Monday, April 27, 2009

Bethel Island

Bethel Island is one of those close-to-home places that can make you feel like you are a million miles away. As the name implies, it is an island located in the California Delta. Like most islands, it’s a place where the pace of life is a little slower. Located just 28 miles away from Bullwinkle’s storage spot, we got here without crossing a toll bridge, which is an extra bonus!

We arrived at the Sugar Barge RV Resort midday Thursday to join our FMCA bussing friends for a weekend rally and a few days of rest and relaxation. The group was treated to weather that was a welcome change from our weekend at Lake Minden a couple of months ago: sunny skies, light breezes, daytime temps in the low 70s and nights in the 40s. 

The weather provided a perfect setting for us to gather ‘round outdoors for enjoyable conversation. It was wonderful to catch up with members we knew and get to know members we’d yet to have the pleasure to meet.

We kept ourselves well fed all weekend. Our wagon masters hosted a pasta buffet al fresco Thursday night and three very tasty breakfasts, one of which featured hot oatmeal and cold ice cream (yummy). Our Friday night pot luck offered all kinds of good stuff, and we enjoyed a bistro dinner on the island Saturday.  (That's one of our wagon masters taking a well-deserved rest.)

With all that food, we did our best to keep ourselves moving, and enjoyed many walks along the levee and around the park. M brought her sewing machine along for this trip and crafted a slip cover for the back of our sofa to keep cat claws from causing any damage. This has been the best trip yet for our furry friends. They seem right at home in their home on wheels.

Sunday morning brought the best weather of the weekend. So, we decided to stay an extra day. After sending off our camping buddies, we made a trip to the grocery to stock up for another day. We set out on a geocaching walk that resulted in some interesting sights (like this SS Minnow) but two “did not finds”. (We’re rusty cachers!) P tidied up the place then took a quick nap, and M made some good progress on a quilt that’s been in the works for years. 

As afternoon turned to evening in our very quiet part of the RV park, we enjoyed a cocktail on the lawn, followed by dinner and a movie inside.

Packing up on a Monday morning feels so much better than it does on Sunday!  We’re looking forward to doing this again very soon.