Christmas and San Diego

As with last year we headed out to Playa Bonanza for a family week over Christmas. Clear sunny, blue skies, a magic empty beach and just a few other yachts around made for a delightful and relaxing time.
We flew up to San Diego before New Year to stay with our friends in San Diego. Trips to see the de commissioned aircraft carrier Midway and a trip to the expansive San Diego Zoo were the touristy highlights. Our Friends Alex and Dariella sold us their old Mitsubishi Montero, which will deal with the Mexican roads and crazy traffic much better than the aging Subaru.
By train we headed north for a few days to Santa Barbara to see our old friends Kevin and Carolyn – what a magic house they have near the beach, with many Asian touches from their house in Bali. We all had fun in this tranquil town, Mel particularly enjoying the shopping!
After getting the Montero serviced we cruised down to La Paz via Mexico Highway 1 (in sections worse than our country road to Bream Creek in Tasmania) very dangerous and really a poor excuse for a highway. Three nights along the way in San Quintin, San Ignacio and Loreto were magic, each hotel having plenty of character and hospitality.
The boys finally got back to school a week late but the travels more than made up for it, though they did seem to spend most of their time watching videos or on the Kindle.

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