Saturday, November 9, 2019

Morro Bay State Park

Saturday: (11/09) We went to breakfast downtown at Karla’s Cafe. Wonderful breakfasts and muffins. After breakfast we looked around downtown at several shops. We also visited the Miner’s Hardware store and the Antique Mall next door on Highway 41. After that we had lunch at the Taco Temple. Absolutely great. We did some grocery shopping next to the Taco Temple at Spencer’s market then stopped at the Farmers Market downtown. Lou found some planters at one of the shops that we Needed. Back home in the dark, again at 1730.

Sunday: (11/10) Happy birthday Dawn! We decided to go to breakfast at Francisco’s Country Kitchen in Arroyo Grande. They make great corned beef hash and also great oatmeal. Dawn wanted oatmeal so we drove down to it, about 20+ miles. We arrived to find the building was vacant. We checked Google and found they had moved about two miles away in Grover beach. We enjoyed our breakfast there then checked the required thrift shops there. We then headed back up to San Luis Obispo and checked a couple of more thrift stores. Most of them were closed because today was Sunday. We headed back to the RV and relaxed all afternoon. Dawn wasn’t feeling well so she and Lou will return to SLO to check out the remaining thrift stores while I move the RV out of the campground and wait in day use parking by the marina. After lunch we’ll hit the road for home. Lou made soup for dinner in the instapot.

Monday: (11/11) Granola and banana for breakfast. Dawn is still sick so we just headed home at 0920. We headed up Highway 1 to 41 then 101. We stopped at the Camp Roberts Rest Area and then in Greenfield for lunch at the Rancho San Miguel Market. In Gilroy we had to exit the Freeway at Masten due to the traffic Northbound backing up due to a tanker truck accident on the opposite side of the road. We say all that Southbound Highway 101 traffic detoured onto Monterey but Northbound Monterey wass moving nicely. Eventually we returned to Highway 101 and home. At home I drained the holding tanks and filled the water. I’ll need to go get gas tomorrow. We try to remain ready for use in case of an emergency. Leftovers for dinner.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Pinnacles NP Hikes

Sunday: (11/03) Granola and banana for breakfast. Some final packing, window washing, etc and we were finally on the road around 1100. We stopped in Gilroy at the Longhorn Restaurant for lunch. We arrived at the park sometime after 1430 and were all setup by 1510. Only eight campers in the RV section. Looks like there was a crowd here to hike over the weekend. Lots of people driving out of the park on our way in and quite a few hikers cars still here. Lou made chicken with baked potatoes, carrots and green beans.
(GPS: 36.492429, -121.147332)

Monday: (11/04) Up at 0700 with the deer. A nice 30 degrees inside and out. After warming up the inside and a nice breakfast I gathered my hike pack and was ready quite early to meet my hiker friends for today’s adventure. I wandered over to the Visitor Center at 0900. Only seven hikers for today's hike we were off to the trailhead at 0930. It had actually warmed up nicely by then. In fact the forecast for today is 81 degrees. We hiked up toward the High Peaks going through the Bear Gulch Caves and enjoying the lake views on the upper side of the caves. The sun on the peaks made for nice photos. An advantage of going this opposite CW direction rather than we have in the past is that I was able to point out the Hippo face and Snoopy head on the way. Usually hikers are ahead of me at those sites. Lunch at the top. We sighted two condors flying above during lunch. Going down the carved rock steps was interesting. We bere back to the cars by 1430. When I was dropped off at the Visitor Center I was surprised to see Dave and his wife relaxing there. He is a fellow SJMW hiker and hosts a visit for the group at his ranch every year. He didn’t know of today's hike . They had reservations to camp here but didn’t feel good enough for a hike but decided the views and animals were still worth a visit. They had stopped by our RV and surprised Lou and Dawn. The said they recognized our orange jeep. Granola for breakfast. Nice Chicken burritos for dinner.

Tuesday: (11/05) We drove in to Hollister to the Cozy Cup Cafe for breakfast. I had a nice chili verde and eggs for breakfast. We explored downtown shops and did some grocery shopping. After returning to camp about 1500 we relaxed in the wonderful weather. Dawn made some soup for dinner.

Wednesday: (11/06) Granola and banana for breakfast. I met my 10 fellow hikers at the Vistor Center for a hike. We hiked out the Old Pinnacles Trail, through the Balconies Caves and up Juniper Canyon Trail. We took the Tunnel trail up to the High peaks Trail and returned down the mountain to the Bench Trail and back to our cars. We had lunch by the trail on High Peaks Trail. It was a wonderful day with a wonderful group. The light was good for different photos by going CCW unlike the usual CW. Climbing up through the Balconies caves seemed easier. Many of us got to see one condor as we climbed up Juniper and Tunnel trails. Going up Juniper wasn't as difficult as I was thinking and coming down the High Peaks Trail was a breeze. A very pleasant hike. I enjoyed my usual reward of an ice cream bar after the hike at the store. After a nice shower I relaxed the rest of the afternoon. Lou made spaghetti for dinner.

Thursday: (11/07) I prepared a nice chicken patty with eggs and home fried potatoes for breakfast. Otherwise I relaxed outside at camp listening to Johnny Dollar stories from the Old Time Radio App on my phone. I fixed some PBJ toast for lunch. We didn’t have our usual morning visit from the deer and turkeys. The deer did show up at about 5pm. I observed a couple or more condors in the trees above our camp in the ridge. One even took flight momentarily to change trees. For dinner we headed into the “town” of Tres Pinos for dinner at the 19th Hole road house.

Friday: (11/08) Granola and diced Apple for breakfast. I moved the RV to the day use area. It wasn't easy because the right front jack wouldn't come up. I raised it manually. I met my fellow hikers at 0900 for our 0930 hike. We hiked the North Wilderness loop in The CW direction. Wonderful hike for the five of us. We got back before 1600. I prepared the RV to roll then took a shower we left the park at 1720 and it was dark already. We headed South on Hwy 25 then over to King City the down Hwy 101 to 41 to Morro Bay SP. We stopped for leftover dinner on the way at a rest stop. We settled into our site be 2130.
(GPS: 35.347757, -120.838689)

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Trip Prep


Saturday: (11/02) I made sausage, eggs and home fried potatoes for breakfast. I then spent some time on the computer and office stuff. Then Lou gave me her shopping list and sent me off to Walmart. Actually I had a list of two items and she added a couple of dozen items. Walmart didn’t have any of my list but had most of her items. I also stopped at Trader Joe’s, Sprout’s market, CVS Drugs, and Walgreen Drugs and managed to get all but two items. For Lunch I had a couple of egg rolls. Afternoon spent packing and preparing to leave. Dinner was soup from Whole Foods market.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Wunderlich Park Eighth Anniversary Hike


Friday: (11/01) Alex picked me up and we met our fellow hikers at Wunderlich Park. We hiked up to Alice’s restaurant for lunch celebrating the eighth anniversary for the hiking group. Granola and banana for breakfast. Lunch at Alice’s Restaurant, a nice Veggie Sandwich. Dinner at Tacos El Grullense down the street. Lou and I shared a Veggie Burrito. Dawn had plantains.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Busy Doing Little

Tuesday: (10/22) I installed the new tarp around the temporary tent that Lou and Dawn are using. It’ a full one piece wrap of the sides so it should be better protection for wind and rain. I then loaded the things I removed from the RV when it went in for service. I then went shopping. I picked up some water bottles at World Market. I like that the are strong plastic water bottles with a nice looking exterior. They are stronger than the usual one time use bottles and cheaper that my usual Smart Water bottles. At REI if found a new sun shirt with a pattern I like. I also picked up some sample GUU energy chews to see what I like. I’ll need some for my Pinnacles hikes. Granola for breakfast. Chicken and hummus sandwich for lunch. Hobo chicken, potatoes, onion, and apple dinner.

Wednesday: (10/23) Lou and I dropped Dawn off in Los Altos Village and went to a doctors appointment. On the way back we stopped for lunch at Sweet Tomatoes. After picking up Dawn we went grocery shopping. After dinner I filled the compost bins with leaves. We had a real backup on the garbage and recycle bins so I needed to be sure to get them out tonight. Granola and diced apple for breakfast. Lunch at Sweet Tomatoes Salad Buffet. Lou made chicken with corn salsa, rice and asparagus for dinner.

Thursday: (10/24) After the garbage pickup, I filled the recycle bin with a pile of boxes that remained from last week. I then spent the day cleaning the leaves from the sun room roof and also the house roof. That involved moving all the plants from next to the sun room and then cleaning up all the debris removed from the roof. I filled both compost dumpsters with leaves and could fill then again with just the remaining roof debris which I piled up until I have room. I made home fried potatoes with sausage and eggs for breakfast. A nice tuna green salad for lunch. Pot roast for dinner.

Friday: (10/25) Lou and Dawn were off to Pleasanton to a Holiday Fair. The also visited some thrift stores on the way home. I spent the morning cleaning the house walls in the backyard. We had another attack of the caterpillar cocoons, which, In addition to dirt, were cleaned off the walls. After that I relaxed in the afternoon. Leftover hash, sausage and eggs for breakfast. Leftover enchilada casserole for dinner.

Saturday: (10/26) Lou and Dawn were off to the Abilities Expo in San Mateo today. They explored some thrift stores on the way home. After I went to the Hazardous Waste Event to get rid of our toxic waste, I tinkered with the computer all day/ Granola for breakfast. Chili for lunch. LUU Noodle House for dinner.

Sunday: (10/27) Granola and diced apple for breakfast. Chili size for lunch.I intended to work on Ernie’s shed today. I did do some concrete grinding to adjust for proper drainage from the siding. That was it thought. The wind was too strong to be moving panels so I relaxed much of the rest of the day. About 1500 we drove back up to an Estate sale Lou and Dawn went to yesterday. Lou wanted to see if they were ready to sell a chair she liked at a price she liked. They weren’t so we didn’t get it. We did stop at Neil’s Cafe In Millbrae for dinner before heading home. It became quite smoky as we headed North to San Mateo. When we got home it was even worse. The air quality was at 135 (Hazardous) Our neighboring cities were only half as bad. Our fair city smelled like we had a neighboring camper who didn’t know how to make a campfire. Our smoke was likely coming across the bay from a new fire in Vallejo.

Monday: (10/28) I had a hike scheduled for this morning at Big Basin SP but our smoky air caused the leader to cancel the hike. So, I worked on Ernie’s shed. I installed the skirt siding and extended the bottom of the door that had been cut off to swing properly at it’s temporary location. It is now complete. A lot of dust was created cutting the cement board and grinding the concrete so I blew it all to the neighbors yards then hosed the walkway and buildings down. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chicken and hummus sandwich with a V8 and grapes for lunch. Dawn made buckwheat noodles then prepared a nice olive, tomato and onion sauce with them for dinner.

Tuesday: (10/29) I took a little shopping run to Redwood City in the morning. I dropped Dawn off at the library. At home I got the Honda generator out and exercised it. While we are gone Ernie may need it with these electricity shutdowns due to the winds. I also moved all the plants back to behind the house. I had moved them away to clean the roof and Lou needed them away as well to work on the window seals. Granola and diced apple for breakfast. A nice vegetarian burrito from El Grullense Taqueria for lunch. Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes Buffet.

Wednesday: (10/30) Granola and banana for breakfast. Lou and I went to A Good Morning for a late second breakfast. Dawn was off to a class. I took the bike for a ride and stopped at the hardware store for a door sweep for Ernie’s shed. Back home I installed it. Otherwise I relaxed today. Lou’s chicken chili for dinner.




Thursday: (10/31) I tinkered in the shop and RV much of the day. Granola and banana for breakfast. Chopped salads at The Corner bakery for lunch. Leftover corn salsa rice with chicken for dinner.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Henry Coe SP China Hole Hike

Monday: (10/21) Granola for breakfast. I was off to carpool with Alex to Henry Coe State park for a hike to China Hole. We med the other SJMW hikers there at 1030. It was a 10 mile hike with about 1700 elevation change. Nice oak forested hills. The stream was not flowing above ground most places but there was water in the pond at China Hole. We got to see some tarantula spiders in their mating season. One almost climbed onto my shoe. I got back home about 1600. Dinner was my leftover lasagna for last night at Harry’s. 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Annual Nerd Days, Silicon Valley Code Camp

Saturday: (10/19) I attended the Silicon Valley Code Cape at PayPal Campus today. This is my annual nerd event to see what is happening with software development. The Code Camp Sessions I attended today included: The History of JSON, You Can Count on Numbers, How to Defy Ageism in Software Engineering, Intro to SmartWatches Development and Design, The Algorand Blockchain - Decentralized and for Developers, How to Switch Your Technical Domain.
Granola for breakfast. A vegetarian sandwich at the Code Cape for lunch. Leftover enchiladas for dinner.

Sunday: (10/20) Another day at the Silicon Valley Code Cape. The Code Camp Sessions I attended today included: Artificial Intelligence: Potentials and Challenges, Scalability challenges for distributed video infrastructure, Hands On Cybersecurity, The Blockchain You Never Knew, Introduction to NR-5G and its challenges.
Granola for breakfast. A vegetarian sandwich at the Code Cape for lunch. For dinner we went to Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City.