I arrived in San Jose, California to nice warm sunshiny weather. What a treat. My brother and cousin both live in San Jose. My first stop was to see my cousin Rich. We grew up in the same small town (Pacific Grove) and he and my brother and I all hung out together as kids. I often stop in San Jose to see my brother and cousin on the way to Pacific Grove but I have missed my cousin Rich the last few times.
Rich is a wood turner and makes lots of beautiful bowls and other wooden objects. He loves to find an unusual piece or type of wood and then turn a bowl. He also gives wood turning classes in his shop.
Rich also is a train collector and has a garden train. The day I visited him, the Bay Area Garden Railway Society was having a series of open houses displaying the trains, and Rich's garden train was on display.
I spent the night at my brother's and then headed down to Pacific Grove to visit with Mom. I was blessed with more warm sunshiny weather most of the week. Friday I headed towards Frazier Park to see my friend John. For those who follow my blog you know John had major surgery over a year ago and I am happy to say I think he is doing really well. He has had a few bumps along the way but for having such a serious major surgery has made wonderful progress. He has his one year checkup in a few weeks and we are keeping our fingers crossed that tests will be clear. It rained Saturday morning and was generally a "yucky" day so I decided to spend the rest of Saturday in Frazier Park and leave early Sunday morning and avoid L.A. traffic on the way to Borrego Springs. Wow was I surprised when I woke up Sunday morning:
I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get out of Frazier Park on Sunday, (most of the roads are gravel, full of ruts, and steep) but the sun came out for a little while and melted some of the snow and I was on my way by 10:00. Once I got down to the bottom of the hill and hit the freeway the roads were clear and it was pretty easy driving to Borrego Springs.
The WINS are staying a few miles east of Borrego Springs for Thanksgiving week. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces upon my arrival and reunite with friends I haven't seen since last spring. I've never been to this part of California and I am looking forward to a great week.