The trip to Pomona outside LA was through the Central Valley – continuing our tour of vast produce growing areas. It was also very hot so we used the pool upon arrival at the park. We did not plan to visit downtown so staying outside in Pomona worked well. We had dinner with Rick's cousin Paul and his partner Jimmie at a cute Italian place in LaVerne one night, and I had lunch with another friend from high school – Linda – we showed off the coach and then had lunch in Claremont at Union on Yale where the menus were in record album covers 😍
We also had a fab day trip to Long Beach with a seafood lunch at the Parkers Lighthouse Restaurant at the marina. We saw the huge Queen Mary undergoing her refurbishing in her now permanent residence along the cruise port. Also watched a big Carnival cruise ship loading passengers for a Baja cruise. It's a beautiful port and the last time we'll see any ocean until we are in Galveston in October. This is another area we would return to next year – we'd try to stay at the RV park down along the harbor.
Our visit was marred by the theft of Rick's bike from back of coach where it was locked up with mine during one night. We had a very good experience with Officer Howard of the Pomona Police who responded to our resort – she loved our home on wheels too – but knew it was in the wind most likely. The next early morning the police responded again – this time to help corral a bear who sauntered through the RV park. Wildlife specialists joined and they affected a safe capture and ultimate relocation. RV Yogi Bear was at least 350 pounds and was not riding the missing bike. It seems when it's very hot the bears come down from the mountains looking for swimming pools to cool off. He was a big un!
Our stay ended and with temperatures going higher we headed to the desert – Palm Springs & Joshua Tree National Park. But first a side trip to San Clemente to have Girard techs fix our back awning.