Wednesday, November 28, 2012

CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA



On November 7 I finally got on a flight to Los Angeles.  I had to leave school a few weeks early in order to get my visas for my next journey, which are impossible to get in Panama. 

Brad Pitt ad infinitum at the Panama City airport


I spent several days in Santa Monica, seeing a dermatologist and a travel doctor.

I then flew to San Jose and was met at the airport by my longtime friend, Cathy Bonner.  We worked together for years, but had not seen each other in a couple of years since she had moved to Santa Cruz.  We had a great week, just catching up and doing a few touristy things like wine tasting, walking near the beach, having lunch on the Santa Cruz pier, and visiting the quilt museum in San Jose.  We also rode through the redwood forests on the Roaring Camp Railroad.
Surfing museum


Seals like to sleep on the pier

Cathy and I

Getting ready to go on the train
The conductor






Looking up through the redwood trees

Cathy's six nephews are very musical


including bagpipes














winery


San Jose Quilt Museum

After a fun time in Santa Cruz, I flew to Phoenix to celebrate Thanksgiving with my in-laws.  It is the one time of year I know I can see everyone.  We had our holiday dinner at Philip's house, so the next generation is taking over!  I also had a nice lunch with Marilyn Colvert.


Kaleb and Thomas take charge

While Patty is the mastermind

Dan and Barbara referee


















Mine
Tim's
Really, Tim, who had the better birthday cake?