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So I wanted to write a blog post about our trip over from TN to CA. It was interesting to be sure. Some of you might know, some of you might not. We have two cars. No truck. I know to some that may sound completely ridiculous but for our family, now it’s what we and I will give you the information. I have the number of the guy from the company we worked with and I was VERY pleased with his service through the whole thing. We decided when we got the RV that paying for a truck we wouldd use every 1-3 years wasn’t worth it. We could pay less to have the RV moved professionally than it would cost to buy a truck (this included gas, insurance, and payment). So Michael and I drove both cars, one behind the other. We used two-way radios I purchased on Amazon to keep in communication. This was really nice especially when we were in the mountains and the signals on our phones constantly went in and out. We took I-40 all the way over until we hit California.
We traveled across country in 2 cars and with 3 cats and 2 dogs. Lese was in the car with Michael and I took Tucker and the cats. I found this really cool folding soft sided dog carrier that wound up working out perfectly! I was able to place the litter box along with their food in here. And yes they all fit and got along well. With the dogs towards the beginning of the trip we got dog beds for them for the front seats. It helped because that way they could have a comfortable place to lay down other than our laps. Plus it helped Lese calm down. She doesn’t like car rides very much. I took this picture of Tucker with my blanket I got at rest stop that had a cool little store in it. This was one of our stops in NM.
When we hit Flagstaff, AZ we ran into some weather. Up on the mountain the snow was coming down pretty hard and the wind was blowing all over! I had to slow down to 55mph just so I didn’t feel like I would fly off the road. I had a death grip on the steering wheel. We stopped in Flagstaff at the Petco for some dog food and cat litter. This is where we fell in love with Ygritte. I totally wasn’t expecting to be adding a cat to the mix during our travels. Although it was absolutely beautiful there! Michael told me he wanted to just stay there! That that was his type of living. The roads were a little icy though.
One of the unexpected things we ran into was how cold it was. I was totally expecting once we got past Texas it would be nothing but warm weather. I mentioned it to the lady at the front desk when we checked into the hotel one night and she said warmer weather would come once we got over the mountains and into California. She was right!
I’m sure some of you are wondering where we managed to stay during this trip with all the animals. Well first I recommend using this site called BringFido.com I have the phone app on my phone just for these types of situations.
We spent the first few nights in Red Roof Inn’s. We didn’t tell anyone in any of the hotels about the cats. We kinda just snuck them in worried we’d get rejected staying at said hotel/motel if we told them how many animals we had with us. Some places have 2 animal limits, some have size restrictions and some you can bring your pets, multiples of them, if you pay an pet fee for each one. Those hotels charge an Un-Godly amount of money to bring your animals with you though. Once we got past Oklahoma the Red Roof Inn’s started disappearing. We then started using Motel 6’s. I know what your thinking and yes we managed to get one with a room that wasn’t so nice. It had this smell to it like sanitizer or cleaning spray but I couldn’t where it was coming from which is very strange because I have a nose like a hound dog. I took a shower hoping to clear whatever was in my lungs causing me to cough. I had been on a coughing spree since we got everything put in the room. I got out of the shower and walked past the bed to get my clothes from the suitcase. I turned and smelled it. PEE! Dog PEE! I knelt and smelled the end of the bedspread and discovered it seems they hadn’t washed the cover at all! And I knew it wasn’t my dogs who did it because they were wearing their diapers. Then I smelled the bedspread some more and figured out that chemical stench that was filling the air was actually the bedspread. They apparently had sprayed the comforter with Lysol or something similar. I immediately took them off the beds and threw them in the corner. That really helped clear the air out. So Yes, we did stay the night and in the same room. But luckily that was our only negative experience during our trip. When I looked up hotels/motels to stay in during our trip a lot of the “pet policies” were vague and Bring Fido said to always call and double-check with the hotel/motel on their specific rules and regulations. A lot of the hotels/motels that allow pets ask you to not leave them alone in the room at any time. This wasn’t an issue until we reached Monterey. We stayed in a Motel 6 near downtown for 2 nights while waiting to get our RV leveled. The last day when we came and got everything set up Michael went back to check on the animals. The front staff came up to him and said one of our dogs had been barking a lot since we left. So at that point in time instead of staying an extra night Michael, the sweetheart that he is, just put them all in the car and brought them over with our stuff back to the rig.
So now we are finally settled in California. (It’s Feb 2017) It took us about a week to get everything set up and I even managed to drag out the Christmas decorations for the holidays. We are staying at a wonderful park called Carmel by the River. It’s family owned and very quiet. It’s 6 miles from a dog friendly beach which is wonderful for us. For those military families it’s also only about 15 minutes away from the base, Presidio of Monterey. The traffic isn’t bad here. The locals will tell you it gets crazy but compared to Atlanta it’s nothing. Even at rush hour. Although I will admit people drive here like they do in Atlanta so it’s good to have some defensive driving experience. There are a lot of curvy roads and people drive very fast on them. But we have slowly learned how to keep up with the rest of the crowd.
We did have a small scare about a month into staying here. We wound up getting a lot of rain. A lot more than they are used to. Apparently more than it had in the last 20 years! Last time it flooded Carmel was back in 1997. We were woken up by a knocking on our front door at 1am in the morning. Everyone was moving to higher ground. We got things closed up and wound up moving to a higher space in the park and setting back up. Did I mention it was raining at this time too? Not hard but enough to make it even more of a pain. I show the spot we moved to in one of my Instagram videos. It was nice because the dog walking spot was right outside our door so I could just let the dogs out although it wasn’t as level as the place we had been in. We stayed there for about 3.5 weeks and after the rain subsided we moved back down to our previous spot.
Here are some pictures of the view from our spot. It is really stunning here all nestled in the mountains ! Very lush and green!
We plan on being here at least a year or so. Really around 14 months while hubby completes training. I plan on getting a job and spending time working on fixing up the rv, spending time with the furbabies and working on my blog.
Plan on coming out this way to CA? Write a comment below or email me. I’d love to meet some of my followers!