Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A new home in a one horse town!

Just a few more days and it's September. Time flies...doesn't it? Especially when you're having fun!

Well, I've moved from Casini Ranch. I gave notice and headed down the road about 3/4 mile right into the heart of "downtown" Duncans Mills which consists of an old time general store, a post office, a bakery, a restaurant, a few antique stores and shops and a small railroad depot and museum...maybe 15 buildings at most. This is the proverbial "one horse town" and I LOVE it here! It's so magical I didn't want to leave...so I looked around for a new place to park the coach and ended up as a work camper at a private membership resort on the Russian River. It was sad to leave Casini Ranch, but actually...I didn't! Because I'm so close by, they've asked me to stay on to continue as their webmaster and to keep up with the programming on their TV station. My hours have been cut back quite a bit, but at least I still have my position there. So now I'm working at two campgrounds in town...how about that?

I'm settling in at my new "home" the Duncans Mills Camping Club and it's very nice here. They have beautifully landscaped camp sites, which are quiet and secluded. The membership is just under 400 and the campground is usually at 10 - 15% capacity at any given time, except during holiday weekends, of course. My site is surrounded by grape and blackberry vines that form tall hedges. It's very beautiful here! They also have a very nice beach right on the river, a family lodge and an adult lodge, a huge jacuzzi / lap pool, shuffle board, basketball, volleyball, horseshoe pits, kayaks and a canoe, a playground and an adult fitness center. I feel as though I've hit the jackpot! This is certainly a great place to visit and stay!

There is so much to yet explore and do here at the Russian River...I haven't even scratched the tip of the iceburg. With 135 wineries, 114 farms that are open to the public, golf courses, hiking, biking, fantastic motorcycling, ballooning, horseback riding and water sports...I'll have to stay longer and come back next year!

If you're interested in finding out more about the Duncans Mills Camping Club, call my friend Chris to arrange a tour at 1-888-422-6736 and visit online at http://www.duncansmillscamp.com/ for more information.

Until next time!
Barb :-)

Monday, August 11, 2008

3 more weeks...

Just when the weather finally warms and I put on shorts and a tee-shirt:

3 more weeks...

...and summer is over! Well, if you're the kind of person who thinks summer ends after Labor Day. In the work-camping world, Labor Day Weekend is pretty much the end of summer. For me, this means no more noisy large crowds at the campground. It also means it's time for me to be looking for a new spot to park my coach, a new front yard. So...alas, the search has begun. I've enjoyed my time here at Casini Ranch, but layoffs are imminent as they'll be cutting their payroll. The axe will fall the Tuesday after Labor Day.

I've fallen completely in LOVE with this part of the country. I've made great friends and shared really wonderful moments with them. We've spent time hiking the picturesque and rugged Pacific coastline and coastal mountain range, had many inebriated moments (that I can barely remember, thank God for Mudslides!) poolside at the resort, eaten the best Mexican food (I've ever tasted) at the picnic table in front of the Guerneville taco truck, danced, and danced, and danced some more, laughed, been a little naughty (yay!), consumed many bottles of lip smacking delicious Sonoma and Napa wine, been witness to some of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen God paint...and let me just say this:

I DO NOT WANT THIS TO END!

So, I'm boycotting the end of summer.

I refuse to let my Summer of 2008 come to an abrupt halt, just because some idiot (somewhere) got the notion that summer ends the day after Labor Day.

NO!!!! Emphatically NO! NO! NO!!!!...summer doesn't officially end until the Autumn Solstice, so I will continue to enjoy all that this little slice of heaven called "Russian River" has to offer. I will soak up every available moment of bliss and revel in it with uncontrollable delight.

Anyway, when summer does finally tuck itself into bed for much needed rest, it's only the beginning of...

Autumn.

...and I like Autumn. She's often been very kind to me and I have no doubt she has many pleasant surprises in store, though I am glad I brought warm clothes. It's gets chilly here!

Warm fires among the California redwoods and snifters of port wine with dear friends await. Suddenly I feel the sweet lightness of being as I look forward to embracing these moments to come.

The Summer Knows

The summer smiles
The summer knows
And unashamed
She sheds her clothes
The summer smoothes
The restless sky
And lovingly
She warms the sand
On which you lie
The summer knows
The summer's wise
She sees the doubts
Within your eyes
And so she takes
Her Summer time
Tells the moon to wait
And the sun to linger
Twist the world
Round her summer finger
Lets you see
The wonder of it all
And if you've learned
Your lesson well
There's little more
For her to tell
One last caress
It's time to dress
For fall...
And if you've learned
Your lesson well
There's little more
For her to tell
One last caress
It's time to dress
For Fall...

-- A. Bergman


Until next time!
~Barb :-)