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Okay, again we have found ourselves super busy with family and friends in SoCal, so apologies for the delay in getting something on the blog!

We did get a very quick tour of Tucson, too quick to really have much to say, other than it was quite warm, but very dry so seemed much more comfortable than the humidity we were in in the south.  We had a lovely evening watching the sunset, grabbing a yummy Mexican dinner at a local favorite that came highly recommended called “Mi Nidito.” We were so tired, but it was wonderful and the family/staff there were so warm and gracious, taking great care and pride in what they do!  We were off very early the next morning as we had another 500 plus mile day to make it to Fullerton.

The travel day was long, but we kept it interesting by taking the slightly slower route hugging the Mexico border then through San Diego.  After a fairly long, desert drive, we eventually went through an area of dunes, then up and over beautiful desert mountains, some with full on fall blooms of purples and oranges, which was quite stunning!


We finally arrived in Fullerton at the home of our dear friends, who we consider family, Kevin and Gary.  We were able to get some tasks done, like laundry, and also got the bug fur and dust washed off the car.  We had a lovely day on Tuesday, going out to the City of Hope with Kevin, Julie and Lauren to see the newly placed dedication plaque for Lesa, my dear friend who passed earlier this year.  Lesa is Lauren’s mom, Julie’s aunt, and Kevin’s sister.  She is so missed and continues t0 be loved beyond words.

We had a wonderful family dinner in Kevin and Gary’s pool cabana later on Tuesday, which was amazing! Lesa’s husband Joe, and Julie’s daughter Kylie got to join us as well, which we were so happy about! It was 103 earlier in the day, but the evening and food, as well as company were perfect!  It was such a joy to get to spend this day with this great family!

Today, Wednesday, we spent with Lauren and her wife Katina in LA, they took us to the Broad Museum, and saw the incredible exhibit, Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror’s, which took our breath away! It was the first time all six of these rooms could be seen in the same place at the same time, and it is sold out every day!

After the exhibit we took Lauren out to a slightly belated birthday dinner in Newport Beach, then back to Kevin and Gary’s for a bite of dessert.

It was our great joy to spend such treasured time with this lovely family. The time we get here never seems like it is long enough! We will leave with sadness, but also the fullness of new memories of our short but great time spent together!

Tomorrow morning we are heading up the Pacific Coast Highway to San Simeon, moving northward in our travels, and a bit closer to home! We will also be in cooler weather, which will be so welcome to this writer!!!

As always, thanks so much for joining the journey!