|Mariposa County History Center, formerly the Coulterville Hotel|
|Whistlin' Billy, an 0-4-0 mining locomotive|
Deb had invited us to park our motorhome at the curb in front of her apartment complex. but we didn't feel comfortable with that, and besides, we had a refrigerator and freezer full of food, requiring electrical connections. Instead, we got a site at the Thousand Trails park 32 miles south of Deb at Morgan Hill. We were here three nights, then put Rosie into storage with electricity for our stay at Deb's. Although we pay nothing per night for staying here (the first 50 nights in a year) we had to pay $10 a night for the storage site. Tuesday after the July 4 weekend, we returned to Thousand Trails, pulled Rosie out of storage and back into a beautiful wide, level shaded site with what passes for grass out front.
And wouldn't you know it -- a couple of days ago, I was defending membership RV parks in a comment to Chuck and Anneke in their blog, bragging about our park here, and the next morning the park's well pump self-destroyed! We were without water for 24 hours, and now the park tells us the new pump is working, but they won't know for three days whether the water is fit for human consumption! We're sure it will be, but the county has to do their incantations and spiral dances first!
At Deb's place we had a nice chance to get better acquainted with her friend Albert, and to see the pictures she took on their recent trip to Colombia. Albert is a native of Colombia, although he has been a US citizen for many years. Deb brought back some souvenirs of Colombia for us.
|This is a "chiva." Albert's family had rented one as a party bus to and from one of their family gatherings.|
|This cross was carved out of salt at the "Salt Cathedral," a large underground church, itself carved totally out of salt in a huge salt mine.|
|Deb knows we celebrate Christmas with at least three different creches, so picked up this tiny one for us, handcarved in Colombia.|
|Deb and Albert are a fun couple, and well matched in temperament.|
|Albert eagerly waits while Suzy dips into the cheese fondue.|
|Suzy ordered pork tenderloin, I ordered steak, and we split the two entrees. The black slab is HOT!|
|This fellow, the oldest in the class, was really having problems.|
|This one looked insecure, but soon he was out with the rest.|
|Colorful activities abounded.|
|I believe these are egrets.|
We'll stick around this area, see what there is to see, and in a couple of weeks, start a journey to somewhere near Fiddletown, CA (back into the Gold Country) to join our family's celebration of daughter Deb's 50th birthday. What a fine family summer in ... Our Life on Wheels!