Three Rivers, Part 2

Beautiful 40′ rig
Our neighbors, hitting the road.

Wednesday, 8/25/21.

We slept in this morning, ’till about 9.  I got up and watched our neighbors pack up, unhook their hoses and hook up their jeep in preparation of hitting the road.  It must have taken them about an hour or so to go thru their checklist to secure everything inside so things don’t go falling and flying once they hit the road. It is a beautiful rig with three slides. In the evening we could see them enjoying their large flat-screen πŸ“Ί TV.  I had to wonder if they were full timers. πŸ€”

So after watching these two hook up and drive away, I put some water on for our morning cup of coffee.   I brought some refrigerated Trader Joe’s cinnamon rolls, u know the kind u have to bake?  Anyway, we have a combo microwave/convection oven that I have only used once, to make a pan of cornbread in Utah on our 2019 road trip.  Anyway, I thought I’d give it another shot and bake some cinnamon rolls.  Now, baking in a convection oven is different then baking in your oven at home. Things take longer in a convection oven, and one must consider the elevation as well. Well, I had to get the manual out because I forgot how to use it. Ok, so once I reviewed the steps I set the oven temp and waited for it to preheat; after 2 beeps you put your food in. Now, the cinnamon roll pack said to bake for 18 to 20 minutes. But after 20 minutes they were only 1/2 done, so I took them out, flipped them over and put them back in for another 15 minutes. Ta-da, they finished baking.  So, if they hadn’t turn out well I would have tossed them, no love lost because it was practice baking.  However, since they turned out ok, I microwaved  some bacon to accompany them. I know, I know….the microwave!?!?  I RARELY use a microwave, but it was quick and convenient, and I have to admit the bacon πŸ₯“was nice and crispy!  We usually don’t have breakfast, but we did today.  It consisted of  a SMALL cinnamon roll, 3 pieces of bacon and a cup of coffee, each.  The container made 5 rolls, I tossed the remainder of them; too much bread and sugar…who needs that?!πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

Sidebar: Our stairs have not worked since we arrived so Craig spent all morning googling to learn how to fix them.  They have gotten stuck before and he would simply go underneath by the steps and hit a little mechanical  piece and just like that, the steps would open up. Well not this time.  It appears that the mechanism or rather the little motor failed. So we are using a little fold up step stool that I keep in the closet in case I need to reach something high.

Our makeshift steps.

With no particular plans today we just hung out inside enjoying the air conditioning until about 1 or so.  I got tired of being inside so I went outside to check the temp, wow, it is πŸ”₯ hot, 90 degrees to be exact. Time to go hang out at the beach by the river for a while.  While outside I walked over to where I had tossed the watermelon rinds last night. I wanted to see if any of the wildlife had dined on it.  To my surprise much of it was gone. But, I did see one rather chunky squirrel 🐿dining on the rind. Pregnant perhaps??

“What?! Who is that?!”
“What? I said who is that?!”
I interrupted their dining.
“Yummy!! Sweet and juicy!”
I started talking to the squirrel, and it stopped eating and began to head toward me. Nope, no more snacks for you …. 🐿

Well, after talking to the squirrel for a few minutes I gathered my things and headed to the beach.

My set up; beach blanket, hat, towel, water, chair and reading material. I am a happy gurl. 😊
View from the water. The water felt really good, not cold at all. The pool was colder than the river.πŸ™ƒ

I waded in the water for a while. It was so peaceful. There was only one other family there, a dad and three kiddos.

Dad and 3 kiddos enjoying the beach.

What a relaxing day. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I read. I took a nap. I watched the 🐦 birds, πŸ¦‹ butterflies and dragonflies flutter around.  I mean look at this view!

The view from my chair. So serene!!
My last look at the beach as I headed back to start dinner.

As I headed back to my rig I spied a few more motorhomes pulling in and some setting up their camp sites. Oh,  We have new neighbors! It’s another BIG one, at least 35′. 

Well, when I returned Craig was in the back snoozing, listening to Bill Winston. He stayed inside ALLLLL DAY. I don’t know how one stays inside while being surrounded by all of this glorious nature!! πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ Well, to each his own. He relaxes his way, and I relax my way.  πŸ˜‰   Anyway, he got up and set the grill up for me.  It’s  hamburgers πŸ” tonight. (No pix) I mean hamburgers, nothing fancy.🀭

The burgers were delicious; mayo, mustard, catsup, pickles lettuce, tomatoes and bacon on a brioche bun. Yummy.  Personally I prefer grilled burgers on an open flame to fried burgers any day of the week!  After dinner we cleaned up and decided to sit outside and enjoy the cool of the evening.

Craig taking a pic of me relaxing.
Neighbor across the way in the Airstream had some pretty festive lights.
Dusk.

Well the 🦟 mosquitoes came out immediately after it got dark and  tried to have a party with my legs, so we decided to come inside.  It has been a really chill day and a very relaxing trip overall.  We head home tomorrow, but not before we stop at Lake Kaweah!

Sidebar: Our tanks were full so we had to dump them which required Craig to move our rig back a couple of feet… and guess what! Just like that our steps opened up! I guess starting the engine reset everything. IdunnoπŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ OH, OH!!! Craig was getting out of the shower and saw a bug on the counter. He very calmly says, “Uh, honey, there is a grasshopper or something on the kitchen counter.” I’m like “ok, I’ll get it.” It was a cricket…I got a cup and paper plate, caught it and put him outside. Craig would have killed him.πŸ˜‘ Anyway, time to get ready for bed,😴 checkout is 11 a.m.

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