a Class A AND it's only $8 a night. They close Nov 1st.

We enjoyed the drive, the hike and being alone. A perfect date.

Cool Neighbors

One of the routines of fulltiming and being in one park for an extended amount of time is you develop a rhythm.  Every Friday afternoon we get neighbors. Every Sunday afternoon the park clears out. There can be some funny sights as they come and go - like the one who backed over the picnic table.

We've had some great neighbors.

Jim, the 88 year old pastor camps alone as a widower.

Rod, owner of an industrial coating company doing all kinds of aerospace applications. Rod gave us a tour of his Monaco and a bike rack, too.

We've also had some neighbors we were  happy to see leave, but why focus on them?

Of them all, Oli and Britt are sure to be the coolest. They are from the north coast of Germany. They came over with their two girls about a year ago. They had parental leave to use and had decide to fly to America, buy a bus and travel for a year.  Isn't this bus fantastic?????

I love color. I know Michael was worried I'd be enamored and never want a Class A. I HAVE dreamed of renovating a School Bus....but I realized something I'd never thought of before - there is no BASEMENT STORAGE at all in a Schoolie. But what FUN to drive this around. They brought it over Howland Hill road. Michael was following them. I'm so impressed Oli drove the BUS through there.
Don't you love the frog? 
Britt and the girls will fly back to Germany in two weeks. Oli will stay a bit longer to sell the bus. They asked if we thought it would sell well in San Francisco. Yep - I think they'll do just fine selling it in the Bay Area.

We exchanged emails. We talked about flying to Europe (Space A) buying an RV and touring Europe....I think we can.

*Note - I asked if I could take pictures of the bus. I'm not REALLY a stalker.