A New Year

New Years Eve found us in Santa Cruz, visiting Arnold, Pam, and Kevin – taking our three dogs for a walk along West Cliff.  That evening Larry and Mary joined us in the rig for Pinochle and champagne.

Bright and early the next morning I flew to Colorado to join my family for skiing at Winter Park.  [Ted opted to stay in the Bay Area.]  We had a bit of sun, but mostly a lot of snow!  Almost two feet in four days — at first delightful and by the last day, a bit more than some of us could handle.

We had a lot of good skiing and a lot of fun.  My family had been skiing Winter Park for decades — often spending our Christmas holiday there.  One of the reasons for the trip was to scatter the last of mom and dad’s ashes on their favorite run.  It was a solemn moment full of loving memories.

On the way back to Denver, we stopped at Red Rocks Amphitheater to have a look around

and then stopped at Ted’s brother Steve and Janice’s restaurant in Conifer and also got to see their kids, Kim and Cooper — and Ted’s Arizona brother Rick and his son Bill.  Not bad for a surprise drop in!

I returned to San Francisco and put away my ski clothes and got ready to head toward Southern California.  We made the fairly easy drive to Morro Bay State Park campground.  Tom and Terri stopped in to visit and we went to Phil’s in San Luis Obispo.

And then we headed south to Los Angeles and spent the night at Toby and Elaine’s house, where we had fine food and fun games.  They taught us Hand and Foot – a card game we hear is big in the RV crowd, too.

Then we were off to Palm Springs.  We’re staying in Cathedral City, just south of Palm Springs, at Cathedral Palms RV park.

As we start year two of RVing, we’re going to take it slower, stay places longer.  We’ll be here until March 9.  Let us know if you’re coming this way!

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