To answer some comment questions:
The price here at Vineyard Park RV is $265.20 a week including pet fee and full hook-ups plus free wi-fi and cable. Regular rate is $48/night and they are a Good Sam park. VERY expensive. There were three options here in Vacaville, where I wanted to be close to family. I had planned to be here for only a week, but will probably extend that by another week so I can see my grand kids a little more before I leave.
The first option, which I originally thought I'd take, was Solano County Campground. It was $18/night for seniors, and I liked that it was in the forest, but it didn't seem to be well maintained, and was pretty empty, which concerned me since the other two private parks were pretty full. I didn't feel comfortable about staying there, just had a weird vibe. Plus it's further from Kristy's, so would have been a longer drive for them to come out to visit or pick me up. I sure did like the price, though!
The other option was Midway RV Park, which is right next door to this one. We drove through that park, too, talked to the Manager, who was very nice and helpful, but I just liked the feel of this one better. Midway was comparably priced, but had fewer free amenities.
I hope to be waaaaay more frugal when I leave Vacaville, which is between San Francisco and Sacramento, so is still in a pretty expensive area. As I go north, the RV parks should be cheaper and boondocking opportunities will be more available.
THANK YOU, Judy, for your suggestion to change the TV setting to get cable. You were right, and I just changed the option (using the TV remote) from antenna to CATV, and it worked. I'm glad I read your comment before I got going for the day, or I would have looked everywhere else.
When we leave here, I plan to drive to Placerville, and am hoping to see some old friends there. Maybe stay a few days to a week. I've been researching the campgrounds around Placerville, and it's not looking good for being frugal. I've e-mailed a friend who works with the Forest Service in that area, and asked him if there is a public campground he'd recommend.
I filled up at Costco on Monday morning. They have a $100 limit, and I put my cards in again to get more gas until the tank was full. I paid$3.60/gal.
When Kristy took me around looking at campgrounds, we stopped for lunch at Patuh Creek Cafe in Winters. Matt drove over from work and joined us during his lunch time.
It was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and it was delicious. This is what we all had, except the kids:
I have a friend visiting tomorrow and he is going to take me to lunch. I'm going to suggest Patuh Creek Cafe, he is going to love that sandwich!