Tuesday, December 22, 2009

8.0 to the Beach

We wanted to get an early start yesterday so we were ready to depart our Campsite at Desert Trails RV Park in Tucson by 8:00 AM. Our target spot today was Del Mar Beach, north of San Diego on Camp Pendleton.

The slides were in, the kids were on the internet and we were about ready to get underway.After a couple of hours Pam wanted to drive, so we switched seats. The kids were comfortable where they were.

As we drove through the Arizona desert I did not expect to have so many mountain passes. Some were over 4,000 feet. (I was too busy watching to take pictures) :( We went from the desert, to mountain passes, back to sea level and drive through sand dunes before we got to California.

I was very glad to see that we averaged 8.0 MPG on our drive and have averaged 7.9 MPG since we got the fuel pump replaced in October. It seems to be working well. We stopped for fuel and dished out $240 to fill it up.

For the most part, the drive was great althought, it is always a little nerve wracking going through busy traffic. We hit I-805/I-5 in San Diego about 3:00 PM a little before rush hour.

We continued on I-5 north of Oceanside and found Camp Pendleton easy enough and went right to our campsite. We are on the beach about 150 yards from the ocean. It was pretty calm most of the evening but is WINDY at the moment.
We are going to have to nail down the mats to keep them from blowing off. We quickly found a guy selling wood and made phone call. It took him about 10 minutes to show up.
Hopefully, there will be some quiet evenings around the campfire.

And more California sunsets:Pretty spectacular, Ay?

We hope you are getting ready for a great holiday week / weekend and we want to wish everyone who reads the Roadrunner Chronicles a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thanks for viewing today's travels.


  1. Looks to be a terrific spot you have there Randy - miles of beach! Have a great Christmas!

  2. Looks like you're just about in heaven!

  3. Wow what a beautiful location to spend Christmas... What more could one want then that and your sweet family... Wishing I was there too! Have a Very Merry Christmas...

    Travel Safely
    Donna & Ralph

  4. What a beautiful sunset!! Looks like you all have a front row seat and with all that wood you should have some spectacular campfires.

    You all have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy just "being" during this wonderful time of the year. It has been a good year for us all.

  5. So you're the ones who have sent all this wind to Tucson. VERY WINDY here today. I loved your sunset photos. Tell Kelly I showed Cody her pic. well not the one where she's "glaring at Dad" for taking that pic., but others. Have a good one and thanks for blowing out early enough for us to get moved and still get to Sky Harbor in time to find our son after three days. I will expect more great pics. with that location you have - WOW