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Matt and Brooke's wedding

Matt and Brooke's wedding

What a beautiful wedding! It was warm and breezy on the clubhouse patio, Brooke was beautiful, Matt looked calm and happy and the ceremonies went off without a hitch, including Clarissa (Jon’s girlfriend) singing beautifully. The wedding favors were “do it yourself” M&M’s, Reeses Pieces and a few other kind of candy. Good choice! Everyone had a good time. It’s always fun to see the family at celebrations.

 We got a late start on Monday and drove through half of Nevada. We stopped at the shoe tree (see Dave’s blog) and when we stepped out of the RV, a strong scent of sun-heated sage hit us. The light wasn’t perfect for images, but it seems like the number of shoes on the tree has grown. Some of them are good-looking shoes. Someone who’s willing to climb the tree and look might find a nice pair. We finished up the days drive in Austin, Nevada. It’s a bare-bones RV park, but there are crickets, a crescent moon and some stars. We’re happy to be back in the desert.

 

The Shoe Tree

The Shoe Tree

Today was 275 miles of driving towards Idaho. We were on I-80 east when a big cloud of dust blotted out both eastbound lanes. Apparently, a SUV lost control, drove up a steep dirt slope on the left side of the interstate, and flipped across both lanes of traffic, landing on its side with a crushed front end. People got her out quickly and she seemed to be conscious and moving her arms. One lady notifying the authorities didn’t know exactly where the accident happened, so I used the trusty Garmin to provide the GPS location. It’s an important tool when you’re in a remote area.

We’re camping at Jackpot, Nevada tonight. We went into the casino to change 5 dollars for the camping fee, and decided to invest our pennies in the 1-cent slot machine. Alas, none of the slots take change – only paper money or tickets. So after spending $110 on 3/4 of a tank of gas, we took our pennies back to our RV, unspent.  Instead, after a refreshing sprinkle of rain, we went for a walk and gazed at a full, spectacular double rainbow. Dave wanted his camera, but sometimes it’s good to just look. 

 

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We are comfortably ensconced at Campground at the Lake in South Lake Tahoe. It’s sunny and warm and we are surrounded by tall, good-smelling pines.  We got up early this morning, made coffee, and sipped as we ambled along Tahoe’s shoreline. Life is good.

 We spent Wednesday washing the RV and the Rav and Thursday loading the RV. That involves pondering how many t-shirts  and turtlenecks we need for 4 months and trudging up and down the stairs from the house to the RV many, many times. Then we relinquished our bonsai and orchid to the kindly ministrations of our friends, Mary and Rick, and slept one last night on our pillowtop mattress.

Friday was an uncomplicated departure – until we hit the Martinez bridge. Dave was holding the Fastrak out the window so it would record properly, and the drivers-side mirror nicked a pole hard enough to shatter the mirror. He duck-taped the larger bits of the mirror together and it was sufficiently serviceable to get us up Highway 50 to Lake Tahoe. After setting up camp, we had a nice dinner with Dave’s parents and consumed many margaritas. Most of Dave’s family is coming to Tahoe for Matt (Dave’s nephew)  and Brooke’s wedding on Sunday, and we have packed our “wedding” clothes, that will probably go back to the Bay Area with Dave’s parents after the wedding.

We spent some time this morning trying to locate a glass store that can cut us a sideview mirror, and found out that many businesses don’t open on Saturday at South Lake Tahoe; “They’re out on the lake” as one hardware store manager said enviously. 

 

 

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