Beautiful San Fran Fam!

After Casa de Everything, I headed across the Golden Gate Bridge to get to gorgeous wooded Marin County to see my cousin whom I haven’t seen in over 30 years! Somewhere along the crowded 19th street south of the bridge I picked up a bolt that went straight into my left front tire.


BigBlue at the Golden Gate Bridge on a foggy day! This is from down below by Fort Point National Historic Site.

How do I know I ran over a bolt, you ask? Well, because from that moment on, I sounded like Sammy Davis Jr tap dancing everywhere I went! The traffic was so thick I couldn’t even pull over until I was north of the bridge and off the highway. And there it was…a washer-headed bolt plastered perfectly straight into the tire. I hated to take it out for it seemed a perfect plug all by itself! But when I went through neighborhood streets, every head turned in my direction to see a performance by Mr Show Business himself! I was able to take it in after hooking up with cousin and get it plugged successfully. Still riding on it, all the way here in the middle of Colorado via Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah!

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Getting a bona fide plug put it instead of the tap-dancing-bolt!

Once in Fairfax, I had a fantastically wonderful time with my cousin and her family. Especially her daughter who guided me through the castles and fortresses of the Marin resovoirs with her Secret Agent Dog, and just taught me several lessons about life in general, as only a child can do!


My sweet second cousin! I loved getting to meet her and play with her! Such a delight!

At the tail end of our adventure we came upon some wild turkeys…with a blue gobbler! Of course I had to get out and ask for a portrait!


Beautiful patriotic gobbler of a turkey seen in Marin County with my cousins! (I don’t know if it is called a snood, a wattle, a caruncle!)

Because this was a summer ago, Zoe had school to attend. That left brenda and I to venture through the gorgeous majestic woods on the way to Point Reyes. It was soooo nice to be the passenger! I could gawk at everything, without fear of distraction or getting a ticket for being distracted! Definitely spoiled! The weather was refreshing and once we descended the 310 steps to the lighthouse, we were able to catch a view of a mamma whale and her calf! Not the kind of view you get from a whale watching boat where they breach the water and what not, but still a view of a pair on their way to Alaska!


Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from the trail down to Point Reyes Lighthouse…2 whales made an appearance along the coast too!

It was such a delight to visit with Brenda and get reacquainted in much more meaningful fashion than ever before…I suspect I will be knocking on her door more often in the future!

deb among the cedars

Walking among the wind-shapened cedars along the upper coastline of the Pacific Ocean!

I then headed southward towards another cousin’s house in Pacifica via the Golden Gate Bridge (I wasn’t aware of this, but apparently it is tolled! My brother told me after he received a bill for me in the mail back in Houston…yet again he has saved my hide!). His wife was finishing up her MA in library science so I did the north visit first until she finished cramming!

deb and ronan

Look at this handsome fellow! He can make anyone smile just with one of those sweet grins of his!

But come to find out I didn’t need her company after all, because Ronan was all the entertainment I needed! What a handsome mild-mannered fellow! I think he is my second cousin…ie, my cousin’s son. (cousin relations always gets me confused!) I had a very rested two nights with them and even got some work done in the day while they all went to work. All in all, San Fran may become my new destination vacation spot with two wonderful second cousins to visit! (btw: Stacey finished cramming and can now be officially called “master!”)

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Jason, Stacy, and Ronan showing off their cuteness!

I then headed through Napa Valley (for what good is Napa to a tea-totaler!) to get to the southern end of the Cascade Mountain Range, so I could stop by Lassen Volcano ntl Park. But really the highlight of the valley and the southern cascades was getting to hook up with my old high school friend Sam and her husband John! Getting to hear their stories and how the Lord has led them makes me want to get to reacquainted with all my high school buds, one on one!

deb and sam

30+ reunion with Samantha in Oroville, CA! Twas a treat to get to meet her husband and hear all that they have gone through the last 3 decades!

Funny/strange incident happened before I hooked up with Samatha in Oroville. I was in Walmart parking lot plotting out my travels as I usually do, when this gal came up to my van and asked for a ride just a couple miles down the street and she would give me $10. I was a bit leery as she seemed rather agitated, but I agreed and told her to keep the cash, it was on the Lord.

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Oroville California at the southern end of the Southern Cascades

Well, it turns out she is from Oroville and she had me going all over town looking for her boyfriend who she was very very angry at…and he must have known it because he wasn’t anywhere to be found. So she started calling on the phone. But he wouldn’t pick up from her. So she asked if she could borrow mine. Gulp…I pay per minute of usage, so I don’t even talk on my phone (except to AAA towing service!). But I handed it to her…my phone didn’t know what hit it! When Brian (her boyfriend) picked up, she laid into him something fierce.

oroville lake

Oroville Lake. there are falls that need to be hiked to…that will be on my next trip to visit Samantha!

I tried to see if there was something that she could do that would be healthier for herself. But she was seeing red and unable to engage coherently really. But she did thank me for the rides, paid me the ten, and got out at the last place we sojourned to. Now the reason this is strange is because I ended up dropping her off just a block away from where my friend Sam lives! What a crazy introduction to Oroville, California!

seagull at san fran

Can you tell what city I ran into this seagull at? Truthfully, I counted to three, and then his face lit up with that smile of his!

Well, that is all for now! Hopefully next week I will finally get this blog out of California and up to northern Oregon!

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