COVID, COVID, COVID. But, Christmas is coming, so we bought a new camper and are taking off for California.
Our first driving trip across country was the fall of 2011. We flew to California and picked up a new Dodge 3500 Ram truck and an over-the-top Lance camper. The drive back was lovely and amazing…I had never seen many of the National Parks, Yosemite, Mono Lake, Great Basin National Park, Arches National Park, then the new Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and the Cherokee National Wildlife Refugee. We drove back home to the eastern shore, pleased that we were able to make the trip with few consequences.
We bought a fifth wheel camper a couple of years later and last year we decided we would begin to fly and sold that camper.
To fulfill a promise to our grandson in California and to survive the fall and winter COVID surge, we purchased an Imagine Grand Design 22 foot travel trailer and took off December 2, in the fateful year of 2020, hoping to be in Southern California by December 20 to celebrate Christmas there.
Day 1 we left after a hectic loading of the truck, driving to the camper storage area, stowing it all, and hooking up for the first leg of the trip.
The first day’s most impressive view was the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, with its wide expanse and impressive view.
We drove down through Norfolk, getting stuck at the Downtown Portsmouth Bridge with the ramp in the up position for 45 minutes. We finally made it to Davis Lakes Campground for the night.