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Southern California RV Adventures

There is SO much to do in Southern California! Looking back, it’s hard to believe we did it all – a common theme and feeling we’ve had while living full-time in our RV.

Since we had hit our southern terminus in San Diego (we would like to go to Mexico someday, but it wasn’t in the plan this time), it was time to start making our slow way north again…and have some more fun adventures! 

Travel Stage: After San Diego
Date Range: March 13 – April 2, 2017
Summary:  Oceanside surfing, La Jolla seals, Ocean Beach with Migratory Life, Temecula wine tasting, flying drones with Marc and Julie Bennett of RV Love.


​We left our campground outside of San Diego to move up the coastline. We found and awesome place to stay in Oceanside, CA – it was literally called “Paradise by the Sea!” Check out our campground review here.  

  We were a 5-minute walk from the beach, and a short bike ride to the Oceanside pier where we could watch the plethora of surfers and beach-goers enjoying the sunny days.   

  One of those sunny days Tom finally persuaded me to wetsuit-up and go swimming in the Pacific Ocean with him. Although it was sunny and warm, that Pacific Ocean is COLD! But we had a blast playing in the waves.

La Jolla

​We took a day trip from Oceanside to see La Jolla – the place famous for seals on their beaches! It was as cute as you could imagine. The seals of La Jolla!  

When/If you go, there is a beach that is closed off to the public so people can’t get down to the seals. Some seals go around to another beach, and while there are signs saying to leave them alone you can go right up to them. BE CAREFUL if you approach! I watched several people almost step on seals because they look like rocks or because they were backing up trying to take a picture. Please respect the wildlife! Take a picture or two, but remember not to intrude.

Ocean Beach – “Ob”

We ventured down to the hot beach town of Ocean Beach to meet up with some new friends.. We grabbed some grub and drinks and watched the sun set through the palm trees over the pier.


​The next stop was Temecula, CA, an area that is growing rapidly in its reputation of wineries and breweries. We stayed at a beautiful Harvest Host winery there! We were treated to magnificent sunsets, our first experience of jasmine in bloom (smells amazing!), and an early morning show of hot-air balloons over the vineyards right behind us!  

Balloon show out our back window! Amazing!

Harvest Hosts

If you haven’t already, you should consider joining Harvest Hosts! You’ll find unique and fun places to stay like this one (not all of them put you to work :D). Get 10% off your sign up using the promo code in the following link: ​Harvest Hosts.

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About Tom and Caitlin Morton

Tom & Caitlin Morton of Mortons on the Move gave up the stationary life for one where they are constantly on the move. They are full-time travelers, television hosts, and digital media producers.
They left their jobs, sold their house and possessions, and hit the road in September 2015 in their full-time “home on wheels”. Since then they have traveled the US, Canada, and even internationally by RV.
Now, they are Discovery Channel & PBS TV Co-stars of “Go North” on Amazon Prime Video, co-founders and instructors of RV Masterclass, and contributing authors for and an Arizona travel guide.

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Thursday 3rd of January 2019

There are plenty of nice streets, great restaurants, amazing stores. All you need is to quit the tourist path and make your own. California and Puerto Rico are two best destinations for me!


Friday 28th of December 2018

There are plenty of nice streets, great restaurants, amazing stores. All you need is to quit the tourist path and make your own. California and Puerto Rico are two best destinations for me!

Marc and Julie Bennett

Monday 20th of November 2017

Loved this post! Brought back so many memories of our own time at La Jolla - love it there. That photo of Tom in the wave is. Fantastic! He should make that his FB profile pic! And of course it was so great to Harvest Host with you at the winery in Temecula - Tom is a talented drone pilot and Marc did pick it up quickly... we love our drone, thanks! Look forward to seeing you both again “down the road”!