Saturday, October 28, 2017

Lake Mead Boulder Beach Oct 25-26, 2017

We returned to Boulder City only to find that the Elks Lodge was completely full.  So we went to Boulder Beach Campground.  We love staying there because it feels more like real camping.  It was also a good chance to run the generators again.

We stayed in Campsite 61 and we liked it a lot.

Sunrise at the Lake

Fort Mohave, AZ Oct 22-24, 2017

After leaving Kingman, we went to Fort Mohave to visit with Linda's Mom & Ron.  More good food and fun!  We enjoyed visiting with them and playing more card games. 

After visiting all day, Linda captured a glimpse of the sunset at the RV Park (Snowbird RV Resort).

Kingman, AZ Oct 19-21, 2017

After leaving Boulder City, we traveled to Kingman to visit Mom and Dad.  We had a nice visit.  As always, we had good food and fun.  We helped with a little bit of yard work, and played some card games.  

Our campsite (Zuni Village RV Park) in Kingman

We went on a Wine/Beer Walk in Kingman with Doug & Michelle, and Doug's Brother Alan & Bridget.

Boulder City, NV Oct 17-18, 2017

After our relaxation at Benton Hot Springs, we made our way back to Vegas.  We stayed at BC Elks Lodge, and spent a few days visiting with Jessica, Erik and their family. We also got to see Cindy & Tim, Debbie, Brian & Terri, Ken & Ruth. 
On Oct 18, we celebrated Jessica's 30th birthday and Erik's birthday (Oct 22).  Cindy, Tim and Debbie also celebrated with us.  It's always nice seeing everyone.

Celebrating 172 combined years (Jessica, Erik, Linda & Bruce)

Uncle Tim entertaining Will

Friday, October 27, 2017

Benton Hot Springs, CA - Oct 16, 2017

We left Truckee in the morning, and arrived at Benton Hot Springs B&B/Campground later in the afternoon.  This place was suggested to us by Jacqui, the Ranger at Martis Creek, Truckee.  It was a perfect way to relax on the drive back to Las Vegas.  Each campsite has it's own private, secluded hot tub.  They are each fed by the natural hot springs in the area.  We spent hours in the hot tub that evening, and again in the morning.  Thanks Jacqui!

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