Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Midweek Camping Adventure

This week we journeyed up to our favorite campsite at Morning Star Lake Campground.
Hiking around the lake is one of our favorite activities.
The fishing left much to be desired.
Stephen's only catch, a bluegill, jumped out of the pan of lake water, right back into the lake.
(I had warned him that would probably happen.)
Although the fishing was poor, every other detail was spectacular.
Who could complain with such wonderful lakeside camping?
I roasted (and ate) a multitude of marshmallows.
Who could resist this ooey-gooey roasted goodness!
I delight in campfire cooking!
The fellows kept me well supplied in wood for my most cherished camping pastime ~
 keeper of the campfire.
We only camped two nights, so I had to get the most of my campfire.
I did not get up until 5:30 the first morning.
But I made sure to get up bright and early at 4:00 the next morning.
Everyone else soon followed.
~~~♥~~~
I ate lots of delicious food and drank lots of coffee.
I got lots of activity - first with all the lively packing for the trip and then unpacking and cleaning the van upon returning home - and then, upon arriving at the campsite: unloading the van, setting up camp, hauling water, and stacking wood, all of which included many, many trips up and down the steps leading from the parking to the campsite. Then there was plenty of recreation swimming, hiking, and canoeing.

I think that I actually lost a pound by the close of our camping adventure.
 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Breakfast

Who doesn't like leftover?
Corned beef hash with fried egg and toasted bagel -
 I'd say that's LIVING!

~ A basket of clover ~

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is a big tradition in our house.
Oh yum! 
We love this traditional meal. 

Lots of corned beef for sandwiches, 
and on Sunday,
we will be eating delicious corned beef hash.

Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Out of the Drought ~ Plenty of H20

~ All 14 Gates Open At Nimbus Dam ~

The above photos of the dam and bike trail
are taken with my cheap phone.

This footbridge is under water today...
This island is underwater...
View from the Bridge St. bike trail bridge

Thank you, LORD, for the rain!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Morning at the Museum

On a beautiful sunny day, this past Saturday,
we went downtown...
It was a free museum day, 
so we decided to check out The California Museum.

The most meaningful part of the visit was the exhibit “Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII” displaying the living conditions and daily activities of the Japanese families living there. (I should have taken a photo, but here is a link to one and here is another.) 

What made it so interesting was that we got to meet and talk to an elderly gentleman whose family was uprooted. He had no bitterness but simply said that it was just one of those things that happens in life. It was pretty special to get to meet a survivor of that time. 

Other than that, the museum was rather boring.
The only things of interest to me were...

Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones costume from
“Raiders of the Lost Ark”
(Although I have never seen any of the
Indiana Jones movies,
I found the outfit intriguing because I love adventure)...

This California Highway Patrol uniform
(only because it is so old, and you know how I like old things)...
And the diner display at the top of this post.

Oh, and one item in the gift shop caught my eye.
Alcohol flasks keyrings! Really?
Drinking and driving?
Is it even legal to have even a 1 oz. open container of alcohol in your vehicle?
If not, why is the state of California
(or the city...I don't know officially whose project it is)
selling these things?


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Midweek Trip to San Francisco

 Driving down to Vallejo on Wednesday, 
we hopped on the ferry bound for San Francisco...
 Passed Alcatraz on the way...
 Moseyed around the piers...
And found someplace to eat...


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Enjoying What's Left of the Holidays


 ~ Freshly Juiced Oranges ~

I am trying to hang on to and enjoy every precious moment I have will the children are on their break.

It has been rainy the last few days, which is really good because we had at least two week of no rain. Rain is great, firstly, because we need it, and secondly because we get to burn.

We had a long string of days without burning. I missed my fire. The only good thing about not getting to burn is it makes the wood last longer. It is usually still cold enough for a fire into March, but the wood does not last that long.