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California

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hiking Joshua Tree National Park

eight of us headed out to explore this morning. . .

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but first, we must stop at Coco’s
for nourishment and strength to make it through the day. . .

purty tasty vittles. . .

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and then, sixty miles away. . .the Main Attraction. . .

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the Joshua Trees

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and the rock formations are just fabulous

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we were very sad to find we had just missed the spring bloom. . .bummer

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pics must be taken. . .

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at every moment from every angle. . .LOL!

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now. . .whad’da’ya think that rock looks like?

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Dave’s never met a rock pile he didn’t feel the need to climb. . .

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a beautiful path. . .although this view is very deceptive. . .

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there was a lot of climbing, and scrambling
over rock piles and steps before the day was done. . .

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almost two miles. . .(I don’t care what the sign said)
my blisters had blisters. . .


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as you can imagine. . .Joshua Tree NP
is a mecca for rock climbing. . .

we saw these guys all over the park.. .

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and last, but not least. . .Skull Rock

another beautiful National Park. . .well done!

See you next time at Salton Sea,

’til then,
Janice and Dave

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

We moved to Palm Desert. . .

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and it is lovely. . .

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the gang’s all here making it even better. . .thanks for the pic Ed. . .
(I see you Rick!)  just remember. . .paybacks . . .LOL!

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we had the best time at a street fair in Palm Springs. . .
Gail took these pics. . .and ate that cheesecake. . .
she’s a tiny little thang that can get by with that. . .

Dave and I were good, and skipped dessert. . .
however, had the line not been so long at the Greek Place,
I would have had a piece of baklava. . .

AJ and Rick had cheesecake and
along with Ed and Debi. . .Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

John bought at least 4 packs of fudge. . .

They were all livin’ it up. . .but it sure was fun!

Tomorrow, we’re gonna hike it all off at
Joshua Tree National Park. . .

See you there,
Janice and Dave

Monday, February 16, 2015

Lunch with Friends and Farewell Dinner with the Fam. . .

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We met these awesome folks,
Al and Diane, Sue and Dennis in 2009
at our very first Workamper Job in San Antonio. . .

so much fun. . .then and now. . .

FaceBook is fabulous for staying in touch,
so, realizing we were all in the San Diego Area,
we made arrangements for lunch in Old Town Temecula. . .

Here we are at the Temecula Olive Oil Shop. . .
that was so much fun. . .

it was like a little olive oil bar. . .
they serve you shots of olive oil with balsamic vinegar. . .

a magical way to make sales. . .none of us left empty handed.

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the guys sat out on the porch at each place and guarded the goods. . .

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purty, purty, purty stuff. . .

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and then later in the day, we met the kiddos for our farewell supper,
until we see them back in Texas in November. . .

Love you guys. . .it’s been so much fun getting our hugs. . .

’til next time. . .
Janice and Dave

Friday, February 13, 2015

A Fun Week with the Cardiologist. . .NOT!


ugh. . .this getting’ old is for the birds I tell ya. . .

The GP in Livingston discovered something on my EKG that he thought
looked as though I had an “episode”. . .I guess that’s what they call it now. . .

BUT. . .

he was SURE it wasn’t anything to be concerned about. . .
HOWEVER
he would like me to see the cardiologist. . .

BUT. . .

don’t call them. . .
they will call you and set up the appt. . .

they never called. . .I asked about it at the GP’s office on my follow up. . .
they assured me that they would call. . .there was nothing to be concerned about. . .

ALLRIGHTY THEN. . .
No Call. . .GP not really concerned. . .good enough for me. . .

so we head out on our trip. . .

oops. . .not so fast there. . .

the GP calls wanting to know why he never got the reports from the cardiologist. . .

I explain. . .no call. . .not to worry. . .right?

NOPE. . .I want those tests DONE!

OKAY. . .OKAY. . .so here in San Diego is where we finally stopped long enough
for me to make an appointment. . .and let me tell you. . .

they worked me over. . .the whole battery and shindig. . .

Cardiologist runs another EKG. .. yes I see something there. . .
pretty sure it’s just because you are OVERWEIGHT. . .

awwww NO. . .NO. . .you know what that means. . .
that horrible, horrible four letter word. . .you know the one. . .
that’s just yucky. . .I love all things creamy, and delicious. . .

so, with all the tests ran, I got the results today. . .
YUP. . .just as I feared. . .OVERWEIGHT. . .

I KNEW IT. . .

I mean. . .we all KNOW IT. . .RIGHT?

but man. . .they kinda put a bit of fear in me I guess. . .
goodness. . .well, here we go. . .

gotta buckle down. . .

I’ve been walking about two miles every day. . .
eating lots more veggies (which actually, I love)

I’ve lost 8 lbs in the last two weeks. . .that’s a start. . .right?

but wow. . .a long, long way to go. . .
I can do it. . .and guess what. . .
I’m takin’ Dave along for the ride. . .yaaaaaa!

Hopefully next time you see us. . .there will be less to see. . .(big smile)

this afternoon, after the follow up at the doc
we were invited to a potluck at RV Friends
Ed and Debi’s place. . .

There were eight of us. . .
Everyone brought their own main dish,
and a side dish. . .

I was very, very good. . .
just so you know. . .

Til next time. . .

Janice and Dave

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Touring San Diego on the Trolley

Thursday was the only day I had free from the cardiologist. . .
so touring San Diego is the way to go. . .
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as always. . .love those trolleys. . .
someone else who knows where they are going does the driving,
we sit back and enjoy the ride. . .

$35 pp was a little ouchy. . .
but doable for an all day, hop on/hop off. . .
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Sharon and John Roberts, originally from Tacoma Washington
joined in for the all the fun. . .
We met them last year in Michigan. . .
it’s been fun to be parked next door this trip. . .

(thanks for sharing the pic Sharon)

off we go. . .
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San Diego Harbor. . .
USS Reagan - Naval Station - San Diego California
but most importantly. . .the USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier
which our awesome nephew and Navy Sailor Nicholas calls his home away from home. . .

Any other time we could have taken a tour. . .but it’s been under wraps
having some painting and repairs done, so alas. . .couldn’t happen. . .boo hoo!

at least I got to see it this time. . .when we were in Newport News it was out on maneuvers. . .

cannot seem to get our timing down. . .rats!
USS Midway Museum - San Diego Harbor

anyway. . .the tour continues. . .
the USS Midway Naval Museum. . .available for your viewing pleasure. . .
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The USS Reagan. . .the San Diego Harbor. . .and the San Diego Skyline
as viewed from the Coronado Bridge. . .

 
Pacific Ocean

the Pacific Ocean. . .as viewed from Coronado Island
the first place we chose to get off and explore. . .and have lunch!
Coronado Island, as you can imagine, is a tourist mecca. . .
with all the requisite touristy things provided. . .
but very, very beautifully done. . .

I could see driving over, and spending an entire day or more exploring. . .
plenty of parking available. . .really lovely,

The Mexican Food place where we had lunch
was reasonably priced and had good food. . .

Okay. . .we are revived. . .more exploring to do. .  .
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Hotel Del Coronado was way high on the list of must see places. . .
absolutely lovely. . .and rooms start at only $450 per night. . .
a bargain for sure. . .right?
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back to the real world of the trolley for us peons. . .

it really was a great tour

we saw Balboa Park
the Gas Light District
Little Italy. . .

some things I’m sure I’ve forgotten. . .
it’s very difficult to get pics out the window of a moving vehicle. . .
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but one of the most interesting things we did all day
was our visit to the Mormon Battalion Historic Site
once we returned to Old Town. . .
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it was very dark, and these pics do it no justice. . .
but it was a very well done re-enactment of the
Mormon Battalion’s March from Iowa to California. . .
very reminiscent of great Civil War Activities we have attended. . .

4D graphics. . .our seats shook. . .the wind howled. . .holograms of folks
talking to us and interacting with us. . .so great. . .highly recommend. . .
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John was a very, very willing volunteer to play dress up. . .LOL!
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what a great day with good friends. . .

onward to our next adventure. . .

see you next time in Old Town Temecula. . .

’til then,
Janice and Dave


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Mission San Juan –Capistrano California–Fabulous


with nothing else scheduled, we decided it was time to see the ocean. . .

We could do a day trip to Mission San Juan in Capistrano
and then continue down the coast,
circling back around through Oceanside,
and back to the RV Park in Menifee. . .

Lake Elsinore

it was a beautiful winding drive over the mountains,
past Lake Elsinore, overlooking Temecula Valley

Paratroopers near Camp Pendleton California

close enough to Camp Pendleton to see the Paratrooper maneuvers. . .

Mission San Juan Capistrano California

and the beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano. . .
with the domes of the Basilica in the background. . .

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such a pretty, pretty place. . .
so much history. . .

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something beautiful. . .

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and interesting to see. . .

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around every corner. . .

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and the gardens were just as lovely as the mission. . .

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as a part of your admission price ($9 for adults)
you were given an audio set
which corresponded with each section. . .

we always enjoy those, as it allows us
to explore at our own pace,
rather than keeping up with a group tour. . .

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and of course, no tour of the Mission
is complete without a mention of
the swallows who return every spring. . .

this year they are scheduled to return
March 19. . .or at least that’s when the
Swallows Return Festival is. . .

hope the birds get their dates right. . .LOL!

I could have spent an entire day. . .
but alas, we still needed to see the ocean. . .

Marine Layer overlooking Pacific Ocean

isn’t it lovely? 
I do believe the marine layer had moved completely in by the time we arrived. . .
so this was our view the entire drive down the coast. . .boo hoo!

Lots more time to explore in the next few months. . .so. . .
better pics coming soon. . .

Trolley Tour of San Diego next. . .

see you there,
Janice and Dave