Today we are seeing the results of the NorCal fires. The air is very smokey and it smells smokey as well… There are no fires nearby, but Napa and Sonoma counties are really suffering…
One of the features of this rally is the “Maintenance with Vinnie” seminar. Vinnie Lamica runs an Airstream service and maintenance center here in NorCal; he spoke for 2 hours on all the things we need to know to keep our Airstreams in top shape. Very informative. I took copious notes and made lists of things for me to ask C&G to do to the Villa.
Otherwise we had a quiet day. Lots of walks. The campground sits on a plateau, sloping down into the canyon on most of its perimeter; there is a “nature path” all around the perimeter of the campground, part way down the slope. It has a few ups and downs, and it is 3/4 mile from the door of the Villa and back again. We have been walking this path several times each day. For excitement, we walk clockwise sometimes, and counter- clockwise other times…
The highlight of the day: Mexican dinner with the Warrens:
Kathy and Larry Warren were on the Nor’ by Nor’East caravan, and they live about an half hour drive from here. Since we refuse to eat Mexican food outside of California (some rare exceptions can be made for Arizona and New Mexico…) we have been over four months without having Mexican food. So tonight was the night.
The Warrens selected El Torero, located down Hwy 88, just past Jackson. It is located in a storefront in a grocery store strip center, and the interior was nondescript, but the food was just what we were looking for:
It wasn’t fancy or authentic, but it was very satisfying!
We returned to the Villa, then gathered with several other Airstreamers in the big tent to play various games of Joker.
You’ve never heard of Joker? Don’t worry – no one has, except Airstreamers. It is a hokey version of Parcheesi, Sorry, or Kick-in-the-Pants, played on home-made boards. (Some boards are extremely well made and beautiful art in their own right…) Except that it uses normal playing cards (Devil Cards, to you Calvinists out there…) instead of dice, and each card does something different. I hate games like this. Games of chance that do not require much skill other than remembering all the rules are meaningless to me… We played three games.
Another light photo day, so here I present my grandson George X, getting a ride, compliments of his great-grandmother (my mother…):
An enjoyable time was had by George X…