New Assignment – Paradise, CA to Oxnard, CA

Abigail finished her assignment in Oroville, CA on Friday, the 27th, which left us with a couple of days before we needed to be down near Oxnard, CA in time for her to start on Monday the 30th. We split the drive up over Saturday and Sunday so we could take our time getting here. The drive was great and we only had one pass to cross this time, which was south of Bakersfield. Unfortunately, we are unable to get into our long term spot in Oxnard until tomorrow. In the meantime we setup camp at Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula, CA. The views are quite amazing and the time to get to Hwy 101 is not bad. We’re looking forward to getting into our spot in Oxnard tomorrow and getting a chance to put things away and settle in.


Abigail and I visited her uncle in Idaho over the labor day weekend. We enjoyed getting to spend some time walking through all of the neat small town shops with her uncle and the view that he has of Lake Pend Oreille. The cooler weather was a much needed relief from the scorching weather in Northern California.

Overlooking Lake Pend Oreille

Day 3 – Elko, NV to Paradise, CA

On our third and final day of our journey to reach California, we set out from Elko, NV for the final 450 miles of our trip. The weather was once again very good. Coupled with being the shortest distance of all 3 days, it was a very enjoyable drive, but we were definitely ready to be done driving. We traversed quite a few passes on I-80 through Nevada and California, with the tallest one near Truckee, CA but the van handled each of them great. Abigail did a great job the whole 2,000 miles following in the truck, helping make sure I could change lanes when needed, keeping an eye on all of the tires, helping scout out the next travel station and providing comedic relief over the radio. We had ourselves a convoy! Fortunately, we never made an unscheduled stop the entire duration of the trip. We arrived at our spot and got settled and then met our friends Kayla and Jarrod for a much needed dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. This picture was taken yesterday just a couple miles down the road from where we live, overlooking Lime Saddle Park and the West Fork of the Feather River.


Day 2 – Casper, WY to Elko, NV

We woke up in Casper, WY to a cool morning; we didn’t think we’d need to grab more blankets for the bed in June. After having breakfast, we set off south out of Casper on state highway 220. Even though it is a popular truck route, there were plenty of passing lanes and the road surface was in good condition. A few hours later, after weaving back and forth across the continental divide, we were westbound on I-80. Weather conditions were much better; we had clear skies and no wind for the entire 639 miles. We reached Salt Lake City around 2:30p and the afternoon was quite warm, so we stopped for a few hours to rest up a bit and started west again around 7pm. The evening sunset over the mountains was one you’ll never see in the midwest. Today we set out for our final destination, which is another 448 miles to the west in Paradise, CA. We’re looking forward to getting into the forests of Northern California and getting setup in our spot this evening.

Day 1 – Rosemount, MN to Casper, WY

Friday morning, we left Rosemount at 8am CST. We arrived in Casper, WY around 11:30MST. We battled strong winds all the way through South Dakota, averaging between 5.5 and 6.4mpg. As the evening settled in and the winds died down, we had a pleasant drive from Kadoka, SD to our destination for the evening in Casper, WY. We have another 8 hours of driving ahead of us today and then we will be within a day’s travel to our final destination. Weather this morning is cool and clear and should make for great driving. This picture was taken at Fort Robinson State Park, Nebraska as we travelled west on US 20.