Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Napa, RV Wash, Back to Sacramento

Before we left Napa, I needed to get some picture of the city, most notably the church we attended Sunday but forgot to take a picture of it.

Napa was settled in the 1830's, and the town was founded in 1847.  It started with a saloon, then a corn mill, then a general store.  By 1850 passenger steam ships were coming to Napa, and by 1855 downtown Napa was full of saloons, hotels were busy, money was rolling into the area.   The first commercial winery opened in Napa in 1859 by John Patchett who started his vineyard in 1857.

So on my way over to the church, I drove through a portion of old Napa, and got the following shots, mostly of nice, older homes.





Napa is full of these older homes, most of which are in real nice condition.  We enjoyed our visit, but next time we are in the area we will probably go to another area of the state instead of returning to the Napa area.  As for Yosemite, I think that will definitely be on our "re-visit" list.

Below is a picture of the church we attended while in Napa.  Although it is part of the Calvary Chapel family of churches, the name of this congregation is named "Cornerstone Ministries".  The service was wonderful, and the congregation is very multicultural with Hispanics, Blacks, Native Americans, Orientals, and Caucasians attending.  It was a very spiritual service, and a group of college age kids with a few older adults were heading down to Baja region or Baja Sur area of Mexico where the congregation had purchased some land, built a church, and is helping to support this area where the people are so very poor.  The pastor talked about visiting remote areas of the Sierra's where groups of 10-20 people would be living, nearly cut off from rest of the world.  We wish them luck with their trip, and hope that the Lord will bless their travels and keep them safe.
We left Napa around 11:30, and when we got to Sacramento we pulled into the Sacramento 49er Truck stop so that our motor home could have a good shower.  Now I have washed it a few times already since we have owned our American Eagle, but we had never paid to have it cleaned.  For $50, plus a $5 environmental fee, about 5 or 6 people, along with an automated cleaning machine, cleaned the motor home and the HHR being towed behind it.  It took about 25 minutes, and we just sat there watching them work on it.  Here are a few pictures of it.
 A wash above, and a rinse below.
Below is a shot through the outside driver's mirror.  It was if we were in a large tunnel.  Between the motor home and the outer wall you can see the wash shooting water against the motor home in it's final rinse.
We pulled up to my sister's house around 3.  The dogs just went wild when they got back into the backyard.  Bubba seemed really down on Saturday and Sunday, so much so that Marcia thought he was sick...I told her that he was sick, home sick for the backyard.  Sure enough, he jumped, rolled on his back, ran, went crazy as could be once he got back into the yard.  Below is a picture of Bubba and Skruffy, the "Squirrel Tree" and the nice clean motor home.
Since early spring, my brother-in-law has had some major work done around the house, and now they are getting ready for my sister's interior upgrades, but that is another story.  Below is a picture of the front of their house taken from Google street view, followed by a picture taken this morning.
 Above you can see the driveway on the left went right up to the bay window, now it goes up to and past the fence where he put a RV pad along side the house.  The driveway along the right has been reshaped with the slope taken down just a bit.  The porch posts have not been replaced yet, but that should happen real soon.
It is nice to be back with family....it will not be easy to leave in 10 days when it is time to go.

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