‘Twas The Busy Sea­son MARG-INS

Riverbank News - - PERSPECTIVE - Marg Jack­son Marg Jack­son is ed­i­tor of The Escalon Times, The Oak­dale Leader and The River­bank News. She may be reached at mjack­[email protected]­dale­leader.com or by call­ing 847-3021.

F ew times in the cal­en­dar year for our news­pa­pers feel as busy as the month of May.

Not only is it the wrap­ping up of the school year, with grad­u­a­tions con­sum­ing sev­eral evenings, but typ­i­cally there are many high school sports teams to fol­low to the play­offs. Add to that the ob­ser­vance of Me­mo­rial Day on the last Mon­day of the month and the sched­ule gets even cra­zier. Crazy be­cause we nor­mally put the River­bank pa­per on the press on Mon­day but the hol­i­day means the press isn’t run­ning, which means we had to do all three pa­pers, River­bank, Escalon and Oak­dale, on Tues­day so they met their pub­li­ca­tion date of Wed­nes­day. As (bad) luck would have it, the Tues­day af­ter Me­mo­rial Day was also the Spring Sports Awards for Escalon High. This would not have been a prob­lem had the event started the same time as the fall and win­ter awards, at 8 p.m., but given it was dur­ing fi­nals week they pushed the start time up and the main fes­tiv­i­ties be­gan at 7 p.m. I was on time if it started at 8 p.m. See, I don’t get to leave un­til all the pa­pers are done and, try as we might, it takes as long as it takes and it’s dou­bly hard when you are try­ing to catch up from ev­ery­one be­ing gone for a day.

So I ar­rived at the Escalon High cam­pus pretty much as ev­ery­one was leav­ing. I was able to grab a four­some of ma­jor award win­ners, the fi­nal award of the night, for a photo and in­ter­views and fol­lowed up with the oth­ers over the next cou­ple of days so it all worked out, just not as smoothly as it could have. Still haven’t quite fig­ured out how to be in two places at once and cer­tainly a clone would have come in handy.

This year also in­cluded one grad­u­a­tion fall­ing over into June, as Escalon High School hosted its senior grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony on Fri­day, June 1, the last of the high schools we cover to send off their Class of 2018.

Ear­lier in the month, my daugh­ter took me away for a quick Mother’s Day trip to South Lake Ta­hoe, pro­vid­ing a lit­tle respite to charge up the bat­ter­ies be­fore the fi­nal few hec­tic weeks of the school year.

She had wanted it to be a sur­prise but I used my in­ves­tiga­tive skills to de­ter­mine we were headed to Ta­hoe. Once she re­al­ized I knew the des­ti­na­tion she shared the spe­cial Mother’s Day treat: a tour of the lake aboard a pad­dle wheel boat. She had also booked a night’s stay at the ad­join­ing lodge so we were al­ready on scene for the boat tour on Satur­day.

I had seen Lake Ta­hoe once be­fore – briefly – but had never ac­tu­ally been in the city it­self. So it was a real treat to be there with my daugh­ter, since she and her fi­ancé are fre­quent trav­el­ers to that lo­ca­tion.

We took her car but I drove; bet­ter if I am fo­cus­ing on the road ahead in­stead of get­ting ver­tigo from look­ing out at the vis­tas and sheer dropoffs along the way.

Siri took us on a very pic­turesque route with vir­tu­ally no high­way driv­ing, per­fect for me. We did, how­ever, have to pull off the road­way once and wait out a fu­ri­ous rain and hail­storm on the way up. Com­ing back, we ran into snow at 7,000 feet but it wasn’t stick­ing to the road­way so there was no slip­ping and slid­ing go­ing on.

We had a great time. We each had taken about the same amount of cash with us, think­ing it would be plenty for an overnight stay but we were down to a few pre­cious dol­lars af­ter head­ing into town on Fri­day evening. Din­ner, an im­promptu de­ci­sion to take a horse drawn car­riage ride and then some sou­venir shop­ping nearly wiped us out. Luck­ily, we had just enough for break­fast on Satur­day morn­ing be­fore board­ing the al­ready-paid-for cruise.

The whole trip was just a per­fect mother-daugh­ter get­away; now that she has of­fi­cially moved out we have to make time to spend to­gether and this was a won­der­ful way to cre­ate some last­ing me­mories.

I can’t wait to go back.

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