ESCONDIDO, CA (San Diego area) and a month of relaxation, but some fun side trips


November 20th thru December 19th will be a month will no specific plans, just relaxing and some area sightseeing.

We leave Glen Ivy Rv park in Corona for 1 hour drive to Escondido Rv Park in Escondido. This will be our home for a whole month. $1045.00, plus 45.00 for the dogs for a month. We have FHU, laundry, heated year round pool, nice showers and the best dog park we have seen yet, although the walk up the hill to dog ๐Ÿถ park is steep. The only downfall here, although beautiful landscaping and plants between neighbors, they are very close to each other.
First few days we just hang and relax, and order our turkey ๐Ÿฆƒ , already made with fixings from the grocery store. Even got to swim today.

Thanksgiving, thanks to Albertsons we have a turkey with all the trimmings.DSCN9916

Friday we head off to Grand Ave (downtown area) and walk the cute shops and antique stores.
Off to Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center, today they have a Christmas craft show. It is a cute place to visit with couple stores also. It is about 20 minute drive from RV park. Then we try our luck at casino. Bob wins $200.00, whoo whoo.
Tomorrow will be Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ decoration day and just hanging out.

Excited to see Aunt Gerry on Tuesday, November 28th.DSCN0025

We meet at beautiful Dana Harbor Point and have a delicious lunch at Harpoon Henry’s. I would definitely recommend.

You can sit inside with views or outside on patio. The food was very good. We then walked the shops and saw the seals right there in the harbor.

Cute Christmas Store in Escondido, Canterbury Gardens. Worth a stop.

Tomorrow we are off to Temecula, about 1/2 hour from Escondido RV.
Temecula Old Town, very cute. Lots of boutiques,gift shops, restaurants and bars.
Would definitely recommend a visit here. We ate breakfast at the 90 year old ,
Swing Inn Cafe , very good. The town and surrounding areas also have over 50 wineries and a few casinos. Worth a stop.

Another day trip was to Oceanside, about 1/2 hour drive from Escondido. We had a yummy breakfast at Cafe 101.DSCN0026

Then to Oceanside Pier,DSCN0031

so Bob could fish. No license is needed in California to fish off a pier ๐ŸŸ.DSCN0060



Also drove to Carlsbad and did some shopping, Antique stores and farmers market, cute downtown area.

The next few days were very scary as we are 1/2 hour away from the Lilac Wildfire as the Santa Ana winds came in. Sad day at the San Luis Rey Training Center where some of the horses died. Red flag warning for 4 days and fires partially contained. Jeep packed just in case have to leave quickly.

Over the next week we took the dogs for a ride to Shelter IslandDSCN0199

in San Diego,


the Children’s PoolDSCN0135

in La Jolla to see the seals.

A must do, so many seals


and beautiful area.DSCN0163

We continued on and saw Torrey Pines Golf ๐ŸŒ Course in La Jolla

Continued on Highway 101 and had picnic at the beach.DSCN0145

Once we reached Oceanside we headed back to Rv park for the day. Beautiful drive and nice little towns along the way. The next day Bob and I went back to Shelter Island so he could fish off the pier.

Saw the Wildfire in Tijuana, Mexico in the background. Tomorrow off to Julian.

Julian is a 1 hour drive from Escondido, and much of it is along very curvy roads to elevation of 4000 ft. Not recommended for RV, but definitely worth the trip. Julian is a historic mining town and also known for apples. Make sure to get some at Julian Pie Company apple ๐ŸŽ, delicious.DSCN0207

Very cute town and nice shops. On the way home we stopped in the town of Ramona, few shops and restaurants.

This year is the 109th year for the Newport Beach Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ Boat Parade,


with approximately 100 boats participating.

This is one thing I had planned to see and it did not disappoint.

We first stopped at Balboa Village

and walked around, then drove to Marina Park


where we had a picnic and watched the boat parade. It is beautiful and some of the boats ๐Ÿšฃ play Christmas Music as they go by. The parade runs for 5 night, with fireworks ๐Ÿ’ฅ also on the first and last night. This is a must do.DSCN0432

Afterwards we took Pacific Coast Highway and saw all the Christmas Lights throughout the towns. Also very pet friendly.

So heartbreaking.IMG_4378


This is one of many overpasses on I-15 for the five hour drive as people wait for 32 year old Cal Fire Firefighter who lost his life in the Thomas Fire to be brought home to San Diego.

He leaves behind a pregnant wife and 2 year old daughter,so tragic.

Unexpected trip to ER for Bobs kidney stones, with a 10 hour wait in the ER.

Tomorrow we head to Anaheim for Disneyland and Pasadena for Rose Parade. It’s been a nice month of just hanging and relaxing.

4 thoughts on “ESCONDIDO, CA (San Diego area) and a month of relaxation, but some fun side trips

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  1. Sounds like a good time. Hope Bob feels better and the kidney stone passes. Hope youโ€™re having fun with the family. Love you all and Happy New Year. ๐Ÿท๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿพ


  2. I’m enjoying your trip of a lifetime. Your “travelog” is fantastic. Love the pictures of the dogs. They are really thriving on this trip.. They will be bored when you get back home.


  3. Enjoy your trip. We live in Escondido and I am wondering if the following is the RV Park you were in.

    If so, we live not far from that. You saw many of the nice spots but one unique thing you didnโ€™t mention was Safari Park. It is quite unique and not just another Zoo. I know it is hard to see everything. We will be heading to Alaska ourselves in May or June. We spent part of last year traveling across Canada and back through the U.S. so I know what a great time you are having.


    1. Yes, that is where we stayed for a month. The only reason we didn’t do Safari Park (on my initial list) was the cost. I wanted to do more than the basic if I went, and it would’ve been about $150.00 each . We are on a 13 month trip, so watching the money. I want to do whale tour on San Juan Islands, and Helipcpoter/dog mushing in Alaska.


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