I flew out of Newark very apprehensively as it was raining and the fog was thick! But the endless blue above the clouds....WOW! Too bad my window was streaky.
Six hours later, the view of San Diego Harbor was a wonderful, welcoming sign.
Though my camera worked overtime on family photos, I'll just share with you the pretty landscapes. It's always so great to return to the place that encapsulates your youth. Seeing high school friends takes me back to a time when we were young and carefree. And how funny now that some of us were not only discussing our grown-up children but the prospect of becoming....EGADS....grandparents!
How is this possible?!
Early morning walks on the beach was what I longed to do! But I'd forgotten how foggy the coast can be!
It didn't help that there is a power plant 1/2 mile down the road. This I don't miss...
The beach was a daily destination for me...sometimes even twice. Taking walks, mainly checking out the surfers...haha! Unfortunately, most of them were NOT spring chickens, mind you! Nope, not your average sun bleached, long-haired surfer dudes! (Think Spicoli...anyone??)
Amazing that by 7am, parking lots were filled with guys suiting up and waxing boards. And by the models of their cars, I'm certain these were executive types trying to catch that perfect wave before their 9-5 shift. I'd forgotten how serious surfing can be!
And even more serious, scuba diving!I find it unbelievable that my whole family lives only 10 minutes from this beautiful paradise and yet never make time to visit! Something about it being "too sandy"....can you imagine?!
Another major perk when visiting home? The requirement to eat, eat, eat! No matter our age, Mom's home cooking beats any 5-star restaurant! Don't you agree? Ha Xuan, you would appreciate my big steaming bowl of 'Pho' and 'goi cuon' on a daily basis!
So, for the orchid lovers...In a blink of an eye, my 5 day visit came to an end :(
The last sunset from Mom's patio....sighBack to my window seat with the pretty view. Farewell, Pacific Coast... A cold and wet weekend forecast and I can actually hear the wind howling outside as I type. A giant Blue Jay just landed 5 ft. away on this choke berry shrub but flew off just as I came back with the camera! Back to life as I know it in NJ but yours truly will be California dreamin'...
And in the words of Arnold....hope that
"I'll be back" real soon!
To all my friends and family (you know who YOU are!)
I love you and miss you already!