As we said so long San Diego and reflected on our time there, we felt much gratitude for the great friends that surrounded us, for having Angel back home with us and seeing joy in her eyes once again.
We reconnected with a surprising amount of friends and had many wonderful times. But for two very long weeks, we went through a roller coaster of emotions while Angel had surgery and a tough recovery. After nine days of ups and downs in the hospital, she was well enough to come home. Many caring gestures from friends and others helped us tremendously.
It was such joy to finally bring her home, although it took a little more time for her to get her energy back. After many weeks of tweaking, she is on a supplement regimen that is maintaining her blood calcium level in the normal range.
Angel recovered enough for us to join friends Russ (@haynieruss) and Todd (@toddmb) and Nina and Paul (Wheeling It) at a couple of doggie friendly breweries where I met Nina and Paul’s friends Gayle and Jim (Life’s Little Adventures). Hector and I got together with Gayle and Jim after the others left at – you guessed it – a brewery.
Then our friend from Spain, Enrique (USA en auto caravana) returned for a couple of nights with his sisters, Olga and Amaya who were visiting from Spain. They are all thoroughly charming and we had great conversations together. We are hoping to meet Enrique again when he returns to the U.S.
At the same time, Hector and I worked on our photography website. He was selecting photographs and putting it together, while I researched other websites. We were pretty hunkered down but still enjoying our walks along the Mission Bay waterfront by the campground.
Our friends Doug and Trish joined us for one last happy hour before they left town on their way back to Canada. Jim and Barb, a couple they met at the campground who happen to live in their same town, also joined us.
We really hit it off with Jim and Barb and joined them for happy hour once again before they left our campground. That’s when we discovered that they were heading to a campground to meet other good friends of ours, LuAnn and Terry (Paint Your Landscape), whom we were planning to meet the following week also – such a small world!
The next week, LuAnn, Terry, Barb and Jim joined us in San Diego for lunch and a trip to Torrey Pines Gliderport to watch the gliders. Such serendipity to have met these two couples independently and find out that they had met each other back in Florida.
It was great to hang out and watch the paragliders and the hang gliders. Steady winds made it a great day for both sports and fun to watch. And the cliffs at Torrey Pines are such a beautiful setting for the gliders.
Afterwards, we all headed back to Island Girl for drinks and more camaraderie.
A couple of days before we left San Diego, we got together with Dan and Amanda, our neighbors at the campground. They are two working nurses who travel around the country. And they have two adorable dogs, Sadie and Diego.
Turns out the two of them have a work assignment in Anchorage, Alaska this summer, and we plan to meet them again while we are there.
Then right before we left, we met three lovely lady friends of Gayle and Jim’s just as they arrived at our campground. We had a brief encounter, more good beer and some laughs with Suzanne (Take to the Highway), Kim (Travels of Kimbopolo) and Debbie along with Jim and Gayle.
We had gotten up at 3:30 a.m. to photograph the full moon during the lunar eclipse. The “blood moon” was enchanting. Then we watched the shadow receding before the moon hid behind a marine layer that had developed in the early morning. Wow!
Later that evening, we headed out to watch the full moon rise again. The spot we picked to watch the skyline and the moon was partially fenced off due to construction, so we missed the huge moon rising over the buildings, but the San Diego skyline was beautiful.
On Easter Sunday, we had Easter brunch with our dear friends Michael and Gloria and their daughter Jocelyn who live in San Diego, our last time together for a while. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to spend a little time with them before we left. We miss them already.
Then it was time to leave San Diego and our friends until we meet again!