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2018-11-30 – San Clemente State Beach – 2018-12-03

We took a quick trip to San Clemente State Beach this past weekend.  The occasion is the annual Airstream Club party wherein we swear in the new officers, cuss out the old officers, and enjoy hanging out with one another as we begin the Holiday season.

For the past 14 years we have been holding the party at the HOA clubhouse at Cypress Shores, an exclusive community of about 150 homes which sits adjacent to their one half mile long private beach… One of our members has lived in Cypress Shores since 1982, and they have generously offered this facility to us.

We arrived at the State Beach on Friday at 2:15 pm and were quickly and easily set up.  Within an hour of so there were five Airstreams here…

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Happy hours ensued rather early, and we were soon enjoying time with our friends…

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It was actually quite cold this evening – in the 50s, so we turned in early…

Saturday morning was even colder!  But we were walking to the pier by 7:30 or so.  Our destination is Bear Coast Coffee, where we can enjoy a great latte or cappuccino and some creative food.  We soon found out that there was a big surfing contest going on this weekend…

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But we enjoyed our coffee and were soon walking back to the campground.  As usual, the ocean was beautiful, but quite rough, due to the recent rain storms of the past week…

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While I spent the entire day watching football, Lynda actually walked back down to the sand.  The storms had left quite an impact on the beach…

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Happy hours again were had.  By now there were 7 Airstreams here…

Sunday morning it was even colder – into the 40s.  Walking along the beach in the shade of the bluffs was quite uncomfortable to us Californians… So we opted to have breakfast at The Fisherman, where we could sit indoors atop the pier.  The sun felt good, and the food was good as well…

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The ocean was again beautiful, and it was calming down a little…

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This afternoon was the party.  We drove over at about 2:00 pm.  The party was soon in full swing.  I found my usual introvert’s corner to try to maintain my sanity…

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I did spend a little time chatting with others…

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Some of our members were dressed quite festively!

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Here is the whole group…

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One of the highlights of this event is always the sunset view from the clubhouse balcony…

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Monday morning we once again walked to Bear Coast Coffee.  It was a beautiful day.  Back at the campground we marveled at all the empty sites, something we never see here in the summer or on weekends…

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We soon were packing up and heading back to Redlands… where we saw beautiful snow-capped mountains…

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-11-14 – The Return of the Eames Chair

As you may recall, on September 5, my Eames chair broke while we were camping in Bluff, Utah. (And since you probably don’t know where Bluff is, I’ll tell you:  it’s about 20 miles south of Blanding…)img_7206

After we returned in mid-October, I took it in for repair to Hume Modern in Los Angeles.  (Highly recommended!)

Today I fought the traffic once again and retrieved it, all bright and shiny like new…

When happy hours came around, an enjoyable time was had by me…

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2018-11-14 – Marie Terhorst – Birthday Number 97

November 13 was my mother’s 97th birthday. If I get my math right, this means she was born in 1921, the same year Aline Barnsdall fired Frank Lloyd Wright during the construction of her Hollyhock House in Hollywood…

She still lives independently in her cottage at the Artesia Christian Home, as she has for the past 13 years…

On Sunday and Monday this week she was visited by four of her great-grandchildren:

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At last count, she has 5 children, 4 grand children,  10 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren (and maybe one in escrow?  I’m not trying to start rumors here, but I think that is what I was told…)  If I didn’t quite get these numbers right, forgive me – they told me there would be no math in retirement…

I stopped by on the 14th, because I was at the Happiest Place on Earth on the 13th…

We went to lunch at the place where Don Jose’s used to be…

I read her all the birthday cards she received…

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-11-13 – Disneyland and the happiest place on earth…

Today was Disneyland Day!

This required leaving the house at 7:30 am and fighting traffic to Anaheim, finding the way to the Toy Story parking lots, finding the Accessible parking stalls, getting John in his wheelchair out of the van and over to the shuttle bus, onto the bus and thus to the entrance to the park.  Everything went flawlessly and with no drama.

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The meet-up with Erin and her three oldest kids also went well and the day went off without a hitch…

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Waiting for the teacups…

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On the Teacups…

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Roisin even got to sit on the forward deck of the boat as they floated into the whale’s mouth…!

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The funny story about this photo is that shortly after this was taken, another little girl walked by, leaned over, and took a nice long slurp off George’s ice cream …!

This was George’s first trip to Disneyland.  He declared that his favorite ride was “Bungo” (or Dumbo) but we didn’t get any photos, so here is one from Small World.

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And what about “The Happiest Place on earth”?  Not at Disneyland – It was right here in Redlands, where I spent the day dog-sitting Yan…

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And an enjoyable time was definitely had by me and Yan…

2018-11-11 – Returning home from Paso Robles – Day 11

Last day.  We packed up and hitched up early and hit the road…

Farewell, Record vineyards!

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We once again passed through the James Dean Memorial intersection on Highway 46… Lynda snapped this photo as we drove by…

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Soon we were enjoying the bleakness that is the Antelope Valley…

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We arrived safely home and began to adjust to living in a house for a while.  Next destination:  San Clemente State Beach on November 30.  But first, we’ll have a trip to Disneyland, my mother’s 97th birthday, Big Game, Thanksgiving, and the return of my repaired Eames chair…

Happy hours ensued on the front porch…

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-11-10 – Paso Robles – Day 10

Once again it was very cold this morning… But we have our routine down by now…  On our morning walk in the vineyard we had a great view of the Villa:

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At 10:00 am we drove to Turley Vineyards for one of their “pick-up parties” – a fun time where people who have ordered wine on line can pick up their wines at the winery.  We were unsure of our plans at the time of the ordering, so we had our wines shipped (six bottles of Zinfandel from the Ueberroth vineyard…).

But we wanted to join the party since we were in the neighborhood…

The food was good, the band was good, the wine was free-flowing, and Lynda found strangers to talk to…

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After we had had enough fun we returned to the Record vineyard.  The party there was starting to begin.

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Lynda found more hanging grapes…

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Another good picture for my funeral…

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Tables were set up…

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The turkeys were pulled from the BBQ pit, and it was soon pulled and shredded…

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Soon the Friendsgiving was underway…

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As darkness fell we returned to the Villa and watched football!  CAL won a stunning victory over a semi-rival team and is now bowl-eligible!  Go Bears!

An enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-11-09 – Paso Robles – Day 9

We awoke to a VERY cold morning.  It was 48 degrees inside the Airstream, and well under 30 degrees outside.  I turned on the furnace as soon as the sun was hitting the solar panels.  When it was warm enough to get dressed I went out and fired up the generators; fireplace was lit, TV was showing the morning news, coffee was soon ready, and the avocado toast was delicious!

We took a walk in the vineyards and enjoyed the views.  We were here in July and the vines were lush and green.  Now they are lying fallow and turning various shades of brown…

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We drove off about 11:00 am to visit a vineyard and winery recommended by friends.  Again the drive was lovely…

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We soon arrived at Nadeau Family Vintners…

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And this happened!

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Again we went to lunch in Paso Robles, this time at Park Avenue Grill…

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After lunch we again walked around the town for a while, then we returned to Record.

I took a nap to make sure I could stay awake for the late evening festivities;  at 6:30 we joined the other campers (there are about 25 RVs parked around the vineyards…) to watch the bbq pit get lit, grill some hot dogs, and share a bottle of wine that each camper contributed… Although it was cold, we did have a nice time meeting a few new people and just hanging out together.  Finally we were too cold, so we returned to the Villa…

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-11-08 – Paso Robles – Day 8

Another cold morning.  But the solar panels keep up the batteries and in the morning we fired up the generator to get the news on TV, make coffee, and, today, make some great avocado toast…

Lynda even took some time to finish the impossible puzzle!

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But first we took a walk along the road fronting the winery…

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We hitched up and left our free camping site at this winery and set out to visit another free campsite in another vineyard…

We drove to Record Family Wines, where we will spend the next three days.  We are here to attend “Friendsgiving” – a Thanksgiving feast with 120 or so new and old friends set in the vineyards…

It is only about a 10 minute trip from Tobin James to Record, so soon we were parked along the (dry) creek by the vineyards…

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They have just finished harvest a week or so ago, and there was evidence amongst the vines…

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We drove into Paso Robles for lunch at Le Cosecha, a tapas and small plate Spanish restaurant… It faces onto the town square and we enjoyed it greatly!

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Our Old Fashioneds were excellent; Lynda had fish tacos and I had paella…

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After lunch we walked through the quaint town – much nicer than Cambria…

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Although we never could figure out what color they were painting this facade…

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We returned to the Villa.  We met up with some of the Record family and happy hours ensued…

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-11-07 – Paso Robles – Day 7

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We woke up this morning to a brilliant sunrise, and bitter cold.  It was 37 degrees outside, 52 degrees inside the Villa.  Finally, as the sun hit the solar panels, I turned on the furnace.  Once I warmed up a bit, I turned on the generator, we prepared our morning coffee, and we turned on the TV to see who had won and lost the election.

    Cynical quote of the day:  “If elections really have the power to change our government, do you really think they’d let us have them?”

We had a leisurely morning.  There’s not much to do in wine country before the tasting rooms open…  Lynda worked on her impossible puzzle and I read a book about the creation of Fallingwater…

At 10:30 or so we left and stopped to fuel the truck… Then we visited Villicana Winery and Re:Find Distillery…  We did buy a few bottles…

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We took the long route around to get to the ocean – we realized we had not seen the ocean since August 2!  The road was wonderful!

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We stopped for lunch outside Cambria at Moonstone Beach…

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After lunch we walked along the beach boardwalk… This is part of the California Coast Trail – 1,300 miles of planned oceanfront trails.  About 50% is currently complete…

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After enjoying the beach we drove into Cambria Village and saw restaurants and gift/jewelry/antique shops and… well, there really isn’t anything else…

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On our drive back to the Villa we stopped along the way to catch a view south to Morro Rock and the sun starting to set in the west…

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We returned to the Villa and had another quiet evening…

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

 

 

 

 

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