40 degrees!

In the middle of August, Visalia easily hits 100+ degrees. The hottest it has been while we lived in Visalia has been around 110! Yet another reason to get out of here! So we did, for a week.

We had not seen our daughter since Christmas and she is currently pregnant so it is a good excuse for a visit. Plus the temperature difference was 40 degrees! Yes, it was around 60 where we were staying. We thought we would try a different RV park. We have stayed at the SF RV Resort (now severely limited due to the cliff eroding), Lake Chabot regional park (across the by and you have to be back in by 10pm), the Trailer Villa (Redwood City and a little distance away. I got reservations at the Treasure Island RV Park in South San Francisco. It is essentially a mobile home park with some overnight spaces. We reserved a week.

It was wonderful! The weather. This is our spot (notice the nice cool overcast!):


We got to visit with Hannah and, sometimes, her boyfriend Lukas. They are very excited about the current pregnancy and impending birth.

We did a few touristy sight-seeing things. The view from the Bernal Heights hiking trail:


The view of the Golden Gate from the Disney Family Museum:


We even drove down to San Jose to see the Winchester House:


It was a nice enjoyable cool trip that made it hard to go back to the heat.


Three updates

It has been a while to post but three events had taken place so I will lump them together.


Our daughter Hannah has been going to school (Academy of Art) to get her Bachelor’s degree (she is the first one to do so in the immediate family). She has finally achieved it! Her graduation was on May 22 which happens to be one month to the day after Roxie had her back fusion surgery. You think Roxie, or I, would miss that? No way!

We decided to take the trailer as Aaron, his girlfriend and Paige (granddaughter) were going to be there for the weekend also so an RV park made more sense than a hotel.

We left a day early and stayed at WalMart in Los Banos:

Los Banos

This time I chose to stay at the Trailer Villa in Redwood City. A bit far from the city but cheaper and not too bad in the back. It backs up to the Redwood Slough (so get one if the back in spots, we will next time):



We attended Hannah’s graduation as very proud parents. The ceremony was in the Cow Palace and we saw her on the Jumbotron!


It was a good weekend of family times:



One added note. Roxie did an amazing job only one month post surgery and having a temporary Handicapped parking placard is amazing!


I had a Snugtop shell on my truck for a year and a half. For almost all that time I have had problems with the shell fitting close enough to the cab. It was very frustrating. I worked with my local dealer and they were wonderful. The issue was with Snugtop itself. I created a website about it: http://snugtop.casarodante.org They did not decide to work with me to get it fitting. I even offered to drive to Long Beach so they could do it. Eventually, after more emails, a negative Yelp review, a negative Facebook post, Snugtop gave up and gave me a full refund. Thanks for that but no thanks for not even trying!

I took that refund and immediately purchased a Leer top. Although I had to wait 6 weeks again for a shell, here it is:


I really like the Windoors that have a screen also. I am overall happy with it but I will let you in on a secret, the Snugtop is higher quality than the Lear.


One other trip to mention. Father’s Day. Aaron wanted to do a Father’s day thing so it was decided to head to the Dodger’s game on Saturday. With Roxie still on the mend we opted to spend a couple of nights in Valencia which is not too far from Dodger stadium. Five of us went to the Dodger game, me, Aaron, Paige (granddaughter), Rachel (Aaron’s girlfriend) and David (Rachel’s Dad). Roxie and Julie (David’s wife) hung out together are Julie’s house.

It was a fun time except the fact the Dodgers’ lost. Here are some shots from the stadium:

Chavez Ravine Dodgers

There you go! Three in one!