Luckily it's only lunch time, so not wanting to entirely ruin Dan's weekend we head to the lake with his boat, girlfriend and 2 kids to spend the afternoon in the water, just the thing in this 105 degree F weather.
Mark & Dan having some down time watching a 3D movie.
We decide to give Dan a break and head up to Whiskeytown Lake National Recreation Area for a few days. The engine gets a bit warmer than we'd like on the way up the mountain, but we're already at the top, so we continue on to the campground.
Dan, who expresses concern about the engine heat, seems to be sincere in telling us he likes us being around because he comes up after work for a visit and dinner 2 of the 3 nights we're up there. He even brings up a new fan clutch for Mark to install.
A flock of wild turkeys cruises the neighborhood almost daily.
When we return to the camper, there's a puddle of coolant on the pavement. Dang. Turns out the bracket on the side of the radiator has broken loose, allowing the radiator to flop around and puncture itself. So it's off to the first auto parts store we see – Autozone. They actually have a radiator in stock and let us change it in their parking lot. Great store and a great bunch of people working there – thanks, guys. Three hours later we're back on the road.
Fort Ross a Russian settlement built in 1812
Scenic Route 1
We continue on to see our 3 sets of friends in the San Francisco Bay area. Have a great visit with all, who we have not seen for ages. It is great to catch up with everyone and all their news. After a week we head back to Dan's to pick up more parts and make some tweaks to the engine. Dan has been the perfect host, he's saved us so much money and time all we've had to do was keep him supplied with cold beer. We have all enjoyed each others company.