We once again make our way from Arizona to Southern California. We spent one night at the Lancaster Elks and 2 nights at the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge.
That's the septic right in front of our stairs. Yuck! Luckily there was hardly anyone here.
Another 2 1/2 hour drive and we are back in Monterey and Meatball Territory!
We enjoyed playing and watching him. So did Hurley.
My sweet daughter-in-law, Diana, got this fridge magnet for me!
View of the back of the wharf in the marina.
Me, Ryan, Jaxon, Diana & Steve
That night our middle son, Shane and his girlfriend Lindsay came over for the football game.
Someone loves his teddy bears.
The famous 18th green.
Maybe a golfer or a caddy in his future?
Bell Tower in the center of town.
Love our cute Gold Mining town.
Our first couple of nights we stopped by my parents to wish my Dad a Happy 84th Birthday then went out for our anniversary.
One of my hiking girlfriends I've known since high school came up for a visit before she retires and moves to Colorado next month. I wanted to see if we could drive to my favorite trail but I figured with the Caldor Fire still going it would be closed. It was. So we drove to the nearby lake at Sly Park and had lunch.
I'm sure you all heard of the Caldor fire which burned about 1/5th of our entire county. This was the second largest fire in CA this year behind the Dixie fire. Our county is about 1/2 National Forest and Wilderness area. In the above picture the red area was the evacuated area and the yellow was on warning. Our ranch was in the middle left just 2 miles from the yellow.
No hiking probably for the rest of the year unfortunately.
The lake level was also very low. At the time I'm writing this one month later, that crazy rain event brought the level up quite a bit more.
It was nice to see all the signs thanking the firefighters.
More of the kids came back up and we got to celebrate another September birthday. This time our daughter, Kaylee.
We also got to meet the youngest son, Brennan and his wife Alex's, puppy, Rocco. He's young but so smart already. Brennan has been doing a great job training him as he's a hunting dog.
Rocco's first pheasant hunt and he did a great job retrieving already!
Jax was still sleeping from his long car ride and looking so cute with his teddy.
His first waffle and he wasn't sure what to do with it at first but dug right in!
This particular part of the park is cramped but right on the American River.
We got some great full moon shots on the bridge and over the river.