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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Catch up and some sad news...

Sunday afternoon was just plain lazy!  We were planning on bar b q chicken for dinner but we ended up watching Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and of course it was all hamburgers!  So what did we do? Switched from chicken to hamburgers.  I don't eat hamburgers very often but when I do I like Ken's bar b q burgers.  He didn't disappoint!  It was worth breaking the diet (haha).  
Ken's double cheeseburger! 

See why I love his burgers!

Monday morning I got out and decided to really clean the Komfort 5th wheel our stationary fifth wheel.  Long story short, it was our retirement 5th wheel, but didn't make it to retirement as the insurance company totalled it  after the frame and box tilted after a weekend at Winnemucca Dunes several years ago.  So we bought it back from  the insurance company to use a home base when we had our Winnemucca property.  Now it sits here in Yerington.  I love that RV it was the best we've ever had.  Now it's a little apartment if we have company.  The a/c doesn't work anymore but everything else does.  

It needed a little freshening up as it looks like we'll have company on Labor Day weekend.  So they can stay out there if they like or not.  

I did make a pair of room darkening curtains for up by the bed so today we'll get a tension rod or two at Walmart.  

After finishing that it was hot and Ken was finishing his project, of clearing weeds from around our hay drill at the beginning of the driveway.  Looks so much better now.  Those darn tumbleweeds, how they multiply.  

We enjoyed our front porch sittin...probably way too much.  Ken bar b qed the chicken we didn't do on Sunday and it was delicious.  

Today (Tuesday) he just got back from the dump and we're going to Gardnerville and pick up some groceries and stuff.  The day will pretty much be done by the time we get home. Tomorrow we'll both be around and Thursday we'll go our separate ways.  I'm heading over the hill for a few days with my sister, Linda and her family.  She rents a house at Dillon's Beach every year and she asked if I wanted to come.  well, duh!! Adam is the only grandkid not back at school yet, so he got a few days off from the pizza place and is coming with us. I'll be back  home Sunday afternoon. 

Ken has some friends he used to work with who come over to the area every year and watch Best In The Desert a race from Vegas to Reno on the dirt roads.   They hang out in Silver Springs for a few days.  Ken's gone over the last two years and spent a night so he's going to head over there on Thursday and spend 2 nights.  I was going to go with him this year but the beach or the hot hot desert?!  hmm..

Well, timing worked out that we made Carson Valley Inn for lunch at 1300..funny how that happens.  Ken ordered corned beef and cabbage, was a shocker.  It looked awesome and he really enjoyed it.  I opted for the big bird, turkey and it was huge!  I gotta say we've never had a bad meal there in the years we've been going! 

Ken's corned beef and cabbage.  I can say in almost 45 years of
marriage, I've never made it.  He loved it and he's not a fan of
carrots but liked these!

The big bird..no I didn't eat it all! 
Looks like we've made the decision to head out for a few days next week.  We're going to check out Wildhorse Resorvoir in northeastern Nevada.  We've never been so are looking forward to it! 

Got some sad news this afternoon.  My cousin Mary Ann in Kansas passed away.  I think she's about 58 years old.  She's had major health problems for years and been bedridden.  She's fought death several times over the years but it looks like bedsores going septic got her this time.  MaryAnn was the sweetest girl ever!  She would send cards for any occasion and call out of the blue.  We saw her a few years ago at her apartment and she was only able to sit in a wheelchair for about an hour, then she had to go back to bed.  She always had a positive outlook given her circumstances.  She loved Ken always called him her Kennnnnn.  With that cute little southern drawl she really dragged  his name out.  They say the good die young..and so true in this case.  She leaves behind two daughters and 4 young grandsons. My heart breaks for her girls.   

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Not a whole lot going on..

Yesterday morning (Saturday) after visiting with friends via internet and blogging we were talking about what to do.  Hot August Nights came up and went right where it should be back down..too many people.  Then we talked about Bodie Days.  Bodie Days is a day long event where Bodie State Park celebrates its history.  Sounds like a fun event, but we've been to Bodie when there's nothing going on and parking is still difficult, so we decided against that. Think we had our fill of people from Mammoth the day before. haha..

A couple of pics below of Bodie, we were there a couple of years ago with Seth and Mason while we were camping at Bridgeport, CA.  It started hailing and freezing rain..we ran to the truck and were cold to the bones!  Good times..haha

Love the old buildings..the stories they could tell! 

Our sunrise yesterday! You can tell by the time it's coming up
later and later..

Instead we decided to stay home and see what we could find to do here.  There's always something and more.  After breakfast Ken headed to town to see about getting the paperwork filled in for registering the other two quads.  Last time he got that done was on a Saturday at the equipment place in town.  You have to be certified by the state in order to fill out the paper.  Well, they only have one certified guy and he works every other Saturday (figures).  So he'll try again during the week.  

He came back home and decided to work on a couple of bicycles we have that have one problem or the other.  A few years ago we bought a few at Walmart for about $100.00 a piece, mainly so we'd have them here when the grandsons come.  They do use them, but when they were going uphill they must have pushed so hard the pedals broke!  He's had a heck of a time getting them off so we can replace them.  He called our son, Eric who has spent a lot of time on bicycles during his 42 years.  Eric gave him the info and then it was oh so easy! Thanks Eric!  Now we just have to find some pedals and they should be ready to go.  He had to fix a flat, and got that done, several times haha..

I ran to the grocery store in town for a few things.  Ken wanted stuffed bell peppers (with ground chicken breast) so got that and a few other things of course.  Got those made and then enjoyed the afternoon.  It's hot again, but thankfully not the 100's.  Upper 90's so we still need the a/c in the afternoon. 

Stuffed Bell Peppers with chicken and cheese..they
were yummy! 

Eric posted this pic of the 61 Chevy Impala he's working on..and because it's in front of that pond, you know its running!  

Eric's 1961 Chevy Impala..and sunset! 
Seth and Mason :)

6 years ago when we took the kids to Yellowstone..

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A surprise trip to Mammoth Lakes for the day!

This morning, (Saturday) I woke up at 0330 tossed and turned awhile and then told myself, if I'm not back to sleep by 0430, blog catch up time. So that's what happened. Going to get caught up here with these pictures and then go into yesterday.  I swear I don't know where the time goes, before you know it the day is done and I still haven't got the blog done.  Think i'll do it in the am and then something else happens. uhh..

First day of 7th grade for Grandson, Aaron

First day of 11th grade for Grandson, Jacob
Mason, before haircut

Mason after haircut..
Seth after haircut ..there's no before because
Seth always has a hat on..

Boys went fishing in a big pond near their house
Mason and a catch

Seth and a huge catch

Great nephew Owen is starting pre school..he's actually
headed to a day care until school has an
opening..looks like he did pretty good and enjoyed
making friends

Ken's brother, Don sent these pics yesterday of his grandsons playing at the elementary 
school in Cornersville, TN.  The boys have been staying with Don and Dana for awhile 
now as mom and dad are in the Army.  Their dad, Darryl is coming to pick them up this 
weekend and take them home to TX where he is stationed.  I know it's going to be lonely for 
Don and Dana when they're gone.  One thing about grandkids they keep you busy! Sure 
their daddy will be glad to have them home! 
Beautiful play equipment!

Devin (left) Tyson (right)

Devin doing the balance beam

Now i'll head onto Friday the 11th..We woke up about 0645! I know..late! Actually on Wednesday it was 0700.  Cooler mornings have made it easier to sleep in!  Did our usual, coffee, computer, a little exercise and then as we were finishing breakfast Ken says, "You know, I'm thinking want to take a drive to Mammoth and check out the campgrounds, maybe take some tuna sandwiches?"  and I responded, "Gee, um I don't know... yeah of course!"..so got ready pretty quickly and out the door we headed.  Too hot to get anything done at home so let's see some cooler weather! Mammoth is only about 120 miles from here, beautiful 2 lane roads pretty much all the way.  

So you know what's coming right!?!  Picture overload!  I try not too but as our grandson Jacob says.."Sometimes I just can't help myself!" 

Our beautiful Nevada Highways..love the traffic

Heading towards Bridgeport Ca on Hwy 338

Bridgeport Resorvoir 

So beautiful because it's so full!!

Back where the snow/glacier is where we usually go
camping..haven't made it yet this year..

Along hwy 395

Very smoky yesterday..

Looking down on Mono Lake..

Hwy 395 below and Mono Lake..
The School House Museum just off Hwy 395 in Lee Vining.  In all the years we've travelled that road never been to this little gem.  All because it was time to find a restroom. 

Ore Cart

Steam shovel
The Upside Down House was created by Nellie Bly O'Bryan a silent screen actress and long time resident of the mono Basin.  It was located along US 395 north of Tioga Lodge inspired by 2 children's stories..Upside Down Land and The Upsidedownian.  Nellie died in 1984 and the house fell into disrepair until it was rescued and moved in 2000.  The house became Mono County's first manmade tourist attraction in 1956 when she built it. 
This was something else...so cute

Everything upside down..

 Glad we stumbled upon this little gem..didn't have time to go inside the school house, but will
another time!

The school house museum..donations requested.

Loved this bus...Gypsies Dream..
The cars..the cars..the cars..all the way into Mammoth Village
Pretty amazing..they have shuttle stops all along the way
to take you to the village..no thank you..

Very smoky day..

Our lunch spot..Mountain biking very popular..watched kids get on the
lift..go to the top and then ride down.

You can barely see the gondola at the top but we took that
a few years ago and it goes up to 11000+..would do that
one again..

Part of Twin Lakes

Campsite at Lake Mary..no thanks..

Looking down on Twin Lake

Too many people made us do it! haha..

Horseshoe Lake..beautiful

This was on the sign board at Horseshoe Lake..Of course there
were people all over at the beach..and they were all on the ground.

Cute little trailer..

Twin Lakes

Every campsite was full all throughout the park..

Heading down from the campground areas

This lift goes right over the highway..

Mammoth Brewing..too many people to give it a thought..

 Mammoth Lakes area is also home to Devil's Postpile National Monument.  We took some of the grandkids a few years back.  We camped there so we got to take our vehicle, but now it's a shuttle from Mammoth to the Monument.  That puts a hitch in our giddyup as we much prefer to take our own vehicle, water, lunch etc. rather than be at the mercy of a shuttle.  One more park, too many people.
395 heading home..

Lee Vining..pretty little busy town in the summer..

Mono Lake once again..

Bridgeport, CA 

We live on 80 miles from here..so got 2 gallons of gas to
make sure we made it home..$4.09 a gallon!  Home is $2.77..

Love Sweetwater Summit..

 Enjoyed the drive both ways, but we know we won't be taking the trailer back there anytime soon. Just too many people to even think about camping there.

We got home about 1830. Unloaded our car and enjoyed the warm evening. Had to turn on the air conditioner as we noticed yesterday morning that little itty bitty gnats had come into the house via the screens on the windows.  We could tell as they were on the inside of the screen when the windows were closed.  Thought we were going to get by without them this year but no such luck I guess.