Thursday, September 15, 2016

Art Day in Benicia, Birthday, Wine Train


I usually go into Benicia once a month to check on my art and take advantage of their open studio to paint.  Below is a new installation of lighted art panels by one of the artists/owners.  The lights actually change colors.  The picture just doesn’t do it  justice.



After leaving  Benicia, I headed over to Walnut Creek to meet Ted at the Walnut Creek Yacht Club to celebrate my Birthday.  Thank you Ted.


Then on the weekend I was surprised to discover that Charlotte and her family were camping in the park for the Labor Day Weekend.  They are members of the same church where I belong.


Since this would be the last weekend of the season and the movie would be Dinosaurs”, I got some of the parents to help out with arts and crafts so that I could do face painting.


The kids all love to have their faces painted.

I’m beginning to get “Hitch-Itch” and since I can’t do anything about it until November 1st I have been re-arranging things in the coach.

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The bed is where the dinette is, the bench is where the bed was and now I will be able to use the chairs in front.  This is all a bit of experimentation.  Someday I hope to downsize and I’m seeing if I can live in a smaller space.  The other reason is that I have to adjust the support for the bed. I made it too big.  Now if I can only figure out how to finance the downsizing, I’m sure that I can live even smaller than I do now.


Any one need a paper weight?  Same stones, painting on both sides.

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A friend that I met in Rio Vista wanted to celebrate my birthday too.  Neither one of us had been on the Napa Valley Wine Train, so that’s where we went  yesterday. 

This is John and me just before we got on the train.  It left Napa at a slow pace heading north to St. Helena.  On the way there we had a complimentary wine to taste and our first glass of wine along with a fruit, cheese and cracker plate.

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There was a 20 minute wait in St. Helena while they moved the engines from the north end of the train to the south end for the return trip.  We then moved to the dining car for lunch and our second glass of  wine.  We both chose the Salmon which was delicious.

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There were ten cars plus the engines, one of them was the kitchen and one was a domed car.  The entire trip took about 4 hours.


Both John and I really enjoyed the experience.  Thank you John.

Now that the season is over, I no longer have to do the fishing derby, arts and crafts  or the movie night.     What he (the owner) has me working on is an event ,  Wine and Art Faire.  It will be wine tasting local wines and artists selling their art.  It will be on two consecutive Saturdays, 9/24 and 10/1.  The Sunday in between  we  are having a yard sale throughout the park for long term  campers and workampers.   I will participate in both.

My next move won’t be until the 1st of November, because the camp hosts at China Camp won’t be leaving until then.  So I will be spending the winter at China Camp State Park again.  I will also be working on where I will go next summer.

That’s what has been going on here.   I hope that you all have had a great summer.

Thanks for visiting

IMG_2283  Taking in the sun, watching Mom.

Susan and Angel

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Little Bit Of Work, Travel, Painting and Relaxing



                                             Self Portrait in Watercolor

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                            Road trip with John and Angel to Bodega Bay.


                             Angel at the Pet Parade in Rio Vista

Then at some time I have to work to pay for my space.

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                            Fishing Derby     and      Crafts with kids and parents

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The trip to Sausalito and Marin Headlands and marine Mammal Center

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Then there was last week:

I needed to go into San Rafael to pickup my renewed Driver’s License and drop off my application for another Passport (mine expired over 10 years ago).  After that I went into Corte Madera to Mini of Marin to get a bracket for my front license plate.

As long as I was in the area I decided to check out Fort Baker on the North East side of the Golden Gate Bridge also in Sausalito.  When John and I were here, we didn’t have time to explore this part of the Marin Headlands Recreation Area.  This time I wanted to take some time and do some painting.

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Angel was checking out some seagulls.           North side of GGB.

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There is also a marina                                 and of course, Fort Baker.

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Here’s the watercolor sketch that I did.  It was too windy and it was getting late.  I wanted to get started before rush hour. As it was it took about two hours to get home.


Finally home.  This is another possible painting of the Water Tower in Isleton about 5 miles away, where I have more artwork in a gallery.


So that’s what we’ve been doing. How about you?  I hope that you all are enjoying your Summer.

Thanks for visiting


In this extra pic, Mom is scratching just the right spot.  It feels sooooooo good. Then more relaxing!!!!!!

Susan and Angel

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Road Trip to Marine Headlands



After not leaving the park (except for shopping), it was time for a road trip!  Earlier that week I had seen a production of “On the road with Rob” on TV where he visited the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.  It seemed like it would be an interesting place to visit.  So I called up a friend, John, to see if he would like to go on a road trip.  Every 2nd and 4th Sundays they have a free Science talk at the center, (subject changes each month).  That’s where we headed early Sunday morning.  Angel had to stay home and fellow workamper, Jeanne would check on her and take her for a walk.

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Just some of the literature that I picked up to learn about the area. 


Not only is the Marine Mammal Center located in the Headlands, but the Headlands was also occupied by the military from WWII throughout the Cold War.  

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                                              More information signs.

     This facility has the largest marine mammal rehabilitation hospital in the world.


After we left the Center we explored the area, taking all the side roads.  Above is Fort Cronkite.  Right near there is Rodeo Beach where there were a lot of people picnicking and surfing.  From there we drove up towards the lighthouse past the Nike Missile Site (which, unfortunately was closed until later in the week- that’s another trip)

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At the top of the Headlands are located the Batteries, this one is Battery Wallace where there was a big gun protecting San Francisco and the west coast during WWII.

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When you look to the east the views are magnificent.  The Golden Gate Bridge would come in and out of view because of the Marine Layer.  Most of the time you couldn’t even see the city of San Francisco.  I could have stayed there for a long, long time, except for the wind, (and the crowds).  I’ll have to go back during the week and maybe do some  painting.  These pictures just can’t compete with the real thing.

From here we stopped for lunch in Sausalito and then did a little wandering over to Tiburon and then back to Hwy 101 and home.  All in  all it was a nice trip.  Neither one of us had been to the Marine Headlands, even though John has lived in CA all his life and the closest that I had been was to the Battery overlooking the bridge and Fort Baker.  That will be another trip.  If you are out this way and get a chance, check it out.  (Just a “heads up” , There is a one lane tunnel that may have up to a 5 minute wait depending on traffic when entering the headlands off of 101.)

I hope that you all are having a great summer.

Thanks for visiting

DSCN0372 Are you sure I can’t come with you?

Susan and Angel