2001 was our year to
spend Christmas with relatives and friends in northern
California. That we did. Then instead of heading south as we
normally would we sadly watched the snowbirds... in the sky
and on the road... head to warmer climates without us. Fran
got tangled up in the medical system... and they always want
to run 'just one more test'. Then Steve got involved in his
technically-challenged families effort to sell his uncle?s
guitar on eBay.
The guitar was at
Steve's mom's in Yuba City and his uncle was in Oregon
somewhere so it took some co-ordinating. The 1962 or '63
Fender went for seven grand! To someone back east in Ohio!!
Boggles our minds.
Steve got the guitar
packaged and ready to mail, took it to his brother Glenn's
and as soon as the auction was over and the check got to
Rhett we finally (January 18) hit the road. Woo
Down the 5 to Santa
Nella... yes, Pea Soup Anderson's stomping ground. One of my
favorite stretches of I-5 is between where the 5 junctions
with 580 and heads south with the canal on one side on the
valley floor and the rolling velvet green (winter and
spring) hills on the west side. The view out over the San
Joaquin Valley is incredible. On a clear day you can see
forever. You can overlook the whole town of Patterson...
maybe I mean look-over because you can?t miss it. On down
Newman and Gustine way the hills are covered with tree
crops, mostly citrus.
We get off the 5 at Highway
33 and follow it until it intersects Highway 152. Just a
couple blocks south east of that intersection is
If you have ever met someone and felt as though you knew
them all your life, that is the way Jo and John Martindale
effected us when we met them last fall. We stayed there a
week or so enjoying their Animal Town,visiting with them and
tweaking their website which we had built while in Yuba City
and were 'connected' to the internet. Days were pleasant and
nights were cold there but at least we didn't have SNOW!
like Yuba City did.