LAX, Pomona and Morro Bay.

Trip Start Jun 28, 2008
Trip End Aug 11, 2008

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Morro Dunes RV Park

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Monday, July 7, 2008

I landed in LAX just fine-the trip from China was long as is to be expected but the plane got me there even a little early! I got through security and customs amazingly quickly and Tom picked me up outside the terminal! It was so good to see him. It had been a long 5 months. In the SUV was Iris! I was so glad to see my puppy too. We got back to the trailer and I couldn't wait to see the birdies. Aloysius, my male eclectus, was VERY happy to see me and kept yelling HELLO!!!! Then he gave me a pukey ball of love-for those who don't know, male parrots regurgitate food for their true loves and I am Aloysius's mate of choice. Angus, our blue and gold macaw was a bit hesitant-it had been a long time and he wasn't sure at all that he remembered me. Bartleby, the nanday conure, was also a bit stand-offish. I'd expected them all to shun me for awhile so Aloyius's reaction was so great. Seamus, the kitty, was happy too-in his reserved, I like you better than Daddy, way!

Sunday, we relaxed at the trailer and made the round of Starbucks in Pomona to try to get wifi-the first of many fruitless wifi expeditions on this trip so far. That evening, we went out to dinner at a really nice restaurant to get a really nice steak-YUM! Chinese food is good but I missed good steaks. I didn't really miss any foods and didn't get tired of Chinese food-we didn't eat it everyday and besides, it's very good. I did miss toast though-I had toast for breakfast and it was really good-I'd missed that. We usually had nice steamed buns with a light sweet topping for breakfast made fresh outside the apartment complex but no toast.

Monday, we left for Morro Bay. Tom was nervous because we had to tow the trailer through downtown Los Angeles on a work day. But we left late and it really wasn't too bad. Tom drove very well, I navigated and we got through it with really only one place the traffic even slowed down. The trip up the coast was really pretty and we saw some pretty coastline-not shrouded in fog which was going to be unusual though we didn't know it at the time. We had found we weren't going to be able to go up Highway 1 from after Marina-our stop after Morro Bay. That stretch was closed due to a large fire in Big Sur.

We got to Morro Bay and into the Morro Dunes RV park which I can't recommend enough-it is a wonderful place and very reasonable. It is clean, has very friendly folks running it and it's right on the beach! It's really lovely. It was foggy and cool there the whole time and we really liked it. The highlight was meeting Susie Christian who is the breeder of my lovely ekkie female, Emma who is staying at Auntie Cheri's while I was gone to China. Emma is the best socialized baby ever! Susie breeds lovely eclectus and galahs-I was dying to see the galahs since I'd seen them (very briefly) in Australia. Susie has said what lovely birds they are and how friendly and eclectus-like they tend to be. So, I was excited to see her birdies but mostly to meet Susie. I'd talked to her on the phone and through email and really wanted to meet her and see her house and birds and things.

Morro Bay is a lovely little seaside town. It's not as well known to lots of folks so it's retained a lot of its natural look and feel. It's best know for the large rock in its harbor-Morro Rock which is the last of a series of volcanic formations called the Seven Sisters. The rock dominates the landscape in Morro Bay and is visible from almost all areas of the town. The look of the rock changes dramatically as the day progresses and the fog moves in and out. The harbor also features some otters and lots of birds. It's quite cool in the morning here and stays pretty cool all day which we both found lovely after hot Texas and hot China! I could see spending some time in Morro Bay. The shopping was nice too-funky little shops-some of the tourist stuff you see everywhere but also some really unusual artisan creations.

On Tuesday, Janet Jeske and and her ekkie, Skeeter, and her two great kids, Kaylie and Jordan, drove down from Hollister to see Susie and Tom and me. We had such a great time with her and her family-what a nice group. Skeeter is a hoot too-he learned to fly while there-on his aviator harness, he would fly with Janet or Kayli running behind him and he was yelling for joy. Everyone was so excited. On Wednesday, we went down to Mission San Luis Obispo which was under going restoration (this along with fog and iffy wifi became a theme of the trip so far. The wifi was down when we got here and I was alarmed but the wifi at Morro Dunes was quite good once it came back up that night.) The mission grounds are really beautiful and the part of the mission that we could see was really nice-the missions in California are very different from the ones in San Antonio and have a very different history too though they seem to have ministered to similar groups of Native Americans. That evening, we went to a very nice seafood restaurant and my husband, who hasn't eaten seafood for years, decided to try it. Everyone got a kick out of watching his face as he did so though he said his scallops and shrimp were good. I know my fish was great.

We also all went over to Susie's house to meet her birdies. Wow! Her yard is gorgeous-Tom wanted to steal half the plants in it. Her baby ekkies were zipping all over the house-mostly green guys and they were so cute. Then we got out one of her galahs-oh my! It was love-I love these little guys. They are so soft and sweet. I really liked all the birds and now I know why Emma came to me so well socialized and confident. They fly around, land on the windows, bicker with each other, land on your head-it's great fun. Janet and Susie came over in the evening to sit by the fire Tom built-it was so lovely!.

Thursday, Tom went to play golf in the afternoon and I got to meet Tracie Irvine from Waco who I know from another bird list! Tracie was out in San Luis Obispo for a family reunion and she and her daughter, Courtney, drove over to meet me. What fun! Tracie is such fun-we decided it was crazy for a couple of Texans to have to meet in California but it worked! Tracie operates a great website- and I've enjoyed chatting with her online but it was such fun to meet in person! I've met several folks I've met first on my bird lists (and want to meet more) and all of them are such great folks-people who love and celebrate companion birds are just nice people.

Friday was the 4th of July. Tom and I went to the small town of Cayucos, near Morro Bay to see the parade. Cayucos is much more upscale than Morro Bay, it seems. Lots of really nice REALLY EXPENSIVE houses there. It was a cute parade-lots of neat family units, nice floats and a really neat parade. Then we went to the Cayucos Cemetery for me to take pictures. It's a nice little cemetery and has a lot of Italian-Swiss folks from the founding of the area. One set of headstones is particularly poignant-three children form one family who all died within a week of each other. In the afternoon, after Susie was done feeding birdies, we met her for the fireworks. Well, we hoped to see fireworks but the fog moved in and we got this surreal fireworks experience-you could see the rockets taking off and then they'd disappear into the fog and you'd hear the thump and see some diffused light. It was quite funny.

On Saturday, Susie took us to Mission San Miguel Arcangel which is north and inland from Morro Bay-the difference in temperature was amazing-it was in the 90s instead of the 60s. The mission had been damaged in the 2004 earthquake so the basilica was, of course, closed for renovations which they really can't afford to do at the moment. The whole complex is built of adobe and suffered a lot in the quake. It is still quite a nice historic place that hasn't been as heavily restored and prettied up as Mission San Luis Obispo.

From there, we went to a quirky little cemetery that Susie knew about near Cambria?? It was so unusual. It is obviously privately owned-the plots are marked with spraypainted rocks that tells whether they are open or not. The graves are so interesting and touching. They are decorated in some ways that seem to be connected to traditional communities such as Mexican and Mexican American ones in San Antonio. They are so personal-favorite toys for children, handmade headstones-a real mixture of traditions, it seems to me. It was really a neat place and very nice way to top off our visit with Susie.

Susie also convinced me I needed a baby galah!( It didn't take a lot of arm twisting on my part.) I was so excited-especially when Tom said yes! We'd been saying we didn't have room for another birdie traveling with us in the trailer but this little guy is so adorable and sweet that he worked his magic on Tom and we had to go get a cage for him and then go pick him up. What fun! He says "widget, widget " all the time-and is very cuddly but also like playing on the stand with the toys for a long time. We finally agreed that his name was Percy and he decided he liked us both. He's doing very well in the trailer though he does pace like a convict if he doesn't get out of his cage soon enough.

On Sunday, we pulled out for Marina up the coast. Susie came by to say good bye and there was lots of hugging. It was a wonderful visit with Susie-Morro Bay is just spectacular and Susie is a wonderful host. What a great start to our trip through California up to Oregon!
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profj on

great pics, great trip
It looks like you're having a grand time. That photo of you and Tom smootching is sweet.

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