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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)

A Hard Night In Grover Hot Springs

And a visit to the hot springs

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IMG_8193.jpgIMG_8253.jpgOur run of luck, or rather no luck, has passed on to Clayton and Jen. Apparently their blow-up mattress deflated in the night so that their butts were dragging on the ground, Zoey woke up at 10p.m. and screamed until 2a.m. however I didn’t hear any of it, and then Zoey head butted Jen giving Jen a horrible black eye and swollen cheek. Poor Jen was in pain and all of them were so tired by morning. We did tease Jen about getting into fights.

Nate, Bekki, Elias and Justin were to arrive early this morning we thought so we were waiting, leaving notes on where we’d be, that sort of thing. Since there is no cell phone signal at all we could not rely on text to keep in touch. We are roughing it!!
Kids really wanted to go swimming so this was a good time to do that.

A little bit about Grover Hot Springs: The campground is at the end of Hot Springs Road. It consists of the campground, a cold pool (75-80F) and a hot springs which is about 105F. The pools are connected by a walkway so you can go from one to the other. The hot springs is a mineral pool so it is green in appearance. The drawback is the price so that it cost us about $40.

The girls had walked up to the pool from our campsite, about .3miles yesterday but today we thought we’d just drive. We sat in the hot springs for about an hour while kids ran back and forth between the cold and hot pools. A breeze came up and made everything way too cold.
I did find a pay phone at the visitor’s center to call Bekki on and since I hadn’t used one in probably 20 years I didn’t even know how to use it at first. They were close, had a flat tire the night before so had to return to their house and buy tires this morning.

Nate, Bekki, Elias, Justin and Izzy (Christabel’s friend) arrived late afternoon and we had a regular family gathering!

Posted by Miss Chris 14:12 Archived in USA Tagged children nature family camping rv outdoors family_travel grover_hot_springs california_state_parks Comments (0)

A Quiet 4th of July at Grover Hot Springs

Camping at Grover Hot Springs. This post is late as there is no cell phone or internet service at Grover Hot Springs.

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Wednesday morning, July 4th, Grover Hot Springs, CA and the adventure just keeps going!

We arrived at the nice early hour of 3a.m. having driven over a great cut off, Highway 89 from the 395. We drove over an hour at 20 mph for the last stretch. We had a full moon so we could see some of the landscape and it looked like we would like it in the day light, but who knows. So yes, we arrived at the campground at 3a.m. but we couldn’t ever get this RV into our site, I mean never! We drove around the campground and found empty sites but nothing we could get into so finally by 3:30a.m decided to just park by the visitor’s center and go to sleep.

We got up at 7:30a.m when we heard voices outside the RV. I went out and found the ranger told him our story and he was sympatric. He gave me the 2nd site number of mine and said to just park in either one we could get into. The 2nd site was narrow with rocks on each side and a tree on each side at the end of the drive. Dale worked for quite some time maneuvering the RV into the site so that we could use the slide out and not hit anything.

The biggest problem has been the RV batteries which seem to have a major issue. We have no hookups and so are dependent on batteries to keep the fridge going, our main concern. We also would like to use the water pump and lights but those are not so critical. Our neighbor has been very generous in letting us use his generator to charge the batteries and Dale cleaned the connections so we will see if this helps.

Clayton and Jen arrived by 2p.m. and were directed to the spot next to us, not really their spot but easy enough for all of us. Zaya ran over with all of the doll stuff in hand ready to play with Zoey and they didn’t stop until dinner. Older girls were climbing rocks and exploring the campground. At one point we found Sunny, the 16 year old, sitting on a bench at the edge of a meadow just taking it all in.

The campground has lots of trees, over 100 years old as per the ranger. Apparently this area was clear cut to power the saw mills and was replanted. Trees are big but not huge. The campground is in a hilly and rocky area so that some sites are in valleys and some on the hills. There are at least 2 meadows that we’ve seen so far and saw a deer run across the one across the road from our site.
Posted by Miss Chris 07:50 Archived in USA Tagged landscapes children family camping family_travel grandkids grover_hot_springs california_state_parks Comments (0)

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