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What We Do Once We Get “THERE”

This past December my college roommates and I had our inaugural “girl’s weekend”.  It was fantastic!  We hadn’t been together, in one room, for sixteen years.  And although we all have very different lives, it was so easy to reconnect.  My travels intrigued them and after talking a bit about past and future journeys, I noticed a confused look on the face of my driven, most ‘plugged-in’ friend.

“So…” she asked, tentatively, “What exactly do you do once you get there?”

It made me realize that not everyone gets this whole travel thing.  So with this blog, I hope to keep friends and family and any other politely curious spectators up-to-date with where we are, where we’re heading, and most importantly, what in the world we’re doing!

We left our base camp in northern Florida in mid-January and arrived in San Diego a few days ago, our third crossing of the continent towing our travel trailer.  One of the goals of our travels, along with seeing as much of our beautiful and diverse country as possible, is to find the ideal place to live.  Our perfect place would have the following:  be close to the coast so that Mitch can have his surf; close to trails for running, hiking, and biking; be a bike friendly community with paved trails and/or designated bike lanes; a population of 10,000 – 50,000 active, friendly, open-minded, forward-thinking, peaceful people; opportunities to see live theater and music; a couple of good micro-breweries; an artsy little shopping area; an interesting and well-preserved history; be comfortable enough in the wintertime to remain active outdoors; low cost of living; no strip malls or sprawling development; no pollution.  Does a place like this exist?  Probably not, but it is fun to search for it!

San Diego would have been very close to our ideal if we could have frozen it at the turn of the previous century.  But, as usual, we missed it!  I can’t help but wish that I was alive back then to see this incredible landscape without the homes and roads and unnaturally brown haze.  However, it is still a lot of fun to visit!

Paddling off of La Jolla has been the highlight so far. There are caves and cliffs and seals sunning themselves on rocks and a kelp forest gracefully waving in the swells.

Mitch checks out a La Jolla cave.

A Balboa Park street performer playing the didjeridu. He said that, although the didjeridu is an Australian Aboriginal wind instrument, he is not an Australian Aboriginal. He is from the Aboriginal tribe of "New Yorkers".

A person could spend a month or more wandering around Balboa Park and never get bored - every type of museum is represented, beautiful fountains, landscapes and gardens to explore, street performers, restaurants, shopping, and lots and lots of people watching. This photo is of an artisan's area of the park. We watched a glass blowing lesson and a Spanish guitar lesson here. These little shops are both studios and retail outlets for the artists.

Cabrillo National Monument was a great place to take in the view of the spellbinding California coast as well as the skyline of San Diego. The park sits on top Point Loma, a rocky peninsula forming the west entrance of San Diego Bay. It is famous for its tidal pools where, at low tide, visitors can spy on marine critters that survive in this specialized environment.


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  1. Donna Kittle #

    What daring adventurers you are and what breath-taking experiences you have had!!! Today was the first time I have had a bit of “down time” to enjoy your journey’s log and incredibly beautiful photos. Both of you are so talented with your photography skills as well as your writing abilities! You certainly complement each other! In my “next life” I want to do what you are doing and soak in our natural beauty (seeing, breathing, smelling, tasting, and feeling it in every dimension)and forget about all the “shit” that goes on never mentioning how wonderful our land truly is if we take the time to experience it and enjoy it as you are! This has been such a pleasure for me to enjoy vicariously through your generosity of sharing it with me. I can only sense the exhilaration you must feel being there! It’s been truly SPLENDID! Be safe and have fun! And I still think you should be doing a documentary on your adventures in our glorious land! I look forward to seeing you soon! Fondly, Donna

    March 29, 2010
  2. A very nice blog. veryprofessiaile looking . Was it hard to set up as I want to do a blog too. How was wordpress.com to work with? Nice photos and commentery!

    Jim Pinto

    April 10, 2010
    • Thank you. I am not a computer person and I found it very easy to set up. WordPress has been extremely easy to work with although this is my first blog so I don’t have anything to compare it to. Good luck with your blog. What will it be about?

      April 12, 2010
  3. Jim Prendergast #

    You sure take good pictures! This is a really entertaining blog. Thoroughly enjoyable.
    Jim

    April 11, 2010
  4. I really enjoyed this. You are an inspiration. Thank you.

    April 11, 2010

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