Around this time, ten years ago, I followed a boy. I was 18 years old and I left home and followed my heart to Oceanside, California.
I couldn’t pass through California without stopping at such a pivotal place from my past, and visiting the people who played an important part in that time of my life.
To say that it was weird to return there would be an understatement. But it was a positive experience and I’m so happy that Steve got a glimpse into this part of my life.
And boy were we happy to see the ocean again!
We did a whirlwind tour of Oceanside – we saw the pier, the harbor, and the army base, and just spent time catching up with old friends.
As soon as we hit California we started seeing Westies all over the place. Up until now, we’ve seen under ten VW buses our whole trip, and every time I’d get all excited and we’d wave or flash our lights at them. It made us smile.
Upon arriving in Oceanside, we saw eight of them our first day. I’ve lost count since then. Some of them will wave to us, but others just pass by as if it’s perfectly normal to be driving around in such a special vehicle. Here we’re a dime a dozen! Although I have yet to see one with flowers and peace signs 😉 So I think we’re still special.
Next we headed two hours North (about 30 miles outside of Los Angeles) to a place called La Verne. There we met and stayed with Aimee, Tim, and their twin 3-year-olds (!) Owen and Mason. This blog has taken on a life of its own and brought so many cool people into our lives. How cool is this – Aimee and I met randomly (fortuitously!) through the blogging world and she invited us to stay with her and her family if we were going to be near Los Angeles, and so we did!
How cute is this family? 🙂 Wouldn’t you want to visit them?
Aimee and Tim are kindred traveling spirits. While we were kick-starting our trip across North America, they were on their own road-trip up the coast and into British Columbia – with twin 3-year-olds! Wow! They had lots of great ideas for us on our travels up the coast and currently we’re traveling just the route they suggested.
Aimee made us an amazing home-cooked meal of homemade pizzas with fun ingredients that we’d never had on pizza before (so novel to us that I can’t even remember what they were, except that they were delicious!). And Steve is still talking about her homemade salad dressing. She is definitely a fellow foody 🙂
They have a lovely home. How you can have a sanctuary-like home with two three-year-olds is beyond me, but we felt cozy and at peace there (could be the fact that the bedroom where we slept was tucked in the backyard behind the house 😉 ).
They have the sweetest dog, whose quiet but playful ways won over Steve’s heart. Not ever having had much contact with dogs growing up, they make him nervous and slowly he has been getting to know them (most of the people we visit have dogs!). Mishka almost had him convinced that we should get a dog – which is quite the achievement.
Seriously, how adorable is that face?
It was a short visit, but we made lasting friendships. Someday these guys will make the trek to our neck of the woods and I’ll have to figure out how to twin-proof a household!
P.S. In California, they have purple trees! Whoa!