On the road to Tucson…lots of little fluffy clouds. “The sunsets were long…they were purple and red and yellow and on fire. You don’t see that anymore. You might still see it in the desert.” –The Orb, Little Fluffy Clouds
I did not know that Saguaro cacti only live in Arizona! They don’t start growing arms until they are 75-100 years old. Late bloomers!
This gas station had it all…pottery, wind catchers, welded velociraptors. I wanted to strap them onto my car’s roof.
Stegosaurus and T-Rex, with a baby T-rex!
A closeup of Stegosaurus eyelashes…
My paleontologist roots are showing…
An Iconic Warrior
After a night in Tucson, Betho and I arrived in San Diego! We checked into the fabulous Marriott Residence Inn Suites in La Jolla and met Uncle Mark, Aunt Cyndi and cousin Summer for dinner. Oh, and also met Mr. Thumbs, the mildly feral cat that Summer adopted. He can open door knobs with those thumbs!
That night, we went to Seaport Village for dinner and toured the little shopping district. Very cool! I decided a return trip to the surf store would definitely be in order! (Sorry, no pics of this. My selfie stick broke. Damn you, Walmart and your AS-SEEN-ON-TV products!)
It was hard to say farewell to Betho, but I understand that Phil could only live without his sunshine for so long. Many thanks to Beth and Phil for hosting the ABQ leg of my journey! I love you!
Cyndi took me to meet her nephew Steven, his wife, Rosie, their kids Chris and Kaylin. (Forgive me if I mispelled anything…I’ll correct it as requested!) I’m blown away by what a sweet, wonderful, loving family they are! Such great folks! It is beyond a pleasure getting to know them!
Rosie, Steven and Summer researching Halloween costumes!
Could Kaylin be any cuter?!?
And a sleepy Skyler…
We went to bed early Saturday night so we could get up at 5:30 am on Sunday and attend Chris’s first school surf team heats! Very exciting! I even saw a gorgeous sunrise!
Kaylin loves Chris so much!
The boys giving me the evil eye from the window. They wanted to go to the beach!
A popular hang-gliding spot…nope, I didn’t do any hang-gliding. I loathe heights and falling from high places.
Me and my incredible Aunt Cyndi!
And more sleepy time…
Betho gave this super fun card before she left!
I’m so thrilled to be on this trip of a lifetime! I’m getting time with special people I love and so seldom get to see. I have NEVER gotten to spend this much one-on-one time with Mark, Cyndi and Summer. It’s funny to look at Mark and see how much he and my Dad resemble each other. Cyndi is so vibrant and sensitive. Summer is brilliant and fascinating. Mark is incredibly kind and patient. They are a remarkably close, content and complete family. I feel beyond blessed to share this time with them!
Many thanks to my amazing family (my mom and dad especially for making this all possible!), to my grandparents, to Patrick (my precious son working hard at Belmont), to my cousins, to my friends, to everyone who has given me support and love! I’m sharing my adventure with you and wishing we were all together doing these fun things!