Sunday, May 27, 2012

Carlsbad & Oceanside, CA May 2012


We had a wonderful week in Southern California.  Linda & I, Cindy & Tim, and Cindy B. all spent the week in Carsbad...on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The weather was partly cloudy/sunny and cool coastal breezes.  We spent relaxing time cooking, partying, campfires, and projects with the RV (Slideout repair, AC modification).  Linda spent time crocheting her blanket and reading.  After the week in Carlsbad, we spent 2 nights at the Elks Lodge in Oceanside.  We had a great time and really enjoyed our day-long bicycle ride around the town and to the beach.
However, we did have several mishaps - Our front landing gear stopped working (gears stripped). - Massive leak from our grey shower water tank - and I lost the trailer keys!  Even so, it was a great trip.

Party at the beach campground!
One of our favorites:  Seafood Boil - Corn, Sausage, Shrimp, Clams, Red Potatoes, Onions, Celery, Clam Juice, and Zataran's

Chef Tim and Cindy

Dinner Time

Linda at Oceanside Pier

Oceanside Marina

Sunset at Carlsbad

Sunday, May 6, 2012

San Francisco May 3-6, 2012

We flew into San Francisco on Thursday morning.  When we arrived, we took the BART straight from the airport to our hotel, where we checked our luggage.  Then we went exploring.  We walked up and down the streets in the Civic Center and Union Square districts.  We stopped at few pubs and enjoyed a few drinks and a dinner. 
On Friday, we took a 2-hour walking tour.  It's called City Scapes, where we got to explore all the POPO's (Privately Owned Public Open Spaces).  Basically, roof-top parks...Very Cool.  Then, we went to the Ferry Building and did some shopping...
Saturday, we spent visiting the Wharf, Ghiardelli Square, Pier 39, Coit Tower (what a climb),
On Sunday, we went to Golen Gate Park, where we went to the top of Strawberry Point for a view.  Then, we went to the Academy of Sciences.  They have an aquarium, a rain forest with loads of butterflies and birds and frogs.  They also have a planetarium, but we ran out of time...and energy.

Trolley turn-around station
Linda enjoying a ride on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) on our way from San Francisco Airport to Hotel Whitcomb

Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park

Are these homes and shops built on a steep hill...or what!

Morning view from our hotel window

Glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge...from Strawberry Point in the Golden Gate Park

Linda is trying to get the perfect shot of the ducks

I found my thrill on Strawberry Hill!