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We just got back to the boat in Bocas Del Toro after a three week trip to San Diego and northern California to visit family. As I sit here in 90 degree heat and humidity I long for the near perfect weather in San Diego with a nice cold locally brewed IPA sitting in front of me.

While we spent most of our time in San Diego, we made the nine hour drive up to the Sacramento area to see family. We noticed a big change in Gary’s mom from last year but she continues to hold her own. Gary’s brother Steve and his wife Bonnie were gracious hosts allowing us to stay in their home for a few days even though they were in the middle of unpacking from a move. Very grateful for their hospitality as it gave the four of us a chance to catch up. Lucky for me their golden retriever, Brinkley, has a cast iron stomach. He ate a razor I left on the bathtub. Apparently he considers razors a delicacy because he has eaten five others. He passed the razor along with a balloon, no problemo! We also had dinner with our niece Crissi and her kids McKenna and Peyton as well as nephew Ryan and his girlfriend Natalie. Thankful they all made the time from their busy lives to visit with us.

We hadn’t seen Oakley in almost a year. She loves living with her bro in a house with other fur friends to play with but she remembers her mom and dad each time we visit her.

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We savored every hour we had with Austin and Nicki from hiking Torrey Pines (oh that hill!) to hitting up restaurants and breweries. Here is the paella he made our last night there.

Austin's Paella

Austin’s Paella

Hiking Torrey Pines

Hiking Torrey Pines

Eggs Benedict at Harbor Town Pub

Eggs Benedict at Harbor Town Pub

Cooking in a 'Hot Pot'.  One side was mild and the other spicy.  Great fun and healthy!

Cooking in a ‘Hot Pot’. One side was mild and the other spicy. Great fun and healthy!

Great day spent with Austin.  Good conversation, good coffee and we hit up a few pubs before meeting Nicki for a good Italian dinner.

Great day spent with Austin. Good conversation, good coffee and we hit up a few pubs before meeting Nicki for a nice Italian dinner.

Sausage board at Tiger Tiger.  A meal unto itself.

Sausage board at Tiger Tiger. A meal unto itself.

Needed a break on our drive back to San Diego so we stopped in San Clemente for the night.  If you've ever driven I5 through the heart of California then through LA, you can relate.

Needed a break on our drive back to San Diego so we stopped in San Clemente for the night. If you’ve ever driven I5 through the heart of California then through LA, you can relate.

Fair winds,
Cindy