The three day wedding in Paso Robles wine country was lots of fun, entertaining, amazing catering, dancing, wine tasting and mircrobrew. Joe and Jolie’s daughter married outdoors at the scenic Croad’s vineyard. Their daughter, formerly a trained dancer / ballerina, planned a show for the guests. At the reception, about 10 dancers, some hanging from the ceiling on hoops and long flowing curtains, performed in cirque de soleil style—not nearly as accomplished, but fascinating. There were two classy burlesque performances and a male fire dancer. On Friday and Saturday, just a sample of main courses were lamb, beef brisket, baby back ribs, BBQ chicken, sushi, mac & cheese, salads, veggies, deserts and a brunch on Sunday. Good Eats!
Starr winnery, wine tasting (Jolie, Joe, Christina, David, Gail and Roger)
After Paso Robles and heading back to Oregon, we camped 1 day at Mt. Madonna, Gilroy and 2 days at Red Bluff, CA., next to the most perfect eastern Sycamore tree I have ever seen. The campground borders the Sacramento River, 30 miles south of Redding. There are hikes from camp and mountain biking near by. And at $8 a night with a Senior Pass or Forest Service Pass (4 star camp at All Stays App).
A Sycamore beauty, Red Bluff campground / Airstream.
Hey, Scrub Jay, what are you doing with the acorn?
That is a good hiding place, storage granary in a log!
We currently are at Emigrant Lake, a reservoir located 5 miles southeast of Ashland, Oregon, at the southern end of the Rogue Valley. Elevation is 2,241 feet above sea level. The lake has an average surface area of 806 acres. Shortly after we parked and set up camp we started off on a short jaunt on a trail that looks like (from where we stand) it goes around the lake—I’ll explore it by Salsa tomorrow. We’ll also head into Ashland for a look around town. We have been here a couple of times. It is noted for fine restaurants, art galleries and Shakespeare festival.
Acorn woodpecker stopped by our camp
Could not identify this colorful bird with my Audubon field guide. Looking at the beak, maybe, Thrasher family?
Five fantastic weeks on the road took us to Bend/Sisters, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Paso Robles, Red Bluff and Emigrant Lake. By Friday, we’ll be back in Portland. Not too shabby!
Soon, I’ll publish the travel plans for December through March 2015. Stay in touch with us. Send me a note on the blog when your have a moment. I would love to hear—how you doin!