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Oct 3, 2018 - Point Loma Peninsula

Had what I thought were going to be just a few odds and ends of places on the agenda for today and wasn’t sure if I was going to have enough to fill the day. Turns out it was quite a busy day. Started out back at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, where I had started the trolley tour on Monday, w/ a self-guided walking tour of the park. This area is a mix of original buildings, partially rehabilitated original buildings, reconstructed historic buildings, and historic sites where new buildings have been constructed. The map identified...

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Oct 2, 2018 - Biking the Bayshore Bikeway

Since traffic isn’t really an issue anymore I’m going to stop talking about it. Your welcome. Plan for today was to ride the Bayshore Bikeway. This is a 24-mile loop that runs from downtown at the Broadway Pier to Coronado. Completing the loop requires a ferry ride. My original intent was to take the ferry ride to Coronado first then ride south on the ocean side of the bay which would have been counter clockwise. Fortunately, I wasn’t able to find parking near the Broadway Pier where the ferry departed from and ended up in the Hilton...

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Oct 1, 2018 - Old Town San Diego

Okay, now we’re talkin’. Took less than 15 minutes to go the 8 miles from the hotel to the Old Town San Diego Historic Park which is in the southeast quadrant of where I-5 and I-8 cross each other. Not even a slow down and it was around 8:30 AM. I was headed to the Old Town Trolley Tours which left from in front of the park. There was a large parking lot right across the street…and get this, it was free! That’s right, nada. 0. Gratis. I couldn’t believe it so I had to ask at the ticket booth to verify if it was true. This tour is the same...

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Sep 30, 2018 - Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

I was glad to escape LA this morning, although she did leave me w/ one parting gift. An ant infestation in my car!! On my way to the Nixon Presidential Museum in Yorba Linda, I felt something crawling on my arm and when I looked down saw an ant. Then I looked over at my console and saw a couple crawling around there. I figured no big deal they must have gotten on my shoes. When I got to the Museum and opened my driver’s door I notice a bunch more crawling along the floor molding and carpet. Now I’m becoming concerned so I opened the back...

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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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