Alpine Meadows CG
We're heading out for some family camping weekends with hiking and fishing.
As if that weren't beautiful enough, the skies lit up like the Aurora Borealis on fire.
Really incredible! It distracted us from the horrible, rutted, cement lanes thanks to all the 18-wheeler traffic with snow chains. We're supposed to drive in the far right lane, but the ruts make it a nightmare pulling us around even with the duallies so we usually drive the middle.
Back to our favorite site #11. $10 with our Sr. Pass.
We have a nice "yard" to go with it.
|Alex (middle) and Brennan, the youngest son, (right) setting up their site.
|I'm off to a good start!
BBQ'd Oysters and Oysters on the Half Shell with all kinds of toppings grilled by Noel.
Some of the group. Good thing there were plenty of Easy-Ups because it rained and thundered much of the time. It was nice to sit by the fire when it wasn't and talk to all these wonderful people. Including our kids! At one point a microburst popped up and took Brennan & Alex's easy-up which was covering a table full of games and snacks and lifted it into the air despite my trying to pull it down. I yelled for Steve and he and some others came over and put it all back in place and we cleaned up the mess. All in all, lots of fun!
While some Fall color is sneaking in, there was still plenty of summer color leftover.
Wild Sweet Peas in pinks and purples.
Plenty of pinecones on the trail.
There was this old rusty buggy of sorts that was used to cross the river at one point.
A new evergreen shoot growing next to a long dead, slowly decaying tree. Time marches on.
It was a peaceful 4+ mile hike along the river. It always feels good to be back on a trail.
A few days back down the hill and we were ready to return to the mountains for another family campout and some fishing. We headed out before sunset for a less than 2 hour drive.
Inspiration Point on the way to Lake Tahoe.
Once again we just missed the rain but it made for a misty/foggy drive with a strange looking moon.
We walked on top of the rails and used them as roads for the cars.
Jaxon made bridges and parking garages and tunnels for his cars.
We dipped rocks in the water to see them change colors and threw plenty in to see them splash.
Bootleg NF CG
Site #39, $12 with our Sr Pass.
Daddy (Ryan) and Jax with the fishing vest we bought him in Lassen.
Jax holding the fishing pole.
Jaxon running to Papa. Psyche!
|Shane, our middle son.
The fishing was tough and we really had to work for them. The boys caught a few each.
|Ryan, the oldest.
Matt, our "other" son. I met his Mom, Amy, when we were both pregnant with them. They've remained best friends even when we lived in Upstate NY for several years. They were college roommates too. We say, they were wombmates. :-)
I lost a couple but redeemed myself with this nice Rainbow. The fish were good sized, but not very plentiful. The river will only be good fishing for another couple of weeks. Too bad we won't have time to return once more as we'll be getting ready to head for Arizona.
Looking forward to seeing some RV friends along the way!