October continues to be a gorgeous month. With such beautiful, sunny Fall weather Ron and Rene of R and R On the Road met me for a waterfall hike at Sly Park. Once again, the firefighters did a great job protecting the lake and except for a burned area just before the lake, you can't see any fire damage around the lake or on the trail.
The huge pines make Rufus look tiny.
The creek was flowing nicely and there was still some fall color out.
Me, Ron & Rene. Unfortunately Steve was working but he'll join us for pizza after the hike.
Rufus having a blast!
No water at this end of the lake at all! What I like is that the trail follows right along the lakeshore. But not at the moment. It's not just drought. They release a lot of water for the snow melt in the Spring.
The Dogwoods are still showing some red.
After our wonderful hike we went to Whitewater Pizza. One of our new favorites!
I brought cupcakes to celebrate Ron's birthday.
This is his huge, sweet dog. A large Italian breed.
With the river flowing right in front of us we can do short hikes along the water.
Emigrant Gap, California
Snowflower RV Resort
We snagged a nice long pull-through. Our friends Rick and Angie will join us in a few days.
These old tunnels are now popular for hiking and for some gritty urban graffiti.
Here we go!
Looking through one of the tunnels ahead to one after that.
Here comes one of the longest tunnels.
Some have "windows" with views and some are pitch black.
This one had a bit of a creepy look to it.
At one point you get a nice view of Donner Lake below.
Two trains came by but we missed them both.
Painted on top of the bridge. We agree. This was a great hike.
There were still some patches of snow left from a storm that came by a couple of weeks ago.
After a nice snack stop we headed back.
You can see the rock climbers above. This is a must-do if you're in the area! Afterward we stopped in Truckee had lunch, walked around a bit and finished with a couple of chocolates.
We had some critter nibbling on our pumpkin decorations and figured it was a raccoon.
Turns out it was the cubs that are still hanging around the area. We had heard they were here in the summer but thought with the colder weather they might have gone off to hibernate. We made sure to throw them out since you're not supposed to have any type of food out for them.
Our neighbor took this cute video and sent it to us.
We were looking forward to Rick and Angie arriving but there was a sudden snowstorm predicted to roll in overnight, so they thought they'd wait and see. Good call as it really came down and snowed through the next day. Since we still had a few days left we didn't care as it would melt pretty quickly. We were there to just relax.
Wow, that was a lot of snow!
Nice and warm inside! I love it when we can catch the first and last snowstorm of the year.
We walked around the lake and Hurley loved playing in the snow.
Well after a couple days the park decided to close their season early as more stormy weather was predicted for the next week and we'd all have to evacuate. Rick called to check on the roads and they told him this before we knew. Staff spent the day plowing and making sure we could all get out safely by the next day. Many left today but we figured we wait for more melt for the next day.
The cubs stopped over to say goodbye.More of it did melt the next day as the sun came out. We were very bummed we had to leave early.
Well, it was beautiful while it lasted.
Ponderosa RV Resort
So much happening these last few days in October. We celebrated our youngest son turning 30!
So shiny white. Now the roof needs a good cleaning.
We celebrated Dia de Muertos at our favorite Mexican place with Doug & Deanna.
And we always end our meal with a round of Turantula!
Kevin, Me, Steve, John, Judy & Tina
A day spent at Apple Hill with our daughter, Kaylee. Gotta pick up apple donuts, fritters and pies!
Ron was getting inducted into the Elks and since we all sponsored them, we met up at Tim & Leslie's house for wine and a very filling charcuterie board to celebrate.
And we wrap up our busy October with a picture of Jaxon dressed as a UPS delivery person! He had a lot of fun this Halloween. I sure hope November is a little quieter.