Pretty Damn Nice! travel blog

Downtown Sacramento

Lots of fields of new grape vineyards along the way

Today's windshield views



Lots of new windmills too along the Delta


John was nervous about crossing this bridge in the wind



Crossing onto Bethel Island

Today was a short travel day, only about 100 miles, but it was a tough one for our Pilot, John. We left around 9:00 am to avoid rush hour traffic through Sacramento, but we had heavy traffic the whole trip. We wondered if this is just the norm now. Then, the highways were very rough and in many places, narrow due to construction. It looks like they are trying to widen and fix the roads in many places, but right now, they are in pretty bad shape. And then to top it off, it was very windy and we had a cross-wind most of the way. John worked hard to get us to our next stop today.


We traveled through Sacramento, picked up Highway 5 south, and then took Highway 12 from the Lodi turnoff through the Delta country. We are staying a week at the Sugar Barge RV Park in Bethel Island. It really is on an island in the middle of Contra Costa County, a huge metropolitan area. Bethel Island is still mostly undeveloped and the RV park feels like we are way out in the country away from all of the city congestion. It is nice here with lots of grass and trees that are just leafing out, so everything is emerald green.


We are staying in Bethel Island because it is close to our good friends Sue and Manuel whom I have known for about 27 years. They have a lovely mobilehome near the park we are staying at. Then, my sister Geri and her husband Alan live in nearby Pacheco and we will be able to visit them frequently too.


We spent the afternoon with Sue and Manuel swapping news of our families. As we have said before, this is our summer to catch up on visiting friends and relatives. It is so good to see everyone again although I don't think the kitties like being alone all day as evidenced by the love bites Rocky gives me each evening.

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