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Just in case you have not seen them, I put them on a separate page, so check out the link above that says Photos-California.

Since I am really not sure how to do a lot of this stuff with the posting of media, I think I’ll have to have a page for each state just to make sure they don’t pop up here on the front page all the time!  Hang in there with me, I’m learning as I go!

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Since it has been a long, long time since I wrote….

It really is time for an update or two.

My summer in McCloud has been fantastic!  The gas and fuel prices made for some empty rv spaces we really didn’t want here (as has been the case all across the tourism industry), but most all weekends have been seeing us near full capacity.  The season is winding down, with Labor Day weekend just a few days ahead of us, to be followed by my departure from the park on Sept. 15th.  I sure am going to miss this beautiful location and my new “family”.  All the people I have worked with are dear to my heart in so many ways.  I’m going to miss them, though I just may be back here again next summer!  Tricia, the sweetest manager I have ever worked for has already said I have got to come back should I not find something else that draws me more towards the east coast.  It’s going to have to be a mighty tempting offer for me not to consider coming back, let me tell you! LOL

Being at the base of Mt. Shasta has been a real delight.  Every time I look at the mountain I see something new and different.  When I first arrived Mt. Shasta was still covered in snow, but as the summer has passed the snow has receded to show the glacier near her top.  Fortunately, no fire has struck on the mountain this season, though the whole northern part of California has suffered through some extreme blazes.  We had some smoke here in the park on occasion, but nothing compared to the surrounding areas.  Redding (only about 1 hr. and 10 minutes away) really has been slammed with smoke, and fires came mighty close to that city, but they are recovering and time will only help them more.  Many folks from that area came to stay with us for a few days just to breathe cleaner air and we were not only glad for their company, but happy they could see further than the end of their street and inhale purer air for a while.

Because of the fires I haven’t done all the exploring I would have liked to do up here, but it just wasn’t smart to go into unknown to me territory to see the sights.  They will still be there next year or at some future time for me to investigate.

So, what else happened around here while I’ve been in the area?  Well, Danielle, one of my co-workers had her baby girl about 2 and half months ago.  The sweetest doll you have ever seen!  Her name is Riley and she has the chubbiest baby cheeks you have ever seen.  And a head of hair that many people would love to have! LOL  That girl is never going to have to worry about thin or limp hair!  I sure hope her mommy brings here by the park again one day before I leave so I can hold her once more before I take off.  Babies smell so sweet and special, don’t they?

We’ve had a number of wedding parties, group gatherings and family reunions here in the park, so helping make sure everyone had their needs met was a big part of our job, most times fun to help make happen, at others rather trying, but experiences I will treasure all the same.

I did make a couple of trips to Redding and even a few up to Yreka (only 45 minutes away and they have the closest Wal-Mart which explains most my trips, I’m sure), but I have to say the most memorable day I spent happened when Tricia and I went to a Lavender Farm!  Yep, it was a lovely day.  We stood in 10 acres of lavender fields looking over a glorious valley and listened to the bees humming in the blossoms.  I’ll have to see if I can find the link to their site for you, so hang on a couple of minutes while I make a side trip in my computer! LOL  http://www.mtshastalavenderfarms.com Take a look and drool!  Tricia got a few pix, I’ll see if I can download them tomorrow or the next day, I’ve already yakked long enough for now.  And, I still haven’t told you all where I am heading next, have I!!???!!!!!!!

Well, you gals on my quilt list know, since I did drop in there a few days back to let you know, but you are still the only ones besides my family and friends here in the park.

So, without further ado…………….

I am heading for Mesa, AZ.  No snow for me this winter! LOL  I’ll be working at http://www.orangewoodshadows.com as the Activities Director and I am so excited not only about the location, but the job itself.  While I have organized lots of activities over the years for many organizations, I have never had a position like this one!  And, truthfully, I would never have even considered trying if it hadn’t been for Tricia suggesting it.  She opened up a whole new field for me when she said she thought it would be perfect for me.  Well, time will tell since I will be down there for 7 months giving it a try.  And, I’ve already been told by the manager of that park that I would be welcome to come back next winter, if I should choose to do so.  The man hasn’t done more than read my resume and talked to me a couple of times on the phone, so we will see if he still feels that way after the season.  It looks to me that everyone in the park enjoys playing in their spare time, so I have a feeling I am going to have a grand time there making even more new friends and family, cause I love to “play”, too! LOL  And just think, I am going to be only 3 hours from the Grand Canyon!  I’ve flown over it and driven within about 50 miles of it, but I have never had the chance to actually stand on the Rim and say I am at the Grand Canyon, but I will do it some time this fall!

Well, I am really getting off here now.  McCloud has a small library which I found just a day or so after arriving last April and I just had to go get a couple more books to help pass my evening hours these last weeks before heading south.  I had thought I would only return the books I had checked out a few weeks ago and say good-bye to the librarian today, but those books just called to me once more, so I’m going to go read a bit before hitting the pillows.

Pictures coming soon!!!

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