Part of our usual routine in the first couple of days at a new place is to go check out the local area. We have done that. We found the commissary and exchange and bought some groceries. The holiday season is in full bloom so to speak. Got to like that -- most people are in a good mood and it seems there is a little excitement and good will in the air.
One thing we noticed about this are is the fast pace. To drive these highways and byways, you really have to get your game face on. And get in to the flow to keep up with traffic! Yikes! None of this---um... "Lets amble over there and take our time finding this place..." It's more like, "Let's figure out a plan, get in the correct lane and stay out of people's way! zoom! zoom!
As you might expect, that is one of the down sides of being in Southern California. There are also a lot of people here! But that is why we are here-- to see people. A couple of days ago, my cousin Kevin came over for lunch and we chatted for a couple of hours. We were supposed to go play golf with his Men's Group at the Admiral Baker Golf Course, but it got rained out. But is was great to see Kevin. We'll get to see wife Sue this weekend and maybe a couple of their grown kids.
And we are figuring out the best time to see Rob and Chris and their kids. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving (on Friday) with them and some other relations, but hope to see them other times also. And we have some old friends from our days in Hawaii who live here and hope to get together with them.
So despite the fast pace and traffic, it is worth it all. Plus it just adds to the RV experience if you know what I mean.
Life goes on and we are in a good place at the moment. But we are very aware of others who face some challenging times and have some things going on. Life on the road is not always 'the never ending vacation' though it may sound that way to some folks at times.
Which brings me to good friends Cathy and Tom. They are in Nashville where their son lives. He has a place there and they are doing some home remodeling projects. At least Tom is. Cathy went in for routine blood work and found out she has AML - Acute Myeloid Leukemia. They immediately hospitalized her and put her on an intensive chemotherapy treatment. My purpose here is to ask all my God-fearing readers and friends to join us in praying for her and Tom and their son. This is serious stuff and we are praying for full recovery. She has a tough road ahead, but I want to enlist your encouragement and support and prayers on their behalf.
When you get news like that, everything else pales in comparison. But please keep her in mind. Often.
Meanwhile, we have been over to Coronado Island and checked out the new RV park that has construction delays. Now they are estimating it will be open in February 2014. We also checked out the golf course over there. We played there about 4 years ago and might do it again while we are here.
We've also been to the Mission of San Diego (more on that in another post) and yesterday we went to went by Torrey Pines site of the 2008 U.S. Open. Some of my favorite golfers grew up in this area including:
Phil Mickelson at Torrey Pines in his younger days
We also went to Old Town San Diego. We were last here when Adam and Kelly came out to see in our first year on the road.
That's if for now on the Roadrunner Chronicles! Thanks for joining us. Until next time...