In reality, a week in the country was actually four days,
all filled with fun activities and some serious shopping.
We spent evenings at the campground, under the trees with a glass of wine,
but come daybreak we took to the road.
We drove as far as Sonora and Jamestown,
to Fiddletown and past the surrounding vinyards and wineries of the Shenandoah Valley,
and to Volcano and Sutter Creek where we spent some time with my sister.
We stopped for lunch along the way and for dinner when we got closer to the campground.
The Captain barbecued one night and I made a salad...
...that was the closest we got to anything remotely connected with the drugery of everyday life.
We drank lots of iced caramel lattes and had a very relaxing time and it all brought back a lot of very fond memories.
Not too long after we moved to Grass Valley, we bought a small 5th Wheel.
We rented a space in this very campground by the month and drove up to our "cabin in the country" every weekend.
We were both working at the time and it was a treat well within our budget.
At the beginning of the week the anticipation of the coming weekend made it all worthwhile.
As time went by we retired and became busy with working on the Cottage and the garden and we didn't go so much anymore.
We finally sold the little fifth wheel and bought our first motorhome.
We had fixed it up to our liking and I can just imagine the dealer's face when he went to pick it up and saw the big, beautiful, blue roses that I had stenciled all over the walls.
It was so cute and I wish I had pictures to show.
A new RV park opened up in Jackson and we started taking our motorhome there.
This is the first time we have been back to this little camp for quite awhile.
The trees have all grown and the duck population has increased,
but it still has that serene, cozy feeling that it had all those years ago.
We will be back again.
We did a lot of shopping, but not a lot of buying. (If you can believe that).
We picked up one very old, very dirty, but in my opinion, very great...
...piece that will be saved for another time.
This mama was very protective of her babies and was giving them constant advice on the evils of the world,
when she could catch up with them, that is!
We watched happy little kids fishing with their dads...
which reminded us of Jake and his dog, Cooper, (above) fishing from the very same spot 16 years ago.
Every little kid should get a chance to go camping.
We also saw a neighboring camper's dog slip his leash and almost decapitate a duck!
Lots of quacking but no harm, no fowl!!
We spotted a mountain lion behind the campground (true story..we both saw it).
It was quite a ways away but it was much larger than a regular cat, but there was no mistaking it was from the cat family.
It was light tan in color and very sleek with a long tail.
It may have come down from higher country because of the fires that have been going on in that general area.
I don't have any pictures to substantiate these last two occurances.
You will just have to take my word for it.
And look what was waiting for me when we picked up our mail...
I am in Heaven!!!
The sun setting over the Shenandoah Valley.
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