Harbortown Point Resort
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... up early and went to the farmers market. We got lots of fresh produce, pistachios and almonds.
By far the highlight for me was getting to visit my old friend Scott Heaton and to meet his wife Michelle. Scott and I have not seen each other in 10+ years. He and Michelle were kind enough to invite us to their beautiful home and have a BBQ. Its funny how some friends you can just pick right up from where you left off. Scott is one of those people. ...
... was a dead surfer (Ventura is like most of California coast, a big surfer destination) but was a beached seal. We tried to cover it with water using Eva's plastic bucket which it accepted gratefully with its massive brown eyes, but eventually we had to turn and leave it as the beach was deserted bar the surfers and we had no idea what the US equivalent of NSPCA is. The tide was coming in so it could swim away if necessary, but I think it had come onto the beach to die. MORE ...
... along the interstate. Talk about endless.
My target for the evening was the home of my old college roommate Barry and his wife Kate, in Ventura. I hadn't seen them since my last visit to the LA area back in '02 and it was wonderful to reunite...made that less-than-ideal drive all worth it.
We headed another half-hour up the Coast to Santa Barbara for a very nice waterfront seafood dinner on the Santa Barbara ...
... of crazy drivers and the stress of big city driving with lots of traffic.
We proceed through the bankrupt city of Stockton. Construction on I-5 has been in progress here for as long as we can remember. The road is bad and made worse by the narrowing of lanes and the placement of concrete K-rail barriers set closely next to traffic lanes. Every time we drive through signs indicating the conclusion of construction changes to a year in the future. The topper is ...
... that hopefully would last a week or more as we were headed away from civilization in the morning.
That’s it from here. We are headed out to the fabled Channel Islands. We’re pretty sure our chances of getting a cell phone signal (our method of connecting to the internet) will be pretty slim out there. So it may be a while before our next post. You may be able to track us via www.marinetraffic.com.
May the wind be always at your ...