Return to Southern California

After leaving Joshua Tree, we headed over to Southern California.  The first part of our visit we stayed at San Clemente State Beach.  The sunsets were incredible!!  IMG_9918


For those of you who don’t know already, this is the area that we retired from.  So it was nice to come back to familiar territory at first.  We went for a nice walk down to the beach a couple days after arriving.  IMG_9923




We could see all the seals hanging out on seal rock out in the water.  IMG_9932

We met up with some good friends of ours on Valentine's Day for dinner down at the San Clemente Pier at the Fisherman’s Restaurant.  Back when we lived here, this used to be one of our favorite places to come for special occasions for dinner.  And sometimes, just for the fun of it!  IMG_9957



We got to watch a beautiful sunset that night!  I forgot how amazing they could be out here!!!  IMG_9962


We celebrated Sal’s birthday while in California.  This was a really good thing since this meant he was able to share the celebration with his kids.  This also meant he was able to spread the celebration out over an entire weekend.  On Saturday, we headed up to Michelle’s house.  Now this is when I remembered why I really don’t miss this area of the country all the much any more!!

IMG_0030And this was on a Saturday!  In the middle of the day!!  But Matt and Michelle said it was because it was President’s Day weekend!  Since when did President’s Day weekend become a big enough weekend for this kind of traffic??!!  Only in Southern California!!  IMG_0028


So, we made our way to Michelle’s house, where she made Sal Grape Leaves for dinner from scratch.  Yum!!  Here she is working away while Matt & Sal enjoy watching.  IMG_0032


And then the next day, we were off to Matt’s place where Sal messed around with some of Matt’s DJ stuff.  He just can’t seem to leave things alone. Winking smile  IMG_0054




For dinner tonight, Sal, being the spoiled brat that he is, got another amazing meal!  It was filet and lobster on the BBQ and rice!  Can you believe the great food he got for his weekend??  IMG_0056All kidding aside, I do have to admit, the kids took great care of him for his birthday!  He also got a homemade chocolate cake with chocolate icing to seal the deal.  It was awesome that we were able to be around for them to spoil him like that! 

Also while we were in the neighborhood, we did our annual get together with some of the people that I used to work with before we hit the road too.  We had some amazing food and good times there as well!!  IMG_0059

And, as it almost always seems at these get togethers, Sal and Brayden end up getting into something.  This time they were both tugging on the toy that Great-Grandma had made years and years ago, and then the next thing you know……pieces are all over the place!!  IMG_0062

After a while, Sal was able to figure a way to put things back together again and save the day though.  Phew!  That was a close one!!!  IMG_0068



So, I’ll end our California trip with one more family picture.  Since Camille didn’t -get in any of the other photos, here’s a nice one of Matt and his longtime girlfriend, Camille, with their kitty and us.  We had such a great time while we were there!!  IMG_0081I know this post had a lot less scenery pics, but I hope you enjoyed your virtual visit with us anyway.  Happy trails!


  1. Great photos and Sal sure had a nice birthday. Good for him.

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