On hubby’s days off, we picked up the trailer and headed for Carlsbad Beach. This is a new campground for us and really nice during off season. Plenty of space to pull the trailer in at an angle so you could wake up to an ocean view. And the sound of the ocean lulling us to sleep each night – heaven!
The last leg of our journey was spent at El Capitan State Beach and a day visit to Solvang. Journaling our trip/vacation has been a lot of fun, and in many ways, exptended the fun in reliving the memories! I hope throughout the journey you found places you’d enjoy visiting.
While I had plans to finish up this journal for our fall vacation, I discovered there were just way too many photos to share in one post! So I’m only covering the next stage or our vacation…Cambria with a side trip to Harmony!
Continuing with our fall vacation; after leaving Eureka on Sunday we started camping our way home. First stop, Standish Hickey State Park where we set up camp with a nice and easy pull through camp spot. The forest was tranquil, quiet, and beautiful. Redwoods stand tall and proud making this an ideal location for the next few days and quite possibly a destination our hearts will yearn for in the future.
Arriving in Eureka, CA on Wednesday afternoon, we were greeted by hubby’s sister, Micki, and her husband, Duane (photo below). Because we live at opposite ends of the state, we rarely get to visit so this was a rare treat! After a bit of catching up we parked the trailer in their driveway and were ready for a few days of fun.
With just one night in Los Banos at the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area we can’t tell you anything about the town itself. But the first word that comes to mind in regard to the reservoir at the San Luis Creek Campground is, peaceful.
First let me say my heart goes out to all those in the path of this tropical storm. I can’t even begin to understand the devastation and rain that’s pounded the gulf states, specifically, Texas.
This past week, on hubby’s days off, we visited long time friends in Los Angeles, Ron & Barb. There is just something about friends that feel more like family… no pretenses, just be yourself that make the visit not only memorable, but so much fun.
Despite the fact the weather turned hot and muggy in So CA, we decided since we had to take our trailer in to get the led lights replaced due to a recall, we might as well take it out and enjoy a couple days of camping.
On our first night at Lake Skinner, the good Lord treated us to a spectacular night of fireworks as lightening streaked the sky lighting up our trailer. It took us by surprise but it was exciting and we enjoyed the show!
The next morning we woke to sunshine though it was still muggy. We enjoyed breakfast outside overlooking the park with lovely views of the hills and mountains. Mornings are always so picturesque as the sun creates a masterpiece with sunlight bouncing off the peaks and creating shadows in the crevices. What made the landscape striking though was the combination of both the shadows, highlights, and scattered clouds that filled the horizon.
Later we headed to Old Town visiting Villa Di Calabro Winery which is a quaint family owned business. They run their tasting room out of a converted house that’s tastefully decorated and you feel like you’re home the minute you walk in. The owners are always friendly and ready with a quick smile. What I enjoy about this winery is they also sell wonderful and fragrant olive oils and vinegars they make. To truly make the experience memorable, bring a picnic and enjoy the backyard gardens with plenty of foliage and a lovely water feature. They’ll even serve up a chilled bottle of wine to go with your picnic and the place is dog friendly. Charley enjoyed going there…
From there we picnicked on the patio at Wien’s winery conveniently located in the hubbub of wine country here in Temecula. We put together some tortilla wraps with chips and fresh grapes that morning to enjoy while doing a tasting. Yum!
Here’s the recipe – of sorts!
Ham & Cheese Tortilla Wraps
- 1 Tortilla (flour)
- 2-3 deli ham slices (shaved)
- 2 Swiss cheese slices
- 2 Tbsps (or more) Whipped cream cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
Spread the whipped cream cheese on one side of tortilla, top with ham, cheese and lettuce. Fold the edge and bottom up over the filling then continue to roll the tortilla and enjoy!
One can deviate from this basic as much, or as little, as desired. Any meat and cheese combo with mayo or mustard work equally as well and even your favorite lettuce! Or try spreading herb cream cheese on your tortilla!
Back at camp the weather had turned dark, muggy and even hotter which eventually gave way to a downpour with heavy winds. We were not bothered though as we enjoyed the afternoon watching movies on DVD; Passengers and Ghost Protocol while we relaxed letting the rain refresh our souls.
We missed Charley but only time will heal. All in all though, not bad for a couple of days away from home…
For many pet owners who’ve lost their pets, they’re familiar with the poem, Rainbow Bridge. It brings that glimmer of hope we’ll see our beloved pets again. But until then, waters can be difficult to navigate.
California’s central coast is probably some of the prettiest parts of California you’ll ever see. It lies northwest of Los Angeles County and south of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. Six counties make up the Central Coast: from south-to north, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz. But sometimes the best places are the little tourist towns such as Solvang, Cambria, Carmel by the Sea and more!
Division plays a huge role in our lives today. We’re surrounded by division; the poor against the wealthy, the Democrats against the Republicans, one race and culture against another, gender against gender, one religion against the other, and worse, family against family.
I’m tired. I was tired before this country became so divided. I’ve been tired for at least seven long years. It started the day after Thanksgiving, the worse day of my life, the day my world fell apart. When division robbed me of family, broke my heart, and continues with silence years after.
There’s something satisfying in rehashing a scene to justify hurt feelings, or to vilify someone elses actions. And I wonder if this is what keeps the division stretched and the silence echoing in the stillness of the presence.
And as the years pass it almost feels like this lost child never was, except for the void in my heart. But on other days, it slams me so hard it brings me to my knees in tears and rips my heart in two. How much more so for our country?
When riots, hurtful words, profanities, and hatred boil over and fill our streets and towns in the name of justice, it serves no one. It widens the division. And a family or a country divided against itself will fall.
Those who use their fame to speak the loudest hold no merit for me. I must respect the person before I could value their opinion and ideas. Their outward display in the form of profanities and slander simply turn a deaf ear. Using venues designed for events outside the political arena to exploit their ideas while holding the audience captive is repugnant. Fame or wealth have never elevated one’s opinion over another, except within their own mind. All are equal.
Let’s try something different; let’s pray for our country and the leadership we need instead of slandering, defaming, exploiting, gossiping, and listening to the far left or right. What’s done is done and continuing to attack only keeps the country in unrest and nothing will be accomplished. Mending the gap becomes more difficult with time; just like the rend in the fabric of my family. I hope not all is lost…
This past Thursday we decided on a whim to eat lunch out – but where? For years we threatened to eat at…
Its not often that you make friends online that last – ahem, 20 years! This past week my friend, Karen, from Northern CA came down to visit for a few days.
Need some inspiration to trim the gifts? Using candy not only adds a unique touch, but provides the recipients with a second little gift in the process! Here are some ideas…
At some point during the busyness of the holidays you’ll want nothing more than to relax and spend time with family. Turn off the mobile devices, stay home, and just enjoy the sounds, comfort and joy of the season with your family.
With today’s busy lifestyles and demanding budgets we can all use some budget friendly fall activities that won’t break the bank.