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Last night's sunset in Amarillo. It was spectacular each night

The Oasis is a great RV park. Immaculate, reasonable and all the...

Texas on the panhandle

There was a hill now and then

Ah ha! Exit ZERO means the end of Texas and ...

Here we are in New Mexico

Much of the day was at about the 4500' elevation

It was a black and white day. Actually, a black and white...


Black and white can make things interesting, though


A very nice rest stop in New Mexico. Only saw two 'picnic'...



We reached the 7000' elevation before we dropped down into Albuquerque

And saw a bit more vegetation at the higher altitudes.

The Chaparral belongs to the couple from Groveland. Right next to me....

Most of my twelve students. Park rangers and construction workers kids

Having lunch in the Governor's office (we wrote a letter to him)

The swimming hole, rec hall and lodge at the camp that burned...

I left the Oasis RV Resort in Amarillo at 10:30 Saturday and gained an hour heading west. That's much more fun than losing one when heading east. The drive was uneventful which usually means no trouble. That's good too.

My family and friends at home will get a kick out of my small world story. A couple pulled into the RV space next to me yesterday afternoon in Albuquerque just as I was getting my rig set up for the night. The lady got out of their Chaparral 5th wheel and said, "I see you're from California... whereabouts?" I said "Sonora" in hopes she might have heard of it. (Knights Ferry is never the first place out of my mouth.) She gasped and said "We're from Groveland!" Amazing. Amazing.

For my forum friends and those traveling with me here who don't know the relevance...that's right down the road from where I taught school (a million years ago); Groveland is where I married, had two kids, and enjoyed perhaps the happiest years of my life. The couple lives in Pine Mountain Lake, a recreational subdivision skirting Groveland and developed from scratch by Boise Cascade. PML is where my real estate gig began...and ended. They live there full time and love it. It's really a beautiful part of California. Groveland is on Hwy 120, the Big Oak Flat Road to Yosemite, at the 3000' elevation, and boasts of the longest operating saloon in the state. Wonderful little gold rush town.

I spent my childhood summers with my parents and brother at a family camp up the road. I worked on the staff two summers while I was in college. The one room school house was a mile away and I often said I'd teach there one day. The day came and that highway and that town remains an important part of my life and heart. The camp burned to the ground during the Rim Fire of 2013.

Talking to my neighbor brought back a lot of memories.

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