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A Cold Pre-Easter Oregon Beach

Celebrating Easter, having fun at the State Beach


It was cold and cloudy on Saturday morning but kids work up early and started playing outside as if it were a warm summer day. We had 5 young grandkids camping: 3 boys – 3, 6 and 8; and 2 girls: 4 & 5.

The 5-year old quickly started taking the 4-year old around the campground, sometimes carrying her. The 4-year old seemed to be happy for the attention of a little girl, instead of dealing with her 2 brothers. The girls walked, holdings hands, talking and talking and talking.

Meanwhile, the boys found a sand hill behind the campground. All 3 were happy to dig and play in the sand.
Mid-morning we all walked down to the beach but not together. Christine and I left a bit later than the rest and we ended up north of everyone.
But a walk down the beach and there were kids running in the freezing water, boys with their shoes on even. They didn’t last long and were soon huddling by a log shivering. Fortunately, we’d told Justin to bring clothes for them so he arrived with clothes and immediately took them back for warm showers.
As Sunday was Easter, Jen had suggested that we have an egg hunt on Saturday, as we’d all be leaving on Sunday. And Jen being Jen had made an Easter basket for each kid.

Jen and Zoey had stuffed plastic eggs, some with chocolates and some with other things. As it turned out, Christine had done the same thing so we had double the eggs for kids. While kids ran amuck Jen hid the eggs.

This was Cassie’s first Easter, she and Christine only arrived from China last year. Cassie wasn’t sure about the Easter basket but as soon as the other kids started showing her the treats Cassie was fitting right in.
Kids had their egg hunt. Before hiding the eggs again, they made sure to eat all of the candy. They shared the next egg hunt but not the treats!
Kids did not ask to go to the water again, they instead had fun riding bikes and scooters around the campground, where it was warmer. And adults and kids played Frisbee on the large grassy area.

It was an early to bed for kids giving the adults a nice wine time. We don’t know when we will all be together again and Dale and I treasure these times.

Posted by Miss Chris 20:58 Archived in USA Tagged nature walking beach oregon camping rv outdoors grandkids south_beach oregon_beaches Comments (0)

Oregon In the Springtime

Back to Oregon, work and play


We’ve been to the Oregon Coast before, but it was years ago, when we took Dale’s parents to a family reunion in Coos bay. We haven’t been back even though it was quite beautiful.

Our daughter-in-law, Jen decided that they would camp at South Coast for a weekend. She invited our other 2 boys and Dale and I and we decided to make a trip of it.

We thought that we’d go to Jen and Clayton’s on Wed, then help them with chores, kids and cooking. Then, on Friday, we’d go on to the coast where we’d camp with the kids. On Sunday, we’d leave the campground and head on over to Ft Bidwell to help out Christabel with her café.

First, we had a long, really long, day’s drive. We made it to a campground near Oregon City by 9pm where we camped overnight. Then off to Clayton/Jen’s by 7am Wed morning.

For the next 2 days, we babysat, did chores, cooked and watched our granddaughter on her horse.
Then on Friday, to get the kids out of the house so Jen could pack their RV, we took the 2 kids to a park we’d not been to, the Mary S. Young State Park.

The park has a playing field, a dog park and trails to hike. Dogs are welcome on the trails too. The trails are mostly dirt, but there is a paved walkway as well.
We took snacks and stopped along a spot where we could see the river. Kids ran, Twinkle ran, and we did our best to keep up. This was a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Posted by Miss Chris 20:15 Archived in USA Tagged walking travel oregon death_valley outdoors grandkids grandkids_travel death_valley_national_park mary_s_young_state _park Comments (0)

Last Trip into Death Valley

One more trip into Death Valley. This time with grandkids, to pick up our RV


The plan was to return to Death Valley, with our daughter-in-law and grandkids in tow, look at wildflowers and then tow our RV back home.

We finally picked up our truck and returned to Death Valley on Tuesday. It was dark, kids ran amuck while we made dinner. The kids found a dark place to view the sky and we walked out, unaided by flashlights, to star gaze.

I woke up early, wanting to have clearer skies. The sun was just coming up and the sky was a brilliant red. We woke up kids and drove out to the wildflowers. It had only been 2 days but already there were less flowers.

Kids ran all over, finding flowers and rocks while we cooked breakfast. This time, breakfast was a bit more challenging as we’d forgotten our camp stove. We remembered that we had our smaller bbq in the back of the truck so hauled it out and into the field of flowers. We did find that we could make breakfast over the bbq, but then my dad used the BBQ when we went camping. Of course, we had to have a little Champagne with OJ.

From breakfast, we drove down to the Artist Drive. We wanted for kids and Christine to see the beautiful colors. We stopped at several places where kids could run and we could all hike.

We had toyed with the idea of stopping at the Visitor Center so kids could earn their Jr. Ranger badges. As we got closer to Furnace Creek the water temp on the truck went sky high. We were so over this!

Fortunately, we coasted into the Furnace Creek area with a gas station and a mechanic was on duty. Dale stayed with the truck while Christine (our daughter-in-law) and 3 grandkids went off to the Visitor’s Center.

We picked up the Jr. Ranger booklets and visited the Visitor Center, learning about people who lived in the area and how they lived. We then sat down and completed the booklets. Each kid earned their Jr. Ranger badge, took their oath and proudly wore their badge.

In the meantime, the mechanic found that a little ring had been left off, or it fell off when our cracked water
hose was changed. Fortunately, the mechanic replaced the piece and we were on our way.
We had an action packed 2 days and were off back home.

Posted by Miss Chris 18:37 Archived in USA Tagged nature walking landscape death_valley outdoors wildflowers grandkids champagne grandkids_travel death_valley_national_park Comments (0)

Champagne Brunch in the Superbloom

Enjoying the superbloom in Death Valley

overcast 89 °F

So we have been to Death Valley for trip #2. This was to salvage the day to shoot photos and have a champagne breakfast among the wildflowers.
For those who are unfamiliar with Death Valley and its affairs, this year is the wildflower “Superbloom”.
http://www.nps.gov/deva/learn/nature/wildflower-update-2016.htm We saw wildflowers several years ago, but, wanted to see the more spectacular show.

We got to Death Valley by 8pm Sat night, and found our rv in order, fridge cold, everything waiting for us. We arrived in time to prepare a dinner of sausages, Brussel sprouts and salad. The campground host came by to make sure it was Dale and I in the RV.

This morning we woke up early, before 6am. The sun was coming up over the mountains to the east. We quickly packed up our champagne, eggs, potatoes, Canadian bacon, and things to cook with. We packed all of that plus our picnic basket and picnic backpack into the truck and too off for the Badwater area.

Furnace Creek is east of Stovepipe Wells and Badwater is beyond that, about a 40 minute drive from Stovepipe. And, by the way, there is cell service around Furnace Creek. Enough service to post a photo or 2 on facebook.

We drove past Badwater, and sure enough, found huge fields of wildflowers. We found 6 different types of flowers. The hills were full of bright yellow flowers but many of the smaller flowers were in the washes. IMG_20160228_080353157.jpg
We set up our table, poured champagne and toasted. This was exactly where we’d hoped to be.
Now we will return home to get our truck fixed. We will then return once more to Death Valley to pick up our RV. Hopefully, we can bring some grandkids along for this final trip.

Posted by Miss Chris 18:11 Archived in USA Tagged nature walking death_valley national_park outdoors wildflowers champagne champagne_brunch death_valley_national_park superbloom Comments (0)

A Little Work, Lots Of Play

Work then play in San Francisco

semi-overcast 70 °F

We made San Francisco, the weather was cold next to what we’d come from; 100+ in Bakersfield to high 60’s in S.F.

I made my claim meeting and laid out what would be paid for.

From the claim, we went straight to Golden Gate Park. Our goal was to have a good fast walk, getting the heart rate up, preparing for the upcoming backpacking trip, and just a good workout.IMG_201508..0656807_HDR.jpgIMG_201508..4153909_HDR.jpg

Well, Twinkle likes to smell everything along the path, so that took some time. Then I like to take photos and had the big Canon along, so that took some time. Poor Dale, always waiting!

We’d forgotten how great the park is. We found some trails up hills; we walked fast so we could get the heart rate up. Trails between ferns and flowers, trails between trees. What a wonderful park this is and we only explored a small portion.

We brought Twinkle back to the RV then went to dinner at the Russian Family Restaurant down in Redwood City. I’d found it on-line with good reviews. We drove down and found it in the center of the older section, an area revamped, full of restaurants, life and music. We found a table outdoors and ordered a bunch of Russian food: Borsch, beet salad, pickled herring. OMG, now we are ready to go off to Russia to eat. IMG_201508..0044969_HDR.jpg

So now there are hurricanes in both the Pacific and the Atlantic and I’m on vacation. How, pray tell, do I go on any kind of vacation when I could be called out at any time? So here is what I do: Packed; the work box, clipboard, flashlights, business casual pants, Crawford logo shirts, business shirts and shoes suitable for storm. If, in fact, a hurricane hits, I will buy a suitcase, pack, and buy an airplane ticket and leave. Dale will drive home, pack up the rest of the stuff and then either drive to where I’m at or fly (think Hawaii).

We are always ready to point the truck somewhere else, always have a contingency plan, or can make one up on the spot. The sign of a catastrophe adjuster who loves to travel!!!

Posted by Miss Chris 09:12 Archived in USA Tagged food nature walking travel san_francisco rv outdoors golden_gate_park Comments (0)

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