The Artistic One is limited to a few steps, with a cane, and has a hard time pulling himself up the steps into our Travel Trailer when he gets to it, so everything falls to me. I admit that I participate with a chip on my shoulder. I'd be happy to stay at home; go riding on the weekend; not have to haul half the contents of our kitchen and bedroom across the driveway and find places to pack it all away. I also hate being a passenger when my driver is so nonchalant about the rules of the road.
Further up the valley, the same river must be crossed to enter a park with wide, well groomed trails. It's nice to know there is some water left in California.
We had planned on cooking dinner for friends who love the coast and were going to join us. Our fridge was loaded with the makings of Ratatouille and Brochettes. Rose wine was chilling and red wine and fresh, crusty bread were available too. I hadn't heard from them by mid-afternoon so I texted and found out that they were busy doing other things and hadn't had the courtesy to update us on their change of plans.
We ended up heading into the village for a drink and some food, too disheartened to make a special dinner just for us. We were seated outside on the deck with just the right combination of warm air and shade. I had a salad that turned out to be very good. I had asked them to add salmon, not thinking it would be smoked, but it was lovely, if unexpected.
A band of "mature" musicians showed up to entertain. They were very musical with their guitars but someone should have told them long ago that singing was not their strong suit. I clapped anyway, to be polite but they didn't make us want to prolong our stay.
We had a less than perfect night as the carbon monoxide alarm kept going off, for no reason, and I couldn't make it stop for more than an hour at a time. I wanted to get at the batteries but finding a Philips screwdriver at 2:30am was beyond me. I kept leaping up at the slightest beep, afraid of waking our neighbors. By shortly before dawn it gave up squealing and I was able to sleep for a couple of hours, until the dog needed to go out.