We began the second half of our spring trip with an expedition from Palm Desert to the Santa Anita
|Mona’s New Friend
At Santa Anita
Track in Arcadia, California. As soon as we entered the gate we were impressed with the beauty of the track grounds. There were exotic “poodle-trimmed” trees, along with lots of flowers and beautiful landscape everywhere. Gorgeous! We had purchased “Club” tickets for an extra $5 which gave us access to comfortable seating and terrace dining. The terrace dining was an awesome experience…sitting high above the track at our table with tablecloths, silverware and great service. We loved it! Neither of us did that well in choosing winners, but we had a great time and will be back!
|Vineyard Near Paso Robles. Can you say “drought”?!|
|Indoor pool at Hearst Castle|
This time the captain was again worried about the wind and high seas. But, at 10:00 we set out.
This time wasn’t nearly as rough but even so well over half of the forty people on board soon got sick. Didn’t matter to us though! We just hung onto the rail and kept our eyes peeled for blows. Again, we saw hundreds of dolphins and 16 whales. One huge 40 ton whale jumped totally out of the water making an enormous splash. Awesome!!! I didn’t get any decent whale pictures because it took both hands to hold onto the rail, but we both got the memories!
|Hard to get a sense of
scale on these giants
|Almost 375 feet tall…a 35 story building
would fit under here!
You’d think we’d be tired of driving and anxious to head home after almost 6500 miles on this trip,
wouldn’t you? Not! We are still working on finding a geocache in every Illinois county and there were 10 counties in Western Illinois that we still needed. So, we took a couple of hours and wound our way south through ten counties. One of these counties is where Joseph Young, the founder of Mormonism, was shot. Another county had a neat bridge over the Illinois river. And yet, another had the Hay Dude. Always something to see and learn while you’re caching!
Traveling Tips. (The second in a series.)
International Calls on Your Mobile
Microwaving Boiled Eggs
|This sign was at the next hotel.|