Fred has spent much of his time trying to make things safe and liveable:
After three weeks of considering alternatives - vacillating between whether to go or stay - we have decided to stay put and make the best of it. Our best strategy is to take many, many trips away.
January 6th , 2015 – a memorable day – Fred’s 80th birthday and our 45 years being together!
Gads – 45 years, imagine!
We found a funky little Inn north of San Diego on Leucadia Beach in Encinitas, California. With our usual pre-dawn departure, we arrived and were able to check in early in the afternoon.
First stop? The beach, of course!
Four levels on the steep staircase down to our first view of the surf, the birds, the people and the beach.
We spent time on three different beaches: Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and Carlsbad and then we went up to Oceanside to see how the other half live.
Southern California has a culture of its own!
The beautiful people . . . whether it is the fellow running up and down the staircase leading to the beach, or the mother running along the road pushing a double stroller, or the matching Lululemon clad couple running along the beach . . . they do have their own culture. I was pleasantly surprised how friendly they seem to be – they actually talked to us and when asked, gave good directions. Having said that, there is an air of arrogance and rightness.
Many of the beaches charge for parking so the roads up from them are heavily lined with vehicles no matter what time of the day it is.
In Cardiff-by-the-Sea, I found my own old man by the sea and spent time just sitting and learning about his life. (I don’t think he was that old and he probably slept on the beach but he was quite a character and told great stories).
In Oceanside, we stopped to talk with the tiny little woman who was polishing her husband’s motorcycle, “He promised to take it out for a long ride if I polished it for him,” she told us. She was standing in front of a parked small Class C motor home that she calls her clothes closet. Their small boat sits in the marina across the road and it’s smaller than the motor home.
Plants and Flowers
Don’t know the names of them, but these are some of the plants and flowers we discovered:
Our last excursion was to the Old Town right down in San Diego. We have been there before when I was down training with a group in Escondido but that was years ago. It certainly has become more touristy but still worth the time.
We’re back and planning our next excursion.