California Dreamin’ I

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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[I sacked in on New Year’s Eve.  It was Rita’s birthday in San Marcos.  Undoubtedly it would be party, party, party all day long.  And we were still recovering from the long flight from Indianapolis.]

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[Local creatures were up and about next door on Lake San Marcos.  It appears to be a fine selection of cormorants, mallards, egrets, herons, and coots (in the water).  California has always been noted for its diversity.]

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[The birthday girl was up and about on her deck porch.   Hello, Charles Schwab?  My sister and brother-on-law are here, and they expect to be ferried all over Southern California the next two weeks.  I just want to make sure my investments can cover that? ]

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[We went exploring that first morning.  We actually beat the Tom-Tom in finding Dangerous Dan’s old place . . .]

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[Which just happened to be on the other side of Lake San Marcos from where we were.  Regular readers of the blog are aware that Dangerous Dan is one of the lead character actors of this venue.]

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[Recent photo of Dangerous Dan with the supervisor.]

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[Then it was on to one of “my” restaurants . . . ]

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[Which are known far and wide through out the area.]

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[But ultimately, of course, California is about going to the beach . . .]

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[So here are The Biddies at what we later learned was South Carlsbad State Park, a/k/a Ponto Beach, which was about 12 miles straight west from where we were in San Marcos.]

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[Surfer dudes (and dudettes?)]

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[Do we have a tan yet?]

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[Did we get a tan since the previous photo?]

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[Well, if we’re not tan yet, we’re going to the tanning booth!]

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[Is that a tanning booth?]

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[A beach flower – purple, I believe.]

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[A body of water comparable to the chain of lakes.]

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[Either a beach rock formation . . . or a Henry Moore sculpture?]

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[Give me back our Moby Obie and we’ll show these guys how to really surf!  As a diplomaed geographer, it behooves me to point out that surfers in California wear wet suits because that water is cold.  The California current flows down from the north bringing the cooler water with it.  And that’s why Southern California is also known for its marine layer, a usually morning fog as a result of the cool air over the water meeting the warmer air of the land.  I’m sure you already knew that . . . but just in case.]

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[Let’s go surfin’ now, everybody’s learning how . . .]

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[Another cluster of Happy Birthday wishes!  Watch that cliff, Rita!]

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[Beachcombers!]

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[A/k/a, the Pacific Coast Highway]

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[Not wanting to over do sun exposure that first day, here we are crossing the Lake San Marcos bride on the way back to our “home” on the east side.]

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[A low flying egret over the lake.  At that altitude, the FAA generally requires flashing lights.]

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[It turns out part of Rita’s rental contract included catering to other house “guests.”]

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[On second thought, we didn’t get enough sun . . . and it’s wine time!]

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[So, a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer, down your pants!]

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[Rental Sweet Rental]

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[Obviously, we’re on a pontoon ride around the lake, courtesy of Rita’s landlord.  🙂  ]

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[Egret ]

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[Ornamental grass (?) in the wild, likely a gift from some birds.]

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[The dam at the end of the man-made lake.]

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[It’s a 40-foot drop on the other side.  Damn!  Lotsa houses on hillsides where they occasionally come down the hill in a mudslide.]

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[The Biddies and Beth as we’ve turned around heading for home.  As you’ve noticed, it’s not a big lake but it is still wild at this end.]

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[Well, I guess it’s not really buildable on the right side . . . ]

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[Egret and coot (not to be confused with the 4 coots on the pontoon.]

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[Approaching civilization again.]

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[The cormorant tree at sundown . . . ]

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[The contrail provided at no extra cost.]

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[I guess this is their bedroom?]

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[Have a good evening you solid-boned diving ducks.]

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[Oh, you’re still here.  Well, I really liked these shots.  🙂  ]

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[Back to the house.]

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[James, the landlord from Joisey, at the helm.]

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[Ahead on the left is the resort complex, under renovation.  And on the right is the bridge we crossed a few photos back.]

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[A white swan, who has friends, who calls the lake home.]

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[Heron]

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[Cormorants drying in the sun.]

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[One is stretching its wings to dry.]

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[We will later go up to the “mountain tops” overlooking the lake . . . and the ocean.]

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[The lake has 4 black swans, who are fed of course by the locals.]

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[Rita and her New Year’s Eve birthday gift of Schramsberg blanc de noir . . .   ]

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[And the supervisor’s New Year’s Day birthday gift of blanc de blanc.   I think we all preferred the blanc de blanc.]

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[Many thanks again, Rita!  We had a great time!  And remember now when you’re out driving around with Scott and Vicki, be sure to keep an eye out for those big ass trucks!  😉   ]

Up next:  Lots more California, and a girls’ basketball game is in the queue.

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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1 Response to California Dreamin’ I

  1. JamiG4 says:

    So nice to see you all had a good time!!!

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