stillhowlyn's travels 2008 travel blog

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

GRANDMA CHRIS and UNCLE GARY ENTERTAIN BINA!

STEPHANIE and GARY DOING THEIR KITCHEN DUTY!

FAMILY FRIEND, MARY GOLDER, JOINS US FOR DINNER!

TIME FOR SOME CAL (VS. WA ST.) FOOTBALL!

POOL AT THE CARMICHAEL ELK'S!

GARY PREPARES FOR THE 49ER GAME !

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER GREAT DINNER!

AT JOAN and DON'S, TURKEYS RULE!

GAIL and EARL AT THEIR INDIO CASITA!

AT BODEGA BAY, GAIL SERVES A GREAT DELI LUNCH!

A BEAUTIFUL DAY AT THE BEACH!

EARL TAKES VITA FOR A WALK!

BINA KEEPS UP WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD BOYS!

NORM and HOWARD GUARD THE TRI-TIP!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHRISTINA!

IS THIS TOO GENDER SPECIFIC!

HAPPY 50TH, GEORGE & JUDY!

TERRI and CLINT AT BROTHER'S WEDDING; COULD THEY BE NEXT?!


So we'll try to play "catch-up" and briefly summarize the past few weeks. From Half Moon Bay we came back to Petaluma for our family "Thanksgiving" get-together as we will be away for the holidays and figured giving thanks plus turkey and all the trimmings worked well anytime! We all gathered at Norm and Wendy's with special friends Mary Golder and Wendy's mom Chris joining us and had the greatest relaxed, non-holiday-stress-filled yummy good food kind of day!

We enjoyed a month at the gym before putting it on hold for the next 6 months, did some Kaiser and acupuncture for good measure, several strolls around Schollenberger Lake which is sadly depleted of water though the ducks, geese, swans and white pelicans faithfully remain as if they know the rain will come.

We went to Sacramento the following weekend to spend a few days with Stephanie and Gary. The Carmichael Elk's Lodge RV parking was full so we had to park in overflow with only 20 amps electric. Luckily the temps had cooled down to the mid-90s and nights were actually quite pleasant since air conditioning wasn't an option! We can tough it out for a couple of days!

Though the lodge has a beautiful swimming pool we ended up spending our mornings at the gym, swimming laps in their pool and enjoying the jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Doing a lot of weights and machines has wreaked havoc on my poor crunchy neck but swimming seems to work well. Only problem, we don't often have a pool at our disposal!

From Sacramento we drove the short distance to Sutter Creek to spend a day and night with good friends, Don & Joan Coats, from Half Moon Bay days. They have this beautiful 5 acre oak tree studded parcel with wild turkeys and deer in residence and we have a beautiful place to park. We arrived just in time to observe the delivery, setup and installation of their new Samsung HDTV and DISH satellite as cable is not available at their "out in the country" location. We went out to dinner at a great Italian restaurant to celebrate Don's birthday and having this opportunity to spend a little time together.

So now it's down to our final week before departing for west Texas! And quite a week it was! The market does its "crash and burn", we fuss and worry over what we should and should not do, advice good and bad abounds, we talk to financial advisors, we decide to do nothing! We finish up our "to do" list: the roof is painted, the exterior cleaned and polished, the tailpipe that had come loose is somehow reattached (I don't want to know), the catalytic heater already installed. Service and maintenance will be performed down the road at Colton Trucking, the very best, most efficient service center we have ever been to.

Needing a day of "R and R", we head over to the coast at Bodega Bay where our great buddies, Earl and Gail Balch, are camping in their RV at Doran Beach. We usually meet up with them once or twice a year, once in Powell River, B.C., often in Parker, AZ and earlier this year at their new winter place in Indio. They had recently returned from a cruise from Seattle to Alaska with beautiful pictures and fun anecdotes to share. The weather was fantastic - quite warm, blue skies, no wind or fog! Gail had prepared a scrumptious deli spread for our lunch with daughter Kelly and husband Colin joining us soon after they arrived in their RV. We watched sailboats on the bay and Gail pointed out a flock of "penguins" flying by in formation! Hmmm...Turns out the "Happy Wings" belonged to pelicans as we all laughed (ROFLOL) hysterically!

Wendy returned from a business trip to Richmond while Norm had Christina duty. We took over salmon one night for dinner and then got together with them on Sunday to celebrate Christina's second birthday (we won't be there for her party next Saturday) and dined on Norm's famous tri-tip, barbecued with a Jamaican marinade. We say our "Goodbyes"!

We also want to send anniversary best wishes to George and Judy McAnally who just celebrated their 50th in Hudson, FL; a fond farewell and bon voyage to Pat & Jim Thomas from Conyers, GA who are leaving for that most spectacular of places, the Blue Ridge Parkway where we first met them many years ago; and to Chris and Beth Pany who just returned to Yuma from their summer travels through the mid-west, "we'll see you in a few days"!

A new Chapter begins!



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