I hate flying! I remember when it used to be fun, you even got ‘dressed up’ to fly. And now they want to not only to charge you for your luggage, but when I asked if I could change my seat to an ‘exit row’, they said certainly, $39 please. (More leg room.) Every flight (4) back and forth from Tampa to Sacramento was packed. The only food was for sale and was ice cold. Every overhead bin was full and people were fighting for space. And you still ask why I chose to travel cross-country in my own movable home-on-wheels? Now you know!
But once I arrived, I had a fabulous visit. It was so nice to see my oldest and spend some quality time with him. It’s been too long since we had time to just sit and talk with each other. I met my grandpuppy, Macy, and had so much fun with Tobin’s girlfriend, Courtney, and her extended family.
We spent one full day in San Francisco and had perfect weather. I love this city – if only I would win the lottery, it would be where I would choose to live. We took the boat out to Alcatraz and had a really interesting tour of the old prison. Plus the view of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge is just breathe-taking from there. And of course, I just had to stop at Britex Fabrics and purchase a few pieces of delicious woolens that were begging to be made into a new coat & shirt.
On Christmas Eve we drove up to McCloud, CA. It’s on the CA/OR border and directly under Mt. Shasta. This is the town where Courtney’s parents are from, and where the relatives still gather – over 40 of them. We had a great 4-bedroom house for just our group and I enjoyed not cooking for the first time in years. From rack of lamb on the grill to deep fried turkey, plus every side dish imaginable, delicious cookies and homemade fudge, we ate, talked, and ate some more. As you can see, there was lots of snow on the mountain, but thankfully, none on the roads.
Tobin and I returned to Sacramento Saturday afternoon as we both had early flights Sunday morning. I to return to Tampa, and he to meet up with his brother and friends in Chicago for the annual Bears/Viking’s game on Monday night. If you happened to catch the game, the good guys (da Bears) beat The Purple People Eaters and Mr. Farve in overtime!
It’s now Wednesday and I’m back to work. My body-clock it totally screwed-up and I want to put my head on my desk and take a nap. The ladies are in the pool doing water aerobics (it’s 62 degrees, sunny, and the pool temp is 87). The park is filled with lots of new RV’s and life is back to ‘normal.’ In 2 weeks I head back to Tampa to attend the mega RV show for 3 days. It will be fun to see and tour all the new models.
I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoy a happy & prosperous New Year!
Until next time….take care of each other.
3 Replies to “CHRISTMAS IN CALIFORNIA”
Hi! I am a Newbie/Wannabee who stumbled across your blog while researching FTing – so glad I did! Your trip to CA sounds wonderful. When my Daddy was alive, San Francisco was his favorite city in the lower 48. I've never visited but cannot wait to go – it is on \”my list\”! I will be looking for workamping opps as a single mom with a 9 yod when we hit the road (hopefully summer 2010), so I enjoy reading about your experiences. Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your wonderful life!Kerri
It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas holiday. I do recall the days of flying and being treated like royalty! It was fun. I remember my Mom getting all dressed up to fly, too, and bringing back Braniff playing cards and wings and other goodies. I think that ticket prices were relatively higher, too, in the old days. I guess this is the price of competition and the ability to shop around much more easily. I do miss the old days of fun flying a lot.I always enjoy your posts and photos. Happy new year!! Have fun at the big RV show.
Happy New Year Re. I'm so glad to have stumbled across your blog a while back. I still have the desire and your adventures are filling, even if I may never follow in your footsteps. Thanks for a glimpse into RVing it, Re style. 🙂