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Southern California 2012 – January/February 2012



Jaunuary 25 Wednesday Vista, Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano

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We're off to visit Laguna Beach.
I had been there many years ago and remember it as a fun place.

So we head up I-5 North and somwhere in the middle of Camp Pendelton we run across some nuclear boobs.
We get to Laguna Beach and it's nothing like I remember.

But, it is a pretty place.
Now that I think about it, that looks like me on the last visit.

Maybe my memory is a little blurred.
Nice beaches they have here in Southern California.
This a very interesting swan neck cactus.
So Laguna Beach has developed into a Ritchy Rich artsy community.

The chess boards at the beach have a little touch of Gaudi about them.
A nice little boardwalk and a vintage lifegaurd station.
It's lunchtime and I check my Android for a good Mexican joint.

It comes up with Adolfo's and it's only .6 miles away.

So we walk up and down a few hills, pass a nice French Bistro with a patio overlooking the beach and ocean, and arrive at Adolfo's where we get a nice patio table with a view of a parking lot.

It's a counter service joint, but has pretty good, inexpensive food.
On the way back to Vista, I pass a sign to San Juan Capistrano, and vaguely recall some old Pat Boone song about swallows.

Might as well check it out.
There's a tongue in cheek senior deal where you get in for $8 instead of $9, but he cashier asks you to donate the $1 to the Mission.
There's an interesting bunk house for the military assigned to the mission.

11 soldiers max at any one time.

Nice dining table and what appear to be fairly comfortable chairs.

Much unlike the bed situation, which looks a tad primitive.

Those guys must look like waffles when the hit the showers in the morning.

Nice little chappel.

And some nice bells to summon the peasants.

There's a very nice inner courtyard.

This is what's left of the old church and bell tower.

It was leveled during services by an earthquake in 1812 which killed 40 of the faithful.

This is what's left of the old church and bell tower.

It was leveled during services by an earthquake in 1812 which killed 40 of the faithful.

After we leave the Mission, we go on a mission to stock up on some essentials.

So we head to Trader Joes for the greatest deal in Southern California.

Known locally as "Two Buck Chuck", this is a pretty good wine that goes for $2 a bottle.

Best deal I've seen outside of France.

So we load up on a variety of "Two Buck Chuck" and find a nice Polish potato vodka as well.

That should get the night started a good note.