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End of Season- Photo by Kent Bonham

End of Season- Photo by Kent Bonham

“If I hear ‘end of season’ one more time I think that I will scream!” she said. He agreed.

They kept hearing this excuse while on vacation. They traveled to three different locations and heard the same excuse at each.

At the first resort, their room was not ready. At the second, housekeeping was serving dinner in the main dining room. At the third, the staff stood around talking rather than waiting on customers.

Ordering chicken for dinner one night, they served her a chicken feather on a stick because she was told it was end of season!
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Kent Bonham for the inspirational photo!

And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to stop by! I hope you enjoyed this bit of flash! Have an amazing day and be well! ^..^

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Who doesn’t love an adventure? One that takes you to places you have never been, and never would see if you had not jumped at the opportunity…We jumped at the opportunity to go on a Jeep Adventure! For today I thought that I would share some exciting photos with you!

As we start out, before going off-road, we do follow the leader…

Heading out

Heading out

We go off-road and this is what we are now driving on…

Rough road

Rough road

I was taking photos from the passenger seat, and boy were we bouncing!

Bouncing up and down

Bouncing up and down

Check out the size of some of the boulders we had to drive around! They might look small in the photo but when you come upon them it is a whole different feeling!

Check out the boulders in our way

Check out the boulders in our way

We splash through a number of ruts in the road.

A watery rut!

A watery rut!

Splash!

Splash!

Here is one of the jeeps in front of us hitting the deepest rut.

Down and dirty!

Down and dirty!

This is the vehicle that was right in front of us coming out of this rut as we head into it! Check out the angle…

Coming out of a rut

Coming out of a rut

As we head back down the mountain, here is another view of the road.

Another view of the road

Another view of the road

This was one of the best off-road adventures I have ever been on! My husband and I had a blast!

I hope that you enjoyed going along on this adventure with me! Thank you for dropping by today! Have a good day and be well! ^..^

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I am happy to report that we were given the OK to return home yesterday! This morning the King Fire is 68% contained. It has burned 97,009 acres and they have now reduced personnel from over 8,000 fighting this fire to 7,749. A huge thanks go out to all the fire responders and the support crews!

Thank you!

Thank you!

As you might know we had to evacuate our home. When we went to get back to the house for some much needed medications here is the road block that we encountered.

The road block to our home

The road block to our home

This next photo is taken at this road block looking across the canyon in front of us. Usually one can see the ridges that make up this canyon. Notice there is only one short hill visible when there should be 5 or 6.

Smoky canyon

Smoky canyon

In town, near the staging area at our local fairgrounds, we saw parking lots filled with fire trucks. They were continually rotating crews. We even saw semis that were outfitted as sleeping quarters for these folks.

Staging area at the local grocery store -1

Staging area at the local grocery store -1

Staging area at the local grocery store -2

Staging area at the local grocery store -2

We stayed at a hotel in Rancho Cordova. All the hotels between Placerville and this area were filled with evacuees and fire responders. Here are some of the trucks that pulled in one day. This shot is from the window of our hotel room.

Fire trucks at our hotel

Fire trucks at our hotel

On Wednesday night we had a number of our neighbors call to inform us that the evacuation order for our area was lifted. It was early evening so we remained at our hotel because we could not get the cats from the local animal shelter where we were lucky to be able to house them. Thank you for this too to the El Dorado County Animal Shelter for housing our cats!

Yesterday morning we awoke to cloudy skies, which then led to some much needed rain. We got almost 2/3 of an inch of rain, which certainly helped the fire fighters. We retrieved the cats and headed for home. Still suffering from a cold, we took it easy the rest of the day yesterday.

This morning, with the fire still burning, I wanted to share one final photo with you. This is what the air looked like this morning. It is still very smoky but the wind will blow out to the east later today, which will clear the air until the morning. It makes for difficult breathing when one has a cold!

This morning

This morning

To see a map of the area involved and information about this fire, click HERE!

Life here will begin to return to normal, which means that I will be posting regularly as I have done in the past. May you have a fantastic Friday, and thank you for visiting with me today. Be well! ^..^

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Good morning from Life in the Foothills! I will be posting as I can as we have been evacuated from our home due to the King Fire burning here in the Sierra Foothills.

Fire!

Fire!

The fire is almost 90,000 acres and is 17% contained as of this writing. The fire was intentionally set and they have arrested a man in connection with this fire. The rumor mill is giving us some very creative stories about why this person started this fire.

We were given a short window of time to go back to our house to gather what we could. The amount of time: 10 minutes. We were escorted in by the Sheriff. We, our 3 cats and the pooch are all OK.

We are hoping that we will be able to return home soon.

Be well and take care! Please be fire safe too!

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Do it with your heart!

Do it with your heart!

This saying comes from the Dhammapada, which is a collection of quotes from Buddah. I once took a class in Eastern Philosophy and read the entire book. It took a while because the sayings really make you think…Here are a few more:

“Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do.”

“As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds.”

“It is easy to see the faults of others…it is hard to see our own.”

“Like a lovely flower full of color but lacking in fragrance, are the words of those who do not practice what they teach.”

Take each of these with you today, and see if you can find the truth for yourself! Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day! Be well! ^..^

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There is nothing that compares with the soft textures of feathers! I sure do have a lot of shots of different bird feathers! So, for today I decided that I would share some of the amazing details I have found in feathers.

Let’s begin with the feathers of a flamingo!

Flamingo feather textures

Flamingo feather textures

Then there are the lovely feathers of the geese and ducks in our area!

Feathers

Feathers

Duck feathers

Duck feathers

The feathers in the photo above are of my boyfriend that resides by one of the lakes in the area. He insisted that I include a shot of him in this post!

I see you!

I see you!

Here are the feathers I discovered on a beautiful rooster!

Flowing colors

Flowing colors

I was truly amazed by the colors of one of the ducks we saw when we visited the San Diego Zoo. This is the Mandarin Duck.

Mandarin duck taking a break from swimming

Mandarin duck taking a break from swimming

Cool huh? I hope that you enjoyed today’s post! Thanks for dropping by! Be well! ^..^

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Today I thought that I would share with you some of the places that you can come and visit for yourselves up here in the Sierra Foothills Gold Country! There are many places and it is Highway 49 that will bring you to most of these places.

Let’s start with my town of Placerville. Known as “Hangtown” for the number of hangings that occurred here during the gold rush days, it was a hub of activity back in the 1800’s. It still is today!

Looking back down Main Street

Looking back down Main Street

I fell in love with the charming town of Murphys, which is just south of us. There are caverns that one can visit, and the main street there has a number of shops that just draw you in! Here is an old time photo of the old hotel which still stands today!

Murphys Hotel back in the day

Murphys Hotel back in the day

Angels Camp is another place to visit! It is a center point for visiting Big Trees State Park, and a number of other towns in the area! This is where Mark Twain’s story “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” is set, and there are plaques all along the sidewalks of winning frogs in this contest, beginning with Mark Twain’s frog featured in his story!

Angels Camp, CA

Angels Camp, CA

One of the big trees in Big Trees State Park

One of the big trees in Big Trees State Park

Jackson is another spot to stop at! This is the location of the huge Kennedy Mine which is the deepest gold mine in North America!

Town of Jackson

Town of Jackson

Does this make you want to come and visit? It is well worth stopping at any of these places!

Have a wonderful day! Thank you for dropping by today, and be well! ^..^

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