"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... And sorry I could not travel both. I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." --Robert Frost
Sunday, August 21, 2022
San Jose, California
Daddy in his scrubs and Jax in his jammies.
There was tons of playing, mealtimes, walks, book, bath and bedtimes. It was exhausting but we loved every minute of it! Jax is such a sweetheart but he is one busy boy!
Dixon County Fairgrounds
The first two weeks flew by before we knew it and we drove a couple of hours east to visit the kids at our third son, Brennan and Alex's house. We stayed at the Dixon County Fairgrounds. It was actually very nice. Sites had plenty of room to park your truck next to your rig. Full hookups for $40. The location was perfect as it was only a 15 minute drive to our sons. Their house is in the middle of where our 4 kids live so it's a good meetup place.
Nice grassy area across from our rig.
Brennan & Alex
Papa, Ryan and Jaxon.
Ponderosa RV Resort
After all that fun we drove back up to Placerville. There is an extended heat wave coming so we were happy to find a mostly shaded site. Since we wouldn't be sitting outside with the hot temps, we took our Sunshade and hung it over the slide where the sun hits it for a couple of hours. This really kept the temperature down inside. Since we only had 30amp, this made a big difference. We had a special event coming up or we'd have left a week early to our next trip up to Idaho.
This created a mad scramble to get packed up and leave. We were able to get a spot at the Elks Lodge nearby. We only needed to be here 2 more days.
Shingle Springs, CA
It was my Dad's 85th Birthday! We had a little get-together back at Brennan's house. The bonus was that it got us out of the smoke for a day. Plus I got to see my sister again. It's been awhile.
Too Big Nonna!
A cute video where my grandson INSISTS at the end that I'm too big for the baby pool!
Back in business!
From now on I'll do my inspections once we arrive instead of when we are leaving so that if I find something at least we have some time to get it fixed, duh!
Passing through Folsom and it was nice to have the winds shift and give us some blue skies.
Alpine Meadow Campground
As par for the course, that didn't last either. We did have a couple of nice days before the winds shifted again, bringing in a heavy cover of smoke.Pianeta. I don't normally like to eat Italian out as it mostly disappoints, but after seeing that they make a lot of authentic dishes from Northern Italy (where my family is from) I really wanted to try them out. Our dinner was fantastic! We had cocktails and Beef Carpaccio to start. Then Steve had the House Made Salsicce (sausage) over Creamy Polenta and I had the Pasta di Olio with Shrimp, pine nuts and veggies. We also split a huge Salad with Gorgonzola and Vinaigrette. We brought one of our last Sangiovese bottles of wine from Nello Olio with us.
Dessert was Lemon Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries. Dinner was SO good! I'd definitely come back!
We couldn't even walk around the quaint town of Truckee due to the smoke. The next day we decided we'd leave early as it was even smelling of smoke in the trailer with it all closed up. We'd finally had enough. We felt awful though, having to miss the funeral of an old friend, but we weren't sleeping well and coughing a lot. With the National Forest closures happening we didn't want to risk get evacuated again while being 2 hours away from the trailer. We were able to pull over a couple of days later and watch it on a live Zoom feed. At least the fires and smoke in Oregon that were drifting over to McCall, Idaho, have cleared.
Idaho, here we come!
Sunday, August 14, 2022
Our friends Mike and Rose came over so Mike could help out as well. First, remove the old awning.
Straps were attached and the bottom roller bar comes off after the rivets are removed.
Next the new awning material gets put through the upper grove and screwed in place at the ends.
Mike and John feeding the material through the bottom on the roller.
New rivets put in.
Finishing touches. We're very happy with it!
San Jose, CA
A week later we drove 3 hours to San Jose to babysit Jaxon and visit friends and family. We started with a visit to Debbie and Rooty since we were staying at their families home/yard.
We watched Jax for the day and had a great time. He loves building things with Papa.
Nonna loves her giggly Meatball. Especially his kisses.
Fun for the little ones and the big ones!
The Two Debbies. We've known each other since 2nd grade!
Los Gatos Creek running along the first 1/2 of the trail.
Lexington Reservoir where we had a great lunch that we brought with us.
The Cats is an iconic spot. From their website:
|The Flintstone House visible from Hwy 280.|
My great grandparents. My Nonna was the one that came to Italy in 1906.
My grandparents on my Dad's side. My Mom is uber organized. She has already added her and my Dad's info on the headstone so all we will have to take care of is their death dates.
And to end on a sweeter note, one last picture of Jaxon waving goodbye until we see him next week!
It was such a crazy week and the next one will be more of the same!