House sitting in Truckee and Lake Tahoe for most of the summer.

It looks like I will be house sitting in Truckee and Tahoe all summer. Have a few lined up thru most of August with a few days off here and there.

This is fine with me. Truckee ,Ca. is my hometown  and I was gone all last summer house sitting in Washington and Oregon. Then I was house sitting for 2 months this winter in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. . I missed Truckee in the summer. Did not miss it so much in winter. It is one of the best places to be in summer. Beautiful weather with a lot of outdoor activities . There are  Lakes, rivers, hiking , swimming , and tons of free music in the summer.  I may do a post on just the music that goes on here and several on hiking trails in the area. Of course if you are big into skiing or boarding then it is also a great place in winter !! Winter is beautiful , however I am finding a break from the snow to be very nice !!

Truckee is a small town in the high Sierras at an elevation of 5800 with a population of around 16,000. Here is an article about Truckee being named coolest ski town. https://www.truckeesun.com/news/sports/truckee-named-no-1-coolest-ski-town-in-north-america/.

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Here are some photos of the beauty that surrounds Truckee.

Lake Tahoe is just a short 12 miles from Truckee. Lake Tahoe in photos below .

So yeah ! House sitting in Tahoe and Truckee cant be to bad. Can it !

Here are just some of the pets I take care of in Truckee and  Tahoe.

 

Pet sitting in Fort Bragg, Ca.

I just recently got done with a 16 day house and pet sit in Fort Bragg, CA.

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Years ago when I traveled to the east coast I would tell people that I was from California and some would say  Oh, Los Angeles? or isn’t it all city and desert there ?? So, many folks who have never been to California don’t seem to realize that Northern Ca. is so diffferent and in fact are amazed when I tell them that where I come from is snow and some years, tons of it. I am from Truckee, CA. in the high sierras.

So, Fort Bragg is on the northern Ca. coast which is pristine, dramatic, beautiful and not at all like the more crowded Southern Ca. coastline. A lot of very small towns scattered along the Northern Ca. coast. , redwoods, and dramatic cliffside windy drives that you better pay attention to while driving. Fort Bragg is one of these small seaside towns

The house I stayed was in the woods. The dogs where Nelly and Dougall.

Anyone who knows border collies knows they are dogs that need exercise. Both dogs have competed in agility competition. They where both sweet and we did a daily 2 hours walk sometimes at the beach and sometimes around the neighborhood.  Nelly is obsessed with chasing other critters and there are a LOT of deer around there! I had heard that there was also a mountain lion sighting as well as a fox sighting. So, one day she was totally obsessed with something out in the yard and managed to dig a hole under the fence and get out. Her colar was also hooked to the fence so no tags on her. Ughh. The owner had warned me that she has gotten out at times but they didn’t think she would. Needless to say, I was beside myself for the 4 hours she was gone. I could sometimes hear her barking down below what was a steep embankment behind the house. When she did show up she was a filthy mess with all kinds of debris stuck to her beautiful plume of a tail and full of stinky and mud. It had just rained a couple inches. So glad to have her back !! She got a bath and looked spanking clean. I also patched up the fence and kept an eye on her when in the yard.

Losing someones dog while house sitting is my worst nightmare for this job. Here are the dogs. Dougall sitting up. Nelly the smaller whiter one.

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Some photos of the beautiful coastline along the Mendocino county coast. 

In Fort Bragg there is a waterfront area called Noyo Harbor with a few restaurants, fishing boats, whale watching trips ,etc.. I went there a couple times , once for dinner at the Wharf restaurant and one day for lunch  to a place call Jangles Rough bar that has some nice music on sat. and Sunday  afternoons. I have to say that I was lucky to have the nice weather while  I was there. Often times the northern coastline is foggy for a good part of the day. It was sunny most of the times with  2 days of heavy rain.

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I have a friend named Sue who lives about 30 miles from Fort Bragg in a town called Willits and she came over a couple times . We went to the botanical gardens which is lovely and right on the coast and also dog friendly. We also went for a hike to the pygmy forest in Jug Handle state park. Really, everything in this  area is amazingly beautiful!

 

I was told by a few people not to miss the Pacific star winery which they said has the most beautiful view along this coastline and great for grabbing a glass or bottle of wine, bringing a picnic and just hang out in one of their many Adirondack chairs overlooking the coastline. If you are lucky you will see some whales !

They where right . I would have hated to miss this spot. So beautiful !!!!

I will end this post with some photos of the grounds of the Pacific star winery. 

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New Years ,walking the dog in Truckee, California, and some New Year reflections.

Photo Editor-20171231_145541This photo is of New Years eve day . I am currently house and pet sitting with Cody the Husky. Isn’t he pretty ?? He is sweet to. A fairly easy dog to take care of. I am here in my hometown Truckee for another 2 weeks. Then I leave for San Miguel De Allende, Mexico for a 2 month house sit. Woohoo. Looking forward to that.  Back to this photo. These are some of my dear friends in Truckee who I spent the NYEve day with . What a nice day. Walking the dogs with  lunch and a Bloody Mary after to celebrate the new year !! No better way to spend the end of the year then with friends in a beautiful location.

Some friends may wonder and think that I am looking for a new place to live. Like last summer when I was up in Washington and  Montana all summer and saying I like this place or that. One friend would say. I see re location in store ? Actually, I Love Truckee, California. It is one of the most beautiful areas in the world with Lake Tahoe, mountains, lakes, rivers.  And of course great people !! It is not a matter of wanting to move. It is a matter of loving to travel and see new places ! Truckee will most likely always be my home base and always be the place I come back to and spend a lot of time at. Of course my friends in Truckee make it home as well !

I moved to Truckee in 1975 with my friend Sandy (seen in this photo holding the little dog). I came from L.A and she from San Diego. We met while working at Sequoia National park. Thus the wandering started. I always knew I wanted to get out of L.A. Doesn’t seem at all like home to me especially now since I left there 42 years ago. So , after a few summers in Sequoia  Sandy and I ended up in Truckee, Ca.

In 1989 I moved to Santa Cruz , Ca. Lovely beach town. Lived there for 6 years . I did enjoy it. Whats not to enjoy. The beach, the weather, the music. However, I got restless and then moved into an RV for 2 years and wandered the country as a traveling vendor. Fun times for sure !!! Would have kept doing that longer had I not been struck down by Cancer. yes, the big C . Had to stop my wandering ways for awhile and take care of myself. I then ended up back in Truckee. I think for me it was because I had friends there  who I had known for quite some time. Once back in Truckee, I got settled in, started a cleaning business, acquired pets, had another round of cancer  and yada yada. I have always wanted to wander but its hard to do at some times in our lives. So, a little over a year ago my pets all got old and died one by one. Here are photos of the last group of pets I had. I miss them so much !!!

 

However, I have decided to not get any pets at this time so as to fulfill the need to wander. Had thought about getting an RV and just taking off. But, then I started this house sitting thing and realized there is a true need for it. So, for now just getting around in my Subaru and house sitting. Still thinking about a small RV , class B or even a camper van.  I do like the house sitting but also want a bit of my own free time as well.

in any case I am feeling pretty happy with my current situation. it may not be for everyone to wander from house to house with no real base of your own but I am enjoying it ! And if I get a small RV then that will be my home. The Subaru is kind of small. But, I house sit so much, it seems to suffice for now.

Anyways, my New Year is a New Year in many ways!

Happy New Year to all of you and may you live the life you want and dream about.

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My summer House sitting and exploring. Washington on fire !!

I finally got my photos working on my computer after 3 visits with an Apple genius bar. Yea!!

Anyways, I can now post about the summer I had of house sitting and sight seeing. I wrote about my first house sit in Edmonds. Then onto Olympic National park for a few days.

After Olympic National park it was on to a  week long house sit in Monroe with the cute little kitty named Shift. I watched Shift for a week in a very large , nice Motor home that was parked in a lovely park along a river. This cat was a 4 month old main coon and looked like a full grown kitty. Very rambunctious fellow.  But, sweet and loving as well.

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While watching Shift I did a day trip to the lovely town of Leavenworth, Washington. It is a Bavarian themed town. Very cute. Lots of flowers all over, Bavarian food, beer, wineries, shops, etc..20170729_154258fullsizeoutput_16e7

After taking care of Shift. I was In-between  house sits and had 3 and a half weeks free. I wanted to see some of the upper cascades in Washington and do some camping and hiking but due to so many fires I did not do any camping in Washington in August. it was so smokey you could not even get out of the car without ash falling all over you. I had a hard time breathing in it so I pushed right on thru what looked like a beautiful area . I decided  after a long day driving to spend the night in Colville,Washington in a hotel as I did not want to camp in the awful smoke !! They just happened to be having a weekend event called Rendevous days with music, vendors ,etc… Looked like some good music so I stayed 2 nights. It was a fun little event. But, the smoke never cleared up.

Well, Montana has been a must see for me with Glacier National park being on my bucket list of places to go. So, hoping for the best as far as clean air, I pushed on. I did however spend one night in Libby , Montana on the way and went to these beautiful waterfalls just out of Libby.  Kootenai falls and swinging bridge. The bridge is not for those who have a fear of heights! It really does swing when you are walking over it.  Beautiful river ! Libby seemed like a very quiet town but an abundance of beauty surrounds it.

Next post will be about Glacier.  In fact the next 2 or 3 posts will be about Glacier. I spent 9 days there and did several hikes, saw lots of wildlife. Beautiful place !

Launching off into a new phase of life.

So, here I am about to start wandering . I have lived in Truckee, CA. for most of the last 42 years. I am a 63 year old woman who loves an adventure.

Back in 1996 and 1997 I lived and traveled in a small RV . Loved the life. And, without cell phone or internet ! Geez, how did I ever manage?? I was a roving vendor. Selling goods at music festivals , flea markets, street fairs. etc. Fun life but then I was stricken with Breast cancer . Ughhh… Had to settle down and take care of that. Had it twice in 10 years. Now, another 10 years have passed and I am cancer free as far as I can tell. 

While living in Truckee, California  I ran a cleaning business for vacation rental homes in Tahoe and Truckee for 18 years. I also  volunteered at the local shelter and had an odd assortment of animals for the last 18 years.  Have wanted to travel in an RV again but  got tied down with the business and the pets. Having lost the last of my furry babies a year ago to old age I decided to care for other people’s animals. I actually had done that on and off for some time but recently started house sitting. 

My original travel plan was to get an RV again , however this house and petsitting has taken off and now I am taking off in my car which is loaded to the brim with camping gear, bike, clothes, and most likely a lot of stuff I don’t need. My first destination is Washington state where I have 3 petsits that will take me thru till Oct. With some weeks off in between sits at which time I will camp and wander. 

Who knows where I will end up or the adventures I will have along the way. 

Please come join me . Oh and by the way, I am fairly new to blogging so be patient with me as I figure it out ! 

Photos are taken at the pond which was near my house in Truckee. Loved walking there! Will miss it.

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