We've had some interesting firsts: while sitting outside enjoying the sunshine one day I was tossing bits of crackers to this scrub jay and that's when we discovered that scrub jays eat their fill and then take the extra food and "bury" it in shallow holes in the ground or thick tufts of grass and then the birds find a small rock or pebble and cover over the area where they've place the food, much like a squirrel buries a nut.
Our campground in the Napa Valley area ended at the base of the dam at the southern end of Lake Berryessa, which was ultimately why we left early. Denny had visions of an earthquake occurring and the dam letting go which would have washed the entire campground away. Our first time of running from a campground. But it was a beautiful setting on Putah Creek.
That same campground provided another first; a handicap accessible swimming pool. This seat apparently swivels and lowers into the pool. Hey Penny--ya see this?
This was our first visit to the St. Helena/Napa Valley area. A stop at the Sutter Home tasting area was mandatory as trying Sutter Home wines was my first venture into something more sophisticated than Annie Greensprings. We also discovered the palacial wineries of the area were as much art form and garden displays as makers of fine wines.
We saw our first tiny grapes on the vine and talked to our first self-taught vintner, enjoying a very educational wine tasting at the Van der Heyden Winery.
We discovered that like so many states, California is a land of contrasts and beauty. And that lakes come in all colors including this gorgeous teal blue of Lake Berryessa.
Denny and I drove on Interstate 80 for the first time, going up and up and down and then up and up again as we headed east towards Nevada. The closer we got to the Donner Pass area the higher the snowbanks were that lined the roadway but fortunately the day was sunny and the roads were clear. Because we do not carry chains since it is not our intent to be where there is snow on the roads while towing The Beast. Ever.
And our final "first" for this segment of our journey is that this is our first campground where the primary mode of transportation is that of electric scooters. It seems that one of the residents (most everyone in this campground/trailer park seems to be permanently ensconced here) who was injured in an automobile accident received a large insurance settlement which he promptly used to buy himself and eleven other people in the park who have disabilities electric scooters. The place is pretty ticky-tacky but the people who live here are friendly and have big hearts. Plus they have a great view from the western edge of the property where the owners have created a little BBQ pit and seating area for watching the Truckee River.
From here we'll head to Vegas and then on to visit friends and family in a more familiar route but towards the end of summer we'll venture into northern Minnesota and Wisconsin for some new scenery before turning the nose of the truck towards New York and Ohio to see our kids. I'm hoping there are still a lot of "firsts" out there for us.