I love my HOV
Trip Start Dec 20, 2009
51Trip End Mar 27, 2010
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Mission Santa Maria
The commuter corridor of southern California includes HOV lanes (high occupancy vehicle = 2 or more) that I have dubbed the 'first class lane' due to the fact that not only are few people in them, but nor can they cut you off while you’re in them as there are FOUR solid yellow lines that separate it from the proletariat single drivers. We happened to be making the journey from Anaheim to San Diego right at rush hour and while I zoomed past all the bumper-to-bumper traffic, I sang, "I love my HOV" to the tune of that song I don’t know the name of that includes “I love” various things. (Heidi will know what I am talking about because she and some other genetic counselors made a video of it.) It can easily be applied to “toll-highway” for similar reasons.
Day 15 – Today we drove from Rosarito to San Quintin (pronounced similar to San kitten) in search of the Desert Inn where I had a non-guaranteed reservation
We got back on Hwy 1 and about 15 minutes later came upon a billboard for our hotel!! So we decided to return to Plan A. The road was paved so already it was a better sign. The truth is I did not hold much hope that this was going to be a pleasant accommodation. I only chose it based on its location (a few hours’ drive from Rosarito). Where the road either turned south (paved) or continued west (unpaved), there was a billboard for the Mission Santa Maria… but no Desert Inn. We kept to the paved road and at the end was a large and impressive (considering the surroundings) colonial style building. I went In to ask ‘donde es Desert Inn?’ It turns out that this was it, only it wasn’t a Desert Inn anymore… but they had my reservation so we checked in
Our room is simple with two beds and its own air-conditioning (not needed this time of year – in fact some heat wouldn’t hurt.) Really, at this rate, there is nothing to complain about except that the shower sprays a LOT of water straight up onto the ceiling where it runs to just outside the shower and then drips down the wall to pool on the floor. It is on a wide beach and there is evidence that they have plans to expand it into quite a resort. The beach had a half dozen local families out digging for clams (it’s a Sunday) but the most popular activity was ripping up and down the hard packed wet sand in your vehicle as though it was a freeway. We set up our beach chairs while the kids played in the surf and got many waves from the passers by who seemed to find us just as amusing as we found them.
For all the disappointments I’m sure to experience as far as accommodations go, this pleasant surprise will make up for at least a couple. This has been my best day so far… until we discovered that we had left the pajamas at our last stop and we all spent the night having to cuddle up to each other for warmth – brrrr.