Chiriaco Summit, CA
Dry Camp Area
Dry Camp Area
1939 Cadillac. The same size engine and transmission was used in some of the tanks.
V8, 346 cu. inch 140 hp, 4 speed Hydra-Matic.
1945 M26 Pershing, 90 mm gun.
I thought this picture with the tank and the dove on the gun was a little ironic.
Lancaster Elks Lodge
Fresno Elks Lodge
A new stop for us was the Elks in Fresno. Nice but tight. $20, W/E. Another over-nighter.
It had a pond across from us that many birds, ducks and geese visited.
Placerville Elks Lodge
We came back to CA for 10 days to check on my parents, spend some time with family and celebrate our grandson's first birthday! After a cool winter in Arizona we weren't surprised when the temps were still chilly in Placerville. Of course we had to see Doug & Deanna at our favorite Mexican place too. Sadly they were out of Carne Asada. How does that happen?!
Since all of our family have had our Covid shots it was nice to get together for the first time in a year!
(We missed Kaylee and Lindsay who couldn't attend though)
We had many special days to celebrate that all happened within 3 weeks!
Shane's birthday, my Mom turned 80, Alex turned 29, Jax turned 1, my parents celebrated 60 years of marriage, early Easter and my birthday!
First time Jaxon has had anything with sugar in it! He dug right into that cake!
Monterey Elks Lodge
We spent one day at the park. Jaxon loves swings! Daddy works near and stopped by. This is at Veterans Park and they have a nice campground too. It's not recommended for rigs over 32 feet.
On Saturday we took the kids to San Juan Buatista to walk around, see the Mission and eat at another favorite Mexican place called Jardines. They have a huge, gorgeous outdoor garden. They still aren't allowing indoor dining but the weather was so nice we wanted to eat outside anyway. We finally got Spring! Nice and 72 degrees out! After lunch we toured the Mission which finally had the buildings and church open.
The hillsides were just beginning to bloom with poppies.
All the fields were planted with red and green lettuce.
Hurley being his cool self!
Beer was delivered to San Jose in the late 1800s on this beer wagon.
They would use this water wagon to keep the dust down on the streets on hot, windy days.
You could look through the large homes and see the children's room, lounge, etc.
While very interesting, some of the rooms kinda gave me the heebie jeebies. I wouldn't want to be here at night!
The saloon and dance hall.
There are many California Pepper trees that grow in this state. They can get huge! The trunks are very gnarly but the limbs graceful and wispy.
The churches were draped for Easter.
Papa and Nonna loving our Jaxon time! It will be 7 more months until we see him again.
On his actual birthday, he got another cake and some gifts from us. He remembered exactly what to do and dove right in to that frosting!
Momma showing him how the magnetic fish stick to the bobber. This is a great bathtub toy.
Happy 1 Year Jaxon!
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Elks Lodge
$30, W/E. It's a nice place to stop that doesn't cost you over $50 a night. Site #16 on the end.
Rita cooked us up another feast! This Italian girl can cook!
Fresh tomatoes and mozzarella with basil, olives, salami, cheeses and fresh roasted red peppers!
I'm used to finding hearts in nature and I loved that I spotted this one in the cutlets!
Or maybe it's a chicken?
Here is Rita with her grandson, Marcus. He brought his parents Max and Pauline (not pictured).
After we stuffed ourselves we walked along Butterfly Beach to watch the sunset.
More blooming trees. I have never seen this one before!
We weren't the only ones enjoying the sunshine!
As we walked around we came upon this guy jamming away on the guitar. I love to hear this!
I don't know what this is either but it was my favorite. Sort of like an Agapanthus. It grew in a perfect bouquet.
As we drive to our final destination in California, we pass the Miller Brewing Co. These tanks look small but they are huge!
Palm Desert, CA
Thousand Trails Resort
Bye Bye CA until November!