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Back in California...again

We departed Grants Pass, OR on Sunday, 10/09 heading for JGW RV Park in Redding, CA on our way to Doran Beach, CA. While in Redding we called Jim and Mary Hanrahan, more of the cousins on the Hilen side, to see it they were up to a spontaneous visit. In true Hanrahan style they invited us over for some adult beverages and pizza. We had another great visit with family. We are so fortunate to have places along our route that allow us to connect with family for a get together.


Monday, 10/10 we departed Redding, CA continuing south on Interstate 5 to route 505, Highway 80 to Hwy 37 and eventually Bodega Highway. This 5 hour route got us to Doran beach by 4PM with plenty of time to get settled in for our week stay on the California north coast. I booked this location about one year earlier due to its popularity. We were hoping for an "Indian" summer weather pattern but got some fog in the mornings with broken overcast. The temperature was moderate, in the low to mid 60's, and a welcomed change from the 90's the previous day in Redding. We were in site 69 of Cove Loop next to the USCG Bodega Bay Station so I could do some work with their personnel.

Tuesday we were tied up with a number of appointments in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park on our return to California. I also had a Coast Guard Auxiliary meeting in Petaluma. Wednesday Karen went in to work at TC and I walked to the USCG station for a meeting. Wednesday night, Greg and Lorrie Herrick drove out to meet us for dinner at Lucas Wharf restaurant. Thursday I went into Santa Rosa for some doctors appointment then returned early afternoon to get ready for our weekend company.

On Friday, Nick and the family arrived to set up camp with us and on Saturday, Richard Schneider and crew arrived to add to the party. Eleven of us together for fun, food and even a tour of the Coast Guard Station too!

We ended the family get-together with a bike trip to Captain Davy's Espresso and Ice Cream shop. It was a great time of family fellowship with Nick, Lindsey, Milo (Morgan) and Grace and our adopted family Richard, Portia, Silas, Owen and Eli.


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