by Bob Sparrow
While I’m still trying to adjust to my time zone, work the kinks out of my back, which was greeted by a physician’s scalpel upon my return, I’m not traveling too far from my house. But knowing that you’re waiting for some kind of adventure, I’m giving you some photos, and salient comments, from the recent trip that didn’t make the cut for previous blogs. For your review:
In the town of Marinella, prior to cast off, I ordered a large cup of Italian coffee.
I’m sure this was a very public toilet in the city of Pompeii
After seeing the lighting in the ship’s dining room, the Sagers decided to add it to the dining room in their house
Our ship driving in the fast lane
Photo of Chuck just prior to getting thrown out of the cooking class for drinking
Just before I opted out of the sponge diving event in Greece.
‘Death Stairs’ to THE WALL in Dubrovnik
We can put a man on the moon, but we can’t make ice cream like the Italians!
Jack & Chuck on a romantic gondola ride
Love to travel, love to get home!
by Bob Sparrow
Sharon & Jack
Officially Spring will not be sprung until 5:58 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, but this past weekend temperatures inched into the 80s and more importantly the rain stopped. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved the rain, but enough already! If I liked rain that much I would have moved to Seattle.
Linda and I took off for Santa Maria on Friday morning to attend the 80th birthday party of my sister-in-law, Sharon. Our first stop was at Dana’s bakery in Monrovia, for their famous blueberry pancakes and the best bacon ever. But the best part of breakfast was time with granddaughter, Addison, who never ceases to amaze us.
We took a detour on our way up through Simi Valley, were we visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to see an exhibit on Pompeii; as we will be visiting Pompeii later this year on our cruise around Italy. The exhibit included lots of information about life in the Roman Empire in the year 79 A.D. and in particular on the date of August 24th when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in a most dramatic style and buried the entire city of Pompeii under millions of tons of volcanic ash. With no planes, trains or automobiles to quickly get out of town, over 2,000 people were killed and fossilized in various positions trying to get out of the city.
While at the library, I took a picture of Linda with Ronnie and Nancy, who appeared a little stiff.
Our cloudless sunny drive continued over to the coast to Santa Barbara and lunch on the water at the Blue Water Grill, just across PCH from Stearns Wharf where we enjoyed the sun and salt air as we strolled the pier after lunch. We continued our drive up the coast and then inland to Santa Maria for a pre-birthday dinner at Jack & Sharon’s house.
Saturday morning we took a drive up the coast on another beautiful sunny day (it was almost like living in California) and had lunch at Wooly’s on the sand at Pismo Beach before returning to Santa Maria Country Club for Sharon’s birthday celebration which was attended by a group of 30 some odd family and friends, including both her children, Debbie and Brad, six of her seven grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Sharon looks 65 and has plenty of spunk. When I asked her what her secret was she said, “Stay active!”
We’re just trying to keep up!