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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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

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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

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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!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wine Tasting with Ron/Suzi and Friends

Suzi made arrangements for us all to meet Friday night to go wine tasting at the new Rainier View Winery in Graham.
We arrived a bit late, however we were still able to sit and relax with Ron/Suzi and Darin/Denice. A good time was had by all. We tasted some very different wines. Joelle and Clay are the owners.. They explained to us that they made their wines the European way. Explaining that there aren't nearly the preservatives in their “fruit” wines and there is more fruit. These wines were not at all the traditional tastes we are used to here in the USA. They had a chardonnay and Malbec, again not the traditional tastes. However they were quite nice and very refreshing. There was also some fruity wines such as Blueberry and a lovely Strawberry as well as a Rasberry.. All were delightful. The owners Joelle and Clay were so kind and gave us lots of information about the way they make their wine. Due to us being late on arrival the owners were gracious and allowed us extra time past their closing hour of 7pm, this lovely Friday evening…
After our wine adventure, we ventured out to the Kapowsin Tavern in Kapowsin (imagine that one??), where we had some pizza and had a few glasses of beer. We all had a great time..
After dinner we drove over to see Ian’s (Denice’s son) new home. Very nice home and lots of room!! We didn’t stay long as we were so late in getting over there. Soon we were on our way home.
A great day!!

Today Rick & Lynn left for their long motorcycle ride to South Dakota to Mt Rushmore! Have a great ride and a wonderful adventure!!!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Day trip to Seattle/Lunch

Our plan for today is to meet Janelle for lunch in Seattle and visit Pikes Place Market.
Actually our day started out a bit stressful. As soon as Maddi and were in the “benz” the “flat tire light” came on..I called Rick and he directed me to a place in Sumner where they checked it out and then we were off. Next stop Seattle.. Or so I thought.. I should have used the rest room before I left the tire place, so looked for a place along the freeway and took an exit. When coming back to get on to the freeway I discovered I had been going “south” instead of “north” to Seattle.. 40 minutes out of our way.. dang it’s hell to get old! By the time we arrived at Pikes Market Place it was Noon and we would meet Janelle at 1 at the “gum wall”.
Maddi and tried to rush through the Market Place.. There were sooooooooooooo many people I had Maddi hold my hand so we wouldn’t get separated. It was horrible the amount of people.. Can’t really see too much or enjoy shopping when it is like that..
Soon Maddi and made our way to the “Gum Wall” on Post Alley. OMG, gross..
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We had a nice surprise when we landed at the “gum wall”, Janelle had invited her new “bow”, Eddie to join us. He didn’t work to far from where she was working.. Smile 

gum wall
Soon we were on our way to the Red Robbin for Lunch on the waterfront in Seattle..
We had a nice lunch over looking the sound.. The weather was still awful really.. Mostly overcast and a few drizzles here and there.
When Maddi and I arrived I parked the little red car in front of an antique store.. Sign was posted for Antique shoppers only.. So we did a little shopping.. When we came back from lunch little red car was gone!!! TOWED! I was so upset! But kept my cool..(if that is what you want to call it, this was the only way I could think). Let Janelle know I had been towed, she in turn called Eddie was just getting off work. He was so kind to come and get it and take us to the towing place! Bless his heart! He stayed with us during the whole process of trying to get the car back. Instead of going into all the damaging details, I will spare you this. However I will share with you that it is like a “brutal mugging” and it is legal!!! After 2 hours and bunch of “crap” and $305.00 later we were finally on our way. BTW the city of Seattle gets $130.00 of that money! A legal way to brutalize their tourists…Eddie stayed with us the whole time.. Smile Thank you so much!!
Due to the late hour we would now get stuck in a nightmare of traffic. We finally arrived back at Rick & Lynn’s about 7pm..
I guess I should have figured that the day didn’t start out too well, should have turned around after we found that there was something wrong with the tires.. Sad smile Sure took the wind out of my sails..

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dinner with Brian & Joan 7/22/14

Impromptu dinner with friends. Known Brian for a quite a few years. Brian and Joan recently met online. A blooming new romance!! What a dear lady she is. Love that girl already!
Brian and Joan served up some very nice fish.. rockfish and cod.. yummy.. I brought the rice and salad…
Brian was serving up some Grey Goose martinis.. I had two and I am having a hard time to remember the whole evening.. YICKS! However I do remember that it took us about a half hour to get there and an hour and half to get home. Rick had brought his vehicle too and had to leave early to go do a bid on a job.. I had thought he would come back.. ? NOT..We again were driving the ‘benz’.. cute car.. Everett was driving..

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lunch with the girls.. 7/22/14

We planned a nice luncheon with the girls!! We met at “Bob’s Burgers” on Meridian in Puyallup, WA at noon..
I picked up Suzi, Kenzie and headed up to meet Season, Ang, and Lynn… We had nice lunch with the cute “mom to be” Season (due anytime with twin boys!)
.. It was wonderful to visit with everyone! Hadn’t seen Kenzie is sometime.. She and her Mom now live in Texas.. So she is here visiting her Dad and other family for the summer..

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Jesse & Teresa’s Dinner 7/21/14

We were invited to J & T’s for dinner Monday evening… I spent the morning cooking up a lemon meringue pie and some cupcakes for the kids.. uummmm.. It was quite a little drive from brother Rick’s to Jesse’s.. About 2 hours. We left about 3 and got there about 5.. We went the back way due to all the traffic that time of the day.. We had the little red car the m-benz..Smile with the top down and we were just a cruis’in.. Smile

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We just had a ball with all those kids! OMG there are so many can’t keep track of them all! Teresa’s sisters were also there with their children.. Seems like the kids are all pretty close in age.. They have so much fun! Teresa’s Mom and Dad also joined us. Everyone is so sweet and nice.. You all are so wonderful! And what a excellent dinner! Love it! Thank you so much!!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad 7/20/14

We were up bright and early on Sunday after a wonderful party the day before! Rick mentioned that we should do this train ride over in Elbe, WA about a 45 minute drive. So I booked the tickets there were 8 of us.. Janelle, Cadence, Maya, Rick, Lynn, Maddi, Evee and myself… Tickets were cheap enough.. We took the 1230pm ride. Train was cute, short ride to Mineral.. Not much to see really. We did stop in “Mineral” to view some of the other old trains.. Also an old logging camp.. Toured it for about 45 minutes.. It was fun to spend time with family..

In  the meantime Randy & Amy called and we invited them up for dinner.. So on the way home from the train we stopped at the store and picked up a few groceries..
Had a great visit over a nice dinner with friends..

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Family/Friends Unite at Rick & Lynn’s 7/19/14

Janelle was so sweet to get the whole “family/friends” reunion together. We talked about 2 months ago.
The party was a success! It was a pot luck and we barbq’d chicken. I am not sure how many of us there was..but there were bunches! Some people couldn’t  make it. Summertime is a busy time with lots of people on vacation!
Our party started about 2pm.. Our party went well into the evening..
Fun time was had by all…

Friday, July 18, 2014

Columbia River Gorge Cruise

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If you are ever in the area of the Mt Hood at the Columbia Gorge.. Take this delightful and enlightening dinner cruise on the Colombia River..
Click here to read about it>> http://www.portlandspirit.com/sternwheelervessel.php

More photos below..

Hood River, Oregon

More pictures..

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Columbia Gorge overlooking Hood River, OR

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Diamond Lake one nights stay/Travel Day

Diamond Lake is gorgeous.. We pulled in about 7pm Tuesday evening after a very long drive from Portola this morning.. We had originally wanted to stay two nights. We found a spot after sometime driving around the campground. All the spots said “RESERVED” and either had a tag or no tag??

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We finally found one that didn’t have “RESERVED” and no tag.. Smile We went to pay the next morning and the forest service person that we spoke with was so RUDE and NASTY,  She told us we would have to move that this spot was ‘RESERVED”!?? She had such a sour look on her face.. She was awful! She needed some Customer Service Skills badly! We thought it would be better to move on..While standing there a couple was going to leave early and offered us their campsite at no charge cause they had already paid and were leaving early.. and he handed me the slip of paper. The sour forest girl behind the window said I will take that and if you stay in that spot you will have to pay, those slips were non transferable!!! What a ‘BITCH”!
Packed up after a 3 mile walk waiting for the office to open, forest service hours 10-5, nice huh..

We drove all day in the HEAT to Cascade Locks here in Oregon on the Columbia River.. It was a very HOT drive.. Some places topped temps of 106! Poor truck endured. Thank God for AC in the truck.. Dogs and us were comfy.. Trucked worked hard on the long pulls we encountered on Hwy 26 west of Madras where we had a bit to eat. I also got information for a local girl who worked at the grocery story telling me that hwy 26 was pretty much straight driving..DON’T EVER ASK A 21 YEAR OLD GIRL if the road has any hills to climb! Hwy 26 is one constant HILL!! Either going up or going down! OMG thought the truck would over heat for sure.. got a bit hot, but thankfully no problems! Pretty tired of the heat.
As we came into Hood River, we could see off in the distance Kite boarding people all in the Columbia River.. so amazing.. We had to stop and check it out!! So cool!!

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We met a most interesting fellow, Randy we were parked behind at the park where the kite boarding was happening. A traveler on the road for more than 20 years! He had his little truck and light weight trailer in tow. He told us about his blog, might want to check it out.. Smile>>
http://mobilecodgers.blogspot.com/
We are staying in the KOA here in Cascade locks.. Nice place and friendly..
This evening we are going on a River Cruise.. I hope it will be nice!!
http://www.portlandspirit.com/sternwheelervessel.php

My Recipes/

I have had several requests to post the link to my recipes page again.. so here it is and enjoy!

http://www.clearlakevacationsonline.com/recipes/

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lake Davis with Lindsy/Chris/Colin

 

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We had an absolutely wonderful time with our family at Lake Davis..We arrived up at the campground mid day on Friday.. It was dam HOT I gotta tell ya! and it was dam HOT the whole time we were there! We didn’t have hookups of any kind… Sad smile Thankfully we have the generator.. however it wasn’t like we could run it it night and day.. However it did help alleviate some of the uncomfortableness of the heat which were reaching temps into the high 90’s for the days we were there!! Along with the higher humidity levels as well.. dam it was so hot!.. We did the take turns for dinners each night.. We cooked two meals as Lindsy/Chris.. We also alternated 2 big breakfasts..
Last year while we visited briefly the “lake davis” bunch (at Lake Davis Resort (store) we meet a fun couple Dee & Danny.. So cute.. Love these people.. They are from Cameron Park over by Placerville.
We also had some much appreciated extra guests for one dinner, Keith & Mary Potter from our home town of Clearlake Oaks.. They too love to fish Lake Davis an come up to fish. Mary’s brother lives in Portola, so is very familiar of the fishing practices of this trophy size fish!! However this time of the year won’t probably yield trophy fish due to the extreme heat we all experienced during this time..Maybe next time.
We also had the privilege of having Chris’'’ Dad Bob with us during our whole stay at the lake.. He’s an avid backpacker and does lots of  back country trips alone..
We took advantage of the hot weather by sitting by the lake each day.. Every day was a trek down to the lake with all our “STUFF”.. lol you can only imagine.. Each morning we would take a family walk, about 2 to 3 miles each morning.. Smile Then arriving back to camp for breakfast and then off to the lake for a day on the lake.
We all enjoy each other’s company so very much!! Had a wonderful time with everyone! As always time is short!!?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fun at Tony & Tasha’s!

I left early Sunday morning 7/6 to go up to T & T’s place in Somerset. I had a stop in Sacramento to pick up some kayak racks. I arrived about 11am at the cabin. Everybody was excited to see me! As I was them. Rich & Judy’s oldest son Ricky and grandson Austin were here visiting from the Portland area of Oregon. My god Austin has grown up! Plus he is sooooooooooooo tall!! There were 9 of us staying at the cabin while I was there visiting..
It has been quite some time since I had been up to the cabin. Many changes had taken place to the cabin. All the updates were great. An extension to the second floor was made giving way to more sleeping arrangements!!
Rich, Judy, Austin  and I decided to take a drive over to Jackson for the day. Of course there were many treasures to be found. It was fun afternoon, in spite of the heat!!
Judy fixed up some corn beef and cabbage.. she does a great job with it! After dinner we continued our “happy hour”  till nearly midnight, playing cards the game of 31.
Monday was a lazy morning, everyone up late the night before.. By Noon Rich, Judy, Austin and I took a ride over to Placerville for another great shopping experience, more treasures..
No one wanted to cook that day so we went to a cute little place to have hamburgers for dinner. Again we extended our happy hour till well after mid-night. It was wonderful visit and good times were had by all!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Chad turns 70

It was a hot day and the party started about 1:30. Ernie & Shirley hosted this grand event!
John Z was the selected musician for the soiree! There were probably about 40 people for the celebration. Keith was the first to go up and “roast” Chad, followed by me, then Mary and Brenda. Ev won the raffle of “how  many tootsie rolls” were in the jar.. 137.
As always more than enough food. Great time was had by one and all!
We hope you have a fun year Chad!!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Dinner w/Friends 4th of July

Our neighbors Ryan & Freda were up this weekend! along with some of their very nice friends, Stan & Sherry and Rick & Mary.
We wanted to have Ryan & Freda up for dinner and since they had their guest with them, we thought?? What the heck we can have the whole gang!!
We also celebrated Freda’s birthday!! Nice evening had by all!! It was great having you all here with us!!!! Thanks for all you did! Thanks to Mary, she was cleaning and cleaning.. Bless her heart.. I think she was tired by the time she left..