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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 163 – The Burning Desert

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Scagsdale's Tales

Sam and Erica parked their Jeep behind the livery stable, the other two Jeeps parking next to them.

“You mind if we go to the mine right now?” Erica asked. “I’m worried about Mia.”

“That was my plan,” Sam said. They started walking before the other Jeeps emptied. The streets were deserted, but Sam saw armed warriors placed at strategic points in town. They got to the mine shaft and went inside, Jules and the rest of the group not far behind them.

“Where’s Tex?” Karen asked, coming out of the shadows with Haley.

“Right behind us,” Erica said. “Don’t worry, they’re all right.”

“Where’s Anna gonna be?” Sam asked.

“The room that Susanne used before she got moved outside, I suspect.”

They hurried down the dark shaft, past the large room, which was full of the buzz of conversation.

“You can go in there now if you want,” Erica…

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Bugout! California Part 162 – Death from Above

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Sam drove the Jeep down the side of the hill, following Garrett’s Jeep, Sid and Yvonne behind them in the third. They pulled past the smoking remains of the two booby-trapped semi-trucks.

“Be careful, there might be more mines,” Ted yelled as the group gathered. The off-roaders were on the next ridge, keeping watch.

“We’re not going to learn anything from this mess,” Sam said.

“You got that right, partner,” Tex said, Jules nodding in agreement.

“You know where the tracks start up again, though, right?” Shelly asked Sid, who was staring at the ground.

“They used dirt bikes,” Sid said, pointing. “Looks like at least five. Last night, if I had to guess.”

“There’s probably still some bad guys around, then,” Yvonne said.

“That why off-roaders watch,” Jules said. “We follow tracks?”

“Yeah, but I’d better take the lead,” Sid said.

“I’m driving,” Yvonne said. He nodded, and everybody…

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Bug Out! California Part 161 – Military Vehicles

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Jules and his team were back on the road, the off-roaders ahead of them by several hundred yards, as they went up and down the hills, watching for more enemy fighters. “No more cover nearby, no?”

“Garrett said that last place was the worst,” Shelly said. “Heard him tell Sid.”

“I heard it too, little lady,” Tex said.

Ted was watching out his window. “Way to early to be relaxing, man.”

Jules chuckled. “Who say relax?”

“They’re slowing down at the next ridge,” Tex said.

“Some of the off-roaders already clear top, go past,” Jules said.

Ted nodded. “I’ll bet the ruined trucks are past this ridge.”

“Hope so, partner.”

Most of the off-roaders stopped just shy of the ridge too, waiting, listening to the engine snarl of the few who kept going.

Jules parked behind Sam and Erica’s Jeep, and everybody got out, heading to the ridge in a…

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Bugout! California Part 160 – Dirty Trucks

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Sam and the rest were pinned down behind the ridge, gunfire coming at them every few moments. They raised to return fire.

“They run us out of ammo while they come around ridge on right hand side,” Jules said, watching as Ted and Sid got out the mortars. “Mortars not solve. Most probably gone from that area.”

Ted set down his mortar and rushed over to Sam, Erica, and Tex as Jules looked on.

“How long until those off-roaders get here?” Ted asked.

Garrett looked away from the ridge. “Ten minutes, maybe fifteen or twenty.”

“We might be dead by then, partner,” Tex said. “Time to become a little more proactive.”

“Hey, recruit,” Ted said, looking at Sam. “What does this remind you of?”

“That bad spot we got ourselves out of in Afghanistan,” Sam said. “Was just thinking about that. You ready?”

“Ready for what?” Erica asked.

“We’re gonna…

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