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About Bob

I'm just a guy living the dream in Redondo Beach, CA. After putting in 30+ years at a large aerospace company, I am now retired, and can do what I'm interested in. My main interests are writing and music. I'm a cellist and play with local amateur Symphonies and Theater groups. I've also got the urge to wander with my lovely wife Laura. This blog is going to be mainly about our travels via RV and other means. I'm sure I'll flesh this out more as time goes on.

Bugout! California Part 84 – Flight into the Back Country

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Sam was asleep in his tent, the breeze slowly swaying it. He could hear others around him, breathing, some snoring. Footsteps approached in the sand.

“You awake?” a woman’s voice whispered.

“Yeah,” Sam said. “Erica?”

“Yep,” she whispered. “Want to take a walk with me? I can’t sleep. You can’t either.”

“How did you know that?” Sam asked, unzipping his tent. He stuck his head out.

“You were breathing normally,” she said. “I’ll leave if you don’t want to come.”

“No, it’s fine,” Sam said. “Got to put my pants and shirt on, though.”

“I’ll wait, unless you need help.”

Sam chuckled. “No, I think I can handle it”

He emerged from the tent in the dim moonlight. She was standing, her long black hair blowing in the breeze.

“Hi,” she said, smiling at him.

“Didn’t expect to see you until tomorrow morning,” he said as he stood next to…

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Bugout! California Part 83 – Los Gatos Vineyards

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Kaitlyn and Seth walked quietly into the big house and up the stairs. It was getting late. Seth opened the door for Kaitlyn, closing it behind them after they walked inside.

“Okay, Seth, I need you to tell me now that we’re alone. Are you really ready for this?”

“I wasn’t lying out there,” Seth said, his arms circling her waist, pulling her closer. They kissed, Kaitlyn breaking it before Seth was ready.

“Don’t change the subject,” she whispered. “Are you really ready? Do you really want me?”

“You can’t tell?”

“I think I can, but this is a big deal. It’s our whole lives. I don’t want to do this more than once.”

He kissed her forehead and then released her from his embrace. “Sit down. Let’s talk this out.”

She nodded and sat on the bed, Seth sitting next to her.

“Thanks,” she said.

“Are you having doubts?”

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Bugout! California Part 82 – Lights on the Dark Road

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Shelly watched the dark, scary road unfolding before the coach, glancing at Jules every few minutes, his concentration a comfort to her. When he glanced back at her, she looked away quickly. Stop that.

“How you do?” Jules asked. “Tired?”

“I’m fine,” she said. “You handle this coach well.”

“Others too,” Jules said. “I took lead to keep speed down. Not because good driver.”

“At least we’re next to the hillside going this direction, not that cliff. There’s not even a guard rail in some spots.”

Jules snickered. “It’s dark. That better, can’t see. That cliff is steep.”

“We’ve been on the road for almost an hour,” Shelly said. “How much further?”

“Two hour more,” he said.

“We’re going past Los Gatos, then?”

“No, we go roundabout way to get to Highway 17 corridor. Enemy base in industrial complex. Control for San Jose area and roads into San Francisco controlled…

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Bugout! California Part 81 – Interstate 8

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Ji-Ho sat on the veranda, trying to deal with the pain in his gut. It was happening more often now. Throbbing pain, making him feel faint, then slowly going away. So far it hadn’t hit him during a battle, but still, it made sense to start off-loading more and more to Kaylee and Trevor. He knew he’d have to tell Kaylee eventually. That scared him, but not as much as the other part. Not as much as what happened to her parents.

Clem and John walked over together.

“Ji-Ho, you’re still up?”

“Yes, am,” he replied. “Have seat. Want drink?”

“I’m staying on the wagon,” John said. “Promised. Just as well anyway. Seems like we’re always right on the verge of an attack. It’s dangerous not to have a clear head these days.”

Clem sat on a chair next to the rail, opposite of Ji-Ho, facing the house. “I’m actually…

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