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 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!

Ron & Suzi time… :)

After truly and amazing afternoon with Irene and her family, we had made plans for dinner with Ron & Suzi, Rod and Darin & Denice.
I picked up some stuff for salad, the bread and had a tri tip in the freezer. So as soon as we got back from Gig Harbor, went back to the trailer and made the salad, did a fruit tray, packed up the rest of food and headed over to brother Ron’s house. We had a most relaxing evening with family and friends. It was just the awesome day!

On Sunday we decided that night before as we were eating dinner that we should all go to the lake! Which lake was still in questions until we arrived on Sunday morning and we decided on Lake Tanawax..We had the kayaks and our chairs a cooler and a lunch.. We were ready. When we arrived at Ron & Suzi’s they too were ready for the day.. Off we went..
It was a beautiful day!! Temps were well into the 80’s making a great day at the lake. We brought the dogs and they were a handful, due to I couldn’t take them off their leashes.. Sad smile Totally sucked. Oh well we got through it.
After we arrived brother Ron says to me, “you wanna bet that Rod will show up”? I said no cause I was sure he would.. and he did! It a fun day to spend with my brothers that I don’t get to see as often as I would like to. Being that we live so far away, so there are limited time in visiting.. However this weekend with Ron & Suzi and Rod was fantastic!! Suzi is a wonderful friend! Just love her to death! We got to catch up while sitting there on the beach.. Another fantastic day! However it too was a sad day.. We would be leaving to head back toward home.. Saying Good bye is always sad.. Love you all so much!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jr High School School BFF

Irene and I got to meet up after not seeing one another after 35 years!! OMG! It was incredible to see her after all those years!
We went to Jr High School together, we were next door neighbors for nearly 3 years in the late 60’s. We lost tough in our mid 20’s..
Then about a year ago “Tiger” my great nephew found her for me..  Took him all of about 15 minutes and I had been looking for years! Thank you Tiger.. Smile

So once I got her mailing address and her married name I wrote to her so that I wouldn’t shock her to badly.. She of course now had my email and she too was ecstatic! So we have been writing back and forth for about 2 years now.
When we figured out when we would be in the state of WA, I let her know and we starting trying to make plan.. But it seemed to be a very busy time for her as well as us.. Seemed her children were coming for a visit to see Irene and and her husband Steve.. Summertime fun with “Mom & Dad”.. 
Irene is a dream.. She made it work!! OMG it was wonderful!
We decided to meet in Gig Harbor Saturday July 26th for lunch. We were fortunate to meet her husband Steve of 32 years!! And one of her lovely daughters, Sarah (cutie pie) and boyfriend (Patrick). The kids didn’t stay and eat with us, they went on their own. It was nice that Irene and I could catch up while Ev and Steve talked about really important things like sailing, sports, etc.. Smile

Our reunion was short lived. Irene and Steve were on their way to a funeral. Steve’s Uncle had passed away. Even though our meeting was short it was powerful..
It was an amazing day!!