Winding Down Our Sonoma County (CA) Stay

Our time back in our former home county fast approaching an end for this time around, we remained camped out in the back of the Petaluma Elks Lodge. I can’t thank them enough for their hospitality and consideration during my surgery process. I had a few P/T sessions to attend for post-surgery, which were pretty normal as far as surgical P/T goes (aka: a waste of my time). We also got to attend the Gladiator’s (6 year old grandson, Maximus) first Little League Baseball game of the season. Lots of picture taking…

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Showing up for gameday, battle face ready…

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A little pre-game fielding practice. “I got it!”

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Pre-game BP, crushed it!

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That searing look of concentration…

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Trying out the catcher’s position…

We managed to fall into a fairly good-weathered Sunday. We took Max and his mom Jenn back to the Point Reyes Lighthouse area so we could go see the Elephant Seals. It was just a short hike near the Chimney Rock trail and we could view a large colony of the critters just across the water. But we hiked to the rescue boat house and found a small group of juvenile Elephant Seals sunnin’ themselves just a matter of feet from where we were standing. Max got a kick out of that. Lots of picture taking…

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Looking down at the colony just across the water.

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OK, let’s zoom in…

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Opa, the Gladiator, and his mama Jenn, getting photo bombed by the sunbathers.

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Jeanne and I mugging for the camera. Nice weather, even though we are in sweatshirts and windbreakers…

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Jeanne, Jenn, and Max with the bay behind them.

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Some of the babies sunnin’ out behind the boathouse.

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Aaaaaaaaaaawww!

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The Lifeboat Station.

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The Elephant Seals could care less about the humans gawking down at them…

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“Do you mind, buddy? I’m trying to get some shuteye here!”

For the last 4 days of our stay in Petaluma, we moved over to the Petaluma KOA. Our son, Chad, had 4 days of training in nearby Napa, so he brought our 2 year old granddaughter, Miss Hailey Marie, with him and we picked her up for the duration of his training. Hailey had a blast “camping” at the KOA. But that is as expected; the Petaluma KOA is one of the best KOA’s nationwide, hands down. There is a ton of activity for the young’uns to keep busy. And Miss Hailey went absolutely wild on the bounce pillow, jumping on her short little legs for an hour straight! She wore Opa out just watching her! While Hailey was staying with us, we had Max and Jenn come visit as well. The two kids had a blast. Lots of picture taking…

So it was back to Atascadero, CA, for us as we returned Miss Hailey to her parents, Chad and Crissy. Crissy was still somewhat infirmed, healing up from a recent auto accident she was involved in which broke no bones but did mess up her foot and mobility quite a bit. So we did another week of granddaughter tending (x2) for Miss Hailey and 7 week old Miss Ellie Grace. And the Atascadero Elks Lodge came to our rescue again, allowing us another week at their RV lot (we were a little premature per the local city regulations, but we won’t tell if you don’t). So far, being a new Elks member, I have to say, the Elks people are just plain quality folks and we thank one and all for all their patience and assistance during this whole medical fiasco stay.

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Definitely a huge negative for the once great state of CA, now fast becoming intolerable.

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More of the lovely traffic of northern CA, which sadly has become the norm these days…

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Little Miss Hailey visiting “the Elk” at the Atascadero Elks Lodge.

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Little Miss Ellie Grace, coughing some zees…

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Oma, Hailey, and Ellie.

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Chad and his new 7 week old daughter, Ellie Grace.

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We had Hailey do a belated Easter egg hunt in the backyard, with Daddy looking on…

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Chad, Jeanne, and Crissy supervising Hailey Marie on her egg hunt.

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Hailey not only wore herself out, she did Opa in as well!

Oh, yeah, I gotta catch you up on the case of Gout from Hell. So I finished the first 5-day round of Prednisone. From the first night of meds I got immediate, but not complete, relief from the excruciating pain in both feet. Just a twinge of pain remained and it stayed that way for about 20 days past the last of the Prednisone. But that 21st day it exploded back in a big way. The doc scripted another round of Prednisone, this one the diminishing dosage type for 9 days. I am on the 9th day now, and absolutely no sign of gout pain! Holy moly, I hope this holds out this time…

I think this must be the shortest post I have done so far. This catches us up to date for now, until next post…

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Recreational wanderers just livin' the dream while we can still get vertical.
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