San Clemente / San Diego

[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”Christmas on the beach – San Clemente / San Diego” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”planing_heading raleway_heading”][vc_column_text el_class=”breakpara text-center”]Being born and raised in Central Oregon, near the mountains with real winters, I’m used to a, “White Christmas.” In my brain, that’s normal and you can walk out and throw a snowball if you feel the urge. Christmas 2017 was fairly typical, except for this short break we took south which was a total mind-bender. We escaped to San Clemente / San Diego….
While the kids were home for Thanksgiving we all loaded up and went out in the forest to cut our Christmas tree. That is an adventure all to itself, and is much more fun than going to a tree lot and buying an already month old, “model” tree. I say it’s a model, because, no tree in the forest will ever be as pretty as one that has been groomed all it’s days to be the perfect tree….on a tree farm. Farmed trees are like how our lives appear on Facebook, nothing short of perfection. Out in the real world (forest) it’s not all glamour and like the trees, we have a few spots that are bare and others that bulge……..[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”When you need the top 10′ – Cut a 25′ tree

” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”4667″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”4668″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text el_class=”breakpara text-center”]We are so incredibly blessed to have this vacation beach house that has been in Karla’s family for over 30 years. This is our basecamp for the San Clemente / San Diego trip. As Karla so eloquently demonstrates, waking up to sit and watch for whales & dolphins is about as perfect start to the day as can be.
Since I have to work, and my boss keeps expecting me to show up at work more often than not……we don’t get to come here nearly as often as we’d like. A quick break from the cold December at home was nicer than just wearing another layer.
Timing was off though. I was recovering from some minor surgery and I wasn’t allowed to do any of the things we would normally do. No zip lines, no roller coasters, no getting in the ocean….I could have thought this through much better.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″ el_class=”blog_sidebar”][vc_column_text el_class=”sidebar_content”]

Don & Karla go for a ride

Our V Star 1300 Deluxe has been the perfect ride for touring the western United States & Provinces.

Spanning 4 summers, we’ve visited 8 states and British Columbia. We have ridden almost 60,000 miles. We live in Bend, located in the heart of Central Oregon.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”sidebar_menu”]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner el_class=”full-width-img no-img-margin”][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4669″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”We were able to go to Farmer’s Market” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4670″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”December and it’s Farmer’s Market” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4671″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”It’s only a one mile walk to town
” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4672″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”It’s only a one mile walk to town

” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” el_class=”align-center”][vc_column width=”1/3″ el_class=”full-width-img no-img-margin”][vc_single_image image=”4673″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”round-img no-img-margin”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”San Clemente Pier Train “Station”” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][vc_column_text el_class=”breakpara”]The train goes by, but it doesn’t stop. In fact there are two trains, Amtrak & Metrolink, the commuter line. But I guess San Clemente is just not a priority for train travel. It’s pretty easy to catch Metrolink north to Los Angeles, but we wanted to go south to San Diego. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” el_class=”align-center”][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text el_class=”breakpara”]There are two San Clemente stops. At the far North end of town is the Metrolink platform. At the pier is the Amtrak station. The Amtrak station is really just a sidewalk beside the tracks, but that’s all we needed.
There is only one train per day that stops here, so your time is limited by the schedule. It would have been nice to go early and have a longer day, but you take what you can get.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”4674″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”round-img no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”Amtrak along the beach
” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”yes” el_class=”align-center”][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”4675″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”round-img no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”San Diego too much to see in one day
” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Old Town – Must See

” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][vc_column_text el_class=”breakpara”]Due to the train schedule, we only had about 5 hours to see San Diego. Fortunately, the station is right in the middle of Old Town, and that’s one place you want to see.
From there you could easily jump on a city bus and head downtown, but with limited time, we chose to wait until next time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4676″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”After that grueling train ride, we must eat
” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4677″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”Patio lunch in December will do just fine

” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4678″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”And drink, so the engineer doesn’t need to….
” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4679″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”Asking for no cheese at a Mexican restaurant….the second Margarita made me more tolerable” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_class=”full-width-img no-img-margin”][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4680″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”Note the hostess has a heater, for when it gets down to 60??

” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4681″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”The Old Town courtyard

” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4682″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”Of course there are museums
” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4683″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_class=”full-width-img no-img-margin”][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4684″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”Lots of shops – Nibble All Vegan Chocolates

” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4685″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”Nice display – What’s in your chocolate?
” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4686″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”Those silly vegans are so simple!
” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4687″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”So many restaurants and I’m stuffed already…Maybe one more margartia
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” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4689″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”All that walking, you gotta stop and rest
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A, “Two Vegans” sticker finds a home
(This was outside of Old Town, I’m not that thoughtless as a vandal)

” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4691″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”Old Town San Diego should be on your must see list. But now we, must catch a train.
” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_class=”full-width-img no-img-margin”][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4692″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”San Clemente has waves

” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4693″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”It has the moon over the ocean
” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4694″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”Sunsets” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”4695″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”no-img-margin”][vc_custom_heading text=”But it has no snow, like our sidewalk. That’s all I needed to know
” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class=”align-medium”][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Back to real life
And with that we returned to Bend, work & all that stuff that is, “Not Christmas on the Beach.”
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Life is Short, Start Living Now !” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”breakpara bold”][vc_column_text el_class=”breakpara”]No matter how or where you find your happy place, just go. No one on their deathbed ever says, “I wish I spent more time working.”
Peace
Don & Karla
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4 Comments

  1. RichardM says:

    What a great trip. thank you for sharing! Recently, I go to Old Town every time I’m in town. It’s a nice area to walk around in. Can I assume that you didn’t ride down?

    We were in Sunriver in September but I never knew what our schedule was from day to day. I’m not in charge of such things but we’ll probably be back in April to put our RV back into storage there.

  2. RichardM says:

    BTW, Merry Christmas!

    • Don Hamon says:

      Merry Christmas all over again ! This year we’re spending it in Mexico, coinciding with my 60th birthday. I guess if there’s not going to be snow, we might as well go all the way.

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