as older couples danced with the spirit of teenagers to the live music outside
and as the sun set we prepared……..
S’MORES! a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. Making s’mores in this manner is so popular in the United States that supermarkets often carry graham crackers, marshmallows, and large chocolate bars in the same shelf section during the summer months.
Then i had my first ever “Wii” experience and we rocked out playing ‘Rock Band” together on instruments linked to the tv. The game allows up to four players to simulate the performance of popular songs by playing with controllers modeled after musical instruments. You can play the lead guitar, bass guitar, and drums parts to songs with “instrument controllers”, as well as sing through a USB microphone. Scored on our ability to match scrolling musical “notes” while playing instruments, (or by the singers ability to match the singer’s pitch on vocals) it was pretty tricky but i soon got the hang of it and we were rocking along to hits like “American Woman” – great family fun!
The following morning before boarding the train north, we had our last meal together at Don’s Country Kitchen. I had a hearty garden omelette
whilst i saw my first sighting of the fabled “biscuits and gravy”. I was picturing a biscuit as in a “cracker” with a brown gravy like what we’d use at home. Not quite… What came out were soft dough “biscuits” (id call them muffins) covered in thick “country” or “white” gravy, made from the drippings of cooked pork sausage, white flour, milk, and often (but not always) bits of sausage, bacon, ground beef, or other meats. Its a popular breakfast meal in the States, especially in the South but i can’t say it’s something id be particularly drawn to!
After a series of big, warm hugs, thankyous, goodbyes and good tidings i boarded the Amtrak train bound for my next destination, further up the Californian coastline.
As always it was sad to say farewell to my South Californian family but but i have no doubt i’ll see them again in the not so distant future. Wether it’s them coming to Australia or me returning, only time will tell.