Road Trip Home

by The Good Life on January 4, 2016

in America

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They often say that the best part of a holiday is the journey.  In our case, it most definitely was, even if it was quite a long one.

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We started the journey home with some car trouble, yes, I know, your thinking “you bought a land rover” ha ha, but it was something I managed to solve myself so all good.  Anyways so back to the story, we left New Years Day, and after we got through LA, headed up the 101 to Ventura, before grabbing a spot of lunch.

We drove on, with some beautiful scenery and sunsets lighting our way home.

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Once you get off the coast trail of the 101, Waze takes you through some mountain country, again which gives some stunning views.

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The next morning, we had made it all the way up to Monterey, a lovely town on the coast, which boasts a quaint mainstream and an amazing Aquarium (so we’re told).

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We also found this french bakery, which was amazing, some great baked goods there.
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My travel partner in crime getting the breakfast cup of joe in for us.

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Meanwhile I was holed up in the car watching the big game (1-1 at this point before we threw it away)
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This was Monterey Bay, yes looking fairly stormy.
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and from the other view with Fishermans wharf in the distance.IMG_1633

On the way home, we saw some beautiful sightsIMG_1647

Bit of the painted Hills about this spot.IMG_1648

Nothing like switching on Waze and it says “1000 miles and then turn right”.IMG_1653

Mt Shasta on the way home.IMG_1655

The last sunlight we would see before hitting the cold of portland.IMG_1665

Sunsets around Ashland are probably pretty amazing.IMG_1675

On the way we had to stop for a quick coffee and stumbled across the “world famous bakery” just outside Ashland, which has the most amazing selection of fresh baked pastries.
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Marionberry pie, Apple Crumble, all cooked in an old oven right there.IMG_1683
We probably hadn’t realized by this point that we started and ended the day with pastries…

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Thank you for an amazing trip, Oregon & California.  One time I think it would be amazing to do a road trip in one of these RVs…

La Jolla

by The Good Life on January 1, 2016

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We headed here today to another new spot for me, La Jolla, on the recommendation of some locals, Mr Fox, S.   Mellow waves, sun and a nice bit of sand, pretty damn perfect.IMG_1578

Our set up is pretty locked now.  Find a bit of sand, find a wall to dry wetsuits, and then get everything set.IMG_1583

Lenny is pretty set anywhere now.  Today it was combo of sleeping bag, towel and he even got his feet in the ocean.IMG_1586

There was quite a few boards from firewire here, which was interesting, this board looked super fun and this girl was ripping it.
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Meanwhile back at the ranch, this was the sunset view.IMG_1601Since I have been making the little go pro videos from home, I thought another from here would be worthwhile.

Happy New Year

Torrey Pines

by The Good Life on December 31, 2015

in America, Holiday

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I feel like we’ve been to quite a few spots in California but today was the first time we’d been to Torey Pines nature reserve.  Just south of the Cardiff reef as above, it is damn beautiful.
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It resembles part desert, part beach, part hike, its such a great spot for a quick hike and you can take any route of about 6 which give you a little workout.
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This is the view from above.  Amazing waves yesterday morning too.IMG_1507

From up top we could see a couple of stand uppers going for it against the cliffs.IMG_1508

We also managed to spied a whale way out back.

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We also saw this guy surfing the waves, yesterday morning I also surfed and saw a seal swim right by.  IMG_1529Insert tongue out emoticon here.
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Greg Martin was flying by too.IMG_1569

Later on we packed up and headed for a beach spot.  One of the best things about a Land Rover is the tail gate which can fold down, and make a makeshift bed, restaurant, board waxing station, wind sheltering, star gazing station.  Lenny requested some shade from the sun though for his afternoon snooze.

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Thank you California for another lovely day.

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Beachin’

by The Good Life on December 30, 2015

in America

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7am this morning out there in the cold.  Its beautiful but mighty chilly.

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The power couple of snow/surf/adventure living, Sir Fox and Lady Vanular.

The last couple of days we have been around Carlsbad, Encinitas and San Clemente, besides also San Diego, and even Coronoda where we spied a plane…
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and all these ships on the SD docks.IMG_1343

Meanwhile Lenny chose to soak up the beach.IMG_1372

He only has eyes for one woman these days though.IMG_1385Lenny “thats what I want for lunch Mummy, some organic juice please….!”

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so of course we obliged for him.

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Lenny with his “so your telling me we have to go back to the rain this weekend?” faceIMG_1426

We also visited Alta Vista gardens today, up in the hills.IMG_1428

Really nice views, but obviously building a garden in a basic desert isn’t easy.IMG_1432

They somehow have dinosaurs though.
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Although they are feeling the drought too.IMG_1440

We decided to go all out for dinner tonight.  You can’t buy these seats.

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Carlsbad, 5pm.IMG_1457

and a little of Mr Fox causing to round it out…Frame-27-12-2015-06-56-53

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