Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Back to the family and off camping
Next, we called at Sugarloaf Ridge National Park in the Sonoma valley and walked the 3mile vista trail, with beautiful views over the Sonoma countryside. Saw several large wild turkeys, very large birds. Called in at VJB vineyard, where we've been before, for lunch and glass of chardonnay in the sunshine in their courtyard.
Back at Andrew and Lizzy's for Thursday night, and they made us home-made deep dish and thin, crispy pizza on their gas oven/BBQ. Really yummy!
On Friday morning, I went with Lizzy and Lily to Pioneer Park, whilst Ian went cycling up Mt Burdell. It was great to see all the other young mums and children in the park. Lizzy says it's a great meeting place. The mums can unwind and chat, and the children get the chance to mix together. We came here last November with Lily, and it was great to see the difference in what she can do in the park now, climbing, sliding, swinging, watching what the other kids are getting up to. Later, while Lily had a nap, Ian and I called for a coffee and blackberry "scruffins" at Dr Insomnia's coffee house, our regular! Andrew and Lizzy went out on their own, for once, to an Italian restaurant in Novato and we looked after Lily. All went well, and she was happy to be left with us, so we had a Shaun the Sheep and Pingu marathon session! One of her favourite things is to make Pingu sounds, that and playing "Bubbles" game on the IPad. In fact, every time she sees grandad she asks for bubbles, so I've nicknamed him "grandad bubbles"!
Ian and I went for a cycle, whilst we waited for our turns in the shower. It's a lovely place to cycle from, and very popular. Andrew spent time editing and downloading photos, video and music for us to bring back with us. Thanks Andrew. Rib eye steaks on the BBQ for tea and relaxed together on our last evening. We're going to miss them all, but it's been a great visit, and the camping trip was a highlight. In fact, we've left our mattresses and sleeping bags there, in the hope that we'll do it again on another visit.