|Lots of Lupine along the highway.
|Pretty pink grass I've never seen before lines the road just east of the mountains.
|As we gain elevation the poppies are everywhere.
|And then the masses!
|No one parks next to us so we're not as squeezed as we could have been.
|Tessa and I enjoy a morning walk along the adjacent San Dieguita River.
We have a day to wander around the area before meeting friends for dinner in Carlsbad to the north. The weather is perfect and the crowds not too bad. We first head south to Balboa Park along the coast, then turn back. We're both familiar with most of the area, having visited here separately, so it's fun to share what we each know. It's the first time we've made a stop in the motorhome here and I'd love to return for a longer stay.
|The ginormous fig tree in Balboa Park. It's nearly impossible to capture just how big this beauty is.
|Seaport Village is a favorite of mine and my kids, and today it's splendid in the sunshine.
|Coronado Bay sparkles.
|A scrumptious veggie and apple sausage omelette at the Edgewater Grille.
|A glimpse of the waterfront skyline.
|Although still very populated, Carlsbad feels much more small town.
|We enjoy an hour with the calming sea.
|A fuzzy Sarah and her mom Michelle who we went to high with, and who was instrumental is getting Bill and I together 13 years ago.
|We love getting together with our pal and wish we could do it more often!
Our dinner is delicious at King's Fish House, and the service impeccable. Reservations always recommended. We savor every bite and every word for a couple hours. Then sadly it's time to say good-bye for now.
|15 lanes of cars make their way through the Newhall Pass.
We're here for five days and all of it we spend at Ezra and Elliott's house with their parents. Games and movies and meals, stories and laughter and catching up. Elliott is becoming his own little person with a strong and affectionate personality. Ezra is such a big kid and embracing his big brother role while becoming a school kid in the mountains. It's a delightful visit that we wish could last longer. We never should have left the mountain!
|Ready to take on the big brother.
|These two :-))))
|Not feeling like Spring is close!
|I sure hope Elliott keeps his curls.
|It's just not Sunday on the mountain without some donuts from Crows!
|Our drive between the park and the house is beautiful.
|Bring it on puny humans!
|Waiting for the bad news.
It's a job that needs to be done at a Freightliner facility, and we know from experience that the closest one is in Oxnard, 45 miles away. Things look up a little when they can get us in in a couple days and we can bring it now to park safely on their large lot.
|45 miles of downpour with standing water in many places. It's a slow and nerve-wraking drive.
No flashing lights, no loss of power, generator purring along, no accidents or road issues in the rain, and an hour later I'm soooo happy to pull into Velocity Trucking in Oxnard. It's still pouring but the rig is where it can get fixed. And I can relax for now.
|Bill lived in this house in the late 80's. More cactus than we have in Arizona :-)
|Very different colors than our time in Carlsbad last week.
|A cucumber gin martini is the perfect start to a nice evening.
|Thanks for the better bed Mom!
Thursday morning we get a call from the shop confirming they were able to get it in the day before and parts have been ordered. They'll be there Monday and they'll get it done the same day. Okay!
|During a break in the rain we can appreciate how beautifully green the hills are. They've been brown and black for several years.
|Oliver and Mommy
|Look out below! Oliver and Daddy
|Oliver has mastered his daddy's glare :-)
|Our very own little Giant.
|Rounding the bases for home!
|What a cutie.
We wrap up the day at Topper's Pizza with M&M, their parents and other grandparents. It's more fun times! But no more pics :-(