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North America » United States » California » San Diego » Hillcrest March 30th 2014

getting ready for trip to New Zealand, First stop is Auckland, where an old friend of mine from Sarasota Memorial lives now. arrive on April 3. Staying in Auckland for 4 days, hope to play golf and see the sites there. on to wellington, queens town, doubtful sound, dunedin and christchurch before heading back home! Enjoy my trip.... read more


Hey Everybody, I did something that I wanted to tell to you about. I finished hiking from my home in downtown Santa Barbara to Ventura county line. It's only about 20 miles as the crow flies, but it is 60 miles as I walked. I thought of doing a hike across the county when Grace and I were on the Camino de Santiago in Spain last year near Pamplona - see previous blog. I did this hike in 8 separate hikes and only one 3-day backpacking weekend. I have really enjoyed getting out and doing a systematic hike instead of randomly hiking places. Grace has gone with me on 3 of the hikes and has helped me by driving so that I don't have to double back. About 30 of the miles were from backtracking to ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Temecula March 14th 2014

The next three days were pretty uneventful. I worked all day, we had lunch, took a walk. The weather seems to have a pattern. It was overcast in the morning, cleared up with bright sunshine and blue skies by noon. In the afternoon the wind would really pick up and by dusk it would be calm again. On Wednesday night we went to Karl Strauss for dinner. it was so good. We sat outside on the heated patio. Ken had a delicious caesar salad that he ended up sharing with me-it was so good! I had a mixed green salad that was just ok. We shared a dinner: French cut pork chops (my fav), steamed green beans and broccoli. It also came with yummy mashed potatoes that I passed on. It is a micro brewery so ... read more

North America » United States » California » Orange County » Irvine March 13th 2014

"Ok, so that is 10 socks, 12 shirts, wait, did I pack this?" "What else do I need again?" "Oh, I need a camera, fanny pack, and...now I officially am an Asian tourist..." I am going to be an Asian tourist in an Asian country. Ha! The problem was I had scribbled down everything I needed for a 2.5 week trip that I couldn't read my own writing. Penmanship isn't my forte, and my mom would have been proud if I had been a doctor, I mean I have the writing down for a doctor at least. The weather in Bali is atrocious, scattered rain/thunderstorms with high humidity for the entire duration I am there...YUP! You read that right, the island where I am staying where is known for its beaches and resorts has a forecast ... read more

North America » United States » California » Temecula March 10th 2014

The day started early...5:30 am. I am working remotely this week and Atlanta is 3 hours ahead thanks to the hour change. Ken made lattes and oatmeal before he left for deep sea fishing. He and Larry are hoping to have better luck by going out on a boat. I had researched and found a place in Oceanside Harbor near where they were yesterday: Helgren's Sportfishing. Henna stopped over and asked if I wanted a salad for lunch...sure! I took a break and took a short walk around the park. It is another pretty day here in Southern California. Back to work. At noon I went over to her RV and we carried our lunch outside to enjoy the weather. I'm going to miss them. They are leaving to go back to Tucson tomorrow. After lunch ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Carlsbad March 9th 2014

We were all up by 7 am drinking lattes by the fireplace. Ken made oatmeal for everyone. We sat around discussing what to do today-another gorgeous day. I found a place to visit-The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch-(50 acres of color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. For over sixty years, the rolling hills of Carlsbad have been a spectacular and coordinated display of natural color and beauty. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are in a full bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year - from early March through early May - literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area's local heritage, is also one of ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Temecula March 8th 2014

We got up at 7 am and had our lattes inside by the fireplace. Ken made oatmeal, Henna cooked hashbrowns and bangers on the grill. It warmed up enough to eat outside...another beautiful day. Afterwards it was time for showers. We then drove to Lake Skinner Park to check it out. They have a campground and we want to see how the fishing is in the lake. The park is really run down and the lake is not stocked. We asked some fishermen if they caught anything and they said no, not even a nibble. We then drove in to Temeculah Old Town. This is where the Rod Run is. Friday night was the actual 'Run' where they cruise up and down the street. Today the cars will be parked along the streets to walk by ... read more


We are getting our act together for our Europe trip. Finally!!! I bought airplane tickets for Dale and our grandson. They will fly out on a Tuesday arriving in Brussels on Wed a.m., the same day that our granddaughter and I fly to Brussels from Rome. I wish we could arrive in Brussels close to the same time but I doubt that it will happen that way. I haven’t even looked at tickets for our flight. Guess I should do that. Our younger granddaughter is planning to go with Dale but has decided not to go to Finland. Since her dates of return are not known yet we will get her tickets maybe next week. I did look and see that the Mozart Requiem is still being performed on Saturdays in Vienna at the St Charles ... read more

North America » United States » California » Temecula March 7th 2014

We arrived in Temecula around 4 pm. We set up and created out outdoor area behind our RV. Larry and Henna are right next to us. We are staying at Pechanga RV Resort. It sits right next to some mountains and is a nice park. We enjoyed cheese, blackberries, adult beverages and the warm sunshine, but as soon as the sun began to set, the temperature dropped quickly. Ken brought out our heater and Henna sat right next to it. This is the same heater that Henna stood too close to and caught her pants on fire at our yard sale a few years ago! Larry and Ken decided to take a bike ride and Henna and I went inside to start dinner. We put the green beans and diced potatoes on and enjoyed talking and ... read more
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I am so grateful for the travel agent for messing up my flights as I have had such an awesome time in San Diego. It really is a great city and so easy to get to the beach as well, it has it all! Well, accept good public transport but this seems to be a running theme in America. I have been terrible at keeping my diary over the last 3 weeks so I'm going to have to just try and recap what I've been up to from memory. When I last wrote I was going to Balboa Park which I believe is bigger than Central Park and home to lots of museums. Brogan and I managed to get into the Photographic Art Museum for free and it was amazing. My favourite exhibition was the one ... read more
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