Farm to Table
Corning, California: After spending
Monday morning with Dave's Mom, we hitched-up and drove two hours north,
arriving late afternoon to the big rig/tour bus parking area at Thunder Mountain
Casino in Lincoln (east of Sacramento on I-80). DT spent the rest of Monday
afternoon on conference calls and, much later, we met Brother Steve and Gina in
pretty downtown Auburn for a nice meal at
tre Pazzi Trattoria. Witty conversation, good wine and time with family.
Brother Steve drove from their home in Lincoln to said parking lot this morning
to deliver just-picked greens from their garden and a huge box of lemons so I
will able to replace my frozen lemon juice stash lost when our fridge died in
Baby Arugula (left), and a bag of assorted baby greens & edible flowers -
and a handful of Italian parsley.
Everything in Gina & Steve's huge garden is organic. Gina sells greens
throughout the area, delivers boxes of veggies to customers weekly, boxes of
fresh foods to the local food bank and trades her goods for wine, lamb, olive
oil and other food stuffs produced from neighboring farms. It's the famed
American barter system. Alive and well.
Dave, Steve and I went over to the Thunder Mountain Casino for breakfast. We did not gamble, but
felt we should contribute something to The Tribe since they had let us park on
their property overnight at no cost. Beautiful casino, by the way.
We had overnighted Monday in a huge (mostly empty) lot across
the street from the casino. Most of the other occupants were tour buses, waiting
for their riders inside the casino. There were less than ten RVs in the lot and
a handful of long-haul truckers. Quiet. Security guards regularly patrol and
occasionally a shuttle from the casino would come by to see if anyone needed a
ride across the street.
It had been quite a while since we had dry-camped and I am so very happy to
report all systems worked perfectly and, due to the blue skies and our roof-top
solar panels, using the generator was never required.
So... if you are counting... the last time we purchased fuel was last year. 20th
of November 2015, in Victorville, California - just a few hours before arriving
to the Motorcoach Country Club for the winter. We have now driven from Indio to
Bakersfield, to Merced, to Sacramento and today to Corning, where we must have
been down to the sludgy bottom of our fuel tank as we needed over 120 gallons to
Fill 'er up!
We choose a site (it's free-choice at this campground; no assigned spaces), put
out the slides and My Driver sat down to FOUR solid hours of conference calls.
Your US Olympic track and field team will be chosen under the best of all
I decided to keep myself busy by going for a walk with my camera. The casino is
surrounded by fields and farm land and hundreds of birds live in the area. The
birds did not cooperate with my camera, but I still found pretty things to
photograph on my walk:
Dinner was very easy this evening. I had frozen a bit of
Shortrib sauce from a few weeks ago, so made it into a little lasagna for
two... along with a salad using the greens harvested by Gina this morning.
Negroni Cocktail: equal parts gin, Campari & sweet red vermouth with an
Several different baby greens and edible flowers, topped
with edible greens and a little crumbled blue cheese - tossed in Oregon
olive oil and Oregon sea salt. Thank you, Gina and Steve for the beautiful
We have a little vacation planned for the next few days - tune in.
Until my next update, I remain, your California correspondent.
RV PARK: Rolling
Hills Casino RV Park - Pull-through gravel sites with water, 50/30 amp and
sewer. No cable. Bathhouse is a hike and shared with truckers. Wifi. Casino,
restaurants, limited groceries on site. All sites $28.
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