Storm Valley Ranch
First up was visiting our youngest son and his girlfriend, Brennan & Alex's, new apartment in downtown Walnut Creek. Their apartment is very cute and they can walk to downtown with it's trendy eateries and shops. The streets are filled with sculptures and artwork.Chalogy they crush fresh strawberries and add it to cream which is then poured on a very cold surface and it quickly freezes. They smooth it out, cut it, roll it up and stand it up in a cup. More fresh fruit and chocolate on top. It was very good! There are many flavors.
Even the dog was a statue. We had a great visit. Thanks Brennan and Alex for a fun day.
My Dad fishing off Kris's dock. She has a great place on a nice lake.
Me and my sorella (sister), Kris.
All this fantastic sunshine means more hiking for me! Tina and I chose a trail down the foothills.
We weren't the only ones enjoying the sunshine. There were mountain bikers and horseback riders.
This is a nicknamed Poison Oak Forest. It's dormant now, but look at the size of those plants!
The American River running below us.
On the way back we saw these paragliders.
Very little sun gets down to this spot and the trees and rocks are covered in heavy moss.
That's one big pine that had fallen over.
Ryan, Shane & Brennan (Hurley too)
The boys with Dad.
Kaylee and I.
Kaylee, Me, Alex & Alyssa.
Diana could not make it as she was out of the country working.
Kaylee French braiding Shane's hair.
Kaylee does a great job decorating.
We had Filet Mignon, King Crab legs and Shrimp.
After dinner we all opened gifts, including Secret Santa gifts. Brennan made a Christmas Ball and he explained how it worked. It was the size of a basketball. He used a continuous roll of saran wrap and rolled many small trinkets, candy, money, lottery tickets, games, etc in it. When it was your turn you got to keep unrolling this ball and keep what falls out of it until the person next to your rolls doubles. Then you stop and the next person has their turn. This was SO much fun. It took quite a while to do. I wish I had a picture of it. Thanks Brennan!
I love my Gramma, but I REALLY love my Daddy!
Ryan and Hurley in a food coma, fast asleep. Can you tell he loves his Daddy?
If they are able to buy a house this year then they will take Hurley back. Pit bulls are not allowed in many of the cities in the Bay Area.
Lastly was Christmas at my parents. Everyone was here except my niece, Danielle who had to work. I only got a couple of pictures. Below are Diana, Alyssa & Alex.
All the kids and girlfriends.
Ryan & Diana, Alex & Brennan, Alyssa & Shane and Kaylee.
One of our last evenings we visited our niece, Courtney who works at the Folsom Wildlife Sanctuary.
She was doing a nighttime feeding of the tigers and explaining their habits to the little kids.
One of the wolves that live here.
While walking through the parking lot we saw this interestingly painted Prius.
And for Ryan's birthday he was happy to race a Lamborghini.
We spent a quiet New Year's Eve with our friends Doug and Deanna and were then getting the truck and trailer ready to roll. On to Quartzsite, Arizona with my brother and his wife who are now fulltimers! They'll spend a week with us then head to Florida and we'll meet up with them later in the summer in Oregon.
As we head into 2018:
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome and dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.
May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
May your river flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys down into a desert of
red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone and white sand beaches
where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than
your deepest dreams
--Summarized from Edward Abbey