Sunday, September 1, 2013


I'm back in San Diego briefly wrapping up some affairs that have been left to themselves for long enough. Through great good fortune I was lucky enough to have both company on the way and charming reasons to find myself back on the left coast and in San Diego. We left Portland and drove down to Eureka so that we could see the Redwoods and the little forests that remain.
Grant's Pass to Crescent City
 From Eureka we continued down Highway 1 to San Francisco with a few hours in Muir Wood because only a madman would not stop to admire what God and man hath wrought there. We spend the night with family in Albany across the Bay and set out the next morning southerly until the San Mateo Bridge, made a bit of westing and continued on down Highway 1 with brief stops along the way in Monterey and a few nice spots of beach and Carmel and spent the night at the Ventana Inn and Spa.
Big Sur

Muir Wood
As we left Big Sur we saw the rocket contrail and wondered what that was and then we continued down the coast on Highway 1 past Malibu and Santa Monica before heading into the hell that is the 405 in LA. We got to NAB Coronado at about 2100 because we stopped at my old place in Solana Beach to wolf down the first of daily rations of Robertos at Fletcher's Cove.

When I found out from reading his blog that Sarge was in Lemoore I asked him if he was up for a meet at Shakespeare's Pub since I know he is an admirer of Lex.  I used to hang out in distinguished company,
Three Captains
nowadays I travel with my Blogger-at-Arms and hang out with old guys in bars. It was great to meet Sarge, Tuna and the Naviguesser.  For a long time the only blogger I knew was Lex.
The Author, Old AF Sarge, and Tuna at Shakespeare's Pub
Everybody I asked to dinner at Sbicca's is welcome to a Guinness at Shakespeare's-on me. I'll be in town thru Thursday.


Buck said...

I already commented on Highway 1 at Anne's place... but, yeah... what a great trip that was!

You DO hang in some distinguished company. I wish I could've been there.

HMS Defiant said...

It was good. Guinness was had. Hot though. I kept telling her how nice and pleasant the weather is here and it ruthlessly stayed in the 80s and 90s.

OldAFSarge said...

It certainly was a good time.

OMG was it hot. I think the Naviguesser mentioned something about melting.

Old NFO said...

Nicely done Sir, and thanks for putting up with the Air Force! :-)

Old NFO said...

Nicely done Sir, and thanks for putting up with the Air Force! :-)

HMS Defiant said...

It was my great pleasure! We enjoyed it a lot.

virgil xenophon said...

I keep forgetting how much Curtis reminds me at first glance of the late NFL Hall of Famer Alex Karras. Scary, lol.

HMS Defiant said...

My last job I worked with a SEAL CDR who played for the Ducks and the NO Saints before taking a commission as a Supply Officer. We both got our writ in 1983. His was modified once he was in and he went to BUDS and became a SEAL like his dad who was a scout for the major league.
I googled him last night and he doesn't exist anymore. Never did. Fascinating. He does not exist at all in the www.