Category: Travels

Tapias Say Aloha

Dropped Sylvia and Rodrigo off at the airport here in San Diego this morning so that they can finally begin their almost week-long and much needed getaway to Hawai’i with Mary, Dave and Diana and so that I can begin my almost week-long stay at their house watching their fur-kids, Lilo and Stitch while having …

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A Year Out From New Mexico

A year ago today my mom and I entered New Mexico, and eventually Los Alamos, to spend a few days with my brother, Tom and my nephew, Alex. Sorry, Dr. Tom. And while I’m at it, Mr. Alex. Since it’s been a year, it’s time to start making plans for a return trip. Maybe in …

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Dana Has A Point

Traveled up to Dana Point with the Tapias to get some burgers and amazingly tasty fried zucchini from A’s Burgers. After lunch we walked along the beach watching surfers handle massive two-foot breakers. Drove back on the 101 so we could enjoy the small towns lining the coast. ( a d v e n t …

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Homes From The Past

Drove around Camarillo checking out the three houses our family lived in while us kids went to schools in the area. They seem much smaller than my younger mind remembers.

Where Saints Are Made

Spent over an hour walking around my old high school in Oxnard with my sister and mom, taking pictures and chatting with a few of the staff including the new school principal.

What’s An Oxnard: Day Two

Much merriment was had today starting with an excellent breakfast at the resort, followed by tennis playing, kite flying, bocce balling and walks along the beach. There was some Starbucks and donuts thrown in there somewhere for good measure. ( p i c s )

What’s An Oxnard: Day One

Start of our two-day trip up to Oxnard to meet up with my visiting brother and his entourage. (More info and  p i c s  to come.)

This Day In My History

In 2004 I watched my nephew Alex play soccer and score his team’s first goal during World Cup Day of his UK Soccer Camp in Los Alamos, New Mexico. His team was Brazil. In 2005, my friend Lannie and I met and hung out with the artist Shag at an event for him at the …

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Foodspotting Surge

Finally finished adding all the meal photos from my recent trip to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas as well as other dinners of late to my Foodspotting website and I surged up to 88 spottings. I will probably die with food in my mouth.

Post-Trip Trauma

The worst part of any trip is the financial reconciling that follows. Good thing I’m anal. About keeping things, that is.

Home Again

Finally ended my two and a half week, 3,253 mile excursion across four states, coming and going, with an evening arrival back home in a cooler-than-Texas-New Mexico-or-Arizona San Diego. A little strange to be back. How do I do everyday stuff again?

Breakfast with Hotshots

Was having a really good French Toast breakfast at the Lazy Lizard Lounge restaurant at the hotel when 20 worn and dirty Carson National Forest “Hotshot” firefighters came in from an overnight battle with a wildfire outside Silver City. They were enjoying a well-deserved and government-paid buffet before heading back to their home station in Taos, …

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Last But Not Least

For the final leg of my two+ week adventure in New Mexico and Texas I will be leaving Deming, NM after breakfast and should arrive in San Diego sometime in the late afternoon/early evening. Google Maps says 630 miles and 10 hours.

The Second Spike

After arriving at my hotel in Deming, I ventured out to discover something about this small town that might be worth writing home about. Turns out that in 1881 Deming was the location for laying of the Silver Spike connecting the country’s second transcontinental railroad. Too bad that the woman at the visitor’s center was …

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First Half Of My Drive Home

For my first day of driving back home to San Diego, I will be heading out from Cedar Park, TX and should be arriving in Deming, NM in the late evening. 677 miles and 11 hours according to Google Maps. Sad to be driving away, but glad to be heading home.

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