Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 19th - Home Again - Long Travel Day

Well, it is all over.  Today was just packing up and heading home.  Not much fun and very tiring.

Bill & Shirley had to leave at about 10:00, so we had set 7:00 as when we needed to get luggage out to the van to start getting it loaded.  We ran a little late, but not much, as we had hoped to leave about 7:30.  We got at the airport about 8:30, unloaded them and their bags at the curb and said goodbye.

Then we drove around to the other terminal and dropped us off.  Our plane left about 12:00, so we had a little wait.  The others were leaving at 2:00 and 4:00, so they were going to get something to eat and then had to meet the people who were picking up the van at 1:00.

We got through security, etc., with no problem, and then sat and read a while.  We got a hamburger for an early lunch and then boarded on time.  We were able to sit together this time, but it was really kind of lucky.  As I was walking down the aisle, I noticed two empty seats, but one had things piled on it.  When I asked if the two seats were taken, the man in the window seat had to pick up his stuff.  It was pretty clear that he was hoping no one would sit next to him.  Bill tried talking on the flight, but he was not all that friendly.  Too bad, it was a full plane and every seat was taken in the end, so he wouldn't have gotten his empty seat anyway.

The flight was uneventful and we actually arrived a little bit ahead of schedule at 7:10.  Then we had the usual rigamarole of getting luggage, getting to the shuttle, getting to the car, and driving home.  We just picked up some quickie food for dinner on the way home.

We have had a wonderful week - did lots of fun things - and especially enjoyed being with the group again.   But tonight, we are exhausted!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

April 18 - Brunch and Beach - Day 7 San Diego

Today was the last day of our week with friends and it was a little more relaxed than the rest of the week.  We are all getting a little older (what?!) and are moving a little slower.  Even so, it was a great day.

We started with brunch at the 101 Cafe, a cafe on Hwy 101 that has been there for decades (like since the 30's) and serves breakfast all day.  It was very good.  Then we drove on down 101 for a ways to enjoy the beach views.  We stopped at one place and enjoyed watching the water, some walked on the beach, for quite a while.  We saw a baby elephant sea lion stranded on the beach, but it finally made it back into the ocean and joined up with its mother.

From there, we drove back to the condos, rested a little, then went out to see the movie, "Heaven Is Real."  It was not bad; at least it had real family values.  After the movie, we had dinner at an Italian place in downtown Oceanside. 

Back in the condo again, we settled up the money, ate some Klondike bars, and finished off our last  night with plenty of laughing.  Our next get-together will probably be in Breckenridge, Colorado, but who knows - plans change!

Friday, April 18, 2014

April 17 - Harbor Tour - Day 6 San Diego

We got up and going a little quicker this morning, so we could make it into SD to the harbor to get on the 11:15 boat tour.  It was a two hour tour, one hour the south loop and the second hour the north loop.  It was cloudy and cool, but felt good on the water.  We even opened the window covers so we could enjoy the breeze.  Of course, much of the tour included information about all the military ships in port.  Very interesting.  Beautiful, too.  It is too late for whales, but we saw quite a few sea lions.

We ate lunch - a hot dog - on board, so when the tour finished, we just headed back to the condos.  We all relaxed a little.  Bill and Bill took the van to go over and see Camp Pendleton, which is right by where we are staying.  Four of the group played canasta, while the other two read and relaxed. 

We had originally purchased food for Hawaiian haystacks, and since the week is running out, we fixed that for our dinner today.  They were really easy and tasty, too.  After getting everything cleaned up (doesn't take long with so many helpers), we drove to downtown Oceanside to go to a farmers market or street fair.  I was not excited about it and didn't like it, but it was only a block off the beach, so Bill and I walked down there.  There was the pier, all lit up, and an amphitheater.  We slipped into the seats and just enjoyed the view of the ocean, the beach, and the young kids playing soccer in the amphitheater.  Add in some interesting people watching and I really enjoyed it.  So much better than walking around that fair!

On our way home, we stopped at Baskin Robbins for an ice cream fix, sat and talked for quite a while, and then finally headed back to the condos again.  We enjoyed chatting some more for a couple of hours, before the whole group called a quit to the day - exhausted, as usual!

So another great day in San Diego.  There is only one more day left, before we head back home.  The week is going way too quickly!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 16 - USS Midway - Day 5 San Diego

We started off slow and relaxed this morning, but by around 10:00 we were back on the road.  Today we headed back into town to the harbor to spend the day at the USS Midway.  And it was a fun day.  We were on the huge aircraft carrier for about 4 hours.  I didn't try to walk a lot of it, but I saw everything of interest.

When we finally had seen all we wanted there, we went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner.  Yummy!  We took our time there, since we had gotten there early.  Then it was back to the condo.  We were all so tired that we had a pretty dull evening!  A little talking, a little laughing, and then off to bed.

Day 5 was another very fun day!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 15th - Temple - Day 4 San Diego

We started the day off just relaxing and taking it easy.  We didn't really have a lot of choice since we were waiting for the replacement van rental to arrive.  But, after all that walking yesterday, we all needed a morning to catch our breath.

Eventually, the van arrived and we took off to go to the temple.  San Diego Temple is beautiful.  We very much enjoyed our time there.  One of the interesting things was being able to walk out of the celestial room and into the observatory, where we could look out through the beautiful windowed patio and see the spire with the Angel Moroni.  I am not sure if there are any other temples where you can see the angel from inside the temple.  It was very impressive.

After the temple, we headed back to the condos to change clothes.  By then we were starving, so we headed across to the harbor that we can see from our condo.  They have a lot of eating places along there, so we picked one out and had a good fish/seafood dinner. 

Eventually we ended up back at the condo and had an evening with most everyone playing some game.  I do not like games, though, so I excuse myself from that activity.  It was fun hearing them all laughing and being so funny, though.

It has been another fun day.  It is hard to believe that the week is already half gone!  We are running out of days before we run out of things we would like to do!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 14th - Olde Towne - Day 3 San Diego

We got up and on the road by about 9, heading south to Olde Town.  On the way, the van developed a problem with the manifold.  We were able to continue driving it, but it made a bit of noise!  While we spent our day doing what we had planned, poor Richard kept in touch, trying to get a replacement van.  Bottom line on that, we drove it back to the condos that night and they will have a replacement in the morning.

We walked around Olde Town for a bit and then caught the shuttle for a tour of the city.  It took about two hours and we really enjoyed it.  It was a great way to see a lot of the city and get the story of its history.  Our driver was entertaining, too, so that made it fun.

Back in Olde Town, we went to a Mexican place for a nice big lunch/dinner.  Then we walked over to go through the Mormon Battalion Visitor Center.  They did a very nice presentation.  They end by taking a picture and giving the visitor a copy.  We got a picture taken with all 8 of us together and it turned out pretty good!

Our last big stop was at Cold Stone ice cream, where we all indulged in some wicked ice cream creations!  Then it was back to the noisy van and back home.  After a bit of an adventure trying to find a gas station, we made it back around 8:00.  That gave us enough time for a little gathering in our condo, with plenty of laughing and story telling. 

Big day!  I think we will take it a little easier tomorrow!

Monday, April 14, 2014

April 13th - Sabbath - Day 2 San Diego

Sundays are always my favorite day of the week, and today was another one!  We attended church at Oceanside 1st Ward.  Meeting started at 9:00, and since I woke up very early, there was plenty of time to get ready, eat breakfast, check the computer, and chat for a while, before we needed to leave.  The meetings were all good and we enjoyed meeting some new people.

Back to the condos, we started getting some dinner ready.  We grilled steaks out on the patio, and added some baked potatoes and a big salad.  It was a very yummy dinner.  We all squeezed around the table (made for six, but eight can fit.)  Once everything was cleaned up, we all relaxed a bit, some in one condo, some in the other.

Later in the afternoon, we all gathered back in the other condo for a mission report.  Bill and Shirley recently returned from a Military Relations mission to Okinawa and they had put together a slide presentation of their pictures.  He was able to get his computer hooked up to the TV and working the way he wanted - after some help from Skip.  When it just wouldn't work, Bill finally called our favorite computer guy and they did an over-the-phone help session.  We really enjoyed all the pictures and the stories.  Now we sort of feel like we were actually there with them.  We took a little intermission halfway through and had some popcorn and ice cream.

We then spent some time deciding what we wanted to do this week and managed to pretty much plan out Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  There are so many other things we could do, but we will decide how to spend Thursday and Friday once we have been around the area a little.  After a good bit more chatting, we finally decided it was time to head for our own condos and get ready for bed.  We ended up sitting at the table in our condo with Richard and Jo Anne and spending another good bit of time talking and laughing.

Getting together with this group of friends is always the most fun - and we are enjoying ourselves immensely.