For all the younger people reading this, when you hear folks say they are busier after retirement, I can attest the truth of that statement. Between caring for Bruce after his second surgery for a hernia, painting, writing, visiting with family, I try to carve out a few minutes for yoga and relaxing.
I am sending one more fire fighting image, showing the red plume of fire retardant releasing from a specially outfitted plane. Look closely in the lower corner and you will see the flames.
After playing in the yard, picking windfall apples out of the grass, Nai Nai, my son James and my granddaughter Maddie visited one of several parks in our small town. The city park near the Sacramento River combines botanical gardens, children's playground and river. Maddie has been active in toddler gymnastics in her hometown in Eugene. Here she shows her stuff on the rings with Dad in the background.
We picked up Bruce and went downtown for lunch at the brewery which makes several of their own brews, utilizing Dunsmuir's Best Water on Earth. http://www.dunsmuirbreweryworks.info/
As the day wound down and the sun was dropping behind Mt. Bradley, we visited Tauhindauli Park at a historic site in Siskiyou County, the first Euroamerican settlement in 1852. Prior to that date Tauhindauli clan of the Wintu indians lived here. This is a natural park restored with native plants and natural river features. Fishermen and kyakers use it.
Over the weekend after Labor Day, I went camping with my son, nephew and their families at Wright's Beach in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=451 This is a beginning of a tradition of family camping. Each person wrote or drew pictures in the album. Here are some excerpts:
Overnight "Racoons came by and stole James, Amy and Madelaine's bacon! We found some footprints and trash on the floor, so we figured out what the wooden boxes at each campsite were for..." Ana
"Doran County Beach http://www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_doran.htm --breezy, catamaran race turning around an orange buoy--horses on the beach--para-foil style beach kites" Cher
"Wright Beach Happy Hour--wine by the glass/box, Reverie Sancerre French Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz--Australia, Fleure, Cru Beaujoulais--France. Almond stuffed crocked green olives, acme baguette, soprasseho salmi, Persian medjool dates and French feta. Cheese course: Cowgirl creamery (California) http://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/ --Mt Tam Wagon Wheel, (Spain)--Manchego Ibenco" Malini
"Amy and I prepared shrimp and scallop fettechini alfredo for the first camp dinner ... We drank some awesome Belgium beer http://www.visitbelgium.com/?page=beer-lovers and we had a lovely sit down dinner at the camp table. Even with a table cloth." James
"Last night we spied the Cosmos 1484 satellite http://www.n2yo.com/satellite/?s=14207 directly overhead among the vast amount of visible stars. Now it is time to pack up our dewy tent and say good bye." Jon
See you later