Our second month back home was busy with more weddings. This time my cousin Brian was getting married. It was at a beautiful venue in the Santa Cruz mountains in CA.
|All the cousins together! (minus Lyssa)
|The beautiful bride.
County Fair Time
We also went to our county fair. We've spent years there as our kids were in 4-H all through school and I used to be a Dairy Goat Leader and Livestock Advisor for the fair. It was nice to see how many kids are still raising animals. Our county is a big Ag-County.
|Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
We also took some time to add some things to our trailer so we can extend our boondocking. We now have a collapsible 50 gallon water container which is lightweight and rolls up nicely for stowing. This will be a nice addition to the 66 gallons the trailer holds. We bought a 12 volt pump to get the water into the trailer's pressurized system.
We wrapped up our 2 month visit back home with 2 camping trips. The first was a boondocking trip to my favorite area in the Sierra Nevada, Hope Valley. The second was a fishing trip with the kids. (later post) Hope Valley is a gorgeous area along Hwy 88 in Northern CA, near Kirkwood Ski Resort and the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail). Good time to try out the new solar. We always wanted to try out this spot called Scotts Area Lake. It's a gorgeous area under the pines between a huge meadow and the mountains. It's all level, easy to get in and out of with a big rig and free! We have plans for kayaking, hiking and lots of nothing too.
|Here we are. We're on the far left behind the trees.
The first night Tina & I had the meadow to ourselves before everyone else arrived. Fresh figs wrapped in Prosciutto and chilled wine. Heaven!
|Just a little snow on the peaks.
Interesting. "X" marks the spot!
John was catching our appetizers!
We always knew Tina could walk on water!
Way to go John! We will eat well tonight!
Me, Angie, Tina & Rose
They were delicious!
John cooking up his famous pasta for dinner!
Dinner was amazing!
A nice walk through the meadow after dinner.
Off to hike Shealor Lake.
The wildflowers were gorgeous.
|Tim & Maureen
|Mike & Rose
Since there was a wildfire going on just over the ridge, the Forest Service suspended campfires. So below is our substitute campfire. It was pretty cool!
Another day we kayaked on Silver Lake.
First time for Mike and Rose.
Angie heading into a cave.
|Rick taking pictures.
It was a great trip with good friends!!