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2019-01-04 – South Coast Airstream Club – Pala Casino RV Resort – Day 3

It was cold again this morning – 34 degrees at sunrise… But we have good 50 amp power and a strong furnace so we were comfortable inside.  Lynda continued to puzzle and soon the final group of Airstreamers began rolling in.

A friend and I like to go out for lunch to celebrate the weekend.  The only place to eat around here is at the casino, where the food is marginal at best.  But we try to order things that are simple.  It’s mostly just about getting together away from the crowds.  Lynda is always invited to join us, but she would rather puzzle…

On Friday evening on these weekend rallies we always get together for “Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres”, which serves as dinner for all of us.  New friends are made and old friendships are renewed.

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2019-01-03 – South Coast Airstream Club – Pala Casino RV Resort – Day 2

It was a quiet day in The Villa today.  I watched old movies on TV, took a nap, and spent much time walking about the RV Park.  Lynda pulled out a new jigsaw puzzle, complaining vociferously that it was going to be impossible to complete, then she proceeded to get it substantially done the first day…

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More Airstreamers started to roll in mid day.  By the time happy hour rolled around there were about 10 members on site.

We had made plans to meet old friends in Escondido for dinner.  We drove south, while they drove in from East San Diego County.  The restaurant was unusual in that it is located atop a Lexus Dealership!  But is was beautiful, the food was great, service was wonderful, and the room was spectacular!  But the real reason was to reconnect with old friends that we had not seen in almost a year…

We lingered over our meal and didn’t arrive back at The Villa until late – 10:30!  It was cold, we were exhausted, and an enjoyable time was had by all…

2019-01-02 – South Coast Airstream Club – Pala Casino RV Resort – Day 1

We enjoyed a leisurely morning at Emerald Desert, then we packed up, hitched up and headed out.  We are going to Pala Casino RV Resort, about 10 miles south of Temecula.  On Friday the monthly rally of the South Coast Airstream Club will commence.  We are simply arriving a little early…

We could take the freeway from Palm Desert to Pala (the 10 to the 60 to the 215 to the 15) for a trip of about 125 miles and 1 hour 45 minutes.  OR we could take surface roads and travel 75 miles in 1 hour 45 minutes.  The only slight hesitation is that surface roads take us from the desert floor up the “Palms to Pines” highway, which climbs up about 4,000 feet in a few short miles of narrow, curvy roads… But, we are adventurous, we have a strong tow vehicle, and we were not even scared off by the “Chains may be required at any time” signs.  We took the drive and climbed the mountain.  There was little traffic and several turn-outs allowed us to let the few hurrying cars by… Soon we reached the plateau, where snow was visible off the roads but not on them.  The land here is quite barren and bleak, but still a very interesting drive.

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We wound our way through Aquanga, Anza, and Sage, finally arriving in Temecula, and then driving down a steep canyon for the last 10 miles into Pala.  Soon we were in, connected, and paid for…

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Pala has large concrete sites, grass separating the sites, and it is very clean.  The day was clear and sunny but still cold by our standards.

Soon friends arrived; happy hours ensued. We decided to drive to Temecula for a visit to a great little Italian restaurant – Gourmet Italiano.  We had been here before and we enjoyed a lovely dinner.  Upon returning to the RV park we enjoyed another bottle of wine as we stayed inside, out of the cold…

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

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…

2018-11-10 – 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…

 

 

 

 

2018-11-05 – South Coast Airstream Club – Emerald Desert RV Resort – Day 5

We had a quiet morning… Most other Airstreamers are packing up and returning home today.

We had a few errands to run… Ralphs and Trader Joe’s were on the agenda…

We left for Wilsons’ condo at about 3:30 pm, and arrived in a few minutes – its about three miles away.  Happy hours ensued as we sat on the patio overlooking the golf course.

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We had a little wine…

Cabernets and Bordeaux for the steaks…

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Pinot Noirs for the appetizers and salads… (BTW, these 10 year old Pinots from Williams Selyem were spectacular!  Don’t drink them too young – you are missing out…!)

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For dinner we shared some charred animal flesh…

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

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