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Clear Lake

Snow at Clear Lake in April?

 

Rocky and Dad


I thought about several different titles for my blog today as we were traveling north through California. It could have been Green on Green for the beautiful scenery. John said at one point, It Sure Is Prettier Than the Desert. That would have worked. But I decided that being One of Those Days was appropriate and would actually incorporate all the other possibilities into it.

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We had a wonderful visit with Auntie Squeak and Uncle Steve. It is always such a pleasure to see them and I am fascinated at how well they are doing when both of them are well into their 80's. Makes me whining about turning 70 seem pretty insignificant. We ate lots of good food, played a rousing game of Boggle, and talked about a multitude of memories. I love to hear stories of days gone by from Uncle Steve. He and Squeak have lived a pretty wonderful life together for the past 68 or so years.

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This morning, we were up early, ready to move on, and lo and behold, the rig would not start! Say what!!! Dead battery. John even tried the emergency start button, but the engine would not turn over. I had turned on the satellite radio one night and that was a mistake. We were surprised that the emergency start would not even turn the engine over, however, since I always thought that would work if the batteries ever did run down. But, it did not work.

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So, we ended up sitting and waiting for about two hours for Kevin to show up in his big tow truck to jump us. It took him about two minutes to start the rig but we had hoped by that time to be half way to our destination. I told John that we had to look on the bright side. It was raining earlier and by the time we got started, the rain had stopped. Also, I always wonder if we just weren't supposed to be on the highway early this morning and since we were not, we might have missed having an accident. You never know. It was just one of those days.

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We headed north on Highway 65 through green farmland under a sky filled with gorgeous clouds. We had occasional rain showers, but for the most part, we avoided any heavy downpours. The countryside was just gorgeous. It is a lot greener here in California than I expected. I know the rain is much needed so we are not complaining.

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We turned onto Highway 20 in Marysville and passed through the pretty town of Yuba City with tree lined streets and gorgeous old houses. As we moved into the foothills, the green scenery was overwhelming. It was just spectacular. You cannot imagine all the shades of green until you see them splattered all over a hillside. There were pink and purple bushes blooming here and there to add to the beauty. The old oak trees were a bright green with black trunks either from being wet or because they are Black Oak Trees.

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We stopped for breakfast and turned off the engine before we remembered Kevin's warning about running it for a while before doing that. Whoops. Hope it starts again. John had pulled into a big parking lot, wondering how he was going to get out. When we came out from eating, there were several cars parked in the way, preventing him from turning in a circle. He turned the key in the ignition, and whew: it started. He couldn't turn around, so he went out the entrance to a bank. It Was One of Those Days; and boy, were we lucky!

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We headed to Clear Lake. It was cloudy and cold when we stopped for gas. In the tiny community of Lucerne, I noticed the higher hills in the distance were covered with a dusting of snow! Is this April?

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We are staying for the next three weeks in Ukiah at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. There is a small RV park here with full hookups, showers, and laundry. We do not have cable but do get a few channels with our antenna, and of course, we have our own MiFi.

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We are staying in Ukiah to visit best buddies, Linda and Ray, who are living in Ukiah until the first of May when they will return to their home in Lake Tahoe. It will be so nice to be able to visit for several days instead of having to cram a year's worth of visiting into two or three days. I told Linda I am staying until she gets sick of me!



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