There are two things that Shannon always seems to love to call out when sited: Volvo X-countries and Trader Joe’s. I keep reminding her that it is just a grocery store, but to her apparently it’s much more than that. Yesterday she finally got to visit her Mecca and brought back some great snacks. Now I try to preempt her by keeping a vigilant lookout for both and beating her to the punch. “I know, I know, Trader Joe’s.”
Yesterday we got the whole crew rounded up and drove south on the Pacific Coast Highway along the beach; Mom & Dad and Shannon & I on the bikes, and everyone else in the cars. Another great day to ride with clear sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s, a recurring theme around here. We took a nice leisurely ride down to San Clemente where we had lunch on the pier. We had some great entertainment during lunch with several surfers in the water below.
Fueled up on fish and chips, Aaron & Elisa and Shannon & I jumped on the bikes and rode over to the nearby Ortega Parkway. This time we skipped a majority of the overlooks and just enjoyed the curvy scenic ride. By the time we got to Lake Elsinore at the end of the highway, the temperature turned quite a bit cooler. Elisa is one tough cookie, enduring the entire ride with no socks.
After a short break back at the timeshare to knock out the bone chill, Shannon and I jumped in the car and drove up to Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach where we met up with one of my good friends from high school, Brian. Back in high school, snowboarding was probably the biggest influence on our lives and I was happy to see that Brian is still riding, and now also surfing. It was great to relive some favorite high school memories and get caught up on the stories in between. Brian, awesome to see you again and we are really hoping to meet up again in Vegas next week!