|Thursday evening getting caught up with a handful of friends.|
Friday is the annual golf tournament and again Bill is the unofficial-official so he and several others are out early. Maggie and I have planned a day on Christmas Tree Pass to enjoy the natural beauty and to add our own decorations. We have such a wonderful conversation that I fail to take any pics of the pretty geology along the way. A short hike breaks up our drive, and then we find a tree to decorate. I'm surprised to see only one other dressed up tree when last time I was here there were several decorated junipers along the hillside. We wrap up our outing with a yummy lunch at Casa Serrano - always a good choice!
|The camera doesn't pick up the pretty blue and gold decorations shining in the sun. We're happy with our efforts.|
|It's a fun way to spend half an hour adding to a tradition along this back road between Laughlin and Highway 95.|
|Tessa and Lizzie are very enthusiastic about the project.|
|It used to be a couple ice chests that brought us all together - now it's an outdoor coffee pot :-)))|
|Bill and Dan|
With our back-on-the-road plans it's very likely we'll miss our first reunion in 13 years in 2022, so I'm glad we made the effort to do this modified gathering. We continue to be grateful for our connection with friends from our little hometown.
|Surely we'll have all we need in stores and elsewhere very soon with the million trucks we see on the road and the thousand long trains full of cargo!|
|Wide open spaces in all directions from the park. The airstrip is the thin dark stripe in the near distance.|
|The few weeds here are the exception to an otherwise landscape of dirt.|
|Lots of this.|
Our destination is Grover Beach, California, close to the new home of Bill's best college friends, Steve and Lori. They all attended nearby Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo a "few" years ago. Bill is even the one who introduced them :-) Realizing their retirement dream, they returned to the area and a beautiful new home overlooking a vineyard just over a year ago.
|Lori and Steve host us each evening in their wonderful open new home. The floor plan is brilliant!|
|Pic from earlier in the year, their beautiful backyard overlooks vineyards that are wearing their golden fall colors during our visit.|
Mostly we visit, but also get out to see some of their neighborhood. The central coast is such a unique and lovely area, I'm so happy for them!
|One of several Monarch Groves in the area.|
|Hard to capture in the light, but there are several individual and clusters of the beautiful butterflies.|
|Bigger yay are the negative results now, and the 24-hour follow up. Yes, it's weird that "C" means you don't have COVID.|
While we're on the coast Elliott turns one! That was really fast!! A delightful, beautiful, funny little boy, we can't wait to see him and Ezra and their parents in a couple days.
|Too cool Elliott :-)|
|Happy, happy birthday boy.|
|Just yesterday his brother Ezra was that size!|
Next up we make another new-to-us drive on our way to Frazier Park, California, for the first of our visits with the grands!