Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Day in the Life - Port Hueneme, CA

I thought I'd try to describe what our days are like here in Port Hueneme.  Over the last four years, we know that many of our friends and family kinda know what we do, but not really most of the time.  I'd say we are not too much different in what we do compared to our other RVing friends, but I'd say there are a fair amount of our family and friends who really could not describe a typical day in our life.

A lot depends on whether or not we are in an area with friends or family.  Here in Port Hueneme, that is not the case.  We are don't really know anyone.  Although we did meet John and Pat who are the new campground hosts.  And we met Randy when he joined us on a few holes on the back nine last Friday.  But other than that, we are here on our own.

So no family and/or friends with us.

Another consideration is whether or not we are here because we wanted to see a specific place.  Like the beach, or a museum or a Presidential Library.  And yes, we picked this area because we wanted to see the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library which is about 30 miles away from our campground in Port Hueneme.

Here's a list of what we (I) did yesterday:

Got up about 4:05.  I am an early riser.  I usually get up between 4:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.  The last few weeks, rising time has been closer to 4:00 a.m.

I usually fix some coffee (and use my new coffee cup warmer which we got at Fry's Electronics last week) and do some reading, reflecting and planning my day.

Then about 5:15, it was off to the gym.  The gym on base is fairly small, but has all the equipment one needs to get the job done.  I worked on stretching, used a 'foam roll' and did a lot of ab exercises.  In the last couple of weeks, I have come to appreciate the foam roll.  It is my personal version of a massager.  I put it under my legs, side etc and use the weight of my body and roll on it slowly.  This basically sets me free ~ like mucho pain and agony!  Pain as in no-gain-no-pain, not injury-myself pain.  Almost like massaging the lactic acid out of my muscles.  Or something like that.  It definitely rubs the soreness out and after a couple of days, I feel like it really helps.

Another thing I have been working on is leg lifts and core exercises.  My lower back is not the strongest and as long as I take it slow, I figure it has to help in the long run.  My theory is that my sore lower back is due to weak abs and core muscles.

After the gym, it was over to Starbucks about 6:15.  I decided a few weeks ago that I want to make some progress in a couple of online courses that I have signed up for.  One is Photography and another is learning more about Google Analytics.  So yesterday I used the ATT network at Starbucks and went through another 50 minute module.

I got back to the campground about 7:35.  Pam was up and had cooked some sausage and eggs for breakfast.  We watched some news and I answered email.

About 8:30, we discussed our planning again for the winter stops in the coming months.  We know we would like to be in the San Diego area for Thanksgiving and Christmas and in Quartzite Arizona for the yearly January RV boondocking (dry camping extravaganza).   Then in the Spring, we want to be in the Mesa/Scottsdale area for Major League Baseball Spring Training.

For our time in Southern California, we have decided on March AFB FamCamp - Riverside, Seal Beach (Sea Breeze Military Campground) - Long Beach area and Admiral Baker (Navy Campground) - San Diego.

After our time in Southern California, head over to Quartzite, Arizona.  We need to find the group of Tiffin Owners and hang out with them like we did four years ago.  After that, we will head back to familiar surroundings in Tucson at Davis-Monthan AFB for the month of February.  We can't make reservations there, so we will just so up, spend some time in overflow and make our way into full hookups.

In March, we want to see if we like the large RV 'snowbird' type of parks in Mesa.  We reviewed about a dozen parks and read comments before we finally made reservations at Mesa Regal RV Resort.  We also made reservations at the Catalina State Park north of Tucson (Oro Valley) for the first couple of weeks in April.  All that research, calling places and scheduling took a little while before we pulled the trigger.

Around 11:00, I went over to the Port Hueneme Post Office to see if I had a package.  No dice.  I ordered some items from SMI (our auxiliary braking system) and had it sent it to General Delivery.  I will have to go back in a couple of days.

While I was doing that, Pam took off on a bike ride.  The base has some nice low traffic roads not far from the campground over by the golf course and she took out over there.  She was back by the time I returned from the Post Office.

About 11:45 ish, we had lunch at the RV.  And then about 12:30, we drove out Simi Valley to see the Ronald Reagan Library and museum.  What a great place that is! (More about that on another post.)

We got back about 4:30 p.m. and vegged out for a while.  We watched some TV and read (East of Eden) before I put some fish on the grill and had dinner about 5:30.

We had a quiet evening and watched Monday Night Football which was a real snoozer for the most part.  Pam went to bed about 9:00 pm or so.  I read some more and then woke up in the chair before I also went to bed and called it a night shortly after 9:30.

That was our Monday in Port Hueneme Navy Campground!  Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles today.  Until next time...


  1. We were in Port Hueneme for about a year working on the campground expansion. Hope it is open by now!

    1. The campground looks great! Very nice here. Sadly, the expansion ran into internet or electricity problems and they are trying to get a new contract let for it.

  2. Sounds like a pretty great day to me....Then again..ANY day in our Hiker is a great day!

  3. I was a Navy Seabee and was stationed with NMCB11 which was there on the Port Hueneme base.. We flew out from Point Magu in route to Viet Nam.. Later upon our return we decommissioned 11 there at the base... Its interesting that 11 is now recommissioned at Gulfport, Ms...

  4. Christmas in San Diego sounds wonderful. With Baker being on a golf course, you should be in heaven.

  5. Sounds like a typical "fulltiming" day for us with the exception of getting up so darn early. Not an early morning person here. Hope to see you guys in Quartzsite in January. We'll be spending at least a few days with the Tiffin group.

  6. I sure wish nieces of retired U.S.A.F. Generals would be allowed to stay on base. lol. You have described some really nice places.

    We will be in Quartzsite in January. If you find out about the Tiffin meet-up, please post!

    By the way, how is your son doing. I think of him often.