A Travellerspoint blog

June 2015

And the Grandkids Trip Is Rolling

Grandparents and grandkids off and rolling

As usual, the train was late in rolling away. 2 hours later than we’d hoped to leave but finally what was left behind was a done deal.

Our first destination was Foresthill, a small town in the forest Northeast of Sacramento. We had promises of grilled steaks, corn on the cob and potatoes. Our friend, Julie, only recently purchased her home and was proud of the fact that it had covered RV parking. We were to be the Guinea pigs.

Due to the late start, and of course major road work we found that it was nearly dark when we arrived in Foresthill. As the name implies, she lives in the Forest and on a hill.

Once at Julie’s house it turned out the drive was too steep to turn into, the bed of the truck would need to dig into the 5th wheel and tree branches were hanging too low on the other driveway. But the covered RV space looked really nice from the deck.

Julie suggested the nearby grocery store for parking and we were all goo.

Back at the house nestled in the woods we made life better with some Iron Horse Champagne and good red wine, not to mention lots of food. The potatoes were sliced before bbq’ing, something I’ve not tried before. Hopefully she will share her secret.

So far we have forgotten: the Twinkles water and food dishes, the drain hose for the RV and Zaya’s regular shoes. More stops will need to be made for sure.


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Shopping for the Big Time

Getting Ready to Leave


2nd stop with Zaya was Costco. As it turned out our son ran really late so we had little time to shop on Friday, which was fine. Saturday morning we left and ran to a big box store where they had the $1. bin. We bought out the glow bracelets, glow sticks and bubble guns. Then it was Costco, right when the store opened.

Our list was long; fun cereals, fun treats, 1 of each selection of leggings, books, activity books and on and on. The cart was full, stuffed, but Zaya, ever the brave little shopper, wanted to fill it so full that she couldn’t push it. Fortunately, we were out of space, items falling out, and we had to stop shopping. Alas….

There’s a ton of stuff to pack up this morning. We need to leave late morning so don’t have much time. 2 loads of laundry left. Empty the fridge into the RV, clothes and stuff: find a place to stuff them!

On the back seat of the truck will be Kerby in his cage, Twinkle, Zaya and her activities. I have 3 claims to finish bits and pieces on so will have my work- station in the passenger seat and Dale drives.

Off to get this train ready to roll.

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The Granddaughter Trip

Planning a trip with our granddaughter.

This upcoming trip is different in that we will bring only 1 grandchild and it is really a first long “Grandkids Trip” for her. We’ve done short trips but always included the other young cousins.

Our granddaughter is so excited about this trip and is, according to our daughter-in-law, counting down the days.

We’ve been thinking of how we can tailor our trip more to our granddaughter. I told our son that I thought she might like Mt. St. Helens. His response was that she’d love it. She has asked him every so often when they might go to a volcano. After I told her that we’d visit a volcano she was telling anyone who could hear about how she was going to visit a real volcano. Guess that settled that question!

I’ve also thought that it might be fun to go to tea in either Banff, Lake Louise or Vancouver. Tea and little sandwiches, she will believe she is a princess.

We are looking forward to spoiling our granddaughter completely and then she can go home! That is what grand parenting is all about.

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Summer 2015 is Vacation Time

Planning another trip

Work has been all-consuming for so many months. But that will mostly be behind us now, at least very soon. I’ll try to write about working in Boston, saying goodbye to a friend one last time, and other stories. Maybe they will come out now. Sometimes it is too difficult to write in the middle of the experience.
For now Dale and I have been home for about 1-1/2 weeks. Dale has been working on getting the truck ready and now the RV ready for the long journey we are about to leave on. I’ve been working, what else do I do?

The plan is that we will pack up our 7-year old granddaughter, dog, chinchilla, us and leave Monday a.m. not to return until Aug 3rd and then only for a couple of days.

We will go north, where we thought it would be cooler but now hear that a heat wave will be sitting on the west coast. Oh well, at least we will be on vacation.

The plan is to head to wine country to pick up shipments of wine from various wine clubs, camp in Bend OR with family, Mt. St. Helens, Seattle, Vancouver, Banff, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Glacier National Park, hiking with grandkids and son(s) in the Sequoias, Petaluma for the fundraiser horse show then home for 2 days.

I’ve got the schedule into a spreadsheet but need to start planning food and maybe even campsites would be good to plan.

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