Saturday, June 23, 2018

Our new DJI Spark 06-23-2018

As some of you may know, Eric has become a licensed Commercial Drone pilot with the hopes that he will eventually be able to become a drone pilot for the state of California. The first drone that we purchased was a 'Toy' grade drone a Holy Stone 200. It was a great learning bed for Eric to figure out if he could control a drone. However, shortly after getting his Commercial Drone pilot's license, Eric identified a better grade of drone that would behave more like the drones that the State of California will be implementing. The drone selected, a DJI Spark, also uses the same control software, that the more expensive units will use as well. The first video is from some flight time that Eric did at a parking lot for a old building that was demolished.

The second flight video, is of a flight that Eric took the drone on over Lake Natoma.

Both of the locations are in the Rancho Cordova/Folsom areas.

Safe Travels all!

Carol and Eric Anderson

A video about our trip to Morgan and Brian's wedding plus more

The video below is a recap of the trip we had to southern California to join Morgan and the entire Wraight clan and witness the beautiful wedding between Morgan and the man of her dreams Brian Burke. The video is less than 30 minutes long, so sit back, relax and enjoy!

Contrary to what the video says, we left on May 2nd, not April 2nd! :-)

Safe travels all!

Eric and Carol Anderson

Morgan and Brian's wedding 05-04-2018

The festivities for Morgan and Brian's wedding really got rolling last night, and as always any event that involves my family is low key, but always full of love and very enjoyable. Last night we attended the rehearsal dinner sponsored by Brian's parents.

This morning, we joined Morgan's dad Steve and many of the Wraight clan on a boat trip around the lake that surrounds the hotel that the bridal party is staying at. Always by his side, Grumpa Steve had Tyler as his first mate on this cruise! 


After the boat trip, we returned to the motorhome and got ready for the wedding ceremony. The wedding was held at 'Leo Carrillo Ranch' which was a beautiful setting for the festivities.

Safe travels all!
Carol and Eric Anderson

Mission San Luis Rey 05-03-2018

When we are on trips to new areas, we always want to make the most of our new locations. We both also really enjoy checking out missions that date back to the days when California was actually a part of Mexico. This trip is no different! We were very lucky to be able to spend a couple hours checking out 'Mission San Luis Rey' here in the city of Oceanside.

One of the amazing thing about this mission is that during part of it's lifetime, it fell into disrepair due to neglect and looting. But, the decision was made to resurrect the mission to it's former glory.

The pictures pretty much speak for them selves. We love seeing old places like this. We can't wait to get back to the east coast and see artifacts of civil war era to explore more American history.

Safe Travels all!

Eric and Carol Anderson

Guajome Regional Park 05-02-2018

Ok, Admittedly, we got a little behind in updating the blog, but lets do a little catching up. We established a base of operations at a regional park in Oceanside by the name of Guajome regional park. This park is part of the San Diego city parks system. This park had a lot of things going for it, not the least of which is the fact that they don't have any breed restrictions.

This was a great base of operations for us while we attended the festivities for Morgan and Brian's wedding. There is a great little lake here at the park that was very peaceful to enjoy.

The only draw back to this park/campground is that they do have rattle snakes. As you can see, one spent the night in front of one of our neighbors rigs here.

Safe travels all!

Eric and Carol Anderson

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Visiting Kings Canyon National Park - March 1st, 2018

On our second full day here at Sequoia Ranch RV park, we decided to set out to check out Kings Canyon national park. Since the weather was forecasted to be cool, we decided to take the dogs along for the ride even though they could not exit the vehicle while in the park. And as always, they really enjoyed it! These three really are great traveling dogs!

Though the weather was cool, and cloudy, we still very much enjoyed this days adventure. We found that the drive took us up to about 7,000 feet and because of the storm system moving through, we spent a fair amount of time in the clouds. None the less, we loved everything that we saw.

We had a chance to check out the Gamlin Cabin which has served many purposes over its many years of existence.

There was also this tree that fell over in the 1800's that served as shelter for early settlers and also the cavalry at one point that use to patrol the park before the national parks service.

We also got to see the General Grant Tree. The hike to this tree was much more leisurely than the one to see the General Sherman tree that we saw the day before.

The drive up to Kings Canyon took us through some rather windy back roads. In the summer time, when coming from Three rivers, you can drive through Sequoia National park to Kings Canyon but it takes a long time. Basically, there is no easy way to get to Kings Canyon from Three Rivers, but for the most comfortable drive, that also allows you to set in provisions, taking the long way through Visalia can work out well.

Safe Travels All!

Carol and Eric Anderson

On the Road to Sequoia National park - April 30th, 2018

We were invited to see our niece Morgan is get married on the 4th of May in Southern California, and never wanting to miss a party, we accepted the invitation. Carol had the amazing idea that while on the way that we stop at Sequoia National park for a couple of days so that we could check it, as well as it's sister park of 'Kings Canyon' out. Well, as usually, Carol's idea was amazing! We chose as our base of operations the 'Sequoia Ranch RV park' in Three rivers California. The RV park here is a little on the rustic side, but for us, it was very enjoyable. This park has everything we could want. It has full hook ups, a river near many of the camp sites, and an amazing Dog Bark Park that was rarely used by the other RV'ers. Though the park is a little on the rustic side, it is very well maintained. We even found that there is a swimming hole on the property. Though dogs are not allowed in the swimming hole, they are allowed down stream a ways. 

The park has RV sites as well as tent camping sites and is open all year long. 

We arrived at the park on Sunday and set up camp. On Monday we set out to Sequoia National park to see the beautiful ancient trees of this forest. Though it was a cloudy day, we could not have been more pleasantly surprised by what we discovered. This national park is just amazing as far as the vista's that you come across while you are exploring the area. 

There are many amazing places to check out in this park such as 'Hospital Rock'. 

The furthest point of our drive on this day was to the Wuksachi Lodge for lunch. This lodge hasn't been here that long, it was built back in 1999 as a replacement to some of the more rural accommodations that use to be down among the Sequoia Trees that were threatening to the trees and also in danger of being damaged by falling limbs from trees. 

We went on a half mile hike down to the General Sherman Tree which is the largest tree by volume in the world. Though the hike was only a half mile, it did descend about 300 feet down to the tree. And as we all know, what goes down must go up! So, the hike up took us a little longer than the hike down. None the less, this was well worth the experience. 

There is a great visitor center here with a lot of great information about the trees and how they have survived for literally thousands of years. 

We would definitely like to return here again soon! 

Safe Travels! 

Eric and Carol Anderson