stillhowlyn's travels 2008 travel blog

NORM DOES "BEER CAN" CHICKEN!

THE BEAUTIFUL GRANDDAUGHTERS!

TERRI WORKS AT THE NEW OCEANO HOTEL IN PRINCETON-BY-THE-SEA!

CLINT DOES HIS MAGIC WITH STUFFED MUSHROOMS & JALAPENOS!

DANIEL PLAYS "GUITAR HERO"!

FRIENDS RICH & TINA AT RICH'S BEAUTIFUL MOSS BEACH HOUSE!

LABOR DAY AT THE BEACH!

HERON "ZEN"!

ALONG THE BEACH TRAIL!

WITH TINA AT MIRAMAR BEACH!


We left Petaluma for a 4 day stay in Half Moon Bay at the state beach campground, our usual. The weather was picture-perfect, clear, sunny and mid to high 70's. Our purpose, of course, was to see local family and friends but being near the ocean with fresh air and the lull of the ocean sounds and meeting many young foreign visitors, taking advantage of the dollar slump and seeing the Pacific for the first time, and the sea birds and trails.....well, it was all great!

Our friend Rich has a beautiful beach house in Moss Beach which he has recently remodeled and graciously invited us over for a great afternoon on the deck looking out to sea. He is about to have double knee replacements and busy getting all his living area accessible from the ground floor for easier maneuverability. Another best friend, Tina, just had hip replacement surgery shortly after retiring from UC Med Center so she joined us and had many suggestions for Rich to make life easier. I think it must be the cold and dampness of Half Moon Bay that causes joints to fail faster than normal for those who spend a lifetime there!

Terri just started a job at the new exquisite Oceano Hotel in Princeton-By-The-Sea. This is a good fit for her very outgoing personality as she will be dealing with guests at the front desk as well as recommending restaurants, local sightseeing, golf packages, etc. When she was introduced to the owner/developer, Keet Nerhan, his response was “you must be Lynda’s daughter”! I first met Keet in the 1970’s when he was just buying up all the service stations, now he is a major entrepreneur and a very nice man to boot.

We had our usual shopping trip, haircut and sushi lunch and a great evening with Clint and Terri with Daniel (sort of) in attendance. At 13 and an 8th grader he spends most of his time now at school, football practice, texting, homework and of course, computer games. It was fun to watch him play Aerospace songs on “Guitar Hero”!

So I thought it would be nice to run into Costco during our shopping outing and get some salmon to barbecue later at their house. Since that was all I needed Terri just drove a few laps around the parking lot while I ran in and, as luck would have it, here’s this large display of wild sockeye salmon in easy reach so grabbed a couple of packages, checked out - way too easy. Later we all get together, Clint fires up the barbecue, we whip up a little teriyaki marinade, throw some brown rice in the rice cooker, toss a quick Caesar salad and…..Ooops! I had purchased smoked salmon, hardly appropriate for grilling, much better with bagels, cream cheese, sliced red onion and capers for brunch perhaps but, oh well! Everyone had a good laugh, needless to say!

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