The West Coast
It has been nine months since we were on the West Coast
and we were all a little excited to be on "Our Home" side of the States.
Our next stop would be Tucson, Arizona. Tucson has become our regular
stop for shampooing the carpet and upholstered furniture in our trailer.
With 90 degree temperatures and 5 percent humidity it's a great place to
dry the carpets after cleaning. The guy at the rental store even
knows us now.
We also had a chance to visit our friends Bill and Sharon.
They have a great winter place on a golf course north of town. I,
(Ed), worked with both Bill and Sharon in the Structural Test Lab at Boeing
during my first ten years with the company. We also visited my uncle
and aunt, Wayne and Barbara. They spend their winters in Tucson
and return to the Seattle area during the summer.
||From Tucson we traveled along I-8 west to Yuma, Arizona.
There are huge areas of sand dunes here. One of the reasons so many
Snow Birds come to Yuma is that they like to ride dune buggies across the
dunes all winter.
The results of all this rain was a great bloom on the desert
floor. As usual this picture can't capture the magnitude and splendor
of the color.
||Usually the desert area in New Mexico and Arizona, is
brown with very little green. On this trip the desert was green,
yellow and purple. While we were on the East coast we heard that
the Southwest was having one of the wettest winters on record. Not
flood rains, but constant rain. (We also heard that Seattle would
take back their rain if Southern California would take back their earthquakes.)
||Another interesting drive is across the Vallecito Mountains
east of San Diego.
Most of these boulders are twenty to thirty feet across.
They are stacked up here in a way that doesn't look natural. Erosion,
as I know it, wears the rocks slowly away. But here it seems to have
washed away finer soils leaving these giant boulders neatly stacked.
BACK IN SAN DIEGO
The boys love to build things. Since their Grandpa
is a master woodworker it was a great time to crank up the saw and get
out the glue. Mitch made a small cabinet and Max made a little wooden
car. They enjoyed using the power saw, sanding table and drill press.
||Headed due West during sunset is no problem if you have
proper "OSHA approved" welding equipment on hand. When the sun is
low in the horizon Max gets out his "Z87.4 approved goggles". When
he's not using them for sun he likes to weld. So far we've melted
some steel, but no good welds yet.
Whenever we're in San Diego we stay at "Campland on the Bay".
It's the boy's favorite campground because there is always something going
on and it's just a 15 minute bike ride to the ocean. This weekend
we happened upon the "Parrot Head Club" annual picnic. The "Parrot
Heads" are Jimmy Buffet fans. I wasn't sure whether they like Jimmy
Buffet tunes or just liked to drink Margaritas. In either case, a
few tunes in the sun is always enjoyable.
We invited Cheryl's relatives over for a picnic and fired
up our large grill. Cheryl is seen here sitting next to her cousin
Jim. It was the first time Cheryl and Jim had seen each other in
over thirty years. Also in the picture is Cheryl's dad, Joe and her
stepmom Shirley's daughter Susan, Susan's husband, Bruce and son, Jamie.
Notice the aqua and white motor home in the background.
It belongs to a great couple, Mike and Devra and their three sons from
Hawaii. They sold their house and are having a new one built.
During the construction they flew to the mainland, bought this RV, and
toured the states for nine months. The more we talked, the more we
found similarities between us.
||Working with Grandpa is really special. The boys
always look forward to visiting him and his workshop garage.
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