While visiting the Vacaville area, we stayed at a campground at Lake Solano, a bit northwest of the town proper. Little did we know when we decided to camp there that the place is full of peacocks
! Yes, those beautiful birds that have the long blue and green feathers that look like eyes. Well, you may not know this (we didn't) but peacocks have a very interesting sound. To give you a sense of it, when we were telling Robert about the peacocks and the noise they make, he shared with us a funny story about his first experience with the peacock's call. Robert is a retired police officer. One night early in his career, while out on patrol, he was driving by an abandoned house and was startled by a strange sound. He stopped to investigate. Concerned that someone was in trouble, he radioed his location in to dispatch and indicated that he thought that there must be a woman or child in the house, obviously in pain and crying for help! Apparently when fellow officers heard the call over the radio, they knew exactly what the source of the screams were-peacocks!! Sure enough, peacocks had nested in the house for years, and that was exactly what the noise was! An easy mistake! Well, at the Lake Solano campground, the peacocks like to scream out just before dawn. It makes for a rude awakening when you camp with your windows open!
If you can stand the peacocks, Lake Solano campground is a pleasant place to camp. We did a lot of bird watching, and Bob kayaked on the lake. And the peacocks themselves are very photogenic, as you can see from our pictures. At the time we were there, there were a lot of little ones following their mothers around and wandering into our campsite. That was really a treat!
We decided to head from gold country back toward Sacramento to Vacaville, CA in order to visit Bob's cousin, Robert. Bob and Robert had not seen each other for over 20 (maybe even 30) years! They had a great reunion, sharing memories of their misspent youth and getting to know each other again. We also got to meet Robert's family, spending a very nice evening with dinner, a little wine, some homemade barbecued tri-tip beef (something we never heard of until we crossed over into pacific time), and sharing photos of various adventures. Robert and his family spent time in South Africa on a church mission not too long ago, and they had some fantastic photos of their great adventures there. It was really great to see/meet them!