National Forest - Boondocking
Back in the forest at our favorite place to decompress before the busy times before the wedding. We had a special visitor to greet us.
Someone left a pumpkin carved face on a gall on a stick. We named our new mascot, Wilson.
Our view out front. We called my parents and asked them to join us up here for the day. We haven't seen them since January (it's August 2019 at the time of this post). We put on the large shade screen on the awning which attaches easily and visited on the "Front Porch" for a bit then drove over to the Kirkwood Inn for some lunch.
This place was built in 1862. Still original. Great ambiance, food and drinks!
My Dad and Mom.
At the other end of the dirt road where we're camped at we spotted this patriotic trailer.
Hurley loved him some splash and fetch time.
A family of Merganser's floated past us.
Look at the little tree growing out of this old sump. Life always finds a way.
Even though its August, there is still snow in these mountains.
The next day we drove another dirt road that we have hidden previous geocaches on. We wanted to check them out and search out an old mining camp we haven't been to. It's still mostly intact although much of the roof is falling down.
Some interesting graffiti.
The south side of the lake where Hot Springs Creek runs out of the lake.
A curious deer checking out a campsite.
Back at camp we had a nice fire with our neighbors. Rob and Kathleen are from Ione not too far from Placerville. We all enjoyed a spectacular sunset.
The next morning I enjoyed my coffee al fresco in my 1980s Apple coffee mug. It's my favorite.
It's nice to walk through the wildflowers and look at the snow covered peaks all around us.
A quick moving storm blew through and made for another gorgeous sunset.
Their son, Brandon playing with granddaughter Marley.
Jim, Steve and Brandon.
Hurley isn't the only one that loves playing in the river.
Me and Jenny.
Jenny with the other granddaughter, Izzy.
The guys playing Corn Hole.
Our last campfire with friends and Brandon had some Campfire Magic to add some color.
A couple more days to ourselves and then we head to Placerville.
Hurley wanted me to share this joke with you all before I go.