Living in California, 2013
Trip Start Sep 09, 2013
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9/9/13....Arrived in California. Little town of Santa Margarita, which is 20 minutes from San Luis Obispo. Norm, one of Scott's ibew buddy's found this campground and has been awaiting our arrival. He has been in California working and playing for the last 9 months.
9/10/13....Norm's party is tonight. Has horseshoe throw every Tues night.
9/11/13....went into town today. Stopped by the beach in San Luis Obispo
9/14/13....Went into San Luis Obispo again today. Went down to check out the ocean front stores and restaurants. Found the neatest thing ever! Seals! Wild seals just make themselves at home on the rocks below the piers and along the oceanfront. So, we ordered lunch at a outdoor restaurant and had the best view ever, ships, waves, birds, and seals. Wow, still can't believe I am actually here in California!
9/17/13....Tues night party tonight. Towards the end of the evening one of the girls screamed and pointed and one of the guys came back carrying a tarantula on a piece of firewood. OMG, they are HUGE! I was surprised at how slow they move. It's like their little brain has a hard time working all 8 legs at one time so it takes all their brain power to walk. If you can get over the creepiness of it being a giant spider, it really is a marvel of nature.
9/21/13....Took the dogs into Avila beach today which, is one of the "dog friendly" beaches here
9/23/13....Went up to San Francisco today so Scott could sign the books up north. Not so sure I want him working out in the desert. Valley Fever sounds pretty nasty. Would rather freeze than risk being one of the unfortunates that react to fungus spores. Which, really puts a major kink in my plans for playing while we are out here in California. Went across the Golden Gate Bridge. Really is a marvel to see. Just to think of it being 1933 and man accomplishing building that thing is simply amazing. Found us the ultimate dog friendly ocean front today, Isabelle Island. We had driven all the way around the bay signing books and had a few hours lefts before we had to head for home so we took the exit for the island hoping we could walk the dogs. What a pleasant surprise to arrive a dog park. Dogs running everywhere
9/26/13....Went to the beach again today. Took all 3 dogs with us so went to dog friendly Avila Beach. Walked Jackie for a few minutes to let him adjust n kept Dolly on leash for 15 min n again was amazed at how they could just run around as free as a bird. What a joy to let them run around while we stroll around hands free of leashes. A couple of small seals that were black kept sticking their heads up out of the water n looking around
9/30/13....Drove on Scenic Route 1 today. Beautiful, just beautiful. Stopped n watched the sunset on one of the pulloffs for sightseeing. Really, brings home the majesty of God's creation. How can you gaze upon all that beauty and attempt to believe it just all happened all by itself?
10/2/13....Had to go shopping so we stopped by the beach on the way home. Dream of a lifetime came true... I saw wild dolphins swimming! We had just left that bay area and had gone for a drive thru the rest of the park and after we got to the end we had turned around and doubled back to where we had started. We pulled into a parking area that overlooked the bay to watch the sunset and suddenly there they were, dolphins!
10/3/13....Went to Hollywood today to sign the books for Scott. No sightings of Movie Stars. Damm! No time to go see the hand prints or footprints in sidewalk either
10/3/13....took Scenic Route 1 most of the way there and back so lots of views of the ocean. Santa Barbara is much greener and lush than San Luis Obispo. But, SLO has Big Sur and Santa Barbara has tons, and I mean tons of people and therefore traffic. Like the area we are in much better than down there.
10/3/13....Oh, I also forgot to bring up somewhere along the way the Clam Chowder from Splash Cafe. I am not a big fan of Clam Chowder but OMG is this soup out of this world! For an extra dollar or 2 they put a scoop of cold crab on top to mix in n OMG is it ever good. Guess some of the Costco's carry their Clam Chowder Soup so I personally recommend for you costco shoppers you look to see if they carry it.
10/5/13....Scott's friend Norm left for home in Missouri yesterday. He has been here working for a year now. Going home to see his grandson
10/5/13....There was a star gazing party tonight. Up on top of one of the mounds in our campground the professors from Cal Poly one of the best colleges in California. OMG, the sizes of their telescopes! OMG, we got to see stuff we will never get to see again. The 3 that stand out was "jellyfish", "wild duck cluster", "7 sisters". He showed us where the northern cross was in 3 stars triangle. Pointed out the Goat and Capricorn. We were up there a couple of hours looking thru scopes. Guess they come out here once a month to use that mound. Really cool!
10/9/13....Moving day! Going to go up further north and see the National Parks we came to see. Hopefully our government will stop playing the game of chicken with the dem. vs rep. Going to move to Santa Nella. Going to sign the Fresno book. Will take about 3 hours to get there.
National Park. Then we are going to head up to Lassen Volcanic National Park and then over to the Redwoods. Our President Obama n our government have been playing chicken for 10 days now. It is costing me 40.00 bucks a night waiting to get into the National Parks. OMG, who would have thought wildfires would stop us from getting there when we came into California and then the government would go on strike until President Obama got his way with national healthcare. Actually, national no care in my opinion. We will all be on the "Get Sick n Die Quick plan". Well, now we have to pay 40 for tonight and then again on Sat and Sun. It will be a minimum of 200.00 for us to sit n wait.
10/12/13... We landed at San Juan Belita. 45 min from Monterrey Bay. The town is a monument town from the large mission that was built in 1800's. Really, quaint with little shops lining the streets for several blocks. The ground here is mostly flat with only a little sloping hills so riding our bikes is nice here. Also, the campground is cool because the owner when he built the place 45 years ago planted Redwood trees so several trees would be on each lot
10/14/13....Went to San Francisco to Pier 39 today. Got the city pass so we could ride the trolley cars and ride the buses also gives a ride on one of the boat tours of the bay. Also, had tickets for their Exploratorium and the bay Aquarium. The aquarium gives the choice of the San Francisco Bay Aquarium or the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I guess the Monterey Bay one is supposed to be much bigger n nicer so we are going to go there. The pier is full of little shops and places to eat. Clam chowder all over but none as good as it was in San Luis Obispo Splash Café. Omg, was that ever good. The boat ride went out in the bay around Alcatraz prison and under the Golden Gate Bridge. The seals were laying all over the place just, blanketed the boat docks. The one picture we have is of all the seals laying about the docks and all the people above them looking down at them. It just seemed comical like the seals were looking up n saying "look at all those people up there on that deck. They come here every day and pack that deck, guess they are trying to get some sun or something, look funny don' t they?"
10/16/13....Took the bikes into Monterey to ride on the bikes on the bike trails next to the ocean
10/18/13....Took the 3 dogs into a another dog park today. Really is so cool to take the "kids" out for a walk and all 3 scampering around and no leashes. Just puts a smile in your soul to watch them scamper around and other dogs coming up to say hello and then they scamper off together.
10/21/13....Went into Monterey Bay to the Aquarium. Omg, Wow! One huge tank after another of ocean beauty. Really felt like a you were looking through a window into the ocean. One of the big tanks that was my favorite was the kelp tank. Lots of different fish in the tank. Big fish, little fish, solitary fish, schooling fish, all in a natural environment. Swimming around the Kelp, rocks, and ledges. The kelp growing naturally like it does in the ocean. It grew the hole depth of the tank which was 3 stories tall. Cool to watch the predatory fish separate the little schooling fish into 2 or 3 different "balls" of fish and then have the balls darting around trying to rejoin the main ball of the school. The jellyfish were just magical to watch
10/24/13....Rode the bikes into town and checked out all the little shops, the chickens running around on the streets, the mission, antiques, the little older homes that make up the town.
10/26/13....Moved over to Fresno so we could be closer the the Sequoia's trees and Yosemite. Scott finally got the ok from the state to take the test for state licensure.
10/28/13....bored out of my goard. Scott is studying for his state test.
10/29/13....Scott passed his test!!
10/30/13....Found the park today. Wished we had chains for the tires again today after we had to drive thru some of the slick areas that had packed snow. The Sequoia's were NOT disappointing. Honest to God the trunk of the tree is as big as a room in your house. It is just surreal when you are standing there because you know trees are just not that big but, yet there it is. One of the Giant's had fallen over many years ago the park didn't know when because it had fallen that long ago anyway they had cut a tunnel thru it so u could walk thru to the other side. The odd thing was that the tunnel was about 30 foot from the base of the tree. The trees do not rot like normal trees. They are also 3,000 yrs old. Can you imagine? They were here when Jesus Christ walked this earth
11/2/13....Went to Yosemite today. OMG!!! OMG!!! And I will back that up with a WOW and a HOLY COW! Everywhere you turn your head you need to click the camera. Hard to imagine the cliff faces of the mountains being as high and beautiful as they are. To see the valley in real life is just beautiful. Was very fortunate to get a nice warm day as this is very late in Yosemite season. Yosemite has already had low temps of 17. Took lots of pictures, lots n lots of pictures. Glacier Point lookout is amazing! You are on a cliff that is over 3,000 feet above the valley below you. The thing I picked out to measure was a concrete truck, it looked like it was only a inch long. It was like being up in the Sears tower. Wish we could have gotten here when we planned on being here because we really would have liked to stay for a week.
11/4/13....Went to a underground garden today. Totally amazed at the feat that one man accomplished here!!!! This guy who was the 2nd son of a wealthy family from citrus orchards in Sicily immigrated to the US because all the wealth would be passed to the oldest son as was the tradition and the father was very oppressive. He became a digger for the New York Subway and saved his money to buy land to have his own citrus orchard