When I was a little girl I used to sing and tap dance for folks in wheelchairs at rest homes. I sang Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and School days, school days, dear old golden rule days… and I especially liked to tap the Shuffle Off to Buffalo. I remember rarely being nervous, but also marveling at some of my friends who were actually quite good at being little girl and boy performers…

One obvious song from the olden days kept inching its way to the front of my brain this last week as we drove the long road through Oregon, into Northern California where we visited Lassen National Volcanic Park–into San Jose where we stayed with beloved and longtime friends–and finally home. Home! I’ll leave you with the lyrics, and a few last photos of our time away. What a whirlwind–I’m still amazed that our family survived 5,000 miles in the car unscathed! And here we are home, it’s still summer, the beach is beckoning LOUDLY, and outside of making a lot of rye bread this coming week, that’s where I’ll be. Well, at the beach, and home doing laundry…

Hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of our time away.


California, here I come
Right back where I started from
Where bowers of flowers
Bloom in the spring
Each morning, at dawning
Birdies sing and everything
A sun-kissed miss said, “Don’t be late”
That’s why I can hardly wait
Open up that Golden Gate
California, here I come


3 thoughts on “California

  1. Lassen is such a wonderful Nat’l Park. Our kids really enjoyed it when we went, but it was definitely a “smelly experience”. 🙂
    Did you attempt to climb Cinder Cone? It was a good lesson in perseverance.

    • Every where we went on this road trip through the west showed evidence of all the water received in the spring. So much flooding in Utah, in Colorado, in Nebraska, in Montana… and then, we found roads blocked at Crater Lake, and again at Lassen because of heavy snowfall. The snowplower dude in Lassen said they’d finally be opening the road through the park this week… (after we left) So, that’s the long answer–that, no, we didn’t climb Cinder Cone! 🙂

  2. Great photo of your daughter with a summer snowman! We were amazed to see snow while in Colorado last month…and a short video on my blog of a snowball fight we had:
    I’ve never heard of Lassen, but it looks like Yellowstone, and I guess because of that photo of John Rowan plugging his nose smells like sulphur? Yellowstone did, too, in parts.
    We did a total of 4,500 miles in 2 weeks…unscathed, also, thanks be to God.

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