Checked out our local attraction. Was okay. We skipped all “live animal shows.” Not into that.
We found a semi-hidden trail right off of 3rd Street near our house. Spectacular views of MV. Continue reading “Mission Valley Hike”
Finally made it to the famous aquarium in La Jolla! Continue reading “Scripps Aquarium”
A gorgeous afternoon out on the San Diego harbor, cruising on the big Hornblower with Chad Michaels for MC. The sunset was equally amazing. Met some really nice folks, too. Continue reading “Harbor Cruise”
A grand home at the edge of Balboa Park. Designed by the “Frank Lloyd Wright” of San Diego: Irving Gill. I do wish they’d kept the Japanese black lacquer dining room as the last Marston lady had it. Preservationists go too far.
Bittersweet day. One last deck party with the old friends. Hard to leave such great people (and a great city) but after almost 30s, it was time… Continue reading “Last lunch in SF”
First time I’d gone down to Fisherman’s Wharf to check out the old sub. Really cool and a great audio tour. Patrick put a lot of quarters into those old games at the Musee Mechanique. Continue reading “SS Pampanito and Museé Mechanique”
Darryl hosted a combo party for both Easter and Antonio’s birthday. Food was amazing this year — cheddar bacon scones to die for. Continue reading “Antonio’s Birthday”
Orlando, what a strange place. We did three days at the Disney parks and one at Cape Canaveral. Shuttling around in a rental car, because Orlando doesn’t do transit in any meaningful sense of the term. The highlight for me was the Fantasia minigolf course near one of the resorts. Probably the best putt-putt I’ve ever seen. The fading light of a warm Florida evening, beautifully rendered sculptures, and some amazing tricky shots and water features… just the best. The Space Center was moving in ways (maybe not surprising but still, I was caught off guard by the drama of the old shuttle Atlantis, and all the lost lives in the program’s disasters). I may never go back to northern Florida again but it was good to see it all. Continue reading “Disneyworld and Kennedy Space Center”
Took a break from the cold weather world to check out San Diego. Stayed at this cute Airbnb place in Hillcrest, which was lovely (as a neighborhood). San Diego was sunny and quiet, though the Balboa Park Zoo was pretty jammed even on Xmas day. Man, do zoos make me feel sad for the animals though. I fell in love with the vibe of the city, I must admit. Continue reading “Christmas in San Diego”
Everyone wants to see “Vegas” if they’ve never been there. And I must admit, it’s much changed since I was last here about 15 years ago. More pedestrian stuff, more promenading, more food everywhere. Definitely an improvement. I still don’t need more than one visit per decade though. We rented a car and looked at housing but it was too much sprawl for me.
Another round for the pro circuit boys. This time at a lovely course nestled next to a real golf course. I suppose we’ll graduate to that someday. Or maybe not. 🙂 We dined at the McInnis clubhouse first. Holes in one were had afterwards. The September weather was gorgeous. Flowers and scents in bloom. Love Marin… Continue reading “Minigolf at McInnis Park”
Patrick and I check out the history of the man behind the magic out at the museum in The Presidio. More there than one would expect… so much detail and history. And amazing collection of miniatures that Walt loved. Continue reading “Walt Disney Family Museum”
The pro circuit guys hit Scandia. 🙂 Continue reading “Minigolf at Scandia”
Went back to dip a little further into life on Oahu. This time, I rented a car and explored the northern side of the island a little. Got soaking wet hiking up into the rainforest to see Manoa Falls. Loved it. Patrick N and I went minigolfing too, and I hit my first hole-in-one on a minigolf course, ever. Continue reading “Honolulu April 2017”
Decided on to escape the wet & gray of California this winter with a long weekend in Oahu, where I’d never been before. Totally loved it… even crazy crowded loud Waikiki. Continue reading “Honolulu February 2017”