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Memorial Day is tomorrow. We read where there are an estimated six million rv’s  on the road for this three-day holiday. Jim has a philosophy, and that is to hunker down somewhere for popular holidays and stay off the road. We spent Thursday night at an American Legion in Dillsburg,  PA. We saw bunches of vets with motorcycles headed for various parades and festivities honoring vets. Friday morning, he drove through another rain storm to bring us to a Thousand Trails in Hershey, PA.

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I took a couple of barn pictures between raindrops.

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I compared the beauty of the land to this painting from the Shenandoah Valley Museum. The same general area.

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And this painting. An unusual boat for American waters. I’ve never seen any thing like it.

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It was beastly cold and we stayed in and read  and did computer chores most of the day. A short walk away, ducks were so cold we thought at first they were decoys; their heads tucked under wings.

Then, yesterday, we did our laundry and walked to the visitors center for a look around. The pool opened for the season, but I wasn’t up to braving the cold. We looked through the library and traded books we’ve read for some we haven’t.  I’m walking slowly, so Jim took an evening walk by himself.

I’m reading an excellent book entitled My Dream Of You by Nuala O’Faolain.  O’Faolain returns to her native Ireland to dig up a story of an aristocratic family during the potato famine. I’m French/Irish and it reminds me that there was genocide in Ireland during that horrific period. Living on the road for months at a time, gives me the luxury of reading good books as well as my trash novels, and I love it.

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A small county, a rural county, not much of interest on the national radar happens here. We do have  scenic beauty with mountain vistas and plenty of trees.  One of those trees will be the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree.This morning, volunteers will cut a previously selected 60 foot tree from the Stanislaus National Forest. A Miwuk tribal elder will bless the event before the tree is lifted by crane and set on a flatbed truck and attached to a water bladder at the base. It will then be transported to the Sonora Fairgrounds guided by the California Highway Patrol.

The tree will be greeted by the townspeople and become part of  a parade through town and culminate in all day festivities at the fairgrounds. The weather was perfect last night, to stop the sap from flowing at about 26*, hardening off for the long trip across country to Washington D.C.

The festivities include wreath-making, wine tasting, music and food, seventy displays, vendors and children’s activities. The festival begins at 10 a.m. today.  The tree will arrive for all to see and smell before it heads east.  It is a unique festival and those who see the tree  on television will have a personal memory of  the famous Whitehouse Christmas Tree, especially the many volunteers both local and beyond who put in countless hours of donated time to make it happen.  It is customary for the tree to be decorated and stand from the Monday after Thanksgiving through the end of December on the White House lawn.

The Whitehouse Christmas Tree is selected from a different National Forest every year, so if you miss this celebration, you aren’t likely to see another in a long time. The trip and related events are funded by private donations. Donations are still being accepted to help cover travel expenses for the 10 day trip, and can be sent to the Sonora Area Foundation. Only one tax paid employee, a veteran U.S. Forest Service person, Maria Benech, coordinated the event.

The tree will be taken down 108 to Oakdale, then Manteca, Sacramento, Modesto, Merced, Fresno, Kingsburg, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, Rancho Cucamonga, Barstow, Flagstaff, AZ., Gallup N.M. Amarillo TX, Tinker AFB, OK, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, Santa Claus, IN, Cherokee, NC, Greensboro, NC, Newport News, VA, Dumfries, VA, Hersey, PA to Washington.

It’s a bit early, but the season is upon us. Kind of makes a person wish to get out the Christmas Cards.





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