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San Francisco, Yosemite, Lake Havasu, Tucson 9/19 – 10/1,2009

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

We visited with our Son’s extended family for 3 days in Foster City. We stayed at a RV Park in Half Moon Bay.

One day, we toured wine country with our daughter-in-law’s parents, Geoff and Dianna Wood.

Our daughter, Kim, joined us for 3 days at Yosemite. We came into Yosemite from the south. We stayed at Crane Flat National Park Campground.

We visited Yosemite Valley several times. We hiked to Taft Point which had quite exciting views looking down into the valley far below.

On our final day at Yosemite, we traversed the length of the park to go to Mono Lake. Mono Lake is very similar to the Great Salt Lake in Utah. We went from forest to arid desert. The limestone formations in and near the lake were fascinating to see. On the way back to our campsite, Kim and Fred kayaked in a Yosemite mountain lake.   We also hiked down into a sequoia Forrest and back out.

Yosemite and Mono Lake Pictures

Kayaking in Tenaya Lake at Yosemite


When we got back from Yosemite, we parked our camper for 4 nights in an alley behind the house where Kim lives. We stayed at Alex and Elena’s apartment for 3 nights. Our new grandchild, Evelyn, seemed more active when we got back. She really is a delightful baby!

Family Pictures..

Fred got a chance to hit some tennis balls with Alex one afternoon.

Our last night in San Francisco we had dinner in Mountain View with our daughter, Kim. She took us to a Japanese Sabu Sabu restaurant. We ate beef and various veggies cooking them “fondue style” in a mild spicy broth. We noticed that almost all the customers were Japanese.

After breakfast at Kim’s on 9/28, we headed for Tucson to visit Milly’s cousin, Art.  We spent the first night boon docking in Mojave Desert. Then we stopped at 2 pm at Lake Havasu State Park for an overnight stay. Lake Havasu City was much larger than we expected. On our way to Tucson, we travelled along the Colorado River. We saw many small retirement communities along the Colorado nestled in the mountains.

As we post this, we are south of Phoenix on Route 10 within an hour of our Tucson destination.

San Francisco, Lake Havasu Pictures

Northern California – Redwoods, Ocean, Clear Lake, Sacramento 9/19/2009

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

We travelled from Crater Lake to the National Redwoods National Park on Northern California Coast.

We couldn’t get into the state park campgrounds that we planned – they were full.

We ended up at a county campground right on the beach – Clam Beach Campground. We were about 50 yards from the beach. We strolled the beach and prepared supper. We intended to watch a sunset over the pacfic but the heavy fog rolled in.

In the morning, we headed for Humbolt Redwoods State Park. We drove the scenic drive through the redwood Forest and took a loop hike around a redwood forest trail. We then headed for Mendocino, a quaint village on the coast. We stayed at a RV park at Casper Beach. We had dinner in Fort Bragg and visited Mendocino and the bluffs overlooking the ocean.

We got the news that Alex and Elena had given us a new grandchild – Evelyn Summer Wood-Dunfey. She was born early in  AM on 9/15. Everyone is doing great! We made plans to visit Alex, Elena, Evelyn and Kim in San Francisco area on Saturday night. We will be staying in Half Moon Bay for 3 nights.

We left Casper Beach to go to Sacramento via Clear Lake. Clear Lake State Park was about half way to Sacramento. Clear Lake is nestled in beatiful rolling hills of the Wine Country. The park was a nice place full of all kinds of animals and birds but the lake was full of algae.

We arrived in Sacramento. We set up our camper at the Yolo Fairgrounds, had lunch and headed for Milly’s cousin’s home.

We had a lovely visit with Milly’s cousin Stephanie Tucker at her home in downtown “old” Sacramento. We took a charming walk for several blocks from her home to a Thai Restaurant for dinner.


San Francisco – Half Moon Bay  – New Grandchild Evelyn

On Saturday, we arrived at Half Moon Bay near San Francisco and went for our first visit with our new Granchild, Evelyn.  She now lives in Foster City. Our Son, Alex is the proud papa and his Wife Elena Wood the mama. Her parents are also visiting for several weeks. Our Daughter Kim joined us from Menlo Park.