Storm Valley Ranch
We were welcomed back to Placerville with what else, rain. We sure hoped it wouldn't turn in to a repeat of last year when it rained almost every day we were here (4 months) resulting in us staying until almost March before we could get out.
A couple of days later Steve met up with several of his friends away at a Men's Weekend. This is usually when my friend, Chris, comes up to visit. We have fun hiking and hanging out. This time I got sick just after we got here. She still wanted to come up and visit. We just lounged around and hung out with some of the animals. The sun had come out and the weather, while chilly, was nice. Sorry I wasn't better company Chris. Always great to see you though!
The resident Scottish Highlanders that my brother raises.
Lot's of cute babies!
My brothers new rig on the left, ours in the middle and a friends that was just here for a bit on the right. My brother and his wife are going fulltime. They will follow us to Quartzsite for a bit then they'll head to Florida and back and join us later in the year up in Oregon.
We surprised our friend Doug at his work event. Too bad his wife Deanna didn't come!
Happy Birthday Doug!
But later that week they took us to a King's game. They have season tickets and great seats!
Doug, Deanna, Me and Steve
Thanksgiving came quickly. Unfortunately that pesky cold was going around with a vengeance and my sister was also sick and couldn't come. It eventually went through most of the family.
Me and my sister-in-law, Diane.
Most of the family.
There was a gorgeous sunset later that evening.
Up early we were to do some hiking while the weather was still nice.
It was a cool hike in a fern canyon.
A different hike took us high up on a ridge over the river.
Came upon a heart on a rock that was lichen.
It's not visible in the picture, but the American River flows down at the bottom.
Tina and I out on a short hike. We hid a couple of geocaches along the way.
With all the rain, flooding and damns failing last year they are keeping the water levels around here very low.
The waterfall at the end of the trail. I was surprised how much water was running through.
Hmm? Thankfully we never did see any flying debris!
Me, Rose, Steve and Mike.
The back room if you want a more intimate setting.
After Thanksgiving another round of the cold/flu went around and we all got sick again. We rarely get sick and this just complicated all our plans. There are so many appointments to get in and there was some maintenance we wanted to do with the truck and trailer At least the weather turned out wonderful. It didn't rain much at all the entire month of November!
I went to the grocery store for some medicine, but happened to spy this out of the corner of my eye as I walked down the bread isle. God how I love these Breakfasts Claws! So bad! My once a year bad habit. I ate them in just a few days too. Feed a cold, right?