We celebrated Roberta’s 58th birthday today by totally relaxing at our campsite at Fisherman’s Retreat in Redlands, California. Roberta had been up until 1am Skyping with her sister who lives in the Philippines, so she welcomed a lazy day of doing nothing!! AND, her cell phone kept ringing all day long as friends and family wished her Happy Birthday!
Roberta was able to get in her daily walk (doctor’s orders!) walking around the campground lakes. She went a bit farther each day, so she felt like she was accomplishing something!
After a few days walking around the smaller lakes, she tackled the larger one – whoo hoo!
Dave had made Roberta promise to let him take her out to a nice birthday dinner after they left the campground, so tonight was the night. We pigged out at a Thai restaurant in Murrieta – Thai Orchid – and the food was fabulous. If you like Thai food, you will NOT be disappointed eating here!!
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you…
Look at this beautiful rose they made with the straw paper on our Thai Ice Teas
We started with 4 appetizers – Spring Rolls…
…Shrimp & Calamari…
…and Chicken Satay.
Dave’s entree – Pad Thai
Roberta’s entree – Panang Salmon with Brown Rice
Good to the last bite!!
We actually took home so many leftovers we had lunch on Monday and Roberta still had some salmon for another day. Yummy…
We arrived at Dave’s sister Tricia’s house in Temecula on Friday evening and enjoyed a weekend of family fun, including the Sunday Service at which the homecoming of Dave’s twin nephew’s, Matt and John, was celebrated. (They had been serving Mormon Missions in Australia until just 2 weeks ago.) We spent the next few days shuttling between the homes of his other sister, Judy, in Murrieta and this one. It was great to spend time with them and their families, and we really appreciated their hospitality!!
While in Temecula with family we just happened to find out that the following weekend was the annual Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival. It was very inexpensive and there was RV camping available so, naturally, that is where we headed for the next weekend.
From Temecula we headed south to San Diego. We wanted to see the famous “Sunny Jim” cave and Roberta had never been to Torrey Pines State Preserve. On our way to the cave we discovered La Jolla Children’s Pool near Shell Beach. What a treat!
We’d forgotten how beautiful the Pacific Ocean could be
This area is a tiny cove protected by a concrete breakwater. It was once a swimming area for children until the seals and sea lions moved in. Now visitors can enjoy the added bonus of an ongoing marine mammal show courtesy of the seals and sea lions that play in and around the shore or at Seal Rock, their offshore reserve.
The next day we headed for Torrey Pines.
We had reservations at a campground in Julian for the night. But boy were we surprised to see it covered in snow! By the time we left the campground, almost all the snow had melted.
We headed back to say farewell to our southern California friends, then headed to Utah for a surprise 80th birthday party…