After J.O signed the books on Monday, we decided to get out of the city. The chances of him taking a call in the San Francisco area are pretty good, so we thought we’d go and hide out in the mountains while we could! We chose to go back to one of our original California stomping grounds: Pine Grove.
When we first came out to California in 2011, J.O’s first job was throughout Amador County. We lived in Angel’s Camp for one month and then another 2 months in Pine Grove at the Gold Country Rv Resort. This is the campground that we returned to this past week for a little R&R.
It’s a GREAT campground! First off, the location is really nice for a little getaway. You have surrounding cities of Sutter Creek and Jackson that are both small with lots to see and do. But, you don’t even have to leave the campground! They have a pool, a splash park, mini-golf, volleyball, horse shoes, bocce ball, a playground, hiking trails, a billiards halls and a craft house! The rv sites are nice and spacious and each one is equipped with a fire pit and picnic tables. They have both 30 & 50 amp hook ups and full hookups with sewer and cable. You can tent camp here, rent a room in their motel or even rent an entire cabin. There is also laundry and a general store on site. My favorite part about this area though, has to be the fact that it smells like Christmas. It’s set amongst towering sequoia and pine trees and the air smells amazing, literally like Christmas! Prices during peak season are $59 a night or $380/ week. Great place!
Our week was filled with a lot of relaxing and going to a few old favorite spots. We played a lot of mini golf, went on nice walks with the long dog and had a few camp fires at night. The days were pretty hot (97+) up until Thursday, so we would cool off by hanging out at the pool and splash park or drive down to the river and test out luck at panning for gold! Although we didn’t win at panning for gold, we did have a successful night and won some money at the Jackson Rancheria Casino!
Thursday, we had to bring long dog to the vet…yes, again! You may remember his previous vet visit from this spring? This time it seemed that a tooth was bothering him pretty bad (he kept pawing at his mouth and wouldn’t let me look). Since we had seen a vet in the area from when we lived here two years ago, we figured we’d get him in. Turns out he had to have a few teeth removed along with a tumor on his eyelid. The people at Angel’s Camp Vet remembered him, took excellent care and made him a happy pup again.
While he was at the vet, J.O and I went and played a round of golf at Forest Meadows Golf Course in Murphy’s, Ca. Actually, J.O played and I rode along in the cart It was a pretty course, even though the smoke from the near by rim fire lingered on a little longer than usual.
After golf that day, we walked around downtown Murphys where we had lunch at Firewood and did wine tastings at various vineyard storefronts. The winery storefronts we visited included, Stevenot, Val de Vino, Lavender Ridge and Hovey. Murphys is a fun town with lots of shops, restaurants and many winery storefronts to do tastings at! My favorite ones were Lavender Ridge where they did cheese and wine pairings and then Val du Vino where we were able to meet the owners and get a tour of their establishment.
Long dog came home with us on Friday morning and is doing much better! J.O and I played another round of golf on Saturday. This time we went to Mace Meadows Golf Course. This course was a huge disappointment because we were told it was one of the nicest ones in the area and it was so run down. They had more grass in their sand traps than sand! Hopefully, it’ll receive a little TLC sometime soon, because it could be a gorgeous course with all the mature trees and forests in the background.
That night we decided to go and have dinner in downtown Jackson as Teresa’s Place. Neither one of us has ever been there, but we had a gift certificate from two years ago, so we thought it was time to use it! Not too shabby! Make sure you go there hungry!
J.O did have a few job calls from the hall during the week, but none of them were for us, so they were denied. We’re expecting that we’ll be taking a call this coming week, but until then we’re going to continue to relax up here in Pine Grove and enjoy our time together.