The first half of October in Placerville.....
We packed a lunch with the hopes that best case, my favorite trail would be open and we could hike it. Worst case we would survey the damage and see what was left. As we were on our way we passed this A-liner driving with the top up!
Mountain in the distance I used to hike, burned. Ski Lodge across from it had some damage.
Just heartbreaking to see.
The meadow previously in the fall.
The Trailhead was closed so we could not hike. All looks ok at the parking lot.
Hurley found a stick to play with in no time.
We ran in to a local who said, "Thank God for the granite on the ridge surrounding Shealor as that is what saved the tiny community of Silver Lake below". It slowed enough here to protect it. Unfortunately, she didn't see Shealor Lakes, but heard they were burned pretty badly. I cried some more. The area will soon be covered with snow and I'll have to wait until May to see how it actually faired. This area is so beautiful and special to me, it's where my ashes will end up one day. Kind of ironic that this soulful area is now ashes itself.
This dog kept an eye on us for miles.
Here's the old gear.
Three missing teeth.
Luckly Steve is very handy and after a few You-Tube videos he had it all repaired.
While I was holding parts for him, I had noticed what I though was maybe grease on the trailer rim. Once I ran my fingernail over it though it was not grease but a crack. All the way through the spoke and partially through the one above it! Geez, one step forward and 2 steps back as they say.
New rim on order. Now the waiting game. In the meantime, we put our spare on.
We had some spectators.
At least the evening ended nicely.
Our son, Ryan, would be in Las Vegas at a conference and Diana wanted to join him so they asked if we would be willing to babysit Jaxon for a few days. Of course!! We went up a day early so I could see his routine. This would make it easier for us and him.
He didn't mind when they were gone. A couple of trips to the park always works too.
Holding Papa's finger. So sweet.
More park time.
Jax loved looking at all the different types of pumpkins and squash.
They had a small barn area with the most beautiful exotic pheasants. Very colorful.
Jaxon was dwarfed by the large pumpkins and bummed that he couldn't pick them up!
He did like climbing the pumpkin hill.
The scary section didn't bother him at all. He thought it was funny.
Papa and Jaxon.
Bathtime and story time before bed was my favorite!
The second night was much easier and we all slept much better. It was a bit exhausting and I had some sore muscles but it was a special time we wouldn't have passed it up!
An awesome Railroad Tunnel Hike and Snow Camping up next!