My sister Midge also made the trip and joined us late Friday night. She brought her dog also so between my parents four pups and all of ours the dogs outnumbered the people! As one of my lesbian friends said - "sounds like a lesbian gathering!
It was great fun and we had a nice visit. It's nice to actually get to see my parents in person just to give that extra sense of how they are doing. I'm very lucky to have such loving supportive parents and they seem to be doing well. My Mom just turned 72 and my Dad will be 80 next month. It's funny to visit parents and see old family pictures - such as my big hair 1979 freshman picture! Lol!
We hung out at their place while Kent got some computer issues taken care of and basically relaxed on the first day drinking marg's and visiting. The following day I was able to get an 8 mile run in before heading to Costco for Mom to pick up a new TV for Dad for his birthday - 47 inch!
It was a great deal and had a great picture. After we got that set up my mom and sister took us to the Shasta Dam where Kent and I picked up the bike trail and rode our bikes 20 miles back to Redding. My Mom has been suggesting we do this for awhile now and am I ever glad we did! It was a beautiful ride and it felt good to get the exercise! Can't wait to do it again!
For dinner we went to a chinese restaurant that Mom loves and had dinner called Peter Cu's. It was delish! I was sure we ordered far too much food but as it turns out we ate just about every bite!
Sunday we went to the Shasta Caverns up at Lake Shasta. It's another thing we have talked about doing for years and never fit into our schedule. It was amazing. There were a lot of stairs but all of us managed well. To get there you have to take a boat across the lake and then take a bus up to the caverns. It's always nice to do something that you have always talked about doing but never taken the time.
We put together a new stand for Dads TV, had another of Moms famous marg's and some pizza before heading off to bed for the long drive home the next day.
It was amazing that all the dogs did well together. That's a lot of dogs to have all in one place and not have too much drama. There was not even goat/dog drama this visit!
Thanks for a great visit Mom and Dad!
Later - Jim
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