Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sooooo, what do we think?


7:03 am - Sunday - San Benito RV & Campground Resort -  49º F, humidity 65%, wind 1 mph out of the north northeast.....partlly cloudy.........forecast high is 72º F.

So, now that we are contemplating moving to San Benito RV & Camping Resort (waiting for approval) what is it like, and what is the area like?  Well, SB (San Benito) is located near Paicines, CA, just 10 miles south of Hollister, CA in San Benito County........ is near Pinnacles National Park, one of the newer National is just a 90 minute drive from Monterey and Santa Cruz, 30 minutes to Gilroy where there is a COSTCO, and 45 minutes to Morgan Hill where there is a Trader Joe' favorite haircut place, Supercuts, is 15 minutes away in Hollister.......

.....and near Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, a popular offroad area......

......and just a few miles west of SR-25 which runs from Gilroy, CA (Garlic Capital of the world) southeast where it intersects with SR-198, which ultimately connects you to either I-5 or US-101......

.....this is largely an agricultural area made up of rolling hills dotted with farms, ranches and vineyards.......

 Paicines Reservoir

.......there are a number of good local eateries, and Hollister sports several brew pubs, Grillin' & Chillin' being the most highly rated at 4.5 stars on 55 reviews.......

.......we had lunch there on Friday, and loved their apps, brews (40 on tap) and pub food.

San Benito RV & Camping Resort sports 20 cabins/cottages.....we are staying in a cabin which is almost identical to the cabins we have at TVC.  Initially we were going to spend 1 to 2 nights here at San Benito, and then travel up to Yosemite Lakes for a couple of days before returning to TVC, but we fell in love with SB, and the surrounding area, and decided to spend our 4 day hiatus getting to know the park, personnel, and the surrounding area.

Our cabin, 'Peacock', is on the left

Saturday we drove up to Gilroy, CA to check out the 'outlet' is quite large, had lunch at a local Subway, then on our way out of town stopped off at the local Goodwill, and guess what we found?

TLE donated this hat several years ago to the Goodwill in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and there it was Saturday sitting with a bunch of other women's hats with the same scarf TLE wrapped around it about 20 years ago in the Gilroy, CA Goodwill.  This hat was purchased about 26 years ago prior to our 20th wedding anniversary trip to Kauai.   She was tempted to buy it, but ultimately decided to let it keep that cool, or what?  

We stopped off in Hollister on the way back to check out the Goodwill there, bought some glassware, and while I got a haircut at Supercuts, TLE shopped at the local Knobb Hill supermarket (part of the Raley's chain).  We were back home by 3 pm first taking naps, then relaxing outside on the porch as the sun set in the east.......

.......this park is so quiet.....even on a Saturday afternoon.  Right now they are about 70% occupied.  There are 620 sites here scattered over hundreds of acres.  We can see ourselves spending the rest of the summer season here just being 'worker bees', making new friends and exploring the area, including the coastal area, which is not far away.  So, here's hoping we get approved for this transfer.....we won't know until next week sometime.

This four day break from TVC has brought some perspective back, as well as peace of mind.  We are looking forward to this new chapter in our lives......

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful area, nothing quite like moving around, and enjoying different areas too.

  2. I enjoy your honest blog. Have you guys talked about downsizing, fully retiring, and just travel?

  3. Hi Clarke! I've read your latest posts with interest. Perspective is everything. But so is leadership and management. In this life of full-timing, isn't it wonderful that we have wheels?! Your story is not uncommon, but it's really a disheartening considering you and TLE have given it your all! Wishing you both the best in your next adventure!

  4. Me again, Clarke. What timing - this link is from another full-timing blogger. I really think you will find it interesting!

  5. Good luck with your new adventure. I had to go back a few days to catch up on my reading and finding out about your move.