A Short Trip to Barstow and Cold Weather – Arizona Lizards Usually Look for Warm Temps

Wednesday, 4 November

Afoot and lighthearted I take the open Road healthy, free, the whole world before me…                  – Walt Whitman

8 AM my alarm goes off. Well it really goes off at 7:30 AM but we stay under the warm covers snoozing for another half hour (What, do I hear a groan out there? We are retired after all). After a lazy morning getting ourselves, Pepper and the RV ready for the road I relax behind the wheel and leave Orange Grove RV Park, Bakersfield, California, turning onto CA State Route 58 East and make our way to Barstow. I love driving the RV (Can everyone tell Connie is the writer today?). The open road as seen through the beautiful panoramic view of the cab windshields. I have dreamed about this for years and here  I Am. An Arizona Lizard living the Nomadic life.

We get to Tehachapi Pass and I turn on “Tow Haul” a great feature on our Thor ACE making driving in the mountains (even with car in tow) much easier.  It automatically down shifts while climbing or descending.

One of the activities we enjoy is eating at Mom and Pop restaurants along the way. Today we park on the side of Tehachapi Boulevard and eat lunch at Tacos Samich. Cool name, huh? Pepper sat on the dash watching people until we came back to hit the road again.

It is a nice little set up we have here
It is a nice little set up we have here
Pepper in her favorite spot when we leave her
Pepper in her favorite spot when we leave her

Part of this lifestyle is the opportunity to stop and hang out in the little towns along the way. We get back on CA 58 East towards Mohave. It has been a few weeks since we have been in the desert. Very familiar and us Lizards would be feeling pretty good right now if the temperatures were much higher. Tehachapi had a high of 44 degrees today and it will hit 37 degrees tonight in Barstow. Yikes.  I told Pepper I promised after this Birding adventure in New Mexico we would stick to the “Sandal Weather Plan” in the future. We adopted the “Sandal” Plan from Nina and Paul from “Wheeling It” Blog fame.  The idea is to follow the mid range weather, not too hot, not too cold and stay in sandals and shorts.  I love that plan.  Lisa and Pepper agree.

Back in the desert after descending Tehachapi Pass
Back in the desert after descending Tehachapi Pass

Ah, we made it to Barstow.  Time to set up, take Pepper for a long walk, fix dinner and watch a little TV.

Lisa is ready for tomorrows 60 degree weather
Lisa is ready for tomorrows 60 degree weather
Can you see me shivering?
Can you see me shivering?

We will be back on the road again tomorrow.

Got to love the sunsets
Got to love the sunsets

Good night all.

8 thoughts on “A Short Trip to Barstow and Cold Weather – Arizona Lizards Usually Look for Warm Temps

  1. Tamara November 10, 2015 / 5:22 am

    I love reading your guys blog! Love forward to seeing more!! 🙂

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  2. Aunt Nikki November 5, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    Glad to see all is good. Thanks for all the info. Good thing Pepper has a fur coat. Love you

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    • arizonalizards November 5, 2015 / 6:58 pm

      Pepper loves her fur coat in the winter. The walks are shorter in the cold.

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  3. Vickie November 5, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    Enjoyed your post. I really like the pic. Glad you guys are braving the chill to come to NM.

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    • arizonalizards November 5, 2015 / 5:04 pm

      Connie says she and Pepper are braving the cold for me. I better not plan any more bird trips for a while.

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  4. Brenda Pratt November 5, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Wow. I’ve been waiting for you guys to post. Looks like all is well and you are having fun. Great post. Love the pictures too. Have fun, be good,and be careful. See you when you get back.

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    • arizonalizards November 5, 2015 / 5:05 pm

      I know we have been lax. New mexico will be nice; however it will be great to see our AZ family again.

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