After our trip to California for the wedding and our visit with son and daughter in law, my friend Anita and I had planned a trip to CA for over a year (son and wedding were a late addition to our calendar this year!) she had a family reunion to attend and one of her long time friend's daughter's wedding. She doesn't like to drive the whole way alone and I do like to drive and she stays at my moms house with me, uses it as a base of operations and a good time is had by all!
You can see my mother in the back ground with her sling, she had rotator cuff surgery 2 weeks prior and was/is still in a sling. It was also nice for me to be able to do a few things for her while we were there, so I felt a little better about not being able to just pop over when she needs a hand, (which doesn't happen very often!)
Don't know what they are but we got the picture on one of our walks downtown Exeter to see the new mural, just so unusual looking.
|This was the new mural - fruit packing labels!|
This bird of paradise was at the coast, we appreciated the flowers in California, knowing we were going to come home to fall/winter and pretty leaves but no flowers!
We went to the coast at Pismo/Avila for two days and one night. Our first day there we had beautiful weather, warm but not hot and the ocean breeze. These birds were waiting for the fishermen cleaning their catch to throw them the 'yucky bits'. They seemed to eat pretty well
There were several seals playing and swimming along the pier.
Just a perfect day!!!
On the way home we stopped at the 'Jack Ranch Cafe' and saw the memorial to James Dean who's car accident happened just up the road. (and of course we used the bathrooms - it was, after all, 3 women traveling together!)
This is the quintessential California to me - live oaks and dead grass! Californians will tell you it is the 'golden hills'!
|You are looking west at the Coastal range|
|This was the top of the pass!!|
Need to get busy now - Christmas is 50 days away!!!