Spending the afternoon at Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa.
Taking turns kayaking around the little islands.
The next day we had so much fun and food that I forgot to take any pictures! We ate dinner and played games at Suzanna’s place. Dori and Dave made Dates stuffed with Blue Cheese and Almonds, Tiny Caprese Salads, Crunchy Chicken, Homemade Plum Jelly….We stuffed our faces then played Balderdash and laughed until tears rolled and stomaches ached.
Before dinner and games it was a 7-mile hike at Mt. Saint Helena in the scorching sun. Beautiful views along the way but giant cell towers and a warning about high radiation at the top.
Just a little smooch.
On our last full day in Sebastopol, we enjoyed the sights and sounds at the Sonoma County Fair. We ate some excellent spaghetti – I’m still in awe of how they made a VAT of pesto coated pasta and kept it al dente for hours! Followed by vanilla ice-cream bars hand-dipped in chocolate then rolled in almond toffee.
Oh yeah, and the rides,
Everest practiced acrobatics, then was spun and squished on the Sizzler with Summer and Maria…
the flower pavilion,
And I must remember the Zing moment of Red Hot Chili on our first night (delicious and, in fact – red hot!), then seeing this in the fair’s fine art pavilion.
And an oh so sweet ending to a wonderful trip.
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Let’s be honest about Redding in late July – It’s hot. Really hot. But, despite the 105 degree days and 77 degree nights, we had so much fun!
Two of our favorite people in the world. (They’re sweet aren’t they?)
I’m kind of attached to that guy on the left too…
We started our visit walking around their incredible yard and garden.
The next day, to escape the heat and get our hearts pumping, we drove out to Crystal Creek road beyond Whiskeytown lake to the Whiskeytown Falls trailhead. Along the 3-mile hike, little lizards skittered across and to every side of the trail; cute. A large snake napped alongside the trail – my mom and I both missed it but heard about it later; not cute.
Hike payoff! Couldn’t miss this photo-op.
We also got to hang out with our buddies Bryan and Jenn for a while to catch up and check out their amazing kitchen remodel!
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The sun shines bright on us driving down highway 97 from Bend to Redding. We stop once along the way at our favorite rest area near Weed, CA – Grass Lake.
We take a little walk around, admiring the art (ahem.) and the wispy grass swaying where water stood two months ago when we made the trip down to celebrate my mom’s birthday.
I send my dad a text – “We’re on our way and ‘Road Trippin’ by the Red Hot Chili Peppers just came on the radio!” Reply, “I’m making Red Hot Chili for dinner tomorrow night!!” ZING!!
There’s Mt. Shasta – almost there!