Monday, October 16, 2017

Truckee, California - Sep 1 thru Oct 15, 2017


We enjoyed our stay in Truckee.  Although the last several weeks it has definitely gotten colder.  Under freezing nearly every night.  We like it so much here that we agreed to return next summer.  We met a lot of great people here, and looking forward to seeing some of them next year!


Ranger Jacqui and Ranger Gregg at Martis Creek Lake Campground, US Army Corps of Engineers


Bicycle ride downtown Truckee


This is part of the Truckee River Legacy Trail.  It's a great path that follows the river out of town.


The Truckee River




Linda standing next to the Donner Party Memorial wall.  The wall height represents how deep the snow was during their ordeal.

Donner Creek at the Donner Memorial State Park






This is the Fire Lookout at the top of the Martis Trail.  It overlooks part of Lake Tahoe



We had about 3 inches of snow one night...It was all melted several days later.














We celebrated at Squaw Valley's Oktoberfest.  People from all over the area celebrated with beer, brats, dancing and fun.


Bob and Kathy are a couple of campers we met at the Oktoberfest.  They are a lot of fun!





Overlooking Donner Lake and Donner Summit Bridge


We spotted this Black Bear while driving to Donner Summit









One of the hikes we went on took us through some abandoned railroad tunnels.



The tunnels have all been taken over by artists (graffiti), but it does make the hike more interesting...



An opening in the railroad tunnels gave us a short break, and overlook of Donner Lake


They displayed their artwork on the outside of the tunnel(s) too!







Nevada City with it's quaint downtown area is a great day trip



Nevada City

Day trip to Grass Valley and Nevada City




Linda and I celebrated our birthdays in Reno.  We stayed at the Eldorado Hotel, and enjoyed cocktails at some of the local brewpubs and taverns.  We also had a great time at the Laff Factory Comedy Club. 

The following day we went to the Boomtown All-You-Can-Eat-Lobster-Buffet.  We definitely had ALL we could eat!




Our Host Campsite - We will see you next year!








Thursday, August 31, 2017

Truckee, Ca July 30 - Aug 31 2017

We arrived at Martis Creek Alpine Meadows Campground (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) at the end of July...and we will be campground hosts here until mid October.  This is a quiet little campground located minutes from downtown Truckee, and about 30 minutes from Lake Tahoe.  With only 25 sites, it's a perfect be place to be camp hosts.  Our duties include greeting campers, selling firewood, cleaning campsites and restrooms, and assisting the Park Ranger.





This is a view of Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay.  Linda, Jessica & William hiked to the bottom to see Vikingsholm - a 38-room mansion that was built in 1928...but has since become part of a California State Park.





Our campsite here at Martis Creek














The Ranger held a camp host appreciation BBQ.  The other hosts were leaving for the season, and we were just starting.  (left to right) Pat, Denise, Linda, Keely, Jacqui and Bruce





Jessica and William overlooking Emerald Bay











What a happy baby!... and a happy Mom!




Jessica and Linda visited downtown Truckee





Truckee Thursdays...a weekly event featuring many local vendors and entertainment.






We paddled down the Truckee from Tahoe City - about 4 miles.  We did this about 10 years ago with Tim, Cindy and Cindy Bordelove.  It was so much fun with the constant current of the river and several easy rapids...We didn't have to paddle too much!




Overlooking the Truckee River from downtown




This is part of the Truckee River Walk in Reno. 




Ready to have some lunch after paddling from Sand Harbor on Lake Tahoe's Nevada Side.





The emerald green glow on parts of Lake Tahoe is stunning!




This is part of the Martis Creek Trail. 




Molly has really been enjoying herself...plenty of birds, squirrels and chipmunks to watch

Sunday, August 6, 2017

San Francisco - July 26-29, 2017

We stayed at the South San Francisco Elks Lodge for 3 nights, and were able to visit some of the areas in San Francisco.  Dry-camping is only $10 a night, so that's hard to beat in a city as expensive as San Francisco.


We walked across the Golden Gate Bridge, and then took an Uber ride to Sausalito and had lunch.  It's a crowded walk with all the pedestrians and bicycles.



The Elks Lodge that we stayed in is actually in South San Francisco, but we also visited the Historic Elks Lodge #3 in San Francisco and had a few cocktails.  Elks Lodge #3 was the third lodge in the U.S., founded in 1875.  New York & Philadelphia are #1 and #2.


A typical foggy day in the City by the Bay.



A bit breezy and overcast, but a nice walk...



Pier 39 was crowded with tourists.  It's a great place to people-watch!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Monterey, CA July 17-26, 2017

The Central California Coast  is arguably one of the most desirable areas.  It's rich history, beautiful weather and views make it a fun place.  Unfortunately, it's too expensive to live here.  Think how crowded it would be if it were less costly!!  Either way, we really enjoy visiting Monterey and Carmel by the Sea.




The shops and restaurants at Old Fishermans Wharf are a big tourist attraction




It's nice to see that an artist can create beauty on this old, demolished building foundation.  And I'm not talking about the guy on the right side!!






Monterey is well known for it's Cannery Row.  This is the area that supported numerous Sardine Canneries, the last of which closed in 1973.




Are we having fun yet?  Yes, she made me go to a wine-tasting...




Carmel by the Sea has so many unique shops and homes.  This is one of the little courtyards we found  




We had dinner and drinks here at Clint Eastwood's Hog's Breath Inn.  (He no longer owns it)





Miles of coastal beachfront in Carmel






This is the Carmel Mission Basilica



















Part of Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch Hotel and Restaurant.