So I turned 65 on January 12th, and to celebrate I asked for and received a Mini Road Trip which you can find out more about on the “Rollin’ Down the Hallway” page.
Here are a few teaser pictures of our week long celebration!!!!
As we were rolling past the Yosemite Chapel yesterday morning I read “Curry Village” on a sign, but didn’t process anymore than that as I don’t need directions to anything in Yosemite. A few moments later I realized I was reading the original sign “Curry Village” not “Half Dome Village” which had been covering up the words “Curry Village” since February 2016. Excited that the name was back, we had to check out and see if the Ahwahnee was back, and it was….the name Majestic was removed that was hiding the name Ahwahnee.
Somehow we missed the news, but on Monday morning July 15th the naming rights lawsuit was settled with Delaware North Companies (DNC) . DNC was the parks concessionaire from 2001 to 2016, and they believed that they owed the name Curry Village that was founded by Mr. and Mrs. Curry in 1899, the Ahwahnee founded in 1927, Wawona founded in 1856 and Badger Pass Ski resort (oldest in California) founded in 1935. (You can read more about these wonderful spots in my posts on “Rollin’ Down the Hallway”, just click on Yosemite on the navigation links on the right side of the “Rollin’ Down the Hallway” page.
Three years ago Sandi and I along with millions of Americans sent letters to our Congressional Representatives to go after DNC and get back the parks names. As a result of the problems with DNC new concessionaire contracts for all National Park will include new language regarding intellectual property so this will never happens again.
Our visit to the park was a brief one as we were celebrating Sandi’s birthday. While there we noticed a LOT of changes throughout the park’s eateries…..I’ll be updating my blog “Yosemite Village and Visitor Center’ from the summer of 2014 with news about the changes. So look for the updates in eight weeks when we return to Yosemite for a long weekend with Family!
This coming Tuesday would have been my Dad’s 97th Birthday, and I thank him everyday for what he has taught me. Together Sandi and I completed her “Sunrise” deck!!! So now my brother, Rich, should be happy that Sandi has a new redwood deck to see the sunrise above the Sierras.
My Dad always tried to keep the scraps down to a minimum, I think he would be happy with my scrap pile.
Here are plans, lumber and hardware needed to build this 5’x6′ deck that is 32″ tall at the deck and against a wall.
For a year and a half we have been blessed with the most amazing sunrises, a full shot of the northern Sierras and Mount Shasta. I can seen them just fine from our bedroom and kitchen windows; Sandi can see our back wall. One day shortly after we moved in my brother, Rich, told me in his own way that I should build Sandi a deck. At first I was like it would never work, then I started doing some research. Here is the next part of the story, a work in progress…..
My Dad would be so proud of us, yes Sandi is my sole mate and helper! It is my plan to have it done by Saturday as we are not home on the 4th or 5th. Final photos to follow!!!
A year and a half ago we moved to Trilogy, not wanting to be in an “Active Adult 55+” or “HOA” again! Well let me tell you, I love living in Trilogy (Active Adult 55+ and HOA) with all it’s amenities. Yesterday after I finished my two 1/2 mile speed walks and a circuit on the weight machines (between the two walks) I got a Diet Coke from the Vista Cafe to enjoy while I waited for Sandi to finish her swim. This is the life, if you’re still young and working, this is what your working towards!!!
After 45 years of working for someone else, I now work for me!!!
Our “Last Thoughts” and things we forgot to tell you about our 2019 Spring Road Trip has been posted on “Rollin’ Down the Hallway”. This post has a LOT of pictures with a lot of color.
As we finish settling in back at home, we are excited about our next trips. The summer will see us traveling near home in North California; then this fall we will be visiting sixteen states four that are on the other side of the Mississippi or as Clark Griswold said “ the mighty Miss, the old miss, the old man…..Deep River”. We have done some of this route before, but wait we will be visiting some new sites along the way!!!
Our two puppies Franklyn (19 months) and Harriet (9 months) have only a few states under their collar so far, but they are still puppies. This is Harriet’s first road trip and she already has three states! How many states have you seen???
Two of our puppies (Daphney and Scoutie) in puppy heaven have been to 38 states and 2 Canadian provinces. Sandi and I can’t imagine going on a road trip without our puppies, yes it is challenging at times……but we always make it work.
Today we took the puppies to the beach Frankyln’s second time here (first time last fall), and this is the first time for Harriet. Harriet is something of a home body, her favorite place is under the covers on our bed at home or in the motor home. At home when she goes for a walk with Franklyn and I, she is carried at least 1/2 of our nearly two mile walk….she is not keen on walks. Today as we got to the path that leads to the beach from our campground something changed in Harriet and she took off running with Franklyn. We really believe that our puppies can sense the paths that our old puppies have gone, and believe me Scoutie and Daphney went down this path at least twice a day everyday we were here over the years (120 plus times). Harriet and Franklyn play with many of Scoutie and Daphney’s toys and sleep in their huge puppy bed, so she knows their scents.
Harriet REALLY loved the beach and truly became a new woman!!! We never knew Harriet could run as fast as Franklyn, but she can….even faster!!!
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Here are some great memory pictures of Daphney and Scoutie on their road trips.
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