The CoolRVers are actually a couple of retirees, Judy and Luke Rinehimer and our 5 year old German Shepherd Dog, Miss Shady Lady. We are "extended-time" travelers with a home in Cool, California. Thanks for following along with us as we travel North America in our "rolling condo", enjoying the RV lifestyle. Your comments are always welcomed.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011


Our daughter Robin, her husband Troy and two grandsons – Taylor, 11, and Tanner, 9 – live a VERY active life in Pleasanton, California. 

On this visit to Pleasanton, we got to watch them finish their backyard remodel project for a friend’s 40th birthday project, attended two of Tanner’s tackle football games, dropped Taylor off at his Lego Robotics Team workshop, picked up the boys after school, and took their dog, Izzy, and our dog, Star, to the local dog park for some leash training and social time.


When I made a side-trip to kid-sit back in August, I had a chance to see the yard project in-progress.



Glad the boys had a “hand” in re-doing their new patio.



Finalizing the project before “Uncle Dave’s” 40th birthday party bash was a challenge.  The built-in BBQ and outdoor bar/kitchen arrived the morning of the party BUT it was the wrong one.  The company agreed to leave the one they delivered so the party could go on.

SIL Troy (with headband) mans the bar and grill.  Luke (in his trademark bucket hat) checked out the snacks during the party.


Dave’s 40th party was a “worst dressed” affair and everyone, including the grandsons, got into the festivities.

Tanner, Taylor, Robin, “Uncle Dave” with the boys, and Robin and friends.



We have attended many of the Treto family parties and this was another one where the kids and adults like to play.  A friend has a business adding lights to hula hoops and she brought along quite a few that everyone got to try.


As the party carried into the night, we took the boys back to the motorhome where Taylor claimed the couch and Tanner chose the recliner chair.  IMG_7280IMG_7279






Neither looked comfortable.



Our youngest grandson, Tanner, loves playing tackle football and we had a chance to watch a couple of his games during our stay. Tanner,#64, got to represent his team as one of the “captains” to meet with the refs for the pre-game coin toss.  For the first few games of the season he played center. Unfortunately, they lost this game.



Izzy is a crazy little dog.  Hyper like a Jack Russell, this little girl loves to run, jump, and chase birds.  Unfortunately, during the backyard remodel, she was unable to use the backyard.

Please, can’t I go out???


IMAG0563She and Star get along so Grandma and Grandpa took the pair to a local dog park for some exercise.  Grandpa also got to give Izzy some needed leash training using the “Gentle Leader” snout-style leash.


Our visit with family came to an end on Sept. 21, but we will return the end of October.  It was time to head for Albuquerque, New Mexico where we would be hosting the Escapee Boomers for the ABQ International Balloon Fiesta.


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