2018 December Week 1 & 2

Leaving San Diego we traveled to Yuma. On our second night we had an overnight guess, Deb (Linda’s Sister) stopped by on her way back to San Felipe, Mexico where her and Joe are residing. Getting a ride down we went to spend a nght with them. They have a beautiful house overlooking the Baja Gulf. We walked the downtown area and along the beach drive. The Battins own a dune buggy so the next morning we rode the beach.

We went to the Yuma Territorial Prison which is now an upgraded State Park with more exhibits. Later in the week we went to a city park to do some walking/hiking along the Colorado River. Adding in a rain day and cleaning day that about coveredour time there.

Returning to Picacho KOA, a place we stayed at in May, it was alot cooler but still mid 70’s. We traveled to Chandler to meet up with Pam, Linda’s other sister, and Bob for a chance to walk a mall, have lunch and catch up on the last few months. We went to the Pinal County Museum in Florence and spent some time reading the historical plaques. Florence has alot of history in Arizona. The next day we visited Marge, who just celebrated her 98 birthday on Christmas and her son Howard.

We did not make our hike up to Picacho do to some food poisoning. We ate dinner Friday night and spent the week-end recovering before bouncing back and going to the Casa Grande Ruins. It is an interesting place to learn about the native Americans who settled the land in the 1400’s and had irrigation canals from the near by Gila River.

Then it was time to move again. Now we were heading back to Benson, AZ and a couple of things we did not do in May.

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Hills outside  of Yuma
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Heading for the border
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Part of the upgraded border security
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Bienvenidos Baja California, Mexico
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The entrance to the Battin’s development
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the shore road in San Felipe
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Mango and regular Margarita
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Toast to family and our adventures
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Road back to the Battin’s at sunset
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the tide is out. lost my tide is in. this is the north americas third largest tidal change
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back porch with outdoor shower
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going for breakfast
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The tallest peak in Baja to the left. Our ride on the left.
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On the beach
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stop along the way
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some of the cliffs
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Vista point with the tide in
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Base of the property with the tide in
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Back home, in Yuma, with our Christmas lights
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RV park lights
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Yuma territorial Prison water tank with guard tower over the top
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View of St Thomas Mission from the prison
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Dining hall, now museum, on right. Cells on the left.
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The main cell block. Flooding from some rain.

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Yuma snowman
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The colorado River. California on the other side.

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Added Christmas Lights. But includes 4th of July, halloween and valentines day for future use.
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back at Pichacho
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horse stable behind the RV park. Roping training provided at the ranch.
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Set up to sit out with the flys from the neighboring ranch
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Another Benson AZ sunset
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Historic Downtown Florence
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Added a light to the flagpole for 24 hour flying. Long may she wave.
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At the ruins.
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The big house with the walls of the homes around the main structure.

 

 

 

 

2018 November – Week 4

This is our last week. It has been different to be camped out for 4 weeks but between friends and visiting places it has been a fast month. This has been a great month.

Not sure why the order is out of wack but here are the pictures.

Tomorrow is December 1st so lunch with ol friends and leaving for AZ on the 2nd.

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This is at the San Diego Maritime Museum. The Russian Sub. the hole on the right is an example of 4 you must pas  through to get through the tour.

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The SDMM as we get underway. County building and airline coming in

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Seaport Village

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San Diego Convention center

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Dole Banana  boat with it’s own loading cranes

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Photo op
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Mercy and a destroyer
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Now water propelled
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Stealth
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With some sails out

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Challenge coins presented  to me on this historic ride
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Get  to sit in a few cockpits
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Excellent display of aircraft

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Cutouts explaining the different color uniforms
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High School entertaining the visitors

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Our first bar. This bar has a long history
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back in Old Town for one last fabulous margarita
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bazzar Del Mundo is replaced by this organization
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Hats off to the Brown River Navy

2018 November – Week 3

This was a week to see a fleet of old sailing ships, or replicas, going out to sea. The Star of India is 155 years old and sail once it was off the coast. We took an anniversary trip up the coast on a coaster train which is a rail train between San Diego and Oceanside.

Thanksgiving was spend with a grade school friend of Shannon’s. Angie lived down the street. Her and Michael invited us for a memorable dinner. It was a great time.

 

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Cast off for the sail
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passengers on board for a ride
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The tugboat leads the way.
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The ships leaving the harbor. North Island NAS behind them and the downtown skyline in the background. this is from Cabrillo National Monument.

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Juan Cabrillo entered the harbor in 1542.
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the original light house. Moved in later years to the base of the point as the fog was to thick at times to see the light.

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Track 1 & 2 are the Metro trolleys. Track 4 is Amtrack
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On our way to Oceanside

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DeAnza Cove RV park on the far end

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Oceanside Housing along the beach
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Old theater on the 101

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Concrete beach balls for bollards

 

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Back at the flotilla on the way out. tugboat leading the Star
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Celebrating 42 years of marriage.
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Sparkling wine from Lodi. Glasses from a previous trip to Cottonwood AZ.
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Back to Cabrillo on Friday to work off some turkey. 400 feet down and only one way up

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the tide pool trail on the other side. Drive down most of the way.
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As I said most of the way.

2018 November – Week 2

The second week we continued to play tourist and visit the old home town

 

 

 

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Shannon’s elementary school

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took this picture from a park adjacent to our old home. That is Tijuana and part  of the wall.
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Silver Strand State beach. We spent many a summer days here. Looking north at downtown
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Hotel del Coronado. First anniversary dinner here.
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The Condos to the right of the hotel have been there since I arrived in January 1972. Orville Redenbacker was  one who owned a home there. Seal training center is on the other side.
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On our first trip aboard  the Midway, John E. Kelly, SCPO (retired) was our escort. also best man at our wedding. He served on two aircraft carriers.
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the lockup facility

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sunset from our space
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The Spanish art village in Balboa Park. A city park with the start of the World Exposition in 1915
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Botanical garden. they say the most photographed building in the park.
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Japanese Garden in the park
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Mix up in pictures. Linda in the Flight control room of the USS Midway
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looking south. An example of every type of helicopter that was attached to the Midway
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Towards the bow. Looking at North Island with 2 carriers in port.
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Back to the park pictures. This is the bridge to the park from the city side. It goes over a canyon and the Ca163 Highway
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Organ Pavillion
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Whoville tree as they are having the Grinch on stage
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The Colorado Bell Tower
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This is the Laurel Street Hill. Top Gun famous. Hard to see but I guess to many went airborne so a stop sign has been added.  But not uphill so still able to leave the ground. Young and not so smart.
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32nd Street Marina. New to us. A trolley ride and walk from Downtown 

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2018 November – Week 1

We have landed in San Diego for the month, which is just about over, to return to our beginnings. I from New Jersey and Linda from Arizona. We met here, got married here and spent the first 16 years of our married life here. We met through some mutual friends and beach parties. Lots of good memories. Things have changed here but we are having a grand time. Using the transit system for a few trips. the trolley system and bus system is pretty extensive.

It  is a beautiful place to visit but we love our Colorado mountains just as much.

 

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close up view across the Bay
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Looking at the RV park
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We took mass transit when we could. Trolleys and buses. Half mile walk to the bus stop
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Dia de los Muertos in Old Town

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Downtown at night
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Birds of Paradise
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The Coronado Bay Bridge
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USS Midway. A must see stop. Aircraft and seeing all the spaces.
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Lunch at bayside Condos to the left. The clamshell buildings are hotel. Seaport Village shopping in the foreground and the convention center in the back.
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Santa Fe Transit Center downtown. Amtrack, Coaster to Oceanside, trolleys and buses. Our stop for the embarcadero.
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In Old Town, the Immaculate Conception Church

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took a wheel trolley tour to La Jolla, part of San Diego, First stop was Mt. Soledad and a veterans memorial to all who served.

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Lots of sea life along the rocky shores of La Jolla
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wind blown tree. Most of the trunk is dead.
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a cave, tunnel, down to the ocean from one of  the cliffs.
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The view towards Scripps Labratories
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Sunset from the south end of the RV park. Mission Bay.

 

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Russian Sub at the Sand Diego Maritime Museum
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County Building. Waiting for the Veterans Day Parade. Notice the airline behind the palm tree.
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Buffalo Solders , veterans, staging  for the parade
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New two story building going up. Another blocked view. Had to wear m new tee shirt.
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Pearl Harbor survivor

 

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2018 October Week 3 & 4

We concluded the month with 2 more National Park stops. we stopped at Visalia to visit Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. and a week in the Palm Springs area, Desert Hot Springs, to go to Joshua Tree National Park.

While in Desert Hot Springs, we did visit “old town” Palm Springs, General Patton Memorial Museum and hiked in Morongo Canyon. The museum is an overview of the over 20,000 people who supported and trained for the African challenge against Rommel.

 

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2018 October week 1 & 2

Sorry for the delay but  the pictures did  not upload. In San Diego and keeping busy.

The next stop on the travels was Lodi. A quick stop but a good stop. First place to stop at was a winery. Out on the edge of town but a nice little tasting room. After buying a few bottles, we ventured to downtown for lunch and a walk. The cheese shop was another chance to stock up on some cheeses.

The next day was a stop at  the Calivirgin olive oil tasting  room. we learned about the harvesting and processing of olives. This company adds fresh ingredients to the crushers as they are processing. Not infused for a fresher taste. Afterwards we went to the Lodi Lake Nature Walk & Park. Home to twenty or so deer and numerous plants and trees. Not totally stocked up on wine and wanting lunch we went to Michael David Winey. They have a nice garden area and were setting up the pumpkin patch.

After a busy 2 days we traveled further south on highway 99. After climbing a few thousand feet on a 25 mph winding road we arrived here at Yosemite Pines in Groveland, CA for a two week stay. No internet and no cell phone in the park. One restaurant we went to had cell phone service. We did get some reception in a few places on our journeys but to be out in the mountains feels so good. They have vintage trailers, cabins, yurts and covered wagons for rent those without trailers or motorhomes.

We traveled on some steep and winding roads. Our first adventure was CA-49 south towards Mariposa, the old mining town. The Merced river is super low. This is due to the drought and the fall season. The first town we came to was Coulterville. An old mining town and the first entrance to Yosemite. Lunch was at “the original Bon-Ton Café”. Not to be confused with the  one in Colorado Springs. Mariposa it the southern end of Yosemite. So we took that road back.

Being the weekend we decided to skip the park and went to downtown Coulterville. All 4 or 5 blocks long. Bragging rights to the oldest saloon in California.

In week 2 we did go to the park but will save that for another post. Jamestown was a town we wanted to get to as a western town and a movie railroad state park. Lots of  scenes from movies and TV shows where filmed in this park. The number 3 locomotive has it’s own makeup shed to change the stack out to fit the era. It is an oil burner and they just add coal or wood to the top for makeup.

Columbia State Park is another stop people should make if in the area. The preserved town has shops and museums. Great place to walk and get a feel for early western life.

Sonora is another tourist town we drove through but did not stop until we hit the hiking trail. old buildings but modern shops. The hike gave some nice overviews.

We did get to Yosemite on a few days. Did the valley and museums with a few hikes one day and drove around another day with a few short hikes

 

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