Saturday, October 5, 2019


8:09 am - Saturday - October 5th - Ramona, CA - 40° F, 73% humidity, wind - CALM.....clear, blue, cold skies this morning....again....forecast high is 86° F....that's a 46° F in temperature today.  The view this morning........ brother, Philip, up early as he usually is working on a project.  He and his wife Jeannie arrived around 4 pm yesterday to spend the weekend......YAY for our team!

Friday is our 'short' day.....short in time worked.....just 4 hours and we are off for the weekend.  I have been looking forward to this weekend for some time, because my brother Philip and his wife Jeannie are coming to visit us for a few days.  I busied myself with pool maintenance......the pool had not been vacuumed, or swept since the previous Friday, and with the forecast of temps in the upper 80's I am sure both the pool and Jacuzzi will get some use this weekend.

I was done with the pool by 11 am, so headed up to rake the horseshoe pits, and then down to blow a week's worth of leaves off the mini golf course holes.....what a mess they were, but now they are ready for the weekend.

The weather Friday was just idyllic, and just a reminder of why Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year.  You get these big temperature swings from night to day, and it cools off quickly by mid afternoon.

We were off by 1 pm, and getting ready for the arrival of my brother and sister-in-law at 4 pm.  One of my tasks was to fill our 5 gallon propane bottle in preparation for use with our propane fire pit.  I last filled this bottle back in Smuggler's Den last July, so it it has been well over a only took 2.2 gallons to fill it.....WOW!

Philip and Jeannie arrived right on time....TLE and I walked down to the office prior to their arrival, and after checking them into the park rode with them in their new Class A gasser to site #72.....our old site.  We will move back into that site after they depart on Sunday.....time to get back into the sun!

As we always do, we sat in their rig talking for a couple of hours before we headed over our site to turn on the Sea-B-Que in preparation for the grilling of 4 wonderful filets.  Jeannie provided sides of salad and baked potatoes.  The meal was almost as good as the conversation, and it was very good.........

....we continued our non-stop conversation around the propane fire pit....the more I use this little fire pit the more I fall in love with it.  Absence the ability to have a real wood fire, this little fire pit really does the job!

By 8:30 pm we were all ready to head inside for the night so we bid Phil and Jeannie adieu, making plans to meet in the morning for breakfast.  

Back in the early 2000's we spent a lot of time camping together.   There were four annual trips to the shores of Lake Tahoe, there was Yosemite one summer, Rincon Parkway (Ventura, CA several times for long weekends next to the ocean, and a few trips to Mammoth Mountain and surrounding hot springs).   We would light a fire every night, and our families would gather around the campfire to talk and laugh for hours..........I really have miss those times together since we retired an began traveling full time.  Now all of our kids are grown and raising families, so it's down to just the four of us around the campfire at night. 

Philip is the youngest of my four siblings, and we are 14 years apart in age, but now that we are grown it doesn't matter anymore.....we are just good friends who happen to be siblings.  Phil is actually closer in age to my son Chris, than I am to him, and he and Chris go camping a lot together makes me happy.

Back in 2005, Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe with my brothers Dwyer and Philip....good times!

Philip and I.......Meeks Bay Resort, Lake Tahoe in 2007

Taken in 2006 near Tioga Pass in Yosemite....left to right: Philip, Jeannie, TLE and moi

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