Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Walnut Creek, CA

(Jan) The Elks Lodge in Walnut Creek is a busy place! The lodge is used by multiple organizations and the large parkingIMG_20131109_131511_553 lot is home to many monthly paid parking spaces including three RV spaces with Electric and access to water. Located about 8 blocks south of downtown, it is an excellent place to get out and walk. Our daily treks took us to Whole Foods, Broadway Plaza or Los Lomas High School to walk the track at their football field.

My brother Ron and sister-in-law Scarlett live 6 miles away! It was wonderful to PB100002see them and spend time visiting. Besides a beautiful fall walk in their neighborhood, we had several fun outings. We went to the Martinez Marina and Wetlands area. It’s a nice wide open space for long walks and especially good for bird watching. Also, Chuck & I had not had Vietnamese food so they took us to their favorite place. The food was very good! Delicious fish stews, salads & pasta and a salmon & halibut dinner filled out our at home eating. Nephews John & Brenden joined us several times and it was delightful to hear what these two fine young guys are doing in  their lives. On Scarlett’s birthday two Russian Blue kittens joined the family.  Leo and Anya were delightful to play with! Thanks you so much for your hospitality, Ron & Scarlett! We certainly enjoyed visiting with you in your warm California sunshine.PB100001

1400611_10200640864215790_1479065413_oThe photo of Ron & I above was taken by the two baby orange trees, a Valencia and a Navel, that my sister and I gave Ron many years back. After a slow start, they are now thriving and have several fruits on each tree. The photo immediately above was taken on Sunday afternoon of Chuck & I, John, Scarlett and Brenden with Ron in front.

One other quick note. While we were with Ron & Scarlett in California, the rest of my family was helping my mom celebrate her 92nd Birthday in Iowa. She was in great spirits and IMHO does not look 92!

From here we will go on to California Gold country to do a little family genealogy research and then we will head south.

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