Trip USA 2018 - Lancaster to Novato, CA
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Saturday, April 14 - Son Charlie and I visited the Olompali State Historic Park which is just a few miles north of the RV park in Novato. Docent Joanie Lujan provided us with a history of the site. She runs the visitor center. Very nice lady. When in the area be sure to stop for a visit.

General Information from the web site. The park overlooks the Petaluma River and San Pablo Bay from the east-facing slopes of 1,558 foot Mount Burdell. The name "olompali" comes from the Miwok language and may be translated as "southern village" or "southern people." The Coast Miwok inhabited at least one site within the area of the present-day park continuously from as early as 6,000 BC, until the early 1850s. Olompaliís serene hills and waters have been home to Coast Miwok, landed gentry, Catholic priests, a psychedelic rock band and a hippie commune.

Larry and Charlie
Docent Joanie Lujan
Charlie points out the Visitor Center
Panorama of the Burdell Mansion. Mostly destroyed by a fire. Damaged area in the upper right of the main building.
Thursday, April 12 - Mike Cox invited me to play in the 9 hole, par 3, 'Masters' tournament at Contra Costa Country Club. We played with George Bers, Peter Mankin and Bruce Cornelius. After golf we had a nice buffet dinner. Thanks Mike. Mike and I have been friends for many years - we were both members of Green Hills CC. There were a record number of 89 players. Most players bought $20 worth of raffle tickets. Bruce had his numbers called twice and won over $500. We started golf at 5:00 pm and did not finish until about 7:45 - it got very cold and windy.
Larry and Mike Cox
George Bers, Mike Cox, Larry, Peter Mankin, Bruce Cornelius
Wednesday, April 11 - At the Novato RV Park in Novato, CA in space 138 for a week. Elevation sea level. I will be visiting my kids and grandkids who live in the area.
Monday, April 9 - At The Lakes RV & Golf Resort in Chowchilla, CA for a couple days. On pad 85, elevation 259 feet. I have stayed at this nice park a number of times before. The park is associated with the Pheasant Run Golf Club. The finishing hole is quite challenging.
The Challenging par 5, 18th Hole at the Pheasant Run Golf Club - Lots of Balls in the Water
Wednesday, April 4 - At the A Country RV Park in Bakersfield, CA for a few days on pad 2. Elevation 440 feet. This park uses my web authoring software - WebInACan. I have stayed here may times before while heading north or south. I have updated their web site with lots of new photos - including this one of my rig.
Monday, April 2 - Upon leaving RCB, neighbor Mary Ann helped me hitch the car to the coach. Now I am at the Elks Lodge in Lancaster, CA in space 1 for a couple days. $20 per day. 30 amp only, water and has a dump station. I have stayed here before. It was a very windy drive from Indio. Elevation 2445 feet. I have stopped for years at Rick's Roadside Cafe in Pinon Hills and had a late breakfast. Rick has retired and moved to Georgia. The road [CA 138] was recently improved and is mostly 4 lanes now - much better.
Neighbor Mary Ann helps me hitch the car to the coach.
Photo by Cheri Nason
On the road again - Pinon Hills in the Background.

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