Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Just More Borrego Art

Vineyard Workers in steel
  Having a thunderstorm right now, so I decided to post more of the art in the desert.

He looks soft, but the metal is sharp. Be watchful with kids

Serpent is about length of foot ball field. Road passes over it's back 

  We had planned to start our drive today, but I finally got sick after all that time at Disney. So just been laying low and then this storm could pass over our car on the road or our car in the driveway. We chose to leave later as she had planned wiggle room in our schedule. Suits me well.

  These pics were taken by parking car and walking to each one. That was a Kathy idea since it was mid 70's dry Sunny day and a nice time for a walk.
  It will take another post or two for the site on the other side of the circle. 

A sign like this is at each site. Very nice of someone to pay an artist to create art for anyone to enjoy

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Pink Martini with China Forbes great concert

Some Sculptures are small 

  Today was a recover from Disney and go through mail. Then we drove to Melbourne to see a concert and were quite pleased with the performance. ( March 1st 2019 Nashville 8 pm with Nashville Symphony )  It was a quick drive back and the car said it was 47 degrees outside. We are both happy with this dry cool air we have enjoyed since getting back.

Some are quite large

  Funny how this tiny 1300 sq ft Cabana seems huge after spending eleven nights in our camper. 

  Tomorrow we are back in the park to spend a last day with family spending spring break there. It should be a short day for us. Saturday I need to get car oil changed and tires pumped up etc, as Kathy's giant car trip is coming up. Most folks would call us crazy for starting a several thousand mile road trip in a car with 200K on it already. After our event with a brand new Dodge Charger RT in California, I do not trust a new car any more than a high mileage one. Anything is possible and we may come home in a rental.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A tiring Day in Disney

Art in Borrego Springs

  Thought I would post a few pics from California since I have internet in Resort. Today was a great 62 degrees and dry, perfect for jeans and light jacket inside Disney World. It was crowded, make that overcrowded with young women on Spring Break. Disney needs to expand the area people can be, kinda like they did at Animal Kingdom Pandora. We were in EPCOT and even the loop around the countries was packed. We met Kathy's brother in law and her nephew at the Chinese restaurant and caught up on family news. The food was good also.


  I awoke this morning not knowing where I was. Anchorage? San Diego? Florida? After I got fully awake, I remembered which door was the bathroom. Living in three places and several hotels and resorts and very little sleep did a number on me. 

  Today we rode Frozen on FP+ and Soaring on extra hours walk on. Living with the Land was the same way.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Back at Cabana, 62 Degrees and Dry Air

15 days ago at home in Alaska

  I left the camp ground and Kathy did laundry as I tried to get as much sand as I could out of the 'Mouse House.' It provided us with 11 nights of warm dry sleep with bathroom, shower, hot water, fridge and comfy bed. 

  Then she followed me to gas station where I added 15 gallons of gas to the near empty tank. We then parked it in our storage spot and put tire covers on and unhooked batteries. Vents, windows and doors closed / locked and we said good bye.

The 2018 Dodge Charger RT that lasted 76 miles before having to be towed to shop. 12 days ago.
  The cost of keeping a camper to use like this is high. The less we use it the more each night costs. For this year 2018 we have used it once ( 11 Nights )and that makes each night cost $ 147. That is reasonable for such a prime location on the beach. With our Fall trip ( ten Nights ) included the price per night drops to $ 92 a night.

 The year 2017 costs us $ 87 a night on the beach. The big question is how much longer will the camper function or become not worth the cost. Time will tell, but for now it allows us to have a California beach fix and a home base for day trips.
  We checked into Base Lodging and took hot showers and put on clean clothes after the Camper storing event. Then one last trip to Bagby Beer Company for a great diner and tasty micro brew. Afterwards a nice drive thru Oceanside before returning to Base to get a good night sleep before leaving at 7 AM to get to the airport to return the high mileage yet dependable Toyota Camry. Total car cost $ 330.  

  The flight was uneventful and our car appears to OK. We had a light diner at Chick-Fil-A and then drove back to the Cabana.

  Tomorrow will be checking into the Disney resort and spending a few days with Kathy's nephew and brother in law who are spending a week there. After that we have tickets to another Pink Martini concert with a different singer China Forbes.

  This not working for a living is busy.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

No Extra 330 Flight lesson this trip

New amphibious have tires and props

  Today was drizzle and rain with free wind for fun. I ran the vacuum to try and get most of the sand out of the camper. Tomorrow's chore is dump tanks and take camper back to it's storage lot, until we come back in Sep or Oct.

  I got a call from the pilot and he said clouds too low on both days, so flight cancelled. That is the way it goes sometimes. The plan had been for inverted flat spins and shoulder rolls. Must have vertical space for those.

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Boys Were Leaving Late

  The boys were leaving late today. They came back at midnight

  After a great day at the San Diego Zoo, we decided to hang on the beach today. It was a warm low overcast type of day and great for beach walks.

  Spent some time fixing a few things inside the camper.

  The weather is forecast rain tomorrow, so I have an airplane flying lesson scheduled for 1 pm. Sorta doubt it will happen. They told me today the plane was fixed and being flown at the time. I will also have a different instructor. Hope it goes well.

  Nothing flying today and tomorrow not looking good either. We have one more day here and have reservations inside Disney World after that.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Grey Whale Watching

  Today was perfect weather and I drove us 41.1 miles to park on Coranado Island.  We then rode the ferry to the Embarcadero, where the 3 hour tour started.

  The Grey Whales are migrating from Mexico to Alaska for the Summer. They have to leave early as they can't fly Alaska Air. We saw at least five whales and several Navy ships and helicopters.

  Then a fine diner at a famous seafood place and a ferry ride back to our car at night. San Diego is beautiful at night from the harbor.

This plane was too heavy and did the longest run I have ever seen

  Tomorrow's activity is yet another Groupon deal.