Beautiful Clearlake in California

Beautiful Clearlake in California
Beautiful Clear Lake, California
My blog is positive, uplifting and informative about our life with family & friends. I love to cook, so you will also be blessed to have some of my secrets of cooking as well. And like our title we are full of Adventures (camping, fishing, boating, atv'in, traveling, etc..), Cuisinier (French, cook or chef) I love to cook! Concoctions (something created, could be food or most anything). Being that I am creative, you will find that throughout my life and blogging. We hope you enjoy reading about our rich and full life! Thank you and feel free to comment or just read.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Abalone Weekend at Manchester 9/2014

Mike & Mary Ann invited us to join them in Manchester back in June for this past weekend’s abalone feed. Douglas Dive Club is from the southern part of CA. These guys travel a long ways to come to these events.The151 Dive Club from the bay area (the guys from the 151 are all pretty much retired now).
We had a musician amongst us this time. His name was Sean and he played the ‘fiddle’.. He did quite a bit of Irish music.. It was fun to have the music around the campfire at night.
The day we went to the beach we met a woman from Ireland, whom was swimming in the surf!! Burrr a bit cold, but not for her..
It’s a fun weekend! It’s mostly all about eating. Smile As you will see in the photos.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Honors in Reno Moose Conference

For those of you that know me, you know that I am involved with the Moose and have been for many years. I originally joined in 1978. I kept my due up for about 5 or so years, but then didn’t keep them up.. However then again in 1991 I joined again and have been a member ever since! that is about 23 years now..
In the recent years I have been more involved in the politics of the Moose. I have been an officer in some respect. In 2006 I was Senior Regent. Very dedicated year, but I wasn’t well supported. I did however work very hard. The “recorder” (my best advocate) died early on, sad. So I was pretty much on my own. Our lodge (men) that year got an award of being a 5 ***** Star Lodge (Men’s awards).. However, due to my ignorance of the procedures of the Women of the Moose as well as the implement of computers (moose international struggling), I had a really tough year and didn’t receive my personal honors! I worked really hard..Our Women of the Moose did really well with most everything, except for some paper work that didn’t get recorded.. Soooo and life goes on..
A couple of years ago Pam Rowland/Tina Bouse, Laura Weldy, came into the Moose and things were turning around from a long time struggling Women of the Moose. Again I was getting more involved, was an officer once again.. Chaplin I think.. then Senior Regent once again. This time I had a wonderful team of women behind me. There was Pam, Tina, Laura, and more,  and a  great team of chairman!!

This time, our team made the “award of achievement”, all our ducks were in a row!! YIPEEEEEEEEEE This is a great honor for our Women of the Moose (WOTM)! We had to exceed our membership by at least one from the previous year, have a dollar more in our money accounts than the previous year, and have all our paper work in order.. And by God, we did it!! And now as Senior Regent I was eligible for my personal honors! First “Green Cap”, that is what I received this past weekend in Reno, next I will receive my “College of Regents” in St. Louis in June of 2016. The only requirements I need to do for that is bring in 2 new members, and hold a dinner.. Smile Got it covered! And if wasn’t for all the support I had with the team of officers and my chairman, it would have never been possible!! Thanks to all of you that helped me make my personal honors! And a special Thanks to Hildagard Boardly for being my capping officers.



Pam and I went up to Reno on the 3rd and stayed at the Atlantis. Not only was it Moose Conference we are also there to have fun.. When we have these Moose Conferences or Conventions, there are lots of parties going on as well! Called Hospitality Rooms.. you will see in some of the photos “pics’ of room numbers.. “
It was a fun weekend!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Rodman Slough at Clear Lake 9/1/2014

Ev and I have talked several time about going on the lake at Rodman Slough to see the nesting Grebes. They are amazing!
Please read this incredible article about our “Dancing Grebes”.
We went out today (Monday) for a few hours and took some shots of the Grebes, Pelicans, Blue Herons, White Egrets along with a variety of other birds..




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lake County Fair/Jim Steele for Supervisor! 8/31/14





Fun at Ernie & Shirleys!!

Impromptu party at Vasheresse’s!! Lots of fun people to hang with! As the night progresses, and we all are having more fun! and more fun! Fun times had by all!!
Thank you guys for always having the BEST parties! Don’t ever stop!! Enjoy the pics!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Quad Ride with Doc/Pam; 8/27

While Pam and I was in Placerville earlier this weekend, we set up this quad ride with the guys for today.. We started out about 10pm.. We had packed a lunch and ice coolers strapped to the back of the 4 wheelers. We had a great ride! We headed back to Indian Valley Res.. the water level is very low.. from the boat launch to the edge of the lake is about 2.3 miles.. Pretty low..
It’s about 72 miles round trip!! By the time we reached the lake temps outside were screaming HOT, about 110 I would believe. We had plenty of water so we were good. It was a fun day!!
Pretty tired out tonight.. Catching up on my blog.. Smile

Monday, August 25, 2014

Placerville with Pam for Moose meeting

When Pam and I were in West Sacramento a couple of weeks ago for Officers Training, we found out about a dinner for individuals that held “honors” from the Moose that there was going to be a dinner held in Placerville for members of the “Higher Degree”. So we decided to attend.
We made reservations at a local bed & breakfast in Camino where the Placerville Moose is located.
The Camino Hotel & Bed/Breakfast..cute little place.. and a great breakfast.
We had a nice dinner and met some nice people and reconnected with others..
Earlier the day we arrived, we decided to do some shopping in the cute shops in Placerville. Founds some great treasures.. and some xmas presents too..



Friday, August 22, 2014

Lee & Laura Dinner at the Moose 8/22

We had a great time at Lee & Laura’s dinner at the Moose. They had a great turn out! And the food was delicious! BBQ chicken dinner.. Turned out Great..
The entertainment was the Angelite and the Harmony Boys.. They did a cute skit entertaining us with music and dancing from the 50s!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Day on the Lake 8/20

This is our impromptu day on the lake.. We decided to take the boat out on the lake and just have a day.. We took a ride over to “The Spot” in Clearlake.. Had a lovely lunch and a very relaxing day. The lake is in great shape in spite of the drought we are experiencing.. Great fun..



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Blue Lakes with Phil/Toni 8/15

 Knew Phil & Toni were going to be at Blue Lakes this week for vacationing. They invited Ev and I over for a day of fun.. We packed up a lunch and brought some stuff for dinner too.. Had a wonderful day kayaking, visiting and having fun with Barbie and friends..

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Celebrating Ev’s Birthday & Jim Walsh

Ev’s actual birthday was August 6th.. We celebrated with friends at Running Creek Casino.
Charles, Pam & Doc, Gayle & Rob.. Nice people! Pretty much a impromptu party.. Everyone was game.. Dinner was outstanding.. We all either had Prime Rib or a Delmonico Steak at the low price of $8.99, not bad at all..

Before we left on our last adventure we planned on having a dinner here at the house to celebrate Ev’s and Jim’s Birthday. Jim’s birthday was July 26th..
We had a nice group for dinner last night.. Milton, Jim & Shirley, Conn & Marcia and our favorite “son”, Charles.. Smile
Most everyone arrived about 430ish.. Charles was extremely late.. Sad smile Gave some excuse like he had to do business!! Aww huh! Should have come up with a better one that!! LOL just kidding Charles.. Love ya dar’lin..

We had way too much food.. Had BBQ pork ribs, trout, rosemary potatoes, salad, cut up fruit and garlic bread!! and then rum cake (Shirley made) for dessert with vanilla Ice cream.. Yep pretty much had to roll everyone out of here last night.. Smile 
We had a fun fun time!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Medicine Lake Lost Weekend

This morning we noticed how much more smoke there was the day before. The smoke was infused through the trees and the hazed encompassed the camp ground and there was a haze over the whole lake! Pretty depressing. And us really not knowing how bad all the fires were all around us.
We went through our day as we would normally. We went fishing on Medicine, no luck so we headed over to Bullseye lake about noon or so… when we got back to camp there was this note from some very welcome guests!! Glorianne and Stan arrived at our camp about noon. After they ate their lunch, they headed over to little Medicine and caught a couple of really nice brookies.. Smile
We got back to camp saw the note and headed up to little Medicine when we meet them on the road. We turned around and went back to camp so we could catch up and visit. G & S didn’t come with trailer in tow. They only came for the day and a visit. It was just nice to sit and visit with them both.. Lots going on where they lived and with the fire, they weren’t sure where they may be needed.
We did do ok with fishing today.. about 8 trout, rainbow we caught at Bullseye.. cleaned and froze them.
We didn’t do kayak ride this evening.. we just hung out at camp and some nice ribs..
On Saturday another smoke filled day.. No sun, looks overcast.. a bit depressing..not knowing how bad the fires were getting. We did go out an do some fishing again today.. We did some beach time and kayaking with the dogs today too.. Took some terrific photos at sunset.. Incredible images across the skies.. Check out the photos, they have some really strange outlines of light..

Sunday we made a pretty lazy day of the day.. We even watched a movie.. I think we were just tired.. maybe cause of the gray skies it was a bit depressing, not very motivating at any rate.. We did fish some, caught 2 limits.. Smile Not such a bad day.. Made hamburgers for dinner.. and it was an early evening..
We planned on stopping in and staying a night with friends in McArthur, however once we were driving down the hill we found that we had several messages from Glorianne, not to come their way as the fires were ravaging everywhere! Roads were closed, people were loosing their homes, the landscaped was being raped of the lushes pines.. burnt to nothing.. Roads that we would usually go home by were now closed, Towns were being evacuated, smoke filled the air. We watched caravans of fire trucks and fire fighters pass us.. heading toward the fire areas.. So sad.. We detoured back up to Shasta City and came down I-5 to come home. Our travel day was lots cooler than it had been in the valley for weeks! A good day to travel.. A great vacation adventure!
It’s great to be home!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Back to CALI and Medicine Lake

We are back in Cali.. Smile We left Roseburg about 6am headed back to California. We wanted to beat the heat. We knew the days heat would bring high temps and wanted to get the climb out of Ashland over early before the heat index was too high. We reached Ashland about 830 or so. Got fueled up and we were on our way.. It was already 80 plus and we had an 8 mile mountain to climb with truck & trailer.. Just about a mile from the top we pulled off to let the truck cool down.. didn’t’ know we only had a mile to go.. but what the heck.. aww we made it.. Medicine lake here we come.
We made it to Medicine lake about 2pm.. Weather was considerably cooler than down below.. was about 79 degrees, a welcome change over the 100 degree temps we were in for the past few days!!

We didn’t get our normal camp spot #14 next to the lake. Sad smile
too many people this time of the year! OMG by Friday night the campground was packed!! Never seen so many people here before.. but never been here in the summer before..
We took the kayaks out that evening.. The skies were filling with the smoke of the surrounding fires. One being the “Eiler fire” Hat Creek.. Ev and I ‘s most favorite place was on fire! And it is still burning only today 8/5 is it at 20% contained.. Sad smile
Friends Glorianne & Stan have evacuees from the “Sand” fire staying with them. Housing not only people with trailers but horses as well. So many fires!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

African Safari/Winston, OR with Don & Gail

What a great day Gail planned for us!! OMG, never went on an African safari ever!! Wildlife African Winston, OR.. Amazing, Incredible, and so many other adjectives that I can’t think of right this minute!! Both Ev & I thought it was amazing to say the least.
Don & Gail arrived to pick us up at the park where we were staying in the trailer about 11am.. We went straight to the park which was less than a mile from where we were staying. Gail got a deal on the passes for the day for all of us!! Smile
We arrived at the park about 11:30am or so.. we walked around the “walking part” of the grounds. We even took a little ride on the little train.. Smile 





What an incredible day this was. I am not one for zoo’s.. don’t like to see animals that are wild in captivity.. however this was pretty darn good! however I would imagine the liability insurance this place carries must be EXPENSIVE! Not to mention the FOOD bill.. ok better not go there! Look at the pictures  Smile
After a fabulous drive through the park and seeing all the animals in somewhat of a natural habitat.. At least the animals that run pretty much FREE, have no predators.. Smile 
We had lunch under a wonderful tree after touring the grounds..

Still very HOT day! Seems like we just can’t escape the heat this trip..
Don & Gail dropped us off at our trailer about 3ish or so.. Took a much needed rest and then went over for yet another fantastic dinner at Gail & Don’s! At this point I am thinking we should have taken them to dinner.. but oh no, Gail was cooking salmon! And it was to die for! You two out did yourselves this time! WOW what a great time we had! Smile You are amazing! I am sure when we left you needed to rest for at least a week! Thank you for everything! A real wonderful experience all the way around! Next time I think Gail and I should get a pedicure and go shopping.. Don can go fishing and Ev can go play golf.. sounds like a plan.. it would be much more relaxing.. Love ya sweetie!

Oregon Bound/Gail & Don’s

We were up early, ready for a day’s drive to Roseburg, OR where our friends Gail & Don live. We made reservations at the Rising River RV park in Roseburg for the 3 nights we would be in Roseburg.
Gail & Don were ready for us when we arrived. We didn’t pull into the park till well after 5pm on Monday 7/28/14. Gail was

holding dinner till we could get set up. What a good friend she is..
We arrived at the house about 630pm and dinner was ready.. We enjoyed a nice rotisserie chicken from costco!! Smile Best dang chicken! She had made side dishes to go with it.. Everything tasted wonderful! It was a very HOT day, over a 100 degrees! We enjoyed their company for a few hours and then we were back at the trailer for the evening. We had  busy day on Tuesday planned.
Gail arrived at our trailer about 11am to take us out for a day of wine tasting.. We stopped at few different wineries in the Umpqua Valley. I particularly liked the first winery we went to,
Becker Vineyard. A very unique Winery. Their methods are different. First of all they are dry farmed vineyard. Which makes the grapes “stressed” for which it seems they make a better wine. ? I did like 2 of the wines. I really liked the Pinot Gris (white wine) and the red table Mud Dog was fabulous! None are cheap, but affordable.

From here we went on to Reustle - Prayer Rock Vineyards, a very upscale winery. I wasn’t so impressed with the wines. However I did think their GrĂ¼ner Veltliner was nice. In CA when we buy a bottle of wine, they wave the tasting fees, not here, so beware. A $24 bottle of wine cost us $39!! a bit much..Maybe this is why I wasn’t so impressed?


Moving right along we headed to the final stop Henry Estate Winery. By the time we had arrived here we were all a bit tired. So we sat outside and had our lunch that Gail bought for us from Subway Smile.. After lunch we were all feeling a bit more tired. We did go into the winery, but didn’t feel much like tasting, so we thought it was a good idea to go back and rest for awhile then come back over for dinner at Gail & Don’s..So that is what we did. It was another HOT day, over 100 again.. So getting out of the heat for a couple of hours and resting sounded really good before dinner..
Before we left for the day, Gail had put on a roast in the crock pot.. very good dinner once again.. We had a lovely day! Thank you Gail for making a very special day!