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  1. JanCinLV commented on For Better or For Worse 1 day ago

    I have to agree with nickel_penny. This is definitely how NOT to parent.

  2. JanCinLV commented on Benitin y Eneas 1 day ago

    Good morning, Vagabonds.

    McPheeters, see my post of about a week ago where I explained how to set up your favorites so you don’t have to go through the whole list every time.

    Yesterday we went on a wine tour. There are a couple of hundred wineries within about 50 miles of here. We only hit 3 of them. We bought some wine to take home, more reds than whites. I did find a very nice Gewurtztraminer, though. It’s the only one we bought more than 2 of. The grape vines around here are astounding! Everything from 125 year old vines to brand new babies who’s foliage has barely made it above the graft wrappers. These days they train the vines along wires so they have one vertical trunk about 3 feet tall which branches into two that are trained along the wires into a perfect “T”. The rest of the “canopy” grows up from there, across a few more wires. They appear almost 2 dimensional because the vines that reach out between the rows are trimmed off. The grapes all grow along the bottom edge of these newer vines, and the canopies are pulled up and fastened to the wires above the grapes to shade them. So what you see is a really long full green bush (because those sideways growing branches reach to the next plant) with a solid row of grape clusters hanging underneath them. The winemaker we talked to said it is easier harvest them, either with a mechanical harvester or by hand with the grapes growing that way. The old growth vines are more like what you picture: full canopies with grape clusters all over them.

    Today I hope we will go to the “Charles M Schulz Museum” in Santa Rosa. It’s supposed to be in the mid 80’s again, so it should be a good day for tramping around.

  3. JanCinLV commented on FoxTrot en Español 1 day ago

    Crankshaft The Comics Curmudgeon says “Good News! Crankshaft is going to jail!”

  4. JanCinLV commented on Benitin y Eneas 3 days ago

    Good morning, Vagabonds.

    Rita, you and Jack have a safe trip home. It sounds like you have it carefully planned.

    It’s a beautiful morning here at the Russian river. We walked over to the river yesterday afternoon, and since the water is moving pretty fast, we don’t have the mosquito problem we ran into at the San Joaquin (I had 30 bites on my lower legs from one evening spent outside!). I took Pinto for his morning walk and he almost caught a bird. If he hadn’t been on a 10 foot leash, he might have. He’s getting very pushy about wanting to go out for a walk every morning. Usually Michael does the honors, but today was my turn.

    We have two full days here, and we haven’t decided what we want to do. We have a “wine tour” guide that looks pretty interesting, and a printed list of available merchants within 30 miles of the campground.

    This is a water and electric only campground, with only one dumpsite, so the Thursday morning lineup of those pulling out should be interesting. We are using the community showers so we don’t fill up the gray water too quickly. We should be good for 3 nights here if we do that. I don’t remember if we are scheduled for full hookups at the next two campgrounds or not. I apparently didn’t ask for them at the first two KOA’s. It’s amazing the things you have to keep in mind when you only have limited “storage” capacity. At home, you don’t have to worry about such things.

  5. JanCinLV commented on For Better or For Worse 3 days ago

    April was born on April 1, 1991. Add 29 years to that and she will be again in 2020. Today’s strip was originally published in 1987.

  6. JanCinLV commented on Benitin y Eneas 3 days ago

    Good afternoon, Vagabonds.

    Mark, I have been to two different drive-thru safari parks, one in Irvine, CA (Lion Country Safari – not there anymore) and one in Winston, OR. Yesterday’s was walk-thru only. We did manage to freak out Blaze. We tracked some of the smells back into the RV and he’s been very skittish ever since.

    Today’s leg was all on the 101 Hwy through the redwoods. Some of it was pretty hairy, but it was a nice drive. We stopped at a turnout to fix lunch, then took a walk. We played “boy scout” and picked up the trash in the turnout while we were there. Good exercise. We are at the Russian River for a few days, during which time we hope to check out some of the local wineries. Michael tripped on an uneven bit of sidewalk outside of the lodge here, and he tore up his leg pretty will landing in the gravel. He’s okay, but he’ll be uncomfortable for a while.

    The weather here is in the mid 80’s and will be for the time we are here, with overnight lows in the mid 50’s. It’s really nice in the shade though. We have a pretty well shaded campsite.

    Pinto has figured out another way to escape the RV. The screen door has a panel which is closed when the main door is open, and open to access the handles of the main door when it is closed. I left the panel open the other day while I was standing outside, and he managed to squeeze his body out that hole. He’s a stubborn little brat, too. Hard to catch when he doesn’t want to.

  7. JanCinLV commented on Benitin y Eneas 4 days ago

    G’day Vagabonds.

    We are in Crescent City, CA in a KOA. Nice place and our site is right next to a group tent site. Should be interesting when they get going tonight….

    Yesterday we tried ATVing in the dunes. What a disaster! I guess we just aren’t that adventurous. Expensive lesson, though. So we drove on up the coast to Newport to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. That was a great place to visit. I had been up there once before when Keiko (the Free Willy orca) was up there being rehabilitated for being released into the ocean. They have broken up his old habitat into several smaller ones, including a tidal area, offshore and deep ocean with tunnels to walk through and a glass floor so you can see the marine life all around you. I was very please to see how they had used the space. The children loved it!

    Today we stopped at the West Coast Wild Animal Park. It is sort of half petting zoo and half habitats for the more sensitive or dangerous animals. We enjoyed seeing some animals close up that we hadn’t encountered before, including a bear!

    It was raining when we left this morning, but is much nicer here. The sun is shining, but the air is cool enough to leave the AC turned off. We’ve got the windows all opened up and I am enjoying the fresh air surrounded by redwood trees.

  8. JanCinLV commented on FoxTrot en Español 4 days ago

    Didn’t ask the question, but it is a valid one with which I agree.

  9. JanCinLV commented on Gil 4 days ago

    I know a lot of kids who would be punished for that one.

  10. JanCinLV commented on Beardo 4 days ago

    Or walk behind the photographers.