Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Roadrunner Stops Along the Oregon Coast - 2016

After our July 2016 Warner Bros Reunion we made our way to:

  • Arnold, CA over to Fairfield, CA 
  • Travis AFB FamCamp  
  • Willits CA  
  • Harris Beach State Park  
  • Bandon OR 
  • Beverly Beach State Park  
  • Devil's Lake State Park  
  • (Pacific Shores RV Park  
  • Netarts, OR.

A. We had a nice setup in Arnold CA for our 2016 Warner Bros Reunion.
 B. After 8 days at Marty's cabin in Arnold, we drove to Travis AFB Famcamp where we were in Overflow parking for two nites (thought I had a picture...)

C. Next it was on Willits CA and the Golden Rule RV Park
D. After that we had an overnight stay at Harris Beach State Park.  Loved the park even though it was a tight squeeze.
 E. We traveled up the coast and stopped next at Devils Lake State Park in Lincoln City.  This was our last stop at a State Park.  No matter what we hope for after reading the info about the site -- we concluded State Parks are not for us.  Just to hard to get into...
 F. From there we splurged and went to Newport OR and the very very nice Pacific Shores RV resort.  Great site and location.
 G. From there we have landed in Netarts, OR outside of Tillamook for a few days.  One extreme to the other.  The Big Spruce Campground offers $17/night for full hook ups and the internet is pretty good.  Cable can be connected but a bit of a hassle with their cable box with reprogramming the remote for the TV required.  Instead we watched a DVD in the evening which worked out great.
We are thoroughly enjoying our trip up the Oregon Coast.  The views and scenes I will save for another post.  But for the record I wanted to note where we have been staying during our time here.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

2016 Warner Bros Reunion - Friday and Saturday

Friday morning was golf for the four Bros while the ladies hung out at the cabin.  We went over to Sequoia Woods to practice the night before and then played 18 holes at Forest Meadows in Arnold.
Somehow I missed taking photos of our golf Friday morning.  I was fun.  Reid was the surprise of the day.  He plays once every couple of years and was 1 over par after 4 holes.  If was fun to watch him do well.

After we returned to the cabin and had lunch, the rest of the group went to Angels Camp to tour around and over to Ironside Winery to see the museum and grounds.  Pam and I were recently at Angels Camp and had seen the Winery and museum a couple of years ago, so we didn't join them.

Before everyone scattered, we got some photos:

While they were in Angels Camp, Pam and I packed up and headed to Sacramento.  She had a early morning flight to Virginia Beach on Saturday morning so we spent the night at a hotel near the airport.
The mother of one of Adam's best friends (and a friend of Pam's) recently passed away unexpectedly and we felt it was important for her to be there despite the reunion.  The service was scheduled for Tuesday in Virginia Beach.

Pam flew out at 6 AM on Saturday morning, returning on Wednesday about noon.

After I drove her to the airport, I went by McDonald's for an egg McMuffin and to Starbuck for a large coffee, I drove back from Sacramento in time to meet up with the group downtown at Arnold in time for the Lions Club Pancake breakfast.  The Lions have 41 members, do a Pancake Breakfast three times a year and raise about $35,000 for scholarships, eye and hearing charities.
 I texted a picture of everyone to Pam while she was at Chicago Midway airport for a short layover.
The first event down the parade route was the annual 5k run.  That was followed by a steady stream of fire engines and US Forest Service trucks and vintage cars. If was pretty great and I'll bet that scene was duplicated in hundreds and hundreds of towns across the USA!
After the parade we wandered through the Arts and Crafts Fair looking for something we couldn't do without. Marty and Elena picked up a couple of black and white photographs and Brad and Sue got a little ceramic sign.
 When we got back to the cabin later in the afternoon, we somehow ended up in the Roadrunner for awhile.  I think I wanted to show them my table and favorite invention.  It sits over the coffee holders in between the two front seats above the center drawers in the front.
 Next, it was dinner on the back porch again.  I think we had salmon that Marty caught last year in Alaska which was pretty terrific.  Elena rustled up a tossed salad.

The deck on Marty's back porch was built just for get-togethers and is large enough for chairs and tables and the barbeque. After we cleared the table and loaded the dishwasher, we had dessert and coffee and talked long into the night again.  It was another special time and a lot of fun.

Friday, July 8, 2016

2016 Warner Bros Reunion - Wednesday and Thursday

My brothers and wives and Pam and I have gotten together often during the years and we did so again this past week at Marty's cabin up in the Sierra's.  He built his mountain cabin in the 1980's and had the foresight make a paved RV space with electric hook ups.

We drove in early Wednesday morning and were all set up when Marty and Elena arrived from Tucson.
Pam and I were so excited that the Roadrunner fit well into the parking space right in front of Marty's cabin.  He had insight to plan it out long ago before we ever had an inkling that we would have a motorhome.  We planned on 30 amp service but over the years he upgraded to 50 amp so we were all set!
Brad and Sue drove in next from Sacramento Airport.  They live in Ft Worth.  Reid and Amy soon followed, also flying into Sacramento and taking a rental car.  They live in Albuquerque.

Marty had things planned for us during the week including days for all of us to cook dinner and do a couple of meals.  It all worked out great.   There was a good balance of 'hanging out' and activities.

We changed things a bit on the schedule and Pam cooked tortellini and we had a big salad for dinner.
The notion that 'We have too much food here" became a recurring theme everyday.
 We had a nice time catching up on the back porch and then moved it inside for some more chatting.  We did a lot of that which was great.

The next day, the only thing we had on the agenda for activities was a 90 minute hike around a grove in Big Trees State Park.  It was about 5 minutes up the highway from the cabin in Arnold.
 We had a good group and enjoyed the docent who explained a lot of things about the history of the park and some of the tid bits about how it was discovered.  In the spring of 1852, hunter Augustus Dowd was chasing a wounded grizzly bear and came upon some large sequoias.
 This was back in the '49er' gold rush days.  Dowd was from Murphys, the gold mining town 20 miles to the south.  He told a lot of stories about the place and finally more and more people took the trip and saw it for themselves.
We've been to that park 3 or 4 times over the years and always learn something new every time we visit.
Our shirts are Elena's idea.  She came across a picture of the four of us that she had imprinted on T-Shirts.  
So which one do you suppose is me in this photo?

After our hike, we gathered for a group shot

Then returned to the cabin and everyone helped with dinner.  Elena spiced things up a bit with her 'infused' water that we all enjoyed.
It was Sue and Brad's turn so we chowed down on some brisket they cooked on the grill.
And it was another nice evening to spend on the back porch after dinner.

That's a recap of the first couple of days together.  It was a lot of fun!

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

2016 Brothers Reunion - Tuesday and Wednesday

Tuesday morning we spent some time on the back deck over a cool cup of coffee.  It was getting nippy in the mornings.  We all took our time and got cleaned up before we left for some time in the interesting town of Murphys, about 20 minutes down the road.

We wandered through shops for a while and noticed how different it was on a Tuesday morning after the 4th of July.  The town was slowly coming to life and shops were opening up just after 10 AM.
 Along one of the stores in Murphys we saw an interesting historical display for the fraternal order: E Clampus Vitus.  It's a tongue in cheek society dedicated to storytelling and the preservation of the American West -- particularly the Mother Lode gold country in the Sierras.
There are some interesting personalities noted on the wall plaques.
After wandering around a bit, we walked across the street to our reservation for brunch at the Old Murphys Hotel.  We were able to get a table outside and it was a beautiful day.
Upstairs inside the old hotel, they are renovating a ballroom with new floors.
Down the halls, the rooms indicate where famous visitors stayed over the years.
After lunch we drove a couple of miles to the edge of town to get a tour of the Mercer Caverns.  Very interesting tour 16 stories below ground.
It was a bit crowded because they overbooked some folks for our 2:00 tour.  But we all managed to safely get down the cave and see the sights.
Its hard to imagine this was discovered using candle light.
It was truly amazing.
After our tour, we all went back to the cabin for some more eating and hanging out.
It was another great day together!

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