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!