Friday, February 6, 2009

Road Trip - From the desert to the beach

Whew! We've spent time in Lancaster, San Pedro, Newbury Park, Point Mugu, and Santa Ynez this week. Each stop has been special in its own way.

Lancaster and Edwards AFB - a former station of ours...visited friends from that assignment--too quick, but still great. Funny...Mark took the girls to the park, and several moms remembered him! The novelty of the stay-at-home dad with the twin girls still lingers. There is such an air of adventure out at Edwards, with the flight and rocket testing, complete with sonic booms (which the girls did NOT like). It was our favorite assignment overall, filled with memories of friends and the arrival and early days with the girls.

San Pedro - visiting friends (Shawn & Katherine Brennan) from our Vandenberg assignment. The girls had such fun with their kids. I was actually born in San Pedro, so that was a fun spin on the "Connie Schlaefer Memorial Tour". We spent a lot of time outside, looking out over the ocean...not bad for military housing!

Newbury Park and Point Mugu - Visited our old neighbors, the Bucsis's, including their daughter Katherine, who just had a new little baby. Did a quick tour of my elementary schools, and some of my old haunts, including the riding stables, which was fun. The camping at Point Mugu was an unexpected gem. We were RIGHT on the beach, which was south-facing, so the waves were very small. I couldn't believe how Abigail wanted to play in the surf...she is normally reticent about cold, and this water was in the mid 60s. She kept dragging me further and further in! Mae, who is normally the water baby, was much less interested. We played on the beach, looked at tidepools, made dribble castles, buried each other in the sand, and generally had a blast. The coolest thing of all was watching the sun rise over Mugu Rock...on the Pacific! And the second coolest thing was seeing a sea lion sunning himself on the sand in the morning sun. We had the girls out on the beach in their p.j.s checking it out.

Santa Ynez - reconnected with some friends from our UCSB days. Once again, the girls had a blast with the kids, who were older but VERY patient. This is a gorgeous area, made famous by the movie "Sideways". Needless to say, we did some wine tasting as part of our cultural immersion!

Now on our way up the coast to visit friends in Nipomo, then Morgan Hill, to visit Mark's brother John.

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