Sometimes in your life you come across some people that are simply amazing. There is no other way to describe them. Christy’s grandparents are two such people. In Livermore we met two wonderful people who completely reminded us of Grandma and Grandpa. Meet Walter and Joan.
Walter was born and raised in a vineyard in Livermore, California.
Joan is a Wisconsin girl who lived for a short time in California where she met Walter. She admitted that she asked him for a date, but he was older than she was, and both sets of parents thought it best not to pursue that relationship. After a time, Joan’s family moved back to Wisconsin. Years later they rediscovered each other at a reunion in California, and the rest, as “they” say, is romance history. They live where Walter was raised, in a beautiful, peaceful vineyard in Livermore, California..
Walter and Joan let us park our rig under some olive trees on their farm.
Their farm is a large vineyard from the early 1800s…
and a winery in the back. The winery is run by Tom (on the left, chatting with Walter)…
and his wife Emily (between Joan and Walter…by our Emily).
We had plenty of room to run at the Detjen Farm!
We enjoyed the company of their handsome llamas, Pete and Mike.
They also showered us with lemons from their lemon tree…
from their 130-year-old orange tree.
After Steve’s concert at Christ Lutheran in Livermore, they took us out for ice cream at Frosties, an ice cream establishment that was a popular hangout when Walter was in high school.
You can’t imagine how nice it was to have the space and peace we enjoyed while staying at the Detjen vineyards. We felt rested and welcome there.
Thank you Walter and Joan! You are wonderful people and we could listen to your stories all day!