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Heading Back to Thailand!

California on the Way!


We last saw our grandson Terran in early January. It’s time for a visit. This year, Mark isn’t joining me in Thailand. There’s lots to do at home to get ready for winter. And NH residents already saw the first snow last night.

We had not seen our SF family since March. Mark joined me for a California visit first to San Francisco and then to LA to see my brother and sister in law, and our niece and kids! So I’ll digress and share a few California photos first. We flew to San Jose and explored the Beach Towns from Santa Cruz to Pismo Beach for a few days.
A highlight of our trip to the California Central Coast was visiting our friend Roger Nicolas at his Paso Robles Winery. Roger was the founder of the popular Home Hill Inn and French Restaurant in Plainfield, NH and we first stayed there over 30 years ago while visiting the Upper Valley to consider moving there. Mark and Roger played tennis on his handcrafted red clay court, and we celebrated special occasions at Home Hill over many years. Roger sold the Inn over 15 years ago and it has since closed. We had heard he started a winery and we tracked him down. He and his lovely wife Claire invited us for lunch and we had such a memorable afternoon! The wines from RN Estate are hand-crafted by Roger himself. He planted the grapes, he harvests them by hand before the sun comes up, and his fine wines are award winners coveted by connoisseurs.
Thank you Roger & Claire for the most unusual for us and wonderful afternoon. We were so happy to see you!

On Friday, we flew from San Luis Obispo to San Francisco to spend the weekend with our kids when they are “off work.”
We had lots of family time with Aaron, Megan, Wes, David and his girlfriend, Sarah whom we were so happy to meet.
We celebrated Halloween at Wesley’s school party, all dressed up too! Megan made all of our “outfits” except for Pooh. She painted Wes’ pj’s for Tigger and she had the great Kanga shirt all ready for me. So much fun!
The Ferry Building Farmers Market is always colorful and yummy!
Wes calls this Ferry Building statue “Papa”. Ghandi does look a bit like Mark, don’t you think?
And we enjoyed our Exploratorium day with Wesley! David & Sarah were great helpers!

On Monday, we headed south to LA to see the family there. We enjoyed yummy dinners, visiting E & H’s architecturally stunning new house in Santa Monica, seeing Jeff & Doris and their grandkids. I got to see Faye! We gave out candy at Ellen’s house While they took the kids out to trick or treat. It was crazy how many kids came. And, it’s hard to believe that our kids and nieces and nephews are all grown up. We have grandsons and grand nieces and nephews. Where DID the years go?

Mark headed home before Halloween and I’m heading out to Thailand from the West Coast! Stay tuned to the blog!

Posted by Nsevers 01:19 Archived in USA Tagged hotels beach california halloween sunsets family

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