Ponderosa RV Resort
San Jose, CA
|Me, Debbie & Chris
We were going to stay a week at my friend, Debbie's, but the storms have flooded out many campgrounds, roads, bridges, etc. We just stayed both weeks here as we got our next reservation cancelled too. We had one scary night where the winds gusted to over 70mph! Worst we've experienced. The winds have been worse than any I've felt since living here as a child.
This is the entrance over Uvas Creek to get into the campground. Within 2 days the water rose several more feet and covered the bridge.
We got lucky one day to get out for a little hike. Boy did we enjoy the blue skies and warm sun.
We had a yummy dinner with Brian at Famous Dave's BBQ.
I didn't get pictures with all the friends and family we visited but I did get one with the Meatball.
Jaxon and Papa sure had fun pushing cars and trucks down the hallway to each other.
Another day there was a short break in the rain and I took some closeups of the landscapes.
This is very close up of some palm tree blooms.
Before you knew it our 2 weeks had flown by and back to Placerville we headed. There was so much rain that parts of Hwy 99 had flooded. This is a major north/south route that runs through all the farming in the central valley. So many fields, vineyards and homes were flooded. We had a few friends who had damage and flooding to their properties.
This small stream is a very wide lake now.
No playing golf for a while.2017 when we were stuck at my brothers due to heavy rain/flooding.
There were more fun times though back home with Tim & Leslie and with my parents.
So where was this view of the well-known Water Tower taken from?
Steve's hospital room. What??? Yes, unfortunately Steve had another GI bleed and he spent a week there recovering. A much milder case, but a week nonetheless.
The crazy storms have finally passed so I took advantage of some downtime at the hospital while he was having some testing done. All the years we lived in Placerville and I had not visited Sutter's Fort in Sacramento. (That's the hospital across the street)
Usually this would've been a field trip in elementary school, but not that I remember.
California was the northern province of Mexico and it was so far from the center of the country that it wasn't even settled until 1769. Settlers mostly inhabited large ranches on the coastline and central valley. Before that the Miwok and other native tribes lived here. The Catholic Church built a series of missions. Partly to force the Indians to become Spanish citizens and partially for free labor. Either way it was a lose-lose for the natives. More than 70% were wiped out due to disease brought by the settlers. Mexico started closing the missions in 1834. The land and cattle were supposed to belong to the Indians who worked and lived there but that never happened. Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821. John Sutter arrived in 1839 and began to make money by trapping and selling furs. That ended rather quickly and he did much better with agriculture, fishing and cattle trades.
Cannons in the corner bastions.
Blanket weaving was very important.
The grounds were nice too. Not much blooming at this time but still pretty.
The fort lit up at night.
Steve has been back home and doing well. Sure not a fun thing to go through. I'm glad he's better as we have a fun hike coming up.