Day 1, Home to Gale and John’s near Gridley, CA via I-5, CA99
We were due for a visit to see my dear twin sis, Gale, and John near Gridley which is only a bit over a hundred mile drive for us. Our planned trips for the next two months, Thanksgiving and Christmas, would also be to their place – and of course, to our son Craig’s place in Stockton for the holidays.
Our drive took us through the heavy traffic of Sacramento and then near Woodland we headed north on the more rural CA99. We find little to like ’til we get beyond Sacramento, but then we enjoy driving through the farmland. It was autumn, and the remaining crops were busily being harvested.
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We stopped for lunch at a fruit stand somewhere south of Yuba City. We bought a few pluots there, a fruit somehow produced through crossing plums with apricots, hence the name. We whipped up sandwiches for lunch and enjoyed them in the coach. During the entire 40 minutes or so we were there, not one other customer visited the stand. They had little fresh fruit available, and we wondered how they could stay open.
We arrived at Gale and John’s about 1330 and were looking forward to seeing their son, Kevin, for the first time in almost 10 years. He lives in Arizona with his wife, Kelli, and their college kids, Nathan and McKenzie. Part of the reason for the timing of this trip was to see Kevin after all those years. He would fly out of Sacramento that evening, but we did get to visit for a few hours.
A fine family photo, indeed! Seated is Lavonne (L) and my twin sis, Gale. Standing (l-r) is that Selleck look-alike, John, and Kevin.
We brought along makins’ for strawberry shortcakes, and since Kevin wouldn’t be around for dinner, we enjoyed the strawberries as an afternoon snack before he and John headed to the airport. They were about the last berries of the season, but they were still good – and the strawberry cake Lavonne baked the day before was certainly better than the usual little round shortcakes sold in most stores.
Big Blue parked at Gale and John’s home for our visit.
When John and Kevin headed to the airport, we continued our visit with Gale. We figured John would be back from the airport run around 1900, and had home baked Papa Murphy pizza ready when he arrived. Along with salad the pizza made an excellent dinner – and it’s something we enjoy but rarely allow ourselves.
We had a good visit over dinner with Gale and John, but when 2000 hours rolled around, we bid them goodnight and headed to the coach. My dear sis deals with a form of Parkinson’s, and she was pretty tired from the big day. Having our own place just outside in the driveway makes our visits very easy on everyone, and we do whatever we can to avoid adding any work to John’s full plate of running the house alone as well as caring full time for Gale. There must be a special place in heaven for those who care for ill loved ones – it’s a big and challenging job and John seems to handle it pretty well. He does have a gardener and a housekeeper that help, and that’s a good thing. Still, he’s a very busy fella.
Back at the coach Lavonne and I spent time on the computers as she visited her favored sites and I edited photos and wrote this travelogue. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening aboard as the coach is one of my favorite places. After Lavonne retired for the night, I watched part of a documentary on YouTube. I called it a day and headed to bed around 2300. It had been a very nice day.
Day 2, Gridley to home via CA99, I-5: 242 miles (entire trip)
We enjoyed a quiet and restful night aboard Big Blue out in the country near Gridley. I put a blanket at the foot of the bed expecting a cool night, and at one point I did pull it up over us.
It was sometime around 0630 that I rolled out of the sack and began my day. Lavonne joined me sometime around 0700. We had the heaters going to be comfy that morning, but it was a clear, beautiful country morning.
We walked to the house when Gale and John were up and around. It was, as usual, decided that John and I would make a Mickey D’s run for breakfast. We returned with delicious breakfast sandwiches all ’round, and then enjoyed the pluots from the fruit stand.
After breakfast I prepared Big Blue for our trip home, and after farewells and hugs, we climbed aboard and pulled out of their driveway about 1000.
En route home I could not resist stopping at the Mickey D’s just south of Sacramento on Pocket Rd. I ordered a large coffee and a small McFlurry. Their little pumpkin pies were back for the season and I had to have one of them, for sure! Back aboard and continuing south, I enjoyed the pig out. My cute lil’ Trail Buddy, with much more control than I, resisted all temptation. I suppose that for some people, one Mickey D meal is enough for one day, but I’m just not able to comprehend such an idea.
We arrived home about 1000 and unloaded the coach. Afterward, I dumped the holding tanks, topped off the fresh water tank, and backed Big Blue into her RV barn. It was a lovely visit with my dear sis and John, and it was a real treat to see my nephew, Kevin, after almost 10 years.
And we’re looking forward to our Thanksgiving and Christmas travels to Gale and John’s again, and the holidays at Craig’s in Stockton. And I am especially looking forward to January and my annual Search for Sunshine adventure in the southern states!