Just call me Late

I might have to change my name to Late. Or just decide that my Move 2008 updates will happen whenever the urge strikes.  It’s not really a matter of urge.  More like having stretched myself a bit far with two blogs on WordPress and writing elsewhere.

I had a good week last week. Here are my Week 17 stats:

  • Mileage for Week 17: 20.45 miles
  • Total for 2008: 350.76 miles
  • Strength/weight training: x’s 3
  • Yoga: x’s 4

The mileage is coming along pretty well. I’m very optimistic about making 1,000 miles this year. It’s a shame I’m not actually walking somewhere or for a cause.

Another 150 miles and I’ll need to invest in a new pair of walking shoes. Most walking magazines and websites recommend replacement every 300-500 miles.

I hope to be back later with a few more photos from our San Diego trip.

Cabrillo (still)

A little photo tour and then I might be able to move on.

One of the the wonderful things about our April visit was the abundance of flowers.

(Cabrillo. April 2008. © Robin)

(Cabrillo. April 2008. © Robin)

As mentioned previously, the view was so clear that I was able to see things I couldn’t during our November visit.

(San Diego. April 2008. © Robin)

(View from Cabrillo. April 2008. © Robin)

(A view of Mexico from Cabrillo. April 2008. © Robin)

It sounds silly, and I knew there were mountains in the background, but I hadn’t seen them in November so I was thrilled to be able to see so much in April.

(View of the monument from Old Point Loma lighthouse. April 2008. © Robin)

Here’s the same view from November 2007:

(© Robin)

We walked around the lighthouse, checking out the views from behind it.

(Old Point Loma Lighthouse. April 2008. © Robin)

(The path behind the lighthouse. April 2008. © Robin)

(The Pacific. April 2008. © Robin)

We didn’t make it down to the tide pools this time around even though we coincidentally arrived at the right time (during a negative low tide). The main reason we didn’t go was exhaustion, having spent a good portion of our day traveling.

Next time: More flowers.

Still on day 1

(Pink flowers. San Diego, CA. April 2008. © Robin)

Before going back to California in my time machine, a little about how nice it is here in the Bogs these days. The weather has been absolutely lovely. Sunny, in the 70’s, with a lovely breeze. The tulips are blooming, the birds are singing and nesting, and the leaves should be popping out on the trees soon.

Spring and life are moving right along.  I’ll try to remember to get a photo of the pond tomorrow.

The pink flowers pictured above probably have a name, but I don’t know what it is. We saw them all over the place during this last visit to San Diego.

After having a look at Unconditional Surrender, we decided to drive out to Point Loma and Cabrillo National Park. During our November visit, it was cloudy and gray, the marine layer taking over the view. We were very lucky this time around. The view was magnificent.

(From Cabrillo. San Diego, CA. April 2008. © Robin)

See those islands in the background? I had no idea they were there the first time we looked out from this point.

Just to give you a better idea of the difference, this first photo was taken during our last trip:

(Old Point Loma lighthouse. an Diego, CA. April 2008. © Robin)

And this was taken back in November, after the fires and after the marine layer moved in to stay for about a week:

(Old Point Loma lighthouse. an Diego, CA. April 2008. © Robin)

I’ll be back tomorrow with some more photos from Cabrillo. Life has been keeping me fairly busy. Plus, with the warm and wonderful weather, it’s hard to sit here at the computer, inside the house, when it’s so lovely outside.


I think I better find a good meme. At the rate I’m writing about our San Diego trip, I’m not going to finish by the end of the month. You may recall that I threatened myself with a meme if I didn’t finish by April 30th. If anyone out there has a good one, let me know. I’m pretty sure I’m going to need it.

It’s time for another Move 2008 update. Here are my Week 16 stats:

  • Mileage for the week: 20.30
  • Mileage for 2008: 329.31

I’m afraid I didn’t do any yoga or strength training during Week 16, unless you count gardening. On Saturday M and I dug an asparagus bed and planted 24 asparagus crowns. In three years I’ll be eating fresh asparagus that I planted with my own two hands. I’m looking forward to it.

I’ve been pretty sore since Saturday’s gardening adventures. I’m going to count it as one strength workout.

I’m back on track with another project beginning today, and that will help me get back on track with my Move 2008 goals. I expect next week’s update will be much better.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

Spring has come to the Bogs, and it looks likely that winter has gone for good.

I heard the spring peepers for the first time this year last night. (If you’re not familiar with the spring peeper, you can read about it and listen to it here.) The scent of blooming hyacinths and daffodils is perfuming the warm breeze blowing in through the open windows.

It’s unbelievably warm here today. Lovely.

I’m very late with my Week 15 Move 2008 update. It hasn’t been easy to keep track of all the walking I’ve done over the past few weeks. This is my best guesstimate. I tend to lean towards underestimating so I’m probably cheating myself out of a mile or two.  Most of last week’s mileage occurred in Mission Beach and surrounding areas.  I didn’t have time to put in mileage the day we traveled home (Thursday) or the rest of the weekend because we were getting ready to go on our next trip.

  • Week 15 mileage: 15.00 miles
  • Total for 2008: 309.01 miles
  • Strength training: Zero, zilch, nada
  • Yoga: Not much

Now that we’re finished traveling for a while, I should be able to get back on track with everything.


(Sign on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. April 2008)

After a whirlwind trip that took us to Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Ocean City (NJ), and hiking in the mountains of Pennsylvania, we’re home.

At last.

The plan is to stay for a while. It’ll be nice to get settled back in. My house is a bit of a tip after all the traveling. It will get worse next week when we have a little remodeling done. We’re finally going to put up shelving in our spare bedroom — which we’re turning into a library/guest room — but before that happens we’re having new windows installed. The current windows do not give a good view of the pond unless you’re a tall person. They’re small and high up. The new windows are picture windows so the view will improve drastically.

While we’re at it, we decided to have patio doors installed where there are currently picture windows in the dining room. The long-term plan is to build a deck back there. Having the doors installed might spur us on towards realizing that plan/dream.

So, I have a bit of work to do in terms of getting caught up around the house and cleaning out the spare bedroom. In between, I’ll work on posting some more photos from San Diego.

One of the first things we did when we arrived in San Diego was visit something we missed the first time around:

(Unconditional Surrender. Port of San Diego, CA. April 2008)

(Closer view of Unconditional Surrender.)

Because we couldn’t check into our condo until later in the day, we wandered around the waterfront for a little while, and then drove to Point Loma and Cabrillo. The contrast between our visit to Cabrillo in November 2007 and this visit was astounding. I had no idea of the view that was hidden behind the clouds and fog of November. I’ll have some photos for comparison posted soon.

In the meantime, I leave you with a few more photos taken from the Port of San Diego. Enjoy.

(The USS Midway. April 2008)

(Tribute to Bob Hope.)

(Another view of the USS Midway.)

The Bogs are warm and moist

My thanks and great appreciation to the English Nutter for the inspiration for the title of this post.  😉

Spring has come to the Bogs. I didn’t notice it too much when we arrived home last night, having arrived home later than expected due to storms and snow. (We used Frontier Airlines which meant going through Denver and it was SNOWING in Denver. The first snow I’d seen since leaving the Bogs.) It was dark when we staggered walked out of the terminal. But it was warm and THAT was noticeable. Warmer than the weather we experienced in San Diego, although it’s unfair to compare the two for a variety of reasons.

Today, though, I noticed Spring’s appearance. It’s still warm. The daffodils and hyacinths are blooming magnificently (something they didn’t get to do last year because it snowed and turned icy for almost the entire month of April shortly after they showed their colors). The grass is that wondrous shade of green that we see in the springtime. The trees are budding and almost showing the green aura that surrounds them just before the leaves burst out.

Best of all, we had our first spring rainbow today. A big, fat, deeply colorful, full-out arched rainbow. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a rainbow with stripes of color that wide. I would have taken pictures except my camera was in the basement (next to the computer). I was too lazy to run down and get it. Good thing, too. I’d have missed the show if I had taken the time and energy. Besides, I’m tired of taking photos. It was nice to stand and enjoy the moment without thought or focus, just pure enjoyment.

I’ve really been slacking when it comes to writing up our trips so I’m making an April 11th resolution to finish writing about our trip to the west coast (with photos!). My goal is to have that finished by the end of the month. If I don’t, someone can tag me for a meme.

(Note to self: Check the date stamp. I reset it while in California, probably making a mess of the whole damn thing.)

That said, I won’t be getting to it immediately. And it’s possible I’m being unrealistic (oh well, here comes the tag and the meme). Having arrived home from the West Coast last night, I have two days to get ready for a trip to the East Coast (Coast-to-Coast Lickity Split Tour). We’re leaving on Sunday and will be back on Thursday. I’ve been scrambling around today to get unpacked, do laundry, and tidy up the place a bit after leaving it to our son for a week. In all fairness to M the Younger, the place doesn’t look that bad. I suspect he didn’t spend much time here.

In the meantime, I want to leave you with something TPGoddess mentioned. The first photo demonstrates why I should invest in a telephoto lens for my camera. The second is a cropped version of the first and demonstrates why I need to learn more about post-processing (there’s a lot of “noise” in the cropped version, something that could be toned down if I’d bother to get a de-noising program).

Without further explanations, the photos:

(Peregrine falcon. Torrey Pines, CA. April 2008.)

(The cropped version.)