The Accidental Vacation: Chapter 10

Chapter 10  Going Home… Or Not

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The debate continued for over 100 miles assisted by cell phone research.

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Clear Lake is huge“

HowmuchfarthertoClearlake?What’s the ETA?  What about Willits?  I’d almost like to drive all the way home, but I’m uncomfortable towing the trailer in the rain.”

As usual Vince asked Marsha several questions, so she managed to answer all of them, just not at the same time.  “The ETA to Willits is 5:40.  OK, let me figure Clearlake.” A few clicks using the navigation app brought up the mileage and the estimated time of arrival quickly.  Marsha liked Vince’s new iPhone 5.  “And the ETA to Clearlake is 7:05.  I think you could make it to Clearlake, then it would be an easy drive home tomorrow.”

Marsha was not pulling the trailer up the mountain, through the trees, and around all the curves.  The most she was doing was keeping the dog company, and snapping a few pictures.  “You know, I’m ready to stop.  I think we’ll go to Willits.”

Where is that place, anyway?  GPS says it's where the lumber yard is.  RECALCULATING!
Where is that place, anyway? GPS says it’s where the lumber yard is. RECALCULATING!

In the past, the general rule was to drive till you get there, don’t stop to look at the historic markers, just plow on through.  Vince could almost feel himself changing as he pulled the trailer every mile.  He pulled over frequently to let long strings of traffic pass by.  They stopped at vistas.  This was a different way of travel than driving by car to go see someone.

Willits KOA_0112a “That’s fine.  There’s a KOA there, and we should be there in an hour.”  Marsha was not opposed to stopping either.  They had been on the road five hours already, and would travel a little over 200 miles altogether that day.  Considering the late start they had, that was not a bad goal.

Willits KOA VPP_0239a The KOA at Willits was more like an amusement park than an RV park.

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There was a full-fledged petting zoo, trailer spaces with spas, wifi, two ponds, one of which was for sport fishing.  You had to throw the fish back once you caught them.

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The large heated pool was busy as they drove into the office at 6:15.

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After they registered and set up, Marsha explored taking a hike up a large hill to the path into the redwood forest on the property, but when it started to drizzle, she and Puppy Girl returned to the campsite full of news.

SFW TAV Klamath to Willits119a After a brief visit with the neighbor, and a few minutes to watch the weather on TV, Vince said, “I think I want to spend another night here.  I just want to relax tomorrow.”

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Marsha could see that they would have plenty to do.  There was miniature golf, a little western town, each building set up with it’s own entertainment.

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“Sure, that sounds like fun,” she agreed.  It was settled.  Vince went over and registered another night.

Willits KOA_0123aThe next day they woke up to light rain.

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After a leisurely breakfast at the Lumberjack Restaurant, they headed out for a drive.  “I want to see what the road to Clearlake is like,” Vince told his wife.  It rained off and on the entire way, winding through the trees to the last town in the Redwoods before the mountains turned into foothills, and quickly into the flat, Central Valley that went on for 450 miles.

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“I’m glad we didn’t try to do this today,” Vince told Marsha.  It’s supposed to be sunny tomorrow, and I know we can get home.”  They turned around and drove back to Willits, and spent the rest of the day enjoying all that the RV park had to offer.

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They might go home tomorrow.  Would Vince be able to resist the call of his house for one more day?  Was Puppy Girl anxious to get home?  Would they EVEN leave the next day?

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Why wait to find out?  The adventurers had a great time at the Willits Campground, but aren’t you anxious to get home at the end of your trip?  They drove the whole way the next day, got home to find a huge tree limb blown over in the driveway.  Nothing was damaged, so not even a downed tree limb could dampen their spirits.  They had a great Accidental Vacation.  Thanks for reading.  🙂

 

Marsha Lee Not So Famous Go Cart Racer in Greater Sacramento

Yes, I did.  I came in 98.45% of over 2,000,000 go-cart racers in speed!!!  I have the paperwork to prove it!!!  OK J was 99.96%.  Here’s the big difference.  He came in #1 in our heat, and I came in ……

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Here’s a few shots from the sidelines of the track.  J raced three times.  He’s wearing brown pants, and was #1 all three times.  He even got better each time.

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The flags were very important.  Most people know that the white flag is the last lap, and the checkered flag means the race is over.  I got the blue flag a lot.  That meant someone was in back of me wanting to get around me. “Move over to the right, Slow Poke!!!”  So, like the polite driver I am, I did.  I guess everyone passed me.  Only one person bumped me, but V got bumped and spun around.  I sure don’t know how HE beat me!!!

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The dress code was a little strange.  I expected a helmet, but not a sock cap that went over everything but your eyes and nose.  I accidentally threw mine away at the end, but the guys were really nice.  You can see it sticking out below the helmet on this guy.

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Sitting in these low go carts wasn’t as bad as it looks for an old person like me.  I was glad V was along, or I would have been the only old person there in that heat!  I was the only woman.  You drive it a little differently than a car.  The right foot pedal is go and the left is brake.  The cars have governors on them, so the race way guys stop your car sometimes, or makes it go very slowly.  Then, all of the sudden, you just take off, full speed.  NO control!!!

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Dad gave it up after one race even though he paid for three times.  He watched PROUDLY as his son won every race.  V was really glad I raced.  He was #9.  There were 10 racers.

If you haven’t guessed already, V’s Son, J, will soon turn 43.  Of course, I’m WAY too young smart to have had a son THAT old!!  My pride is the only thing that keeps J as a step-son rather than granting him full sonship.  I bore him when HE was 25.  OUCH!!!

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So….I have a racing card now.  I’m registered in the system.  So how about you?  Want to go with us next time?

More Running P

Mike Pace was a history teacher.  Sally was a high school counselor that raised more scholarships than almost anyone in the nation – per student.  She was one of three in the NATION!!!!  That’s how we all met.  They retired a few years ago, and they both keep more than busy doing projects.  They have created Running P Ranch as a place for others to enjoy with them.  They host weddings, Kiwanis parties, and many other events.  Yesterday I posted just a few signs from the bar before I ran out of time.  Today, you’re in for a treat.

Meet Margaret Sanger, named for a historic person.  Do you know why Margaret  is famous?
Meet Margaret Sanger, named for a historic person. Do you know why Margaret is famous?

As it turns out Mike and Sally built a “bath” house for people who want to get married at Running P Ranch.  I wished I could get married when I saw all the cute, fun things at this ranch.  Here is the bath house where the bride gets ready.  There is even a high, high clothes bar to hang the full length dresses.

Mike and Sally collect things.  It’s dark in here, but you can get an idea of what’s in here.  All I needed was a horse or two and a beautiful white gown to create my perfect romantic ride.

Yard art intrigues me, especially when it is old farm equipment.  Some of these item you are going to have to guess at. Can you find the tractor tire?  How about the hand-held walking hoe that belonged to Mike Grandfather?  Lanterns are easy to locate.   Now if you are at a loss about these items, you can like Sally and Mike’s Fan Page at the end of this post.

I had to laugh at the two folks that looked just like Mike.  One of them came from New Mexico.  Can you guess which one?

One last item before I close.  You can’t have a ranch without having the proper attire.  Sally asked me not to photograph her, but I couldn’t resist this professional gear.  Notice the knees.

So there you have it, a more proper introduction to the Running P Ranch.  Hope you had as much fun as we did.  Of course you couldn’t have because you didn’t have Mike and Sally to escort you through, but just imbibe a little of my fun, and be sure to find a few things that make you laugh.

They started a Facebook Fan Page just 3 days ago.  Yesterday they had 111 fans already! I have 50, and mine started at least a month ago (I’m not competing!!!!)  Here is their fan page if you want to give them a like.  https://www.facebook.com/RunningPRanch

Stranded without Internet in San Diego

This is the first time I’ve posted from my phone, so I’ll be short. The history girls are having fun! We met Russel Ray and his partner, Jim. Yesterday at Slaters 50/50. He’s my first blogging friend to come to real life. Thanks for meeting us Russel and Jim!!!

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Renee’s Online Birthday Party

It’s Christmas Day, Renee’s 16th Birthday.  Welcome everybody  Come on in.  

Welcome to Renee's party.
Welcome to Renee’s party.

In honor of Renee’s country _______________________, all the print will be in green,  because in ______________________, it’s __________________.

Happy Birthday, Renee
December 25, 2012

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Renee, it’s your 16th birthday, and below you’ll find lots of things you love, and maybe some things you don’t know about.

Click on the balloons and see what happens.

Click on Renee’s picture to see what happens.

Birthday Game #1

Answer at least one question about Renee in the comment box, and write Renee a happy birthday greeting.  Psssst, the word Renee is hyperlinked.

  1. Renee is my youngest blogging friend.  Name at least one of her friends.  Blogging friends are ok to list, too.
  2. The name of Renee’s horse is Br______k, and the name of her pony is ____or___n.
  3. Name a one of Renee’s favorite musical groups besides Pink Floyd.
  4. If Renee could be a dog, what kind would she be?
  5. Name one award presented to Renee.
Who am I?

Write your guess in the comment box to win a free photo.

Open Renee’s card

Time for birthday cake.    Click on cakes to discover other things Renee likes.   Which kind of cake would you like?

Chocolate cake, white frosting
Its fondant covered…chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate fondant.
Fondant frosting, strawberry cake

Thanks so much for coming to Renee’s birthday party this Christmas day.  Wishing you and yours the best Christmas ever, and wishing Renee the best birthday ever.

Free Gifts specially selected for Renee and her guests.

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Happy Birthday Renee and friends from Marsha Lee  🙂