Rice and Rainbows

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 022011

Yesterday was a busy day, but we solved a problem, at least temporarily, and we had a lot of fun in the process. But then, we always seem to have fun, no matter what we’re doing.

As I reported earlier, our black tank valve has been leaking, and through Greg tried to fix it while we were at Park of the Sierras, the problem is still there. Getting to the black valve to replace  it is going to be a real bear, because it is activated by a cable in the sewer bay, and the valve itself is very hard to get to. Meanwhile, the valve keeps leaking.

I managed to track down a replacement cable valve at an RV dealer in Roseville, a suburb of Sacramento, and we drove in to get it yesterday. Meanwhile, Greg came up with a temporary solution that will solve the leaking problem until we can get the new cable valve installed. It is a screw on T-valve, and as it turns out, the same place had one of those in stock too! So we’ll use that to stop the leaking until we can get the new cable valve installed.

Sewer handle

While we were in town, we stopped at Sam’s Club, then had an early dinner at Fuddruckers. Heavy clouds had been hanging low in the sky all day, and while we were eating, it began to rain hard, then the lighting started to flash, and hail followed! Yuck! We waited until the storm had let up a bit, and then we started back to the campground, with a couple more stops along the way. We found out later that a tornado had touched down in Yuba City, about 20 miles north of the Thousand Trails.

I wanted a cappuccino before we left town, and depending on who you want to believe, Greg or myself, I either did not express that desire clearly enough to be understood, or he never listens to a thing I say and just ignored my needs. You know, we’re starting to sound like an old married couple. Maybe we need some time apart. Or else counseling. 🙂

We drove around Nicolaus, the little town where the campground is located, looking for a convenience store that might have cappuccino. As it turns out, there isn’t a store in Nicolaus. In fact, it’s not even a town, it’s just a few houses and a closed down tavern. So we drove a couple of miles east to the bustling metropolis of East Nicolaus (go figure), which actually had a store and a snack shop. Both of them were out of business too. Okay, time to give up.  Driving back to the campground, I spotted a beautiful rainbow, and Greg was nice enough to pull over a couple of places so Terry could take some pictures. Who knew the end of the rainbow was in Nicolaus?  

Rainbow farm

Rainbow fence post

I didn’t know that California is the second largest rice producing state within the country, producing about 20% of the nation’s rice crop in a typical year. The Sacramento Valley has a lot of rice paddies, and accounts for 95% of California’s rice crop. More than half of California’s rice crop is shipped to Japan, as well as other Asian and Middle East markets.

Rice baddy

I think I’m power challenged. A couple of weeks ago, we were at the Las Vegas Thousand Trails, and the electricity was out for the last two days of our stay. When we arrived back at Lake Minden, the storm had knocked out the power there too! Our batteries were getting down below my comfort level, so I fired up our Onan generator for a while, and then the power came back on.

There are supposed to be more thunderstorms tomorrow, so we’ll probably hang around here another day before we continue on down the road toward the Oregon coast. We don’t like to travel in bad weather if we can avoid it, and our first Thousand Trails reservation, in Florence, isn’t until the 7th, so we have time.

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  6 Responses to “Rice and Rainbows”

  1. Cool rainbow pics! Nick, you should try some of the instant cappuccino mix you can buy at Walmart. My wife never tried one til I made her a cup of instant, now she’s hooked. When we are traveling, we’ll pull over, start the generator, microwave two cups of water, throw in some english toffee capp. mix and get our fix. Great stuff!

  2. The weather in Southern Oregon was crazy yesterday. Sun, rain, wind, dark, and more hail than I’ve seen in a long time. We are wondering if Summer will ever come this year. We live 12 miles SW of Grants pass on 199. Safe Travels and enjoy Oregon, we sure do.

  3. Your first rainbow picture has a double rainbow! Beautiful!

  4. Nice picture of the rainbow, then again with terry taking the photo no wonder it is perfect. Forgot to tell you that Nicholas has one tiny general store and not much else. Yuba City is closest town unless you go up 99 to Marysville, Come to think about it you are better off going to Yuba city.

  5. Nick….you are going to become a convenience store cappuccino snob… that is all right… because I am a convenience store chai tea snob……haha My bargain on chai tea is located in Dillard, Georgia at the On The Go gas station where my chai tea is only $1.00. Now that is a bargain….the only thing missing is a rainbow to enjoy it with.

  6. If you like the powder version from a convenience store then you should try a REAL cappuccino from a coffee shop. Big difference…Kind of like Fleetwood and Winnebago!

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