Sun, sea and surf!

Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 16, 2010

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Mullins Gaff

Flag of United States  , California
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

We were looking forward to seeing our friends who lived close to us in Paris who had just moved two weeks previously to San Diego. Rohan and Julia met us at the airport with big hugs, teary eyes and fortunately two cars to pile our ever increasing luggage into. Well one car for the luggage and ladies and a Porsche Carrera4 for the boys, Aidan was ecstatic!

After a very active time visiting and hiking in the National Parks we spent the first day or so hanging out in their house, or more precisely in the pool and hot tub. The house is practically bare as they are still awaiting their furniture to make the Atlantic crossing but they did a good job of borrowing a mattress and blow up bed and Cameron was Isobel's Knight in shining armour as he gave up his bedroom for her and settled into the lounge sofa. It was as though we had not been apart and the location had simply moved from France to the USA. Chablis and champers was the order of the day together with the Aussie Barbie doing the food cooking. Their three boys, Jay, Cameron and Noah are all due to start new schools in a couple of weeks but were already well into the California beach life by taking surfing lessons at La Jolla beach. We all went down there to take in some rays and waves and also arranged to go on a kayak trip out to the caves along the edge of the bay. Yes, incredibly Liz once again sank herself down onto a wibbly wobbly plastic boat with Julia in tow and gripped onto a paddle for all her worth. In fact the kayaks were fairly stable once you got through the waves and we all made our way to the caves seeing small Leopard sharks that glided along the sea bed only metres from the shoreline. I should clarify that these particular sharks are harmless (they always say that don’t they) and are only between 4 to 5 feet long and spend their time sucking on the small sea life rather than on human legs. Unfortunately the swell was too big for us to go into the cave entrances but we did get up close and personal with a group of sea lions basking on the rocks in the sun. Our guide was pretty informative and explained all about the kelp beds that stretch out into the ocean and other interesting stuff that I have forgotten about now. The final push back into the beach was easily the most fun as you literally catch and ride the waves, paddling like fury on one side or the other to prevent yourselves from turning side on and to inevitable doom and dunking as the waves then crash over you. Isobel and Cameron found themselves at the head of the queue and were first to set off. I could see that they had done really well – until the final stretch when one of them (who was wearing a bikini) paddled on the wrong side and bingo, flipped them up and submerged out by a wave. The Mums, Liz and Julia looked on aghast until they both stood up laughing – it was only up to their knees. The Mums time came next and I don’t think the people there have ever seen two women so utterly determined to make it to shore without capsizing. They succeeded and you would have thought they had won Olympic gold!

Not content with that excitement we stopped off at Torrey Pines which is wonderfully located on top of the cliffs overlooking the bays and is where Parasailing and Paragliding takes place. It was remarkable to see these guys strapping themselves into a sleeping bag and jumping off the cliff attached to a few bed sheets. Even more remarkable was that they offered the chance to do a tandem flight and as Cameron had some birthday money saved he decided that he wanted to join the daredevil brigade. He and Rohan had to sign and countersign about 20 pages of disclaimers stating that in the event of an accident, then no matter what, it was going to be Cameron’s fault. If they fell, Cameron’s fault, if the lines broke, Cameron’s fault, if a bolt of lightning hit them, blame Cameron, if Hayley’s Comet reappears and burns and slices through the parachute, yep, you got it, Cameron instigated it.

So it was an anxious family that watched in awe as Cameron and his pilot trotted off and then glided gracefully over the edge of the cliff only to reappear moments later soaring into the sky. In fact it was extremely well organised and Cameron had a wonderful time. They even "buzzed us" as we all screamed; Mexican waved and cheered them on. Possibly the noisiest, most animated watching extended family ever seen on the hill!

Now I’ve mentioned briefly the car, sorry Porsche. Well the truth behind it is that it is Rohan’s boss and he has it for a few more weeks until his working visa, social security number etc. come through and he can lease his own. This doesn’t of course stop him, and therefore us, having a laugh in it. Saturday evening and what do you do? Cruise up the Pacific coast with the top down, go to a lovely Italian restaurant, take in a great band at an Irish pub and then cruise back home? Of course that’s what we did, the only difficult part being the fact that is a 2+2, and very small in the back for the chicks and secondly it generates a small hurricane for the rear passengers. Oh yes and these rear passengers have spent an age straightening their hair into perfect salon style examples. Two minutes down the road and they looked like something from The Hair Bear Bunch. Rohan and I still looked cool though.

On Sunday we went for a snack lunch at the trendy Wave House where you can eat and drink whilst watching the surf dudes hang-ten on an amazing artificial wave machine. Then at 2pm each Sunday the place kicks out anyone under 21 and it turns into a nightclub, sorry dayclub for the rich and beautiful. They tried to make us stay in order to attract additional punters but we felt we had to go and see the kids go on the rollercoaster and other mad machines next door.

We had a brill time hanging out in San Diego and it was great to see The Mullins in their new abode. I am sure that they have had a quiet week recovering!

Thanks guys and enjoy your new life!
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Julia on

We absolutely loved having you guys here. The house feels even emptier without you. xxx

Beth Polen on

How nice for all of you! I'm glad you had a wonderful time!

Ady Cawley on

It was awsome there!!

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