Day 6 and 7 felt like the wheel had finally come full circle from 2 years ago when we first ventured out to California for work. We left Lancaster, Ca and started the pretty short drive up North to Vacaville, Ca: home of I.B.E.W local 1245 where J.O would be signing the books for work. (This was feeling familiar already!)
We made reservations at the Vineyard RV Park which is only about 5 minuets from the hall and familiar to us and many other line-families. We stayed here 2 years ago when we first came out to sign the books and found out then (and it’s continued to hold true) that many a linemen and their families stay or pull in to this park for the night to sign the books or work. It’s a nice park, equipped with a pool, a hot tub, a dog park, laundry, a rec room, full hook ups, pull through spots, trails, wifi, cable, showers, a mini store and nice looking landscaping and eucalyptus trees everywhere. The price isn’t outrageous for all the amenities while also being only 40 miles from the bay area and Napa: $55/night.
I was also looking forward to staying here because I knew that one of my fellow National Sisterhood United for Journeymen Linemen (NSUJL) sisters was staying here! Jessica and I have worked together on various projects in the past year for NSUJL and although we have emailed numerous times and are friends on Facebook, we have actually never met! Our decision to stay over at Vineyard RV was rather spare of the moment, so I was hoping that she was in town and at the park. After J.O and I got all set up and dealt with our closet that decided to brake in transit (I guess it was jealous that the rest of the camper got a facelift and decided to retaliate) I contacted her and found out she was in the park. YAY! She was kind enough to stop by and it was so wonderful to finally put flesh (not just a picture) with a name. We all sat around and chit-chatted for an hour or so, discussing life on the road, families, our pasts and our futures. We talked a bit about upcoming and past NSUJL events, like the first ever 5k coming up in November…Have you signed up, by the way? You don’t have to be in California to run it, we’re taking virtual runners too!! AND it’s only $30, if you sign up before October 9, 2013. click HERE to sign up…do it. NOW. 😉 She was just a lovely and kind as I expected and I’m so excited to be closer to her (most likely) while in California!
J.O and I finished off our night by grilling some veggies and snapper on the grill and then hitting the hay. Well, I did at least. Someone got suckered into gold prospecting shows on National Geographic! J.O loves to pan for gold…Maybe one day he’ll find a REALLY big nugget!
The next morning we woke early and J.O went to the hall to sign the books. It was still just as exciting as it was 2 years ago (at least it was for me, but I get excited when we officially start something new and kind of unknown!) We pulled out of the park and decided to head to one of our past working towns (actually the 2nd town J.O ever worked in California) to relax for the next week or so until J.O gets a call: Pine Grove, CA. Pulling into Amador County, we were flooded with more memories from 2 years ago when the California journey began. We both became even more excited than before and are ready to go to some old favorite spots for food, gold prospecting, hiking and more before J.O takes the right call to go back to work.