Monday, October 17, 2016

Peggy Sue's Diner - Barstow CA

Pink & turquoise fifties diner with curved sign saying Peggy Sue's Diner

Don't let anyone tell you Barstow CA has little to offer, not when there is a veritable heaven of kitsch in Peggy Sue's Diner. I'm not even a huge fan of 50s memorabilia, and I still found lots to appreciate. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Boondocking - Inyo National Forest Edition

I have never taken so many photos of trees in my life. For that matter, I have never spent so much time surrounded by trees in my life. Still, most of the photos were actually taken in an attempt to capture the amazingly vibrant blue of the sky.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

On the Road Again

My sister, Martha, has a 30' RV named Fifi. She got it when she returned from our gallivanting abroad last year, to live in full time, thereby knocking another item off her bucket list. We were both free of obligations for the first three weeks of July, and I was desperate to escape the heat, so I agreed to join her for some RV adventuring.

There were a few parameters we were trying to work within. Basically, we wanted free spots to camp - known to the camping community as boondocking, and cooler weather. As much as possible, we would like to have a nice environment. Because a lot of free areas are in parking lots of truck stops, Walmarts and other big stores or shopping centers. They would do for a night on the road every now and then, but we wanted to spend as much time as possible in pretty, peaceful places.

Here's how that worked out.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Balboa Island & Newport Beach

Balboa Island Ferry DockThe weekend after our festive Mother's Day lunch, Martha and I took a ride up the coast. It was supposed to turn into a gorgeous day, so we headed for Balboa Island, choosing to pay for the ferry ride to go over, though we took the more mundane route back over the bridge.
Balboa Island Fruit StandWhile we waited for the ferry, we checked out the side street and saw a fruit stand. Of course, we were on the uber wealthy Southern California coast, so it wasn't just any little old fruit stand. No, this one had a separate stand offering strawberries dipped in Ghirardelli chocolate.

It was a pretty good indication of what was to come.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Water Grill, San Diego CA

Water Grill San Diego Exterior

I have the absolute sweetest sister in the world, y'all. Which doesn't come as any surprise to those who actually know her. But because I take care of most of our family affairs, including icky tax documentation, she treated me to an extraordinary champagne Mother's Day lunch. And that's despite my screwing up some of last year's icky tax documentation. sigh.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

French Quarter Fest

French Quarter Fest sign

Peri and I went down to the French Quarter Fest, but all we did was eat our way deep into the Quarter, then turn around to walk back to the streetcar. Of course, it doesn't take much more than that in the French Quarter, in order to see some interesting stuff. So at least I got a few good photos.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Las Vegas to San Diego via...New Orleans

Just a little over a year ago, I left New Orleans to embark on several months of travel in Europe. Except I flew to Las Vegas first. 

Yeah, completely the wrong direction, but I wanted to spend some time with Adrienne and her family there because it had been way too long since I'd been out that way. Then I just continued into California. Turned out my trip to Europe started at LAX.

When I came back from Europe, I went back to California, and returned to Vegas from there. When my sister Martha decided to actually become an official resident of California, I decided to join her for a while. 

But instead of making a short hop on a budget airline, I
headed back to NOLA first. 

Again, the wrong direction. But I wanted to spend a little time with Peri and Danielle, because it will probably be a while before I come back this way again.