Monday, January 30, 2017

Bakersfield Visit

Monday: (01/30) Hard boiled eggs for breakfast. We were on the road to Fresno in the RV before 0800. A stop in Gilroy for gas at Costco, 54 cents less per gallon than neighboring stations. Then over the hill into the valley. We stopped at Lou’s niece’s house left the RV and she drove us to a Basque restaurant downtown for lunch. They visited and I napped after lunch. Next stop was the Book Barn in Clovis. We left town as it got dark stopping a few miles South at a rest stop in Tipton. 55 miles to Bakersfield tomorrow.
GPS: 36.109105, -119.323950

Tuesday: (01/31) Breakfast at Milt’s restaurant. We left The RV at Wal-Mart's and checked out The campground at Hart Park. Nice spot so we move The RB there. The day was spent visiting thrift stores. Dinner with Ernie, Cousin's Son and Judy, and Lou’s former room mate Anita at the Rice Bowl Chinese restaurant.

Wednesday: (02/01) Chow mein for breakfast. The house batteries were totally discharged again this morning. I think they have failed again. We headed off to Tehachapi in the morning via two lane roads, not freeway. On the way we stopped to watch a train pass by the Tehachapi Loop, One of the seven wonders of the train world. Lunch at a German bakery in Tehachapi. Lou and Dawn visited shops downtown while I checked out a couple of RV parks and the PCT Trail crossing on Willow Springs Road. I hiked through there last year and just wondered how the road was. Dinner at Albertson’s Market. We spent the evening at the open mike night at Fiddlers Crossing. Dawn told a story there. We got home about 2300.

Thursday: (02/02) Leftover rice, egg rolls, and shrimp for breakfast. Our morning was spent at the California Living Museum (CALM) next door but a mile by road from our campground. Quite nice. I really enjoyed seeing their condors and mountain lions. For lunch We visited the Moo Creamery. Nice bacon ice cream. Then we went to Camping World to look at our RV’s and try them out for size. Current decision is the Winnebago Vista 29VE. Grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.

Friday: (02/03) We started the morning with walks. Lou and Dawn were off before me headed East on the Kern River Trail from camp. I left later and met then on the back side of Lake Ming on the paved bike trail about one mile out. I continued for another mile to the end of the trail while they headed back. I returned via a dirt path nearer the river making my walk about 4.5 miles total. After more leftovers for breakfast we headed out. First stop was the Zoey Brookes Gluten Free Bakery in Oildale. A little thrifting by Lou and Dawn and I visited Harbor Freight to get a few tools. I had left my tool pouch at home. We met Lou’s friend Anita at Pyrenees Basque Cafe for dinner. After dinner we went to Anita’s to meet her dogs.

Saturday: (02/04) Leftover Basque food for breakfast. While Liu and Dawn cleaned up, I took a walk West toward Hart Park.  Nice walk. Lou and Dawn picked me up and I took them to a festival at the fairgrounds. We visited the Vallarta Market for some flan. Next stop, Beverly’s Craft Shop. Next stop, Barnes and Bible’s book store for Dawn. Then we returned to the park to sit by the river. Anita and her dog Charlie came over for dinner.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Preparing To Go

Saturday: (01/28) I headed down to Lowe’s in San jose to pick up the rain gutter foam filters that i had ordered. They were supposed to be in on the 11th and lowe’s never called. They were in. i took them over to Dawn’s apartment to install later. Breakfast was a burrito from La Victoria taqueria. Lou and Dawn were busy  packing the RV. They also took a long walk. I spent some time cleaning up the shop. I needed to locate the extra bungee cords for the tent so Lou can replace some. I also filled the water tank on the RV. And fixed the gate lock. It needs adjustment for the deadbolt latch due to expansion and contraction of the mud under the driveway. I also drained the black and gray holding tanks. That didn’t go well. The macerator failed just before completing the black tank make for a messy cleanup to get the macerator off and replace the impeller which Ernie provided. A simple 30 minute job became a 3 hour job. Leftover casserole for dinner..
One trip to San Jose with a stop and Lowe’s

Sunday: (01/29) Fried chorizo corn chip casserole with eggs for breakfast. Busy preparing to leave in the RV. Packing, washing windows, installed new window thermometers. Lunch at LUU Noodle House. Leftovers for dinner.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Arastradero Preserve And Alpine INN Hike


Friday: (01/27) Maple bar and a sausage egg and cheese English muffin for breakfast from L&L Hawaiian. I picked up Jessica and Hemmas and we headed up to Arastradero Preserve for an 8 mile hike then lunch at the Alpine Inn in Portola Valley.  Nice hike, Not too much mud. Great views from the top. Jessica is visiting from Portland. She was one of the hike leaders until she moved to Portland. This is one of her hikes that she scheduled from Portland. I had a burrito and fries with some beer. I relaxed when I got home. For dinner I used up all our stale corn chips and made a casserole with chorizo, black beans, peppers, onions and salsa all topped with avocado and swiss cheese. It was sort of like a super nachos but moister chips and less cheese.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

How Little

Thursday: (01/26) Granola and banana for breakfast. I spent another day doing as little as possible. I drove Lou to an appointment in the afternoon and we did some grocery shopping. Dawn prepared green beans with baked fish and rice for dinner.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Stevens Canyon Hike

Wednesday: (01/25) Lou made  fried sauerkraut potatoes with sausage and eggs. Lou and Dawn were for to appointments today. I was off for a hike at Pechetti OSP. Just as short 7 mile hike. Nice flowing streams and waterfalls. Lunch st China Wok in Sunnyvale. I worked on our dishwasher. Lou reported that the center spray wand wasn’t moving. I cleaned the filter and confirmed nothing was plugged up. All good. Then I remembered it’s smart and the wands spray at different times. No problems. No dinner needed.
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Self Serve Beer On Tap

Sunday: (01/22) A rainy day.  PBJ toast for breakfast. Lou made salads for lunch. Dawn and Lou were off to a storytelling event at the Palo Alto Children's Museum. Dawn was one of the tellers. I was busy relaxing all day.  Dawn made dinner, peppers, potato, broccoli, and sausage.

Monday: (01/23) A very rainy day, even some hail reported. PBJ toast for breakfast. I tinkered on the computer much of the day. We did some grocery shopping  Crackers and cheese with summer sausage for lunch. We had dinner at the Crepevine in Mountain View.

Tuesday: (01/24) No rain today. Granola and banana for breakfast. We went over to Cupertino for a walk. Lou and Dawn then went  to lunch at Hobee’s then to a movie there. I continued my walk. Then stopped later for lunch at a new place, Blast Pizza. Nice custom pizzas. I’ll definitely return, especially if their self service beer taps are opened. They were secured due to a dispute with county weights and measures. Darn. I walked some more then caught a bus. Had to transfer buses on ECR but stopped at Sprout’s Market in Sunnyvale for some of my favorite ciabatta bread. At home the pork chops sauerkraut and potatoes in the crock pot were ready at dinner time.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women's March


Saturday: (01/21) Nice day with only a few sprinkles. Lou made sausage, eggs and potatoes for breakfast. We were off to San Jose to walk in the Women Parade. Quite a big crowd. The park was full before the last of the marchers left City hall 8 blocks away and it was curb to curb people on that route. After the parade we had dinner at the Sweet Tomato Salad Buffet then went to Connee and Terry’s place for a guacamole party. They have a huge avocado tree and they are ready. Some Dim Sum for dinner.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Tarwater Loop Hike In The Rain

Friday: (01/20) I prepared sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches for breakfast. I headed off to lead a hike of the Tarwater Loop Trail in Pescadero County Park. Only 6 of the original 23 hikers were interested in a rainy day hike. We enjoyed a nice hike with consistent medium to heavy showers which provided a nice show of overflowing streams waterfalls, and a surging river. Usually very little water flow in the park. Leftover rice and sausage for a late  lunch. Dawn made dinner.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tinkering *Doing Nothing)

Thursday: (01/19) Smoothies for breakfast. I lounged in bed all day tinkering with the computer and sleeping. Lou and Dawn were out rummaging and visiting libraries. Lunch was Sausage with Spanish rice. Lou made super nachos for dinner.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Yosemite And Snow

Tuesday: (01/17) Granola for breakfast. We were on the road around 0800. Managed to get lost in Tracy missing the connection to Highway 120. We turned off on Highway 4 later and set the Jeeps navigation system to take us to Yosemite. In Placerville we knew we were off course and headed South on Highway 4I to Sonora to get back on Highway 120. We made it to Yosemite Valley about 1400. Had the opportunity to look at all the waterfalls. As it got dark we checked in at the Lodge. Dinner there.

Wednesday: (01/18) Breakfast at the Lodge cafeteria. We drove out of the Valley about 0900 before the rain and possibly snow arrived. A stop at Mariposa for a walk in the Ace Hardware Store. We stopped for lunch in Merced at Rancho San Miguel Market. Then a stop at bookstore in Modesto. Heavy rain since Mariposa and until we were over the hill into Fremont on Highway 680. We stopped for dinner at the Black Bear restaurant in Milpitas after a visit to a nearby thrift store. Home a little after 1900.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Four OSP Hike

Monday: (01/16) L&L Hawaiian  breakfast, donuts and an English muffin sandwich. I headed up the hill to Monte Bello OSP for a hike. It’s actually a hike I created a few years ago lead by a new leader, his first time. This is a nice 9 mile loop hike through four Open Space preserves (Montebello, Skyline, Russian Ridge, and Coal Creek) There were 16 of us and a bit of mud due to recent rains. I had a hamburger sandwich at home for  a late lunch. Dawn and I worked on her bamboo pile trimming and making bundles. Spanish rice served with roast chicken for dinner. We prepared for a trip to Yosemite tomorrow. I reserved a room there.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A New Gutter For Pete


Sunday: (01/15) Nice sunny cold day. Avocados, sausage and cheese for breakfast. Watched the usual Sunday morning TV shows. We all met our friends Pete and Debbie at their house nearby and helped install a new gutter. Not as easy as it sounds due to the one piece length and a lot line house. We also visited a couple of libraries for Dawn then had dinner with Pete and Debbie.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

BART Daly City To Stern Grove


Saturday: (01/14) Nice warm clear day.  Granola with a banana for breakfast. Lou and Dawn dropped me off in Daly City for a section hike of part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. I hike North on the trail from Daly City Muscle Rocks to Stern Grove in San Francisco. Not a real interesting “hike” because most of it was on sidewalks by roads. I did find a nice Chinese bakery along the way for lunch. A good chicken pie and a custard tart. . Dinner didn’t work out well. The weekend crowd at Golden Boy pizza was too much for me so I stopped at another Chinese Bakery for a chicken and a pork turnover and some cheese cake. Nice, just not pizza. I caught the train home.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Lots Of Water

Thursday: (01/12) No rain today. We were off to a dental appointment for Dawn this morning. After lunch we were back home. I spent some time in the back yard pruning the apricot and cherry trees and other plant trimming and cleanup. Also vacuumed the floors in the Jeep. With all the rain it doesn’t seem practical to take it to the car wash. Granola for breakfast. Applebee’s restaurant for lunch. Hamburgers for dinner.


Friday: (01/13) I signed up for a Monday hike and scheduled a hike to lead on Friday. I also planned a hike for tomorrow by myself. We headed off to explore today. We visited Stevens Creek Reservoir and Lexington Reservoir. All the reservoirs in the county were full and spilling out water per recent reports. We found Stevens Creek Reservoir to be nearly empty but it obviously had been full recently. Rather odd. It’s probably only being used for flood control and not storage due to being so close to the San Andreas Fault? We visited Conee before heading to dinner. Granola  and yogurt for breakfast. Salads at home for lunch. Sweet Tomatoes for dinner.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pleasanton RV Show

Wednesday: (01/11) We headed off to Pleasanton to an RV show at the fairgrounds. Cecilia came with Lou Dan and I. We got a look at the Winnebago Sunstar model 29VE, a new model that looks interesting. We got to compare it and the Sunstar 27N we been considering. Also got a look at a new model from Hymer, the company that bought Roadtrek. Also learned about the outstanding electrical system in Roadtrek/hymen RV’s. We ate our lunch from the backpack. Cecilia treated us to dinner on thee way home. Granola for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch. Dinner at the Black Bear.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Gutter Filter Follies


Tuesday: (01/10) PBJ toast for breakfast. I headed down to San Jose to install the rain gutter filters. It was raining pretty good today. Unfortunately, they are the wrong size so I need to order the correct size. I was headed home when I got a call for our friend Debbie. They invited me over for a nice lunch. Of course there was an ulterior motive. They wanted some help fixing a bad oven in a rental. I went with Pete to the house and we fixed two causes (loose wire, bad timer contact) and identified a third cause (bad thermostat contact). The solution is to replace it. Good try. Leftover pot roast veggies for dinner.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Hech Hechy Pathway Hike


Monday: (01/09) Dawn made smoothies for breakfast. We all took a walk through Barron Park to visit the donkeys. We continued on along the Hech Hechy pathway to San Antonio Mall. I stopped for an early lunch of a breakfast burrito at Safeway Market. I then checked out the building construction projects there. I then continued my walk on down to Castro Street in Mountain View and checked out  the building construction project there. I noticed something I hadn’t seen before for wood frame construction. The project is a large building project with two levels of underground parking and a commercial level at street level made using steel and concrete. The three floors of condos above that are being built using wood frame construction. The interesting part is that the framing is factory built. They arrive in approximately 8”x10' sections and are assembled with additional materials into the building. Must make it cheaper and quicker and probably more accurately constructed. I then caught a bus home. No rain even though we had a 30% chance of it. Nice walk. Leftovers for dinner.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Rotten Situation

Thursday: (01/05) I went down to San Jose to start work on the termite report items. Just some signs of dry rot and fungus to be attended too. The dry rot wasn’t where i expected it per the report. It seems to be on one of the end rafter support arms. I remove it to return to the shop to strip the paint , cleans dry rot and apply bondo filler then priming it and reinstalling. I didn’t want to get started and not finish with our upcoming pineapple express store that arrives tomorrow. Easy enough to work on it in the shop. I didn’t do anything to the fungus sites. Those will wait until later.  I did buy a new small folding scaffold that will be better than my large scaffolds for doing the North side of the house, including this repair, and will fit between the fence and house, about 30 inches. wide. I’m also thinking of building a small yard shed too. Deciding whether to use a kit  or build from scratch. Granola for breakfast. Egg rolls and shrimp for lunch. Dawn made steak with mushrooms and blue cheese with baked potatoes and green beans for dinner.
Two round trips to San Jose.

Friday: (01/06) We had an appointment in South San Jose today and did some shopping in the area on our way toward home including Oakridge mall and the Great Mall. Leftover baked ham omelet for breakfast. Dim Sum for lunch. Dinner at the Black Bear restaurant in Milpitas..

Saturday: (01/07) A rainy day. We’re at the beginning of a forecast really heavy storm. I worked a little in the shop stripping the paint from the rafter arm I brought home. We also took a walk at IKEA. Spaghetti and corn bread for Breakfast. Same for lunch. Dinner was a little different, no cornbread, same great spaghetti. Received my gutter guard supplies from Menards Home Supplies in Wyoming.


Sunday: (01/08) Another rainy day. Relaxing indoors, computing, and shopping Amazon.Granola with banana for breakfast. Ham and bacon sandwich for lunch. Lou made a pot roast for dinner.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Moving To LEDs

Sunday: (01/01) Granola for breakfast. We all took a walk down to San Antonio Mall. Mostly just exercise since most businesses were closed. Oddly, the Goodwill store was open so of course we stopped. Also Sprout’s was open so we picked up bread there. Lou and Dawn then went to target which was open while I inspected the construction of the new buildings there. Amazing the progress they have made since my last visit.I picked up what was supposed to be a chicken breast at Safeway for lunch. Turned out to be a thigh. Yuck! I then walked home and got the car and picked up Lou and Dawn. Dawn made mushroom chicken soup for dinner.

Monday: (01/02) Donuts for breakfast. Lunch at Harry’s Hofbrau. Mushroom soup for dinner. Cecelia and the three of use went to IKEA for a walk inside out of rain. On the way home we stopped at Harry’s  I replaced more of the lamps in the house with LED lamps. This included the craft room lamps which had 100W CFL lamps. My LED lamps only provided 900 lumens and the CFL’s provided 2700. Needless to say, Lou wasn’t happy so I ordered some high output LED lamps for those fixtures and will add more fixtures to even the light and brighten it up still at a lower wattage.

Tuesday: (01/03) Leftovers for breakfast and dinner. Lunch at the Country Inn In San Jose. We ran errands in San Jose and Santa Clara.

Wednesday: (01/04) Another day at mostly home. I did a few tasks in the yard during a break in the rain. Dawn and I went on a couple of grocery shopping errands. Lou made a nice baked omelet for breakfast. We had sandwiches for lunch. I made spaghetti and Dawn made a salad for dinner.