2015-11-26: Home to Craig’s Castle in Stockton, CA
It was Thanksgiving and time to join the family in Stockton for the big feast at Craig’s Castle overlooking the California Delta. We would head to Craig’s aboard the coach and spend the night on his driveway. The next day we headed to Gridley to visit my twin sis, Gale, and her husband, John.
I washed Big Blue a couple of days before and she was looking good and ready for the Thanksgiving trip. We were in no hurry to leave home as dinner wouldn’t be served ’til after 1600. We loaded up at our leisure and left home a bit after noon. It was a very short drive to Craig’s, about 20 miles or so, and we arrived early enough to visit and help with the preparations.
The family Thanksgiving gathering: Laura, Craig, Dale, Lavonne, Darren, Jeremy, Ashley, Janice, Javier, Breanne, Brett.
Big Blue on Craig’s driveway for the Thanksgiving gathering.
The day was a joyful occasion as are all of our family gatherings. Though the day was cold the time together was warm and everyone enjoyed the company and the feast.
We spent the night in the coach, warm and cozy, although the night was very cold.
Friday, Day 2, Stockton to Gridley, CA via I-5, SR99.
Craig, Laura, Bre, Javier, Lavonne and I gathered around the kitchen and dining room on Friday morning and most of us snacked on left overs. Bre whipped up some potatoes and veggies for breakfast for anyone who wanted some real breakfast. We visited for a few hours, enjoying an extended Thanksgiving.
We climbed aboard the coach around 1100 and headed to Gridley to spend the day and night at my sis, Gale’s, in Gridley.
Some views as we drove north to Gridley:
It was a very breezy drive as this huge flag in Sacramento indicates. And the air was cold! It was a good day to be inside!
The Sacramento skyline as we streaked through Sacramento.
Crossing the Feather River on SR99 en route to Gridley.
The birds love the few rice paddies that are still flooded. Most of the many rice paddies along our drive were dry.
The Buttes, a small range of hills in the flatlands of the Sacramento Valley.
Jacks down at Gale and John’s near Gridley where we spent Friday and Friday night.
We arrived at Gale and John’s early in the afternoon to visit and continue our extended Thanksgiving. My twin sis, Gale, had been dealing with walking and balance issues and we were glad to see she had improved somewhat since our last visit. She was her same old self, sweet and loving, but had a tough time getting around, needing a walker and John’s assistance to stay safe.
We had a lovely visit all afternoon and into the evening. For dinner we had leftovers from our big meal at Craig’s, plus John had whipped up some treats and baked fresh bread for the occasion as well. We enjoyed a second Thanksgiving dinner!
I sat by Gale in the living room and we sang old hymns together, something we have done all our lives. When we were youngsters we sang duets in church on occasion and we still enjoy singing those old songs.
The Old Folks gathered for our second Thanksgiving meal, and it was as good as the first. Gale and John had their Thanksgiving with John’s side of the family the day before.
Around 2000 Lavonne and I headed back to the coach for the night. I watched TV a while and we both spent time online doing our Internet surfing.
The night was cold, down into the low 30s. Still, we were snug and warm in our cozy Big Blue. We had all the comforts of home including forced air heating and hot showers. Life is good aboard Big Blue!
Saturday, Day 3, Gridley to home via SR99, I-5:
I was up and around before 0600 to turn on the water heater and warm up the coach.
Morning aboard the coach; after the morning chores both of us went online as we began our day.
We worked through the morning chores, made coffee, and settled in with the computers ’til we could go into the house and visit awhile before heading home. A bit after 0800 we went to the house for some breakfast and visiting. We had pumpkin pie, homemade bread, and other goodies that made little sense for breakfast. But it was good!
We visited ’til around 1000 when we said our good-byes and headed for home. The day was perfect for travel, sunny but cold and little wind.
We arrived home a bit before 1300. We unloaded the coach and dumped the tanks. I put Big Blue away ’til our next trip which would likely be Christmas. We planned to repeat this trip to Craig’s for Christmas and to Gale’s for our birthday. Gale and I are twins and were born the day after Christmas a long, long time ago.
Life is good with a motorhome!