We leave Leucadia in the morning heading east towards the deserts and Tuscon AZ via I-8. Although we've driven this route years ago, we are surprised how long it takes to break free of the greater San Diego metro area. It's late afternoon by the time we pull into Gilbert Ray Campground.
Almost free of San Diego
Ahhh - the wide open spaces of the desert
Arizona State line
Water saving landscaping
Entrance to campground
Gilbert Ray gets high marks from fellow RVers and we are delighted to find their recommendations are well merited. It's a beautiful and spacious campground. Plus the desert is in bloom.
We are up early the next morning to sneak through Los Angeles during the mid morning traffic lull. We get lucky and have a relatively easy drive through the LA gauntlet. Soon we are passing San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant which is in the process of decommissioning itself. Since this plant's useful lifetime was much shorter than planned, we wonder what the average cost of a kilowatt hour it generated and how that cost compares to other energy sources. Although the state's energy czars aren't talking, this type of cost analysis must not compare well as California decision makers are no longer discussing building any more.
As we wander back we enjoy the fine spring weather, blooming plants, and Easter decorations. Later, we visit our friends Jamie & Suzy.
This family is eggs-tastic for Easter
Simons' garden is looking really good
Suzy prepares an Easter feast, while the rest of us hang out in the back yard. Collin shows us his latest fish surf board that he made and plays his new Dobro guitar.
Easter brunch table
Collin's fish board
It sounds nice
Back at Patti's, we cut some of her lovely roses for the table and enjoy Easter dinner together.
Easter or the Spring Equinox that both occur about the same time of year marks a time of new beginnings for Mother Nature. I have often wondered why New Year's Day is celebrated around the Winter Solstice when life is at a general standstill (in the northern hemisphere at least) rather than the Spring Equinox when life is renewing for another annual cycle.