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Aug 6, 2018 - California, Part 10

We spent a second day touring San Diego, this time north of the city along the coast. We drove through very upscale neighborhoods and a shopping district know as the “Rodeo Drive” of San Diego. But first we drove to the top of Soledad Mountain. From the summit you can see far across San Diego County. Unfortunately, the air quality is not good and the haze prevented us from seeing very far. Atop the mountain there is a cross and memorial dedicated to the nation’s veterans. We next drove through the residential streets of La Jolla and past...

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Aug 5, 2018 - California, Part 9

San Diego wasn’t what we expected. By the time we got to the bottom of California we expected a seaside city, relatively flat with long stretches of sandy beaches. Instead we got more hills and cliffs up to the water’s edge. But if I had to move to the west coast, it would probably be San Diego. San Francisco is too flakey and L.A. is too insane. The Oregon coast is nice but it is all small towns (not that I don’t like small towns). Seattle and the rest of the Washington coast did not impress me when we were there three years ago. That...

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Aug 4, 2018 - California, Part 8

In the 1980s, Vivian and I took a trip to Chicago where we met up with some women Vivian knew at the time from Utah. Prior to leaving, one of the women asked how we were getting to Chicago and Vivian replied that we were driving. The woman was aghast. “You are going to drive to Chicago, have you ever driven in Chicago?” she asked. Vivian replied that I had driven many times in New York and Chicago couldn’t be any worse. Chicago and New York may be terrible for driving, but neither prepared me for Los Angeles. We left Paso Robles at about...

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Feb 26, 2018 - Our First Trip of the Year

Additional Christmas pictures are added to the photos for this entry. We had a very nice Christmas Day with a great ham for dinner. Larry injected Anejo Tequila into the ham prior to cooking. The host at the Jose Cuervo Tequila location in Cozumel had told us about doing this during our Caribbean Cruise last November. Aaron and Tonye were here and it was a nice family time. The day after Boxing Day Aaron found an older model Class C motorhome on Craigslist that he wanted to look at. He ended up buying it and began a journey that, looking...

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Feb 19, 2018 - SanDiego & Azamara Quest

San Diego and Departing on Cruise Feb. 19-20 The southbound flight to San Diego was smooth although cramped. We took a short taxi ride to our hotel, the Indigo in the Gaslight district. We chose this hotel since it was about halfway between the airport and the cruise port. Tom walked around the block, but there were no retail stores. Only bars, restaurants, and hotels. He did sight a very ‘gaslight-looking’ house structure. The hotel had two bar/restaurants. The one on the 9th floor was on an open deck and nobody was there - it was...

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Dec 31, 2017 - Good Riddance 2017

As we bid farewell to 2017, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2018. I wasn't that fond of 2017 so I’m hoping 2018 will be a better year for me, health wise. I somehow caught the flu in the last couple of days and am feeling very sick (coughing, sneezing, body aches, congestion, etc). I did get a flu shot but they say it is only 10% effective this year so I am wondering now why I bothered. I hope I wake up in 2018 feeling much better and start the new year on a healthier note. We arrived in the San Diego area in early December and...

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May 31, 2017 - Tucson to San Diego

Today we were going to drive the 420 miles to San Diego. This turned out to be one of the most interesting drives we have had. The first part of the drive is across the desert that surrounds Tucson. There are some large sand dunes just off the road and not much vegetation at all. Very little water. Not sure how anyone would make a living out here, but if you didn't want neighbors around this would be the place. Though we did see some for sale signs along the road. We also saw some large stands of cactus plants. Many in fanciful shapes. As...

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May 24, 2017 - Home again

We arrived safely today, tired, but I'm glad to be back in my San Diego home finally. It took us a few days of 'reality checks' before letting go of Sunny, cleaning her up, and agreeing on a reasonable price. We put it on the market and the next day the dealer, whom we purchased it from, came by, took a look, did some calculations, and purchased it at our asking price, almost. Bittersweet, lump in my throat, that dream is over. Now Gail is on her way back to Portland in the Honda, the towing vehicle which we kept. She is taking a few extra...

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Apr 30, 2017 - San Diego Old Town

Kevin had to do some work at home today so Erica, Peter and I set off to visit the San Diego Old Town. This is the area where the original town was built before re-locating to the new town, closer to the water. The city or county maintain the buildings, some of which are shops and others museums. It was a great way to learn more of the history of the area. I don't know enough American history to know much about the settlement of this part of the west coast so it was good to learn what we did. This area was settled originally by native...

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Apr 29, 2017 - San Diego - Balboa Park

Woke to a beautiful day. The weather has been great while we've been here....needed my wind-cheater part of the day at the Grand Canyon and odd mornings/evenings however, otherwise it's been perfect. I had a light breakfast before we set off with Erica and Kevin to visit Balboa Park, a 1200 acre park in central San Diego. It was great sitting back in the car enjoying the scenery while we flew along the freeway. Kevin has the driving well in hand. As we got closer to San Diego city (Erica and Kevin live in a beach suburb north of the city),...

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Apr 28, 2017 - Palm Springs to San Diego

We enjoyed a lazy morning today. Wandered over to Rick's Diner, the restaurant on the hotel complex (Day's Inn), and enjoyed a delicious breakfast. I had the petite breakfast - a fried egg over medium (I know the American term for how I like a fried egg), bacon strip, hash brown (it was like a giant potato cake and delicious) and two slices of toast and jam and Pete's eyes nearly fell out of his head with the amount of food that came out on his plate - 3 egg omelette with mushroom and cheese, two huge hash browns and toast and jam. Having...

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Mar 31, 2017 - We're off...almost

On Monday, April 3rd We're taking off for a three-month tour of the USA and Canada. You're invited to come along with us--in cyberspace at least. You'll avoid the tornadoes in Texas, bridges collapsing in Atlanta, and who knows what in D.C. On second thought, maybe we should just stay home and enjoy beautiful weather and great neighbors in San Diego. Oh well, I call this my Farewell Tour because after dashing through the Midwest, lingering at Hot Springs, AR, demonstrating in D.C. and seeing a musical in New York, as well as exploring...

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