Fireworks after our 455 mile drive...

We are heading south to see Steve's mom. We are actually driving separate cars so it seemed extra long but the reward for all those miles was this view from our camper's dinette window!

Whenever we need to be in the Anaheim area, we stay at the very awesomely located Harbor RV Park.
What makes the location so ideal, for me, is its proximity to Disneyland. While we can't go into the Park, we can enjoy the Magic Kingdom's nightly fireworks extravaganza.
"I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing —
that it was all started by a mouse."
-Walt Disney

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The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County...

I have always proclaimed that every city holds a treasure. My daughter-in-law and I uncovered this amazing museum- a gem in Santa Rosa. I want to live here!

The Children’s Museum’s mission is to inspire children’s creativity and stimulate their curiosity to discover the world through playful exploration of the arts and sciences.
Within Sonoma County, Santa Rosa is the largest city in California’s North Coast and the 5th most populated city in the San Francisco Bay Area. The closest children’s museum was 55 miles south of Santa Rosa, an impossible and costly trip for families without transportation. The 2nd closest museum was more than 200 miles north. So what happened? Some moms kicked butt and created this incredible space with some incredible support!
The Museum campus includes over 7,000 square feet of existing interior space that is currently being remodeled, coupled with 36,000 square feet of outdoor exhibits. All exhibits are devoted to science, art or nature, with a specific emphasis in the outdoor exhibit garden on environmental sustainability, water conservation and renewable energies. Teddy Bear tea anyone?
I totally loved the life-sized Lite Brite board. Remember those?
The outdoor space was amazing. Tons of hands on activities (including water elements which are perfect for the hot Santa Rosa summers) and this cool rescue helicopter! Where can you climb around in one of those?
I was very attracted to the pollinator garden. Yes, there truly was something for everyone! I loved this place and will be back.
Well, one can't get over the habit of
being a little girl all at once...
~Lucy Maud Montgomery

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'Rod Stewart' in Santa Rosa...

Montgomery Village has the most awesome concert series every summer. This shopping mall hosts live music three times a week. Today, we lucked out with Gregory Wolfe's Tribute to Rod Stewart.

We've seen the real Rod in concert a few times and the longer we watch Gregory, the more real he became. He rocks!

Oh man, the people watching was extreme. What was really cool was our realization that everyone was young once and ALL ages had their groove on. It was quite fun to watch everyone letting go and rocking out.

This was the perfect way to spend a Saturday in Santa Rosa.

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Scenes of Santa Rosa...

Some sights do not need explaining...

"The earth laughs in flowers."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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30 Years of Wedded Bliss...

Who are those cute, smitten kids?

And it all began with me asking Steve to dance! Life is very good.

We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird.
And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours,
we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness
— and call it love — true love.
~Robert Fulghum

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Scenes of an Emerald Bay Day...

Jenny was volunteering at Emerald Bay and invited Cathy and I to join her. Oh man, I hadn't been to my happy place all summer. What a treat!

It's a great day when you can spend a few hours with good friends while getting your feet in the warm sand.
And it's an extra special day when I can hug an old-growth cedar tree.

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If I wasn't created as a human...

What would I want to be? This was the prompt for our last writing group. It's kind of fun to ponder, but I only had five minutes to write. This was my answer...

If I wasn't created as a human, I'd want to be a sunflower, for to me, there is nothing as cheery or as bright in the world.

This majestic bloom stands in a field taller than those plants which surround it. Its brilliant yellow petals are visible from great distances, allowing happiness to begin, in wonderful anticipation.

Its face, no matter its circumstances, is always turned toward the sun, seeking its warmth and goodness.

Its seeds number in vast quantities, allowing new sprouts to grow over large areas, spreading its cheeriness easily and freely.

It is a sunflower that I'd want to be, if, of course, I wasn't me.

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Fabulous Fun with Friends...

Having come back to Tahoe, unannounced, it was a surprise and quite wonderful to connect with friends who were able to play at the last minute. What a busy few days it has been.

Not only did I arrive home in time to attend my AAUW writing group meeting, I was also included in a Gals' luncheon by the Marina.
Steve and I then delighted in dinner and dice gaming with Cyndi and Steve.

I was treated to a scrumptious lunch and Scrabble fun at Fern's with Karen included.
And if that wasn't enough festivities, we went bowling with Casey and Linda (always a riotous time).
I even scored my highest game ever- 148! So dang awesome.
Steve's pre-Denise friends, Steve and Laura, interrupted their Tahoe holiday and joined us at our cabin where we, along with Laura's mom, dined in the backyard while catching up for hours.

Our enjoyable endeavors, while back home, have made us even more appreciative of South Lake Tahoe. It's good to be back (even if only briefly).  

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One Hail of a Tahoe Storm...

We love weather and this afternoon, we had several deluges that were just amazing.

Jenny sent me these incredible Lake photos. The poor geese didn't know what was going on and they couldn't seem to get out of the way. Look at the power of the hail's impact on the water surface. It must have been so painful. Poor guys.
Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones,
and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains.
~Henry Ward Beecher

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Public Safety Appreciation Day in SLT...

Having missed the entire summer of concerts at Lakeview Commons, Steve and I jumped at the opportunity to see live music and to say "thank you" to the men and women who protect our South Shore community.

Hosted by the City of South Lake Tahoe, there was the Cash Only Band (a local favorite), a delicious and free BBQ, a thank you card making station and blue ribbons to tie around the trees as a visual way to say thank you. It was a multi-agency event allowing us to express our appreciation to everyone who keeps us safe. Way cool!

 Oh man, Steve just had to get his feet into the warm, for Tahoe, 70° Lake water.

Linda and Cyndi joined in and made it that much more fun.

I will never tire of scenes like this.

How wonderful it was to see the sunset in such familiar surroundings. It is good to be home!

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