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Sonoma to Oregon City

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We spent a small portion of Sunday in Sonoma; another wine pick-up party with great food and great wines. Sitting outside, drinking wine, eating fun foods and listening to music is a really great way to spend a Sunday!
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And since we were going to the Sonoma square, it was a perfect time to visit the store that sells vintage style clothes. We were in the store when I was working in the area and found fun 1920’s clothes. So now it was a good time to find a dress for our Downton Abbey dinner. And I did find a wonderful dress, something Cora would wear!

From Sonoma, it was on to Oregon to visit kids. We didn’t arrive until Monday afternoon and grandkids were jumping up and down. It is fun to have someone so excited to see us. Unfortunately, that won’t last.
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But it was fun to visit, even though it was very short, with Clayton and Jen, drink a little wine and eat a nice dinner.

Posted by Miss Chris 13:12 Archived in USA Tagged children drive vintage rv outdoors grandkids wine_tasting downton Comments (0)

Preparing for Backpacking

Getting ready for a backpack trip with lots of family

We did just get home from camping, haven’t done anything about repairing the RV floor and yet here we are planning a backpack trip. We will leave next week.
Here are a few of the details: we will hike to Cottonwood Lakes, this is out of Lone Pine in the Inyo National Forest on the east side of the Sierras. There is a cutoff from this trail to Mt. Whitney if that helps. This area is south of Mammoth.

Our middle son Justin worked in this area with the CCC several years ago building trails up. We hiked back to see him at that time taking his daughter. The trail wasn’t too difficult; the biggest problem was just keeping her going. (Her bones were broken, her bones stopped working, she had no bones to walk with, and on and on)

So next week we will do a bit of a repeat trip but this time with our son, his boys 3 & 5, our adopted son Camilo and his 2 boys 12 & 14, our 13 year old grandson Elias, our 16 year old granddaughter, Belgium girl Charlotte and Dale and I.

A couple of weeks ago we did obtain our permits to hike, I got one by phone and the other on-line. I’d say that both ways are easy. A permit is $5/person thru the forest service. We were lucky in the sense that we were able to obtain permits for next Tues, as I found out there were only permits available for that day. Dale and I wanted to go in on Wed but nothing was available and actually nothing is available for some time after. I believe there are some permits for those who show up at the ranger station early, the day of their hike but we don’t want to take a chance.

We have great packs and boots but no sleeping bags since ours wore out and were given away years ago. Now we’ve been investigating bags. There are double bags, these bags zip together on the outside and there are sleeping bags that zip together. I think that we will go with the double bag so that whoever gets hot can unzip without causing the other to freeze. But when shopping just make sure that your zippers match as there are different sizes of zippers and some are on the right side some on the left of the regular bags. We will try the Big Agnes brand.

Girls do not have hiking boots and I’m really not anxious to buy some so we will see what we do about that. Our neighbor offered to loan kids’ packs and sleeping bags.

Food is going to be somewhat of an issue as I cannot eat gluten. Also with so many people packaged foods would be pricey. We will have a food powwow on Monday to meal plan and to see who buys what.

I really could kick myself for not buying an IPad also. I do not want to lug this laptop up the mountain but do want to write. My husband has suggested a pad and pencil. UGH! I have a difficult time with that as I’m trying to add and delete stuff. But I’ll see, maybe I can get my phone to work for writing too.

Posted by Miss Chris 14:15 Archived in USA Tagged children nature family camping backpacking outdoors family_travel grandkids sierras Comments (0)

A Little Celebration of Life Before the Drive Home

A "Day of the Dead" then home

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IMG_8274.jpgIMG_8275.jpgWhat a difference a couple of years made. Grandkids helped so much with the packing up. It used to be that it would take us hours to get everything together, but this time we were completely packed by 10a.m.

Before leaving all of us came together to hold a small “Day of the Dead” in remembrance of Aubrey, our little granddaughter who never got to experience camping, and my niece Heidi who died way too young. We lit a candle for the light and incense to help lift their spirits to the Great Hunting Grounds. We also hoped for the spirits to give us safe travels home.

We’d thought that we’d just take the road north to South Lake Tahoe, eat lunch and come on home. The road to Tahoe was much quicker than the one we came into Grover on so we were able to have a brunch at Harrah’s. Kids love eating at the casinos, they pile on the food and this time was no different. A little pricey though since it was a Sunday Brunch, but I made sure to have lots of champagne. We couldn’t gamble quarters though because the machines only take bills. Too bad. We’d trained the kids to walk very slowly so that we could each gamble 2 or 3 quarters and now we had no chance to win a gazillion dollars.

After we had cell service once again I text Bekki to find out how their trip home went. It seems that the Mazda died about 1 hour before they would have arrived back in Wasco. One of our “adopted sons” picked them up then came back and towed the car. So we have a broken down car and a mess in the RV.

The rest of the drive was just that, a drive.

Posted by Miss Chris 14:44 Archived in USA Tagged children travel family camping outdoors family_travel grover_hot_springs california_state_parks day_of_the_dead Comments (0)

One Last Night at Grover Hot Springs

Last night fun and reflections

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IMG_8267.jpgIMG_8272.jpgGrover Hot Springs has lots of stuff to do for all ages; rocks to climb and to watch stars by at night, trails to hike, trees to sit under with a glass of wine during the warm afternoon, a stream to play in and, of course, the pools. Kids, older and younger, have had fun walking, sleeping in late in the tent, sitting at the meadow, reading, dancing on the rocks and talking.

Clayton, Jen and their friends hiked out to the waterfall this morning 1-1/2 miles. We’d wanted to hike there but big kids weren’t awake yet and we didn’t know about walking with Zaya. When the group of friends came back they reported that the hike was not easy for kids and seemed long. So we were glad to be so lazy.

I made a bean salad from black and pinto beans, avocados, tomatoes, onions, and corn with a little lime juice for dressing. Then made a salsa from our chilies which paired with some beer made for a great lunch!

We have done nothing today. I’ve been sitting under trees sipping wine and writing blogs. Don’t know how we will make it when we return home tomorrow. The campground is mostly empty now and so quiet, more than it was before. Hate to think about leaving this place.

Tonight Dale made a last fire for the kids and they made smores while we washed dishes, it was about 9:45. Charlotte came in to find a flashlight as one kid said that they felt something brush against their leg. We found a flashlight for her and off she went. As she went around the corner of the RV all of the kids jumped out yelling BOO!. There were shrieks of laughter then and Charlotte took it all in stride. The 5 kids then all hiked up to sleep in the 4 person tent for one last night. They should be cozy.

Dale and I finished up the dishes and went to the dying fire. Moon wasn’t up yet so the stars between the silhouettes of the trees were amazing with little light pollution. We listened to the wind coming up between the trees then blowing on our faces when it reached us. We talked about camping trips we still want to take, some with grandkids and some just the 2 of us.

Now it is late, time to sleep so that we can pack up and leave in the morning.

Posted by Miss Chris 09:50 Archived in USA Tagged children night nature landscape travel family camping outdoors family_travel grover_hot_springs california_state_parks Comments (0)

Playing in Grover Hot Spring

The stream which is very cold

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IMG_8211.jpgIMG_8216.jpgNate, Bekki and Justin had to leave early in the day so we all had bacon and eggs early.

Jen and I packed up a huge lunch salad: of quinoa, sundried tomatoes, olives, onions, pesto sauce and lime juice. We also packed up cold white wine, beer, chips and salsa, water, small glass wine glasses, tablecloths, a portable table and eating utensils.

We piled into 3 cars and drove to Markleeville a small little town at the turnoff for Hot Springs Road. Just at the edge of the 2 block town you cross a bridge over a stream. There is a path to the stream, a path on each side with a nice little beach area. On one larger flat area we set up our table with tablecloth, all of the food, wine, beer buffet style. But while I was standing at the end of the table setting things up I felt something go by my foot brushing it, Nate looked down at that minute and saw a snake go by quickly. Good thing I didn’t see it because I would have screamed my head off!

Adults walked across the stream and lay on rocks while kids hopped around on rocks in the stream. The water was cold but refreshing making us ready to eat.

After lunch Nate, Bekki and Justin left for home while we went back to our campsite to relax for the afternoon. What a life!

Posted by Miss Chris 08:35 Archived in USA Tagged children nature camping outdoors grandkids grover_hot_springs california_state_parks Comments (0)

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