Upcoming trip to Europe

On Monday, March 18, 2019, we will fly from Los Angeles to Madrid, Spain, to begin a 10 week trip in Europe.  Our last trip to Europe was in early 2015 when we spent 3 months traveling throughout Italy, France, Great Britain and Ireland.  In fact, we returned from that trip exactly four years ago, March 18, 2015, from Dublin after celebrating St. Partick’s Day there.

From LAX we will take a non-stop flight to Madrid on Norwegian Air on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  I’m kind of excited about that since this will be our first experience on that particular aircraft.


For this trip we will spend some time in Spain then move on to Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.  We don’t have the entire itinerary nailed down yet but that’s generally what we have in mind.

We will, of course, be posting updates as we go so watch for our articles.  We welcome your feedback.

Next stop:  Madrid, Spain


Tahoe Ski Trip 2019

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In early February we headed to Lake Tahoe to enjoy some skiing.  Just prior to our departure a substantial storm moved through the Sierras dropping several feet of new snow.


Once again, our friends Steve & Wende invited us to stay at their home near South Lake Tahoe, NV.  When we arrived, the first order of business was to remove enough snow from the driveway to get the car off the street. Continue reading

We Sold Our Motorhome

Yes, we sold our Winnebago Sightseer motorhome and are once again truly homeless.  Let me explain.


In late January of this year we knew that in early February we were going to Tahoe for about 3 weeks and then after returning we would be leaving for Europe shortly after that, returning in early June.  Therefore, we would need to store our motorhome for about 5 months.

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New Years 2019

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New Year's Eve - Long Beach

From San Diego we headed north up to Long Beach to park at the Golden Shores RV Resort.  We have stayed here before since it is the closest RV park to Torrance.  It takes only about 15 minutes to get to Valerie’s Mom’s house from there.

We made the move to Long Beach on New Year’s Eve.  From the park it is a very short walk into the heart of downtown Long Beach.  We took the above picture as we made that walk on New Year’s Eve.  You can see the Queen Mary and a Carnival cruise ship in the background.  Along Pine Avenue you can find many options for food and beverages.  So, early in the evening of 12/31/2018, before it got too busy with celebrants, we walked along Pine Ave and stopped into a couple of the restaurants to snack and raise a glass to the new year.

On New Year’s Day we went to Mom’s to kick off the new year with her “good luck soup”.

Next stop:  Chrissy & Johnny get married

San Diego–December 2018

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As November drew to a close, we headed south to San Diego.  We wanted to return to Mission Bay RV Resort for the month of December.  It’s a super relaxing place with a great location right on the north side of Mission Bay.  From the RV park you can access the walking/biking path for miles in both directions.


As soon as we got the motorhome parked, we headed up to Murrieta in order to babysit Tad and Mia for the weekend while Jason and Ashley took a weekend trip.  The fun began as soon as we picked them up from day care and went back to their house.  Keeping up with a 5 year old and 3 year old is a challenge for grandparents, especially now that Mia likes to “fly” which means holding her in your arms and letting her swoop around the room.  She likes doing that a lot.

For the remainder of the month, we attended Steve & Wende’s very fun Christmas party, did some bicycling and visited (or revisited) various spots around San Diego.  For Christmas we joined Valerie’s family at her Mom’s house.  Tim picked up delicious steamed Dungeness crabs for dinner.

Next stop:  Long Beach, CA