January of 1994 we lost our townhouse in the Northridge earthquake. Epicenter was just a mile or so from were we lived. We were asleep but not after being shaken out of our beds and half scared out of our wits. Glass was breaking down stairs in the kitchen and the walls seem to be fluctuating.
About a mile and a half from were we lived a three story apartment building collapsed.
Unfortunately we had not bought our first motor home until after the earth quake. We sure could have used it back then. Instead we stayed in a hotel for a few weeks until the power and the gas and the water was turned back on. I remember standing in line just to get some bottled water. We lost everything in the refrigerator and the freezer..
My wife worked four ten hour days and was off Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Back to work on Monday. Thursday mornings I would take our motor home and towed our Chevy S10 down to the beach in Ventura, find a camping site and pay for the weekend. Then drove back home in the S10 with our little dog. Thursday after Nancy would get off work we would put anything else we wanted to take down to the beach and load the dog and head for the beach. Friday we would wake up to the sound of the crashing of waves on the rocks. Our motor home was only a few feet from the rocks that lead down to the ocean. We did this almost three weekends out of the month,every month. In the winter we liked to go there even if we had to stay inside because it was cold and watch movies or read. I was already retired, just hadn’t started collecting my pension yet. It still was a wonderful time in our lives.
The one picture that best describes how gorgeous it was, is when Nancy’s Mom came to visit around Thanksgiving and we cooked dinner at the beach. Could this be any better!
This is Betty (Nancy’s Mom) and me. Betty enjoying the day
. We have been living in our motor home for the most part since1997. We would be on the road 8 to 10 months out of the year. By the way Nancy quit work in January 1997. We get to hit the road when ever we want. We spend summers mostly in San Diego,CA or up along the Oregon coast and the winters in Savannah,GA.
When traveling across the states we often stay over night in Wal-Mart parking lots. Our grand daughter wanted to stay in the motor home over night while at a Wal-Mart. Seems she wanted to tell her friends she slept in Wal-Mart parking lot. She thought that was hotter than popcorn especially the part were she could use the bathroom while in the parking lot. Some of the silliest things make kids happy. I wish all of us adults could remember how to see life through a child’s eyes.
We also stay over night or longer in casino parking lots. Nancy would say we can stay over night at the casino and save money. We stayed but have never been able to save any money staying in their parking lots.
We have a forty foot diesel pusher motor home and we love it. We usually drive back and forth across the United States every year,since ‘96. We have made many friends over the years and some have become our adopted family. In fact almost closer than our immediate family. We have some friends that every time we hit the road we call them and start singing the Willie Nelson’s song “On The Road Again”
Isn’t life beautiful!!
It doesn’t get much better than this!
What do you think?