Happy National Pina Colada Day! A frosty and delightfully creamy concoction of pineapple juice, coconut cream and rum, the Pina Colada was first created in Puerto Rico in 1954. Although its history is contested among Puerto Ricans, it is rumored that the bartender Ramon “Monchito” Marreno first prepared it at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Aug. 16, 1954. The hotel had requested that Monchito mix a new signature drink that embodied the flavors of the island and, shortly after he accepted the challenge, the Pina Colada was born.

Of course, some say the truth is that pineapple and rum have been together from the beginning of the distillation of rum. And the first written reference to a Pina Colada was in 1922. Regardless of its history, we can all agree that this drink is pretty tasty and refreshing.

Pina Colada means “strained pineapple,” a reference to the freshly pressed and strained pineapple juice mixed with coconut cream and, with or without rum, served either blended or shaken with ice, best served in a hurricane glass decorated with fresh fruit and a fancy little umbrella.

To celebrate the day, you do not have to be sitting on a beach or the deck of a cruise ship. You can enjoy a nice, tall, cool Pina Colada wherever you are.

Did you enjoy Independence Day? From our home, the view of the traffic on Highway 104 was impressive. Caravans of motorhomes, 5th wheels, campers, travel trailers and boats passed by on Tuesday evening, and continued steadily on and off through July 4. Long holiday weekend for some, and others started returning on Friday, or maybe they were just traveling to another camping area.

We stayed in the area, stopping by our friend’s home for a visit, then on to our cousin’s home for dinner and home display of fireworks. And, yes, I got to eat my favorites – a burnt hotdog and baked beans. It was a relaxing time to be able to just sit and visit – catch up on what the family has been doing.

The young ones were in the pool or playing Ping Pong and Corn Hole. There were some amazing fireworks and, at the end, some of them were shooting up different colors and lasting several minutes. We had a great time with family and friends.

We are fortunate where we live because we were also treated to the professional firework adisplays from Galt, Lodi, Elk Grove, Ione and Rancho Murieta. We saw fireworks from every direction. It was a good time.

“Hats off to Herald” – Herald Day 2019. Remember to pick up your entry forms for the parade, craft and food booths, food canning and photography contests, etc., at the Herald Store. Aug. 3 will be here before you know it.

Shout-out of congratulations to our Aunt Shirley and Uncle Don; they are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary this weekend – 65 years, Wow! That is amazing. You are a blessing to our family.

The start of high school is just 32 summer vacation days away, a little longer for some of the elementary school students with 35 days for Arcohe, Oak View and Galt elementaries. And, on the note of counting the days, there are 168 shopping days until Christmas. And yes, I heard that sigh.

Dates to remember:

Can you believe it? Nothing I know of for the rest of July. I guess we hit the “dog days of summer” early. However, for the beginning of August:

Saturday, Aug. 3 – Herald Day

Saturday, Aug. 3 – Food Truck Mania in old town Galt starting at 4 p.m.

Aug. 10 -11 – Galt Balloon Festival at McFarland Living History Ranch

Monday, Aug. 12 – School starts for Galt High and Liberty Ranch

Thursday, Aug. 15 – School starts for Arcohe, Oak View and Galt elementary schools (no calendar available for New Hope)

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous, make a memory.