This teacher-librarian loves nature, kayaking, books and of course friends and family. Welcome to Bliss, otherwise known as Bass Lake, less then an hour from breath taking Yosemite. Come on up & bliss out!
One of the things that I love about being up at Bass Lake is sharing it with my friends. Just a bunch of friends, cooking, baking, laughing and enjoying the fruits of our cooking.
Here is my friend Annie, showing us how to make bread. I wish I had taken a photo of the finish product but it was so good, we ate it. Boy did it smell good. Bass Lake good times, good food and good friends. I am so fortunate to be so blessed. How did I get so lucky?!
It’s snowing at Bass Lake! I traveled up to Bass Lake to see all the snow. It’s amazing. I’m normally not up during snow season. I’m still learning to drive in snow/winter conditions. I’m so lucky my friend Christine, who has lived in snow and knows how to drive in snow, volunteered to drive me up to the snow for the morning. I learned to put chains on tires. Also we were watching live cam Deadwood at top of Oakhurst to keep an eye on snow conditions. Check out the snow and take a thermos of hot chocolate. I just have one question for you? Do you want to build a snowman?
One of my favorite places to eat is at Ducey’s. Upstairs is causal grill dining and downstairs more formal dining. Both great places to eat and enjoy. Upstairs, you can catch a game on TV and have a burger or salad. Downstairs has a lovely yummy menu. Either spot is a win. Go and enjoy.
I haven’t gone to this yet but I am planning to. I hope to see you there. I have gone to the Holiday Bazaar and you can find all sorts of gifts and even an author! It’ll be fun. I know I have some gifts to shop for.
Bass Lake is gifted with amazing wildlife. I missed a shot of taking a photo of wild turkeys crossing the road. And quail are too fast for my cell phone camera. But I was able to take a photo a few weeks ago of this guest who surprised me, and I suspected I surprised her.
She had come up from Slide Creek to my back yard. We made eye contact and then she meandered through the complex until she ended back in my back yard. The photo on the right is here crossing slide creek to end up towards an old school yard.
But then I had one more visitor. A lizard decided to help me vacuum my carpet.
That’s what I love about Bass Lake, there is always something interesting happening in my neck of the woods.
I loved the Smokey Bear Run/walk. It was well organized and of course Smokey the Bear was there too! My friend, Chris and I did the walk. It was a great day to be out in the woods at Bass Lake and with so many delightful people. My favorite Race Host Ken was there. He is amazing! I hope I’ll see you there next year!
It was casual dining by the shore at the Marina Grill outdoors gourmet waterfront restaurant. It was a breezy cool day sitting and enjoying friends and good burgers under the shade of grass umbrellas. A great beachy vibe right at the dock. Live music while we enjoyed our lunch. There is even a place to play Corn Hole. We had a great server, Noah who confirmed that the frisbees that served as our plates were ours to keep. We even got free Koozies for our drinks. It was my first time there and I know I will be back!
My friend Elise and I went to brunch at Casa Velasco today. If you love Mexican food, then this is the place to go when you are up at Bass Lake, California. We had the breakfast burritos. They were wonderful with fresh chips and salsa. Since I’ve discovered Casa Velasco, I bring my friends there to enjoy casual dining. What I love about the place is that if feels like family. Go where the locals go and you will get a sense of community when you enjoy lunch or dinner. Tell them, Ramona sent you!
Today, I talked with Yolanda, the co-oowner of Casa Velasco. I had asked her about the painting hanging by the register.
A local artist Joan Constable painted the picture of Yolanda and Efran. There’s Yolanda posing with the painting. Turns out Joan has quite a few of her pieces hanging at Casa Velasco’s. Ask Yolanda which paintings are Joan’s. She’s got some great stories on the different styles of Joan.
When you are up at Bass Lake, stop by and enjoy a meal, it’s a great place to eat out. Lots of good energy and great service. Today our server was Kelly. Enjoy and stay tuned to further updates at life at Bass Lake.
When things get a bit crazy at work, I just think about driving up to Bass Lake to stay at my own personal retreat. I love my home away from home because it is surrounded by trees, I have a creek in the back yard and the sounds of nature calling out. I love to go an just unplug. You can see me kayaking with friends or even solo early in the morning before the lake gets active with families enjoying an abundance of water and shore activities.
I can sit outside and meditate, read and unwind before I unravel from the challenges of work. I love my job and the people who I get to work with but I love escaping to nature and unplugging from technology. I love that I can share my home with others. It’s part of the reason I bought this place. My friends have named it Bass Lake Bliss and they are so right.