It’s been a long time since I’ve written!
After driving up the Big Sur coast November 12, with a stop at Napenthe to enjoy the view and a cup of their wonderful coffee, we make our way to Salinas where I’ll be staying with my friend Mary. I park WS on the street beside her house, and stay in Mary’s extra bedroom.
November 15 I go with Jason and Mandy to Modesto for the engagement party her parents are giving them. Before the party Mandy and I go to the bridal shop where all the girls in her wedding party meet and pick out the dresses they will wear in the wedding. What fun!
With little time to spare we go to our hotel and get ready for the party, then take a taxi to her parents home. The sight that greets us when we arrive is about as romantic as you can imagine. It’s dark outside by now and the front of the house is lit with well over 100 candles, and there are white flowers planted for the occasion.
Inside the house is also lit with candles, as is the canopy covered back yard. Seventy to eighty people welcome Jason to the family. There is lots of dancing and lots of champagne. Also a lovely cake.
We get back to our hotel about 3am!
Sunday afternoon I’m back in Salinas. Mary has taken good care of Joy and Shiloh for me and I appreciate that so much!
Monday the 17th I pack up WS and we head to Seaside, about 17 miles away, to stay by Terri’s house for the week. Back in the ‘home place’ again I have lots of errands to run, doctors to see (and the vet), and I visit my mom every other day or so.
My South Dakota license plates have arrived in the mail and friend Phil puts them on WS and JR for me.
Saturday November 22 I hook up before the rain starts and head back to Mary’s house. She left this morning for a dream vacation to Hawaii and I will be house sitting for her while she is away.
Sunday morning Patty and I meet for coffee and compare notes on places we’ve traveled. She and her husband have been to some beautiful places in Utah and Nevada.
Later in the afternoon Laura and Joel (Pole) come over for a visit, and bring the ingredients for the most delicious margaritas with a syrup they made from blackberries they picked on Bainbridge Island in August. They also bring all the fixings for a wonderful vegan meal….and they prepare it. Joel has been gathering parts to fix the speaker system in WS, and that project now comes together and IT WORKS!! It was broken during one of my good bye parties so I’ve never gotten to use it….till now. It hooks up to my iPod and sounds wonderful!
Also, I just received a new wireless printer from Amazon and Joel programs that for me, and it works perfectly! Thank you Joel for all your help. (He is also the creator of the Joel Pole.)
My next project between visits to my mom (oh and a soak in Mary’s hot tub this morning:-), is to figure out where I go from here. Now I will be able to travel more like I had in mind from the beginning…take my time, spend longer in an area, and relax. I’ve been spending LOTS of money on gas, and haven’t really had time to figure out much about boon docking areas….until now! Last night and this morning I’ve been pouring over maps, and reading old posts from RVSue. Two years ago right about now she was in the area of southern CA, and AZ that I’d like to spend some time in, before I go on to the Tucson area.
This is fun, and I’m excited!