Long Lost Blogger Surfaces in Texas

Cheese & Crackers it has been 3 months since I update this blog! I was just too busy having fun in Likely. Work four days, off four days. On my days off I would play golf at least 3 times. My excuse was the dogs loved to run the golf course. I would take Buster out the front nine and Sadie out the back nine with lunch in between. Lots of things to sniff and chase. Nothing ever caught but the chase was great fun for the furry freeloaders. Honestly by the end of our stay there I was golfed out. I did not think that could happen but it did.

Well what happened in these three months I have been lazy in my blogging.

Every year the group Likely to Lie invades the RV park and has two days of golfing. Not sure how well this group plays golf but I know they had fun. I lost count on how many times the beer cart had to be refilled but I think I could have filled up my pick up with empty beer bottles. They are a good group who had lots of fun AND behaved themselves.   Most were where in their late 50s to early 70s. This is a typical age for this park and golf course. Here are a few pictures.

Beer Cart

Beer Car

Tournament Cap

Tournament Cap

Next thing of note was Vicki’s trip to Sacramento for a halve day seminar. Nothing of any real excitement but one curious item. The seminar was help east of Sacramento at a golf course with meeting facilities. I guess I could have played golf while Vicki was in the seminar but I choose just to hang out in the parking lot and read after running some errands. I recognize now this was the first clue of me starting to be golfed out. This course had a flock of “wild” turkeys walking around. When I first saw the flock at a distance my eyes comprehended what they were but my mind just choose not to believe it. Wild turkeys hanging around an urban area with golfers and golf course workers moving around the course – just can’t be. But there they were. Later I was reading in the truck with the windows all opened and the driver’s door also open, it was getting pretty hot by 11:30, and I hear this strange sound. So I got out of the truck to investigate. As I rounded the corner of the door I was face to face with a turkey about 5’ away. We both jumped, with me jumping the highest relating to the intensity of my fright. The turkey just slowly walked off and after I took the pictures calmed down and continued reading.

Turkeys

Turkeys

Turkey that scared me.

Turkey that scared me.

Well I am sure all of you have heard about all the fires CA had this past summer. We only had one small fire close to us, about 5 miles away – see pictures below, and with us being in a location that firefighters and equipment can get to quickly it was taken care of in hours. We had two bouts of smoke in the area. Both lasting about 5 days.  I am lucky in I do not smell it. But Vicki does and has a runny nose and slight breathing difficulties at night. The clouds were tinted a slight shade of brown.  The big questions I heard on the phone and when people showing up at RV/Golf resort is “how is the smoke?”. Being an easterner who never really experienced forest fires I found this interesting. From what I gathered we were very fortunately not to have lots of smoke in our area given all the fires.

Fire in the distance

Fire in the distance

Zoom in of fire

Zoom in of fire

One of the fire truck from a close by fire station

One of the fire truck from a close by fire station

Another golf tournament Likely had during the summer was the Rich Hamel Memorial Tournament.  Rich was the rancher that turned his ranch in Likely into the Likely Golf Course and RV resort. He also had another ranch in the valley towards Alturas. Rich passed away last winter. He had the foresight to see all the RVs traveling up and down US Highway 395 and thought of building a RV and golf course. It took over 20 years. At first it was 10 RV sites and 4 holes. After 10 years the course had grown to 9 holes. About 10 years ago they finished the second 9 in a two year period and the RV sites had grown to over 55 sites. I believe Rich was the President of the California Cattlemen’s Associations. One does not think of CA as being a cattle area but believe me it is. In the foot hills of the Sierras and in the high desert there are many ranches. He also must have been a bit of character who would talk with anyone. I was told of a story where he was being honored by the Cattlemen’s Association and there was a protest at the event. One of the protesters told Rick he was a vegetarian. Rich told him that was funny because all of his cattle where vegetarian also. Got to love that humor.  See the memorial they have for Rich below.

Memorial of Rich Hamel

Rich Hamel Plaque

Rich Hamel Plaque

I understand in prior years the people who spent the summer at Likely Place would have a birthday party every month for the people who celebrated birthdays in the month. Well this year we only had one in August. Everyone brought a cover dish. As always at an event like this the food was very good and very plentiful. We also had live entertainment, a Country Western band. Now this group were all well into collecting Social Security and they were very good. While I am not a great lover of this style of music I truly enjoyed it and they were find folks.  I thought the golf carts in the background added something.  What about you?

The Band

The Band

Our son Geoff visited us for a long weekend during the time period of Kyle’s birthday, August 29th.  A very nice gesture on his part. We played 2 rounds of golf. Geoff being very competitive thought he should be able to beat this over the hill, white haired, out of shape, wrinkled old man. Nope, not gonna happen. But we had fun. Geoff of course brought along his dog Ziggy. Where did he get this name? Well Kyle had a German Shepard he named Marley, as in Bob Marley. Then some years later Geoff got his dog. Bob Marley had a son named David Ziggy Marley so Geoff named Ziggy, Ziggy. When we played golf we have a bunch of dogs running around and by the end of the visit Ziggy was “dog tired”.   Sadie and Buster have been golf course trained.  DONT TOUCH THE GOLF BALL! Well Ziggyhad a lesson or two on the course.   Ziggy photo bombed us in the picture below.

Picture of Us at Likely Place with Ziggy

Picture of Us at Likely Place with Ziggy

After Labor day we had some weather moving in at times with snow in the Werners. I always find weather fronts interesting and thought I would share.

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I also started to search for summer employment for 2016. So I asked Dennis, my boss,  if he could give me a reference. This was his first cut at it.  Think I have a chance next summer at a job?

First cut of my reference letter

First cut of my reference letter

I had to take a trip to Klamath Falls, OR for a drug test for my next job at Amazon in Texas. Well after a 2 hour drive and “studying” for the test they had this sign hanging in the office. Took my mine off my “situation” for a bit.  As Curly Howard would have said “I resemble that remark”!

Forrest Gump words of wizdom

Forrest Gump words of wizdom

For my last round of golf Vicki and I took a trip to Fall Rivers to play at their course. I had heard lots of good comments on this course and we actually paid to play golf. First time this summer that we paid. It was a very nice course but they are having some water problems and the course was not as lush as it normally would be. I had a great round and we had fun. On the way back we ran into a bike gang. Luckily we could out run them after they posed for a picture.

Bad Boy Bikers

Bad Boy Bikers

Below are some pictures I found interesting.

We have seen many antelopes while in Likely area but never got a picture of the.  Well here is a mural of them in Alturas.

Mural of Antelope in Alturas

Mural of Antelopes in Alturas

Wong Potatoes

Wong Potatoes

Every time we went to Fall Rivers I saw this building.  But I really would like the Right Potatoes – how about you?

Well that takes us to the end of summer at Likely Place. If you are a golfer and a RVer I would highly recommended this place.   Very nice golf course with great views. Nice RV sites. And the folks that own it are work there a great people. If you are not a golfer but need a place for a day or so of relaxing, again a great place to stop. I don’t think we will be there next year but I certainly want to come back as a RVer/golfer or as an employee again. Time will tell.

See ya in the funny papers.

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2 Responses to Long Lost Blogger Surfaces in Texas

  1. colibabas says:

    Awesome reference letter! Dianne also finds it hard to blog when when we’re stuck in the same spot for any length of time…nice review.

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