Monthly Archives: October 2011

A trip to the airport.

The kids headed back to Scottsdale yesterday.  We had a great visit and will see them next in the spring.  Aleks and Neil will head home to Wetaskiwin for the Alumni Big Band Dinner Dance in March.

Stopped for brunch on the way to airport...Neil liked our table number...

Today is a bike day!!!  Yeah!!!  A trip down the coast in the sunshine.


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Low tide, beachcombing

A slow morning here at Chez Argals, lunch at Jake’s in Del Mar and then a long, slow walk on a sandy beach.  Aleks and Neil will be taking home shell and sand dollars to the desert.  Pizza at the Brewery in Oceanside and a lovely walk home.

A walk on the beach, Aleks and Neil

The shell bag's empty...

More shells...

Dead stingray....eweeeeewwww...

Aleks and Neil fly home today 😦 so we’ll find a nice brunch south of here as we head to the airport.  Back to the desert kiddos, thank you so much for driving the little car back to San Diego.  Love you.


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San Diego Wildlife Park

The kids had the Bimmer, we were on the Vespa…off to the Wildlife park.

We decided to take the “Behind the scenes Tour”.  Well worth the extra price of admission; 2 hours of up close and personal to many animals and a great tour guide.  This zoo is “non-zoo”, large open vistas, few cages.  The birth rate at this zoo is amazing, the animals look relaxed and non stressed.  We had a wonderful day.

Aleks and Neil, on vacation!!!

Mama rhino, baby hiding behind.

Giraffes are so cool!

The giraffe herd.

The beautiful Okapi. Giraffe related, from the Congo. (This is a male.)

Can you imagine ropin' this big fella!!!???

Rhinos "clustering".

Mama gorilla, baby behind the tree.

Neil used the 40fps camera and caught the Cheetah run...good shot Neil!!!

The cheetah visiting after her run.

We had a great afternoon and headed to the Stone Brewery (Arrogant Bastard).  Great food, great beer then off to the hot tub.

Planning for today under way…


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A family day in October.

Neil sat his exam yesterday.  When he finished, we poked around San Diego, got lost heading back to Oceanside, found our way again, had a beer and appetizers at their hotel and then walked back to the coach along the beach as the sun set.  A wonderful day.

The sun setting.

Almost gone...

Oceanside pier in the dusk. Aleks and Neil's hotel, right at the pier.

Today is the San Diego Wildlife Park with the kids.  Sun shining, gonna be warm!


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We surprised everyone when we arrived at Arroyo yesterday morning.  “A yellow Vespa???”  “You didn’t drive that all the way from Canada, did you????”  “You need a big red Maple Leaf on the back of it!!!”  We matched Kate’s new yellow Jeep!

It was so wonderful to see everyone!!!  Everyone looks great. We are so excited to be back!!!  The horses leave FCS on November 29 and will arrive at Arroyo November 30.

Arroyo Del Mar, our home away from home till May!!!


A ride on our bikes to the harbour and lunch.

Lunch at the harbour...

Aleks and Neil are here today!!! Yeah!!!  And the sun is up and shining!!!


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A warm drizzily day.

We got on our bikes as the sun was shining, early in the am.  We cycled down the coast for an hour or so.  Beautiful vistas, wonderful sea smells, a pod of dolphins swimming in the distance.  A wonderful start to the day.  We cycled back to the coach just as the clouds rolled in.

A quick run on the Vespa, found a couple of outfits for the kids and noticed we needed a new rear tire on the scooter.  Luckily a great scooter shop is half a block south of the RV park.  Tire repaired, scooter in top form again!!!

Aleks and Neil arrive today from Phoenix.  They are driving my car from Scottsdale to San Diego so Lindsey and I will have wheels while we are here.  The scooter is great, lots of fun but not so much fun in inclement weather.  The little Bimmer is great on gas, fun to drive and keeps us dry and warm!

Neil writes his California PE exam tomorrow then they fly back home on Sunday afternoon.    We’ll celebrate the end of studying Thursday night and have a weekend together.  The weather forecast is for sun and warm!

Waiting for the sun, bikes warmed up!!!


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A soggy day in Oceanside.

We made our son proud of us yesterday.  We fixed the AV problem in the coach all by ourselves!!!  He knew we could do it and we did!!!!

I got the satellite working yesterday (had to change the software on the “zoomer thingy” that finds the satellites).  We now have full Shaw Direct from Edmonton.  But the cable to the coach wasn’t working.  It’s very convenient to have local news, traffic and weather each day so let’s tackle this problem.  So off to Home Depot in the rain for supplies.  Back to the coach and many hours later…voila we have cable!!!  Yeah for us!  We did it!!

Afternoon reward…off for a walk to the pier…appetizers at Pacific Hotel (yum!) and great draft!

My camera was on “art” mode…who knew something like this was on the dial????  Oh well, interesting shots…

Oceanside Pier

Low tide beach art.

Taking a photo of Ivars taking a photo.

The Pier.

Artsy sunset shot 🙂

What it really looked like....

Back to the coach...satellite dish operative!!!!

The sun is out this am, rain called for this afternoon…bikes this morning!!!


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