April 29, 2020

Wordless Wednesday








Depoe Bay, Oregon
My little town during COVID-19.

April 28, 2020

California Road Trip 2019 - Hornbrook

Friday, October 18, 2019
Dunsmuir to Hornbrook, CA
Blue Heron RV Park
Site #13
Distance: 82 miles
Duration: 3 nights
Cost: $59.40/night

After five nights in Dunsmuir, it was time to move on. The park was closing for the season and we were the last ones to leave after saying our goodbyes to Lou & Shannon. We took a slight detour to Lake Siskiyou to check out the views of Mt. Shasta, which didn't disappoint. We had an easy drive up I-5 and had no trouble finding the Blue Heron RV Park in Hornbrook. Hornbrook is just 13 miles from Yreka and 6 miles off I-5. However, the last portion of the county road were pretty bumpy. It's paved, but narrow and windy with a lot of rough spots, so we had to take it slow.

We were very pleased with the RV park, which is situated on the Klamath River. The large sites are perfectly level and the common areas include several Adirondack chairs along the river, lots of lawn, and a fair amount of space between sites, although not much privacy. We had a beautiful view of the river and the fall colors were stunning. We fell in love with this park and decided to go ahead and extend our reservation for two additional nights.

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Last ones to leave!


One final walk through the park.


Castle Crags




We'll be back!


Panoramic view of Lake Siskiyou and Mt. Shasta.


I love the reflection on the water.


Such a beautiful mountain.


First view (through the windshield) 
from our campsite at Blue Heron RV Park.


Wow.


So peaceful!

The fall colors were stunning.




We could hear the river from our site.






Friday afternoon and only 6 sites occupied.











Blue Heron RV Park offers full hook-ups, level concrete pads, picnic tables with umbrellas, immaculate restrooms and laundry facilities, and free WiFi. We also had decent cell service (Verizon & Sprint) and we saved 50% on our first night with our Passport America membership.

April 27, 2020

Music Monday #3 - Louise

Time for another Music Monday with Rod. During this period of "sheltering in place," I thought it would be fun to share a personal music video on Mondays. My hope is that some of my family and friends will join in with their own videos for a virtual music tour. 

Rest, nature, books, music... Such is my idea of happiness. ~ Leo Tolstoy


April 24, 2020

Looking Back - The Saving Graces

Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.




The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney
Fiction
1999 HarperTorch
Finished in August 1999
Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

Publisher's Blurb:

Meet The Saving Graces, Four Of The Best Friends A Woman Can Ever Have.

For ten years, Emma, Rudy, Lee, and Isabel have shared a deep affection that has helped them deal with the ebb and flow of expectations and disappointments common to us all. Calling themselves the Saving Graces, the quartet is united by understanding, honesty, and acceptance -- a connection that has grown stronger as the years go by...

Though these sisters of the heart and soul have seen it all, talked through it all, Emma, Rudy, Lee, and Isabel will not be prepared for a crisis of astounding proportions that will put their love and courage to the ultimate test.

My Original Thoughts (1999):

Wonderful! I love it. I tried to read it earlier this summer but couldn't get interested. I gave it another try and I'm so glad I did. I loved all four women. Each had strengths and weaknesses, but they were so good to each other. I love books about women's friendships. I could see myself in each of them. I'd like to read more by Gaffney.

My Current Thoughts:

I still have a copy of this book, so maybe I'll give it another read. I wonder if I'll find it too fluffy at this point in my life. I sure was reading a lot of books about women's friendships back in the late 90s. 

"This ode to the friendships between women could easily become the northern version of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." ~ Booklist

April 23, 2020

California Road Trip 2019 - Dunsmuir (Part III)

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Dunsmuir, CA
Railroad Park Resort

What a great day! Our neighbors (Shannon and Lou) invited us to join them for a day trip to McCloud and Mount Shasta, which we eagerly accepted. The rain held off, so it was a perfect day to check out the McCloud River and all three waterfalls. The fall colors were stunning along the river and I couldn't help but take dozens of photos.

After checking out Fowler Campground for future reference, we headed into Mount Shasta for lunch at Sparky's Landing, which was very good. Not ready to return to our campground, we decided to wander around town and check out the headwaters at Big Springs. When we did get back to the RV park, we decided to have a drink out on the deck behind the the Railroad Park Resort restaurant & bar. We finished off the day with dinner and more drinks around the campfire, while Rod entertained us with his guitar. It was a perfect day!

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Beautiful morning!


Castle Crags


Lower Falls










Middle Falls














 Upper Falls


Shannon and Lou




 Mount Shasta








Big Springs


Cheers!





We can't wait to meet up again with Shannon and Lou!