Starting out with Doug and Trish from Calgary and Tim and Becky from Oregon, who were all staying at our same campground. We met them here last year and have since visited them at their respective homes up north. We also just saw them in Yuma last month. It is so interesting to get to know folks this way!
Then we had a wonderful surprise when our good friend Theresa from Kansas City visited San Diego for a weekend with her boyfriend, Mark, and they joined us for brunch and a walk along the water. It was so fortunate that we were here when they visited, and we really enjoyed our short time together.
A few weeks later, Nina and Paul arrived in San Diego and we immediately hit one of our favorite places, Ocean Beach, for burgers at Hodad’s and a walk through the fun farmers market. Followed by some silly fun at a beach souvenir shop.
We got together with Todd, Nina and Paul once again for a bike ride and a beachfront lunch.
Hector and I provided expert assistance on a very important research project that Nina and Paul are conducting involving beer. We take this responsibility very seriously. Hence we’ve pursued this research diligently at more than one venue.
On a Saturday we all went to the Little Italy Farmers Market which we think is one of the top two in San DIego. Great food and fun once again!
A very unique encounter was meeting Enrique, who lives in the Canary Islands in Spain. Last year we got a comment on one of our blog posts from Fernando, a blog reader who lives in Canada. He’d not commented before, but he wrote us that his mother and father, Angeles and Enrique, were also in Tucson in their RV.
Enrique and Angeles bought an RV, Mr. Mojo Picón, and started traveling across the U.S. last year. They fly back and forth to Spain, putting their RV in storage in different parts of the country when they leave. Their blog usaenautocaravana.com documents their travels (in Spanish).
We wound up missing each other last year, but we agreed to touch base when they next returned to the United States. This year, Enrique returned to the States just ahead of his wife, and he joined us for dinner one evening. He and Angeles have traveled extensively around the U.S. and Europe, including some fabulous motorcycle trips. We really enjoyed meeting Enrique, he is a really funny and interesting gentleman and we had a great time together sharing stories of our adventures.
We hope to see Enrique again and meet Angeles along the way, as well as their son Fernando who we hope to meet on our way to Alaska this summer.
All our friends have been so very supportive during the time when things were not going so well after Angel’s surgery. Hector and I were pretty stressed out, and having caring friends nearby as well as far away made a huge difference.
After Angel came home, LuAnn and Terry drove down to visit Nina and Paul. This gave me an excuse to get out for a little bit and visit another brewery. They came over afterwards to see Hector and visit with Angel. I believe that all that love and attention has helped Angel to heal.
A few days later Paul and Nina hosted a get together to celebrate Angel’s recovery and Paul’s sister Carmen’s visit. So once again we spent a wonderful evening with Nina, Paul, Todd, Russ and another new friend, Carmen, plus all our doggies. A fine meal and great company. What could be better?
Whether looking at beautiful sunsets, enjoying time on the beaches, driving around to see sights, tide pooling, kayaking, bicycling, or just sharing a meal, friends have made our time in San Diego all the richer.
And during Angel’s recovery in and outside the hospital, friends have taken really good care of us and our baby girl. We are so grateful.