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Joshua Tree to LA's Dockweiler's RV Park

Thursday, March 29, 2007

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We wake up bright and early and take off for Los Angeles, but first we want to drive through Joshua Tree National Park. The area of the campground that we stayed in actually does not have any Joshua trees, so today we'll drive through the part of the park with the famous trees. There are very few cars on the road and we have a very enjoyable, scenic ride through the park.
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After the scenic ride through Joshua NP, we proceed to LA through a lot of blah-blah scenery and then onto the big LA freeways with SO MANY CARS!!! And it wasn't even rush hour.

We get through the slow-moving traffic and finally arrive at LA County's Dockweiler RV Park. We go to check in at the park and find that they have our name on the board at 3 different RV spaces. I try to convince them that we should get the space that is a front row space beside the beach, but they say that is a mistake and we need to take one of the back row spaces we've been assigned. They do NOT use computers for reservations -- it's all hand-written and they have a big whiteboard to keep track of who is in which RV space. One board space has me as C Angelman, one space has me as Claire Engelman and one space has me as C Engelman. They are getting computers next year to track their spaces. We will find that this park is unique in many ways, other than their big white board.

We get our 5ver backed into our tight space and get everything set up. We're going to be here almost 2 weeks. It's a backrow space (there are only 3 rows), but we actually can see the ocean from our dining room table :-)
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Dockweilers is basically a parking lot with full hook-ups. Trailers are close together, BUT it is right on the beach, with a wonderful bike path that goes north to Malibu and south to Hermosa Beach. It is 10-15 minutes drive from our oldest daughter's apartment in Marina del Rey.

Now the bad part of Dockweilers: it is almost directly beneath the south take-off runway of LAX. Jets take off every 3 minutes. We will find that the jumbo jets fly low and are very very loud.

We call our daughter and find that she needs to work late and then has to pack a few more things in her old apartment (she just moved to a new apartment this past week). We tell her 'no problem' and arrange to take her and her boyfriend out to dinner tomorrow night.

Posted by jengelman 08:23 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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