For the past 6 years I've been living in the Central (Southern) part of California. I've been working as a mechanical designer, machinist and maintenance technician and for the most part loving life. Certain parts of California are nearly impossible to settle down in, especially if you are blue collar and single. For the past two years I've been looking to buy a 2-3 bedroom house in the City of Ventura, CA but for $350K a fixer upper with no land just is not my style. Over the past 2 months I've been working on selling my stuff, moving out, breaking up, quitting and all the stuff that goes with leaving everything behind and heading out into the unknown to not only travel through our great country but also spend some time to reflect on what is important to me before settling down in a place that I will love. I have left Ventura yesterday 10/8/2012 around 3pm and headed North to Santa Margarita to stay with a couple good friends. On my way in to town a guy had dropped his trailer on the freeway so I was happy to help with my handyman jack in hand, got him going in about 10 minutes. The second I got there we had to head straight back out to rescue my friends wife who had been trying her hand at his 1985 Toyota 4X4, needless to say I didn't need to use my winch. The night was filled with laughter, wild shrimp picatta and Budweisers. The first night in my camper was great. The following day I woke up around 8 am, got some coffee with Keith and walked about his property. His wife made breakfast, eggs, bacon, sausage and toast, none of which great for my cholesterol but a meal fit for a king. After breakfast we got to going and took out Keith's choppers for a ride into Pozo, Santa Margarita lake and surrounding areas. We had a blast. Tonight will be dinner with his fam and more good times.