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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Encinitas

Hwy 101 is a great place to ride a bike and we found a street fair going on. There are plenty of street fairs around. Carlsbad has the largest in the country twice a year. Oceanside has one downtown every Thursday with music at night.



 
Walking and riding our bikes to get around the area is much more pleasant than driving. We had decided to take a walk and find someplace to have lunch and stopped in a small Peruvian Restaurant to look at the menu. A lady sitting nearby said it was very good and we should stay. We did and were so glad.  Once we sat down, a couple next to us overheard us trying to figure out what to order and recommended what they had. The pork chicharron with sweet potato slices, red onion and cilantro in lime juice on a cibatta and  the lomito, tender beef in soy sauce with sautéed tomato, red onion and red pepper. I guess you can tell we were happy. They visited with us about the area and places we had to try. Looks like there is going to be some good eating going on here.

Now that is a bike lane.

Our version of Colorado Springs Cycling Club's Latte Ride.

Our life has taken so many twists and turns. We have been a bit reflective as we begin to make more changes in our life. Sometimes while at work, I get overwhelmed by how a life can change in an instant. I am so thankful that Mike has been willing and mostly an eager participant in the "wild hairs" that pop into my brain and indulges me.
 
I came home from work a few days ago, Mike looked at me as if had he had a revelation or at least a deep thought. I had been planning to have a part time job over the winter and he said maybe I should just quit doing the nurse job after this contract and just see where the wind blows us. I am good with hoisting the sails. Hoping for gentle winds with happy and teary eyes.
 
 

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for the write up and photos of the bike lanes in my old neighborhood. I lived on Carlsbad Blvd from 1977-1984. While training to bike race I road that coast highway almost every day. Later on I road my bike daily down to Encinitas to work at a veggie restaurant named The Shepard, near the SRF. I didn't have painted bike lanes when I road but it was a great place to ride with the salt smell in the air and hearing the waves as you fell asleep at night.

    Good luck following your "wild hairs". I just finished my 2nd year of retirement and don't miss the work at all. I have found the trade of a good salary for my freedom is a great great trade. :) I just found your blog today and I will return. In fact I'm getting more coffee and will read it from the start to get caught up, plus add it to my blog sidebar.

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  2. Thanks for reading. We loved your bassets and bloodhounds. What great faces. The waves here have been boomers with the waves at 6 feet and across the street. I thought working 3 months and off 3 would be a great way to go since this is an option for me. It made me realize off is better than on.

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    1. You and Mike have traveled to a lot of great places. I am up to November 2015. Great photos. Being a workaholic at the time I didn't know if I would ever retire but toward the end I never wanted those "3 day weekends" to end. I knew it was the right time. I've turned down some part-time offers because the daily freedom to do what I want is just too much to give up.

      Thanks for looking at my blog. With their faces and personalities the hounds always provide something to write about. It started as an RV blog in 2011 and had turned into this for a while. It's just so hard to travel with dogs that let their noses rule their world.

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  3. We stayed in Encinitas last winter for a week and loved it -- and we had dinner at that very same Peruvian restaurant. :-) Good for you for following your dreams -- life is so precious. We started full-timing three years ago and it was the best decision we've ever made. The winds aren't always gentle, but nothing that we can't handle.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. Crazy that this would take this much thought. We are both excited about our plans. I don't think I will awaken again with a need to go back. If I do, Mike will probably gently nudge me back.

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  4. It's not crazy at all! This is a HUGE life decision. We teetered on the brink of full-timing for several years, and finally decided now or never. I reassured myself that if I ever needed to go back, I could. But there's NO WAY that I want to go back. Congratulations. :-))

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