Saturday, October 11, 2008

Stockton Delta KOA

After a too-long camping hiatus, we're out and about for another weekend on the Delta. This time we're checking out the Stockton Delta KOA. It's in between Lodi and Rio Vista on a two lane crummy California highway that - because it's the Delta - is extremely windy. (That's blowing wind, not winding.) P gets big points for maneuvering the moose along the route, which ended with this rather long and narrow bridge across a waterway. We were really glad to see that red and yellow teepee on the water tower.

This stretch of land along the water is called the Tower Park Resort, which features a restaurant, marina, many covered berths containing boats of every size and shape, and of course our KOA. We have a special place in our hearts for KOAs, because we spent our first night ever in an RV under the warm glow of the teepee. And, that's where the RVing bug got us! All KOAs are not created equal, but this one rates right up there. While a scenic shoreline is just steps away, we're actually quite sheltered from the Delta breezes. (We especially appreciate that!) We have outdoor furniture and a chiminea at our site, which is a nice extra.

Our pull-through site is well shaded and doesn't block our satellite. Now, that's something special! This weekend the campground is home to the California Bluegrass Association, which is hosting its fall campout. There are pickers and fiddlers warming up around the place. It reminds us of the many trips we used to make to Winfield, KS for the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival. We were in a little tent back then. We'll have to take Bullwinkle there sometime!

This is a big weekend for our cats, too. We got brave (or crazy) and decided to bring them with us. So far, so good. One cat is quite comfortable with her home on wheels. She camped out on the sofa and checked things out while her "daddy" watched KU beat Colorado this morning. Rock chalk!

The other cat is slower to adapt to his new surroundings. The place is filled with new sites and sounds that he's finding a bit unnerving. Plus, there are all kinds of places to explore in this box on wheels. He managed to squeeze his way into a hiding spot behind the glove compartment. That wasn't much fun for anybody! Thankfully, he got out OK and we didn't have to disassemble the dashboard. (Wouldn't that have been something?)

We're looking forward to everyone getting more comfortable as our big plans for tonight are to kick back and relax beside the fire and listen to the sounds of some mighty fine West Coast bluegrass.

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