We’ve had a significant absence from any update in our articles. There have been some notable changes during that time and deserve to be mentioned. And, of course, we know that big changes came to us all in recent weeks. So, allow us to review the past few months.
On November 16, Valerie’s son Jason and his wife Ashley hosted a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for a small family group. They had a beautiful spread and everyone contributed some dishes to round out the menu. It was a terrific dinner and a fun day visiting with family.
We thank Jason and Ashley for putting together this event.
The 2019 installment of the Cooper family reunion held at Eagle Cove Resort on Dale Hollow Lake took place on November 8-10. Not much changed, which is a good thing. Good times and good food.
On the front end we spend a couple of nights with my sister Sheila in Tullahoma, TN, and afterwards we visited my brother on Nolin Lake in central Kentucky.
Our thanks to everyone for helping to make it a terrific visit with the family, particularly to Sheila, Hew and Nancy for their hospitality.
Valerie’s grandson Tad turned 6 on September 3. On the following Saturday, Jason and Ashley hosted his birthday party at their home.
It was a nice party with lots and lots of kids, a game wagon, a piñata, a mound of gifts, pizza, cake and good fun.
Immediately after returning to Torrance from Lake Tahoe, we spent a long weekend with some family and friends at a campground near Pismo Beach, along the central coast of California.
Valerie’s son Tim has a truck that is specifically equipped for the type of off-road challenges presented by the sand dunes at Oceano Dunes. So he organized a family and friends camping trip. Since we don’t own an RV currently, we rented a trailer from a local business that towed it to the camp site and set it up for us.
Tim gave everybody an opportunity to ride in the truck while he drove across the dunes. The Oceano Dunes is a State Vehicle Recreational Area consisting of 3,500 acres that runs along the coast just south of Pismo Beach. The sand is shaped by the weather into steep hills, often with very sudden drops. All manner of vehicles navigate the dunes and camping is allowed along the coast away from the vehicles. Everybody enjoyed the opportunity to “ride the dunes” in Tim’s truck.
During our 3 days here, we also visited Avila Beach, Harford Pier, Pismo Beach and had some great meals and plenty of good times.