FEB 19, 17 .. A SHORT ROAD TRIP .. LAGUNA BEACH CALIFORNIA

We remain ‘home-based’ in Victorville California (upper red balloon) where we have been since Tuesday the 7th of February.

Our planned two-day trip to Laguna Beach involved first driving to Chino California (center red balloon) and checking into our Motel in Chino. After checking into our motel, we then drove to Laguna Beach California (lower red balloon).

In addition to just wanting to get out onto the road, we wanted to visit The Canyon Club in Laguna Beach. Patti had never been to this most famous club.

So out and off we went last Thursday the 16th. We left Victorville at 11AM and, driving 52-miles, arrived into Chino at 12 Noon. After ‘settling into’ our motel, we left Chino at 12:45PM and, driving 38-miles, arrived into Laguna Beach at 2:05PM.

As you look at all of the below photos, please notice the weather. Thursday was a magnificent day. Brilliant sun, bright blue skies. An absolutely perfect day.

Below are a few photos of The Canyon Club.

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The main meeting room. Our visit included attending two meetings.

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A very nice bookstore and lounge.

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We also visited Laguna Beach and enjoyed a very nice salad at Ruby’s Autodiner.

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Let’s go into Ruby’s Autodiner!

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Ruby’s special romaine salad with julienne apple slices, candied pecans, bleu cheese crumbles, dried cranberries, golden raisins, and baked chicken with pomegranate vinaigrette. Oh My! It was delicious!

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Our view from our booth looking out at some homes in Laguna Beach.

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We had a great day. One of those as-good-as-it-gets day.

And Then ??

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Do all of you remember the beautiful day you just saw in the above photos?

When Patti and I got back to our motel in Chino at about 11PM Thursday night, Patti rather casually turned on the television to catch some local news.

All three news channels, ABC, NBC and CBS, were showing weather predictions that stated one of the most severe storms in 7-years was about to slam into the greater Los Angeles area commencing Friday morning. Up to 10-inches of rain was being predicted with winds up to 70 miles-per-hour.

I looked at Patti and said,

“Let’s get get back to Victorville and I mean NOW! 

We packed out of our motel and were back to our Victorville ‘home-away-from-home’ by 12:30AM. Driving conditions bordered on being perfect. The roads were dry and traffic was moving-at-the-limit.

As I write these words on Sunday, the storm that slammed into the Los Angeles Metro Area on Friday the 17th continuing into Saturday the 18th of February 2017 was all, and more, than predicted.

A driver here in Victorville died (drown) when his car was submerged in a sudden river that overwhelmed his car.

Sign us a pensive, we sure dodged-a-bullet !

Patti and Cap


FEB 8, 17 .. ON THE ROAD AGAIN !! CALIFORNIA’S HIGH DESERT

We, Patti and I, DID IT !!

It really, took-some-doing, but we got out of our motel, the Sleep Inn, in North Scottsdale Arizona (right red balloon) where we had been ‘living’ since Monday the 28th of November, and got on-the-road to Victorville / Apple Valley in California’s High Desert (left red balloon).

To put it very VERY mildly, it was quite-a-day for yours truly.

We spent Monday the 6th doing what we could do to get prepared for the trip yesterday. The issue was that we had three (3) Monday appointments at the Mayo Scottsdale Clinic beginning at 3:45PM and going to 5PM.

Yesterday, Tuesday the 7th, was quite-a-day for yours truly !

I was up about 6AM (Patti slept-in until 7:30AM). We left the Sleep Inn at 11AM and had to go transfer a medical prescription from Mayo to Wal-Mart. Then we had to stop at the Mayo Hospital Phoenix briefly.

We hit-the-road for California and Victorville / Apple Valley at 12 Noon when we left the Mayo Clinic and got onto the Phoenix Loop Road 101. We were onto I-10 West at 12:30PM.

Neither Patti nor I knew-for-sure how I would do on a long drive. It turned out to be an 8-hour trip covering right-at 400 miles!!

The most stressful part of the drive was when we entered the Eastern side of the greater Los Angeles Metro Area and headed up I-15 for Victorville / Apple Valley. At about 6:30PM, we had been on-the-road 6-1/2-hours, when we encountered dense-ground-fog accompanied by a light rain and severe, stop-and-go, bumper-to-bumper, end-of-the-day, rush-hour, traffic!

Patti was happy that I was behind-the-wheel of our truck!

All is well that ends well. After getting lost in Victorville we finally, with help from the staff at the Red Roof Motel, found our motel.

A few photos from the day.

Below you see one of Arizona’s wonderful rest stops on I-10.

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“Patti? Oh Patti? What are you looking at so closely over there?”

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Oh My !

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Oh My Oh My !

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Scorpions (on the left) and Rattlesnakes (on the right).

Luckily we were told they are not-out at this time of year. It is too cold for them and they are holed-up keeping warm.

Love the Cacti !

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Oh my it sure does feel so nice to be out and road-running.

‘Zilla came to our motel about 9PM and we visited until about 12-Midnight.

For now .. That’s All Folks ..

Patti and Cap ..

Tonight, ‘Zilla and I are going to an Ice Hockey game near San Bernadino. It should be quite an outing.


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