A Few Weeks in Sticks & Bricks
Our November plans started to take shape earlier in the year, when we had a text conversation with our good friends Dave & Shannon. A few beers may have been involved but the conversation went something like - I can't believe we are not going to see each other this year. WTF!
Our paths last crossed in Southern California in January and given our international travel plans and their upcoming overseas trip, there was no way to catch up any time soon. As the alcohol-induced conversation proceeded, we decided "hold on a second we are both on the West Coast" (they in Bend Oregon and we in Southern California) , let's meet in the middle. And so the plan was hatched.
Shannon has a family member with an amazing home in Santa Cruz, California that we could stay in. We would ditch the RV's and just drive there to meet up. So the week before Thanksgiving that's what we did. We had a fabulously lazy vacation-style nine days up in the gorgeous Santa Cruz and Capitola area. We drank tequila and beer, played games, walked along the ocean, watched the crazy surfers, saw a few whales swimming by and generally lounged about in this beautiful Oceanview home. Dave also snagged us all tickets to see the English Beat at a nearby venue. Iain and I had a blast reliving the songs from our youth. We even had a Friendsgiving celebration a few days early. It was a perfect way to spend a week and great to not let 2017 go by without spending some time with our friends.
We went on to spend the Thanksgiving weekend with our good friends Lindsay and Tracie, who have just bought a house in Palm Springs. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with all the tasty trimmings. While in the Coachella Valley we got to explore this wonderful area. Iain and I are both in love with Mid-Century Modern design so we felt like we had died and gone to heaven. Such a great oasis in the otherwise barren landscape.
Living the Sticks and Bricks life for a few weeks was awesome. Of course time with friends was the best thing, but the Hollywood showers, unlimited electricity, onsite laundry and plenty of room to swing a cat were all pleasures we indulged in... apart from the cat swinging. But as we picked up the Airstream from Sam's Hot Springs where we stored it for a month, we were more than happy to be back in our 180 square feet shiny home heading to our happy place... San Diego.