West Coast Trip

In late September/early October, we flew to Los Angeles to visit friends and family.  In no particular order, we did the following:

  • With Steve and Wende, we went to downtown LA and toured the Grammy Museum, took a ride on Angels Flight and stopped into Grand Central Market.
  • On another day, we went to the “Old World Village” in Huntington Beach to sample their Octoberfest celebration.
  • Over the weekend, Steve and Kevin went to San Francisco and attended the San Francisco 49ers game, playing against the Seattle Seahawks.  Unfortunately, SF lost but we enjoyed the trip.
  • While we were in SF, Valerie visited with Jason, Ashley, Tad and Mia.  She also had lunch with her long-time friend, Delcy.
  • We took a trip out to Prescott, Arizona, to visit Tim and Dinah.  We enjoyed some nice hiking, and I had a thrilling ride with Tim in their Porsche 911.
  • The timing of our visit coincided with birthdays for Steve as well as for Valerie’s son, Tim.  Steve and Wende hosted a nice birthday cookout for the family.
  • Valerie and I visited with her Aunt Amy (her Mom’s sister).

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Honokaa Class Reunion

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On September 30th, Valerie and I accompanied Valerie’s mom, Umeno, and her mom’s good friend Kazuko to Las Vegas for a class reunion for graduates of Honokaa High School, Hawaii.  It was actually Valerie’s dad, Bob, who attended that school since Honokaa was his hometown.  But Mom has attended this annual reunion for many years and enjoys reconnecting with their friends.

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They invited graduates from almost any year so the group had representatives from something like 20 or 30 years of graduating classes.  They had a few events including a luncheon attended by the entire group with entertainment and prize drawings.

Since this was during the Octoberfest season, Valerie and I decided to check out Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas.  Earlier this year, while visiting Munich we went to the original Hofbrauhaus.  The Las Vegas location gets their beer from the brewery in Munich so it was an authentic experience.  It also gave us an opportunity to reminisce about our time in Germany only about 5 months prior.