hooked up with future expats, my friend and retiring
firefighter Gary Johnson and Jerry and Patty Johnston.
In addition, Fran hooked up with an old high school friend
Laraine Lyons and I got with an old surfing buddy and next
door neighbor Ron Sprague. It seemed like old home
week, for Fran had not seen Laraine in over twenty years and
I haven't seen Ron since 1968... forty three years ago!
Gary & Betty
Patty & Jerry
Laraine & Fran
Ron & Andy
awesome having the chance to see old friends as well as new
ones but it was now time to head west, toward the great
(albeit bankrupt) state of California. There, we
visited three major cities, San Diego, Dana Point and Santa
Barbara, again hooking up with new and old friends as well
as fans of the Boomers Offshore website.
Clint & Don
San Diego, CA
Jeff & Caron
Dana Point, CA
Mark & Andy
Laguna Beach, CA
Rolando & Andy
Santa Barbara, CA
day we landed in Las Vegas (Oct 5), till the day we
flew home (Oct 19), we never saw one single cloud except for
the usual early morning seaside fog in Southern California.
Boomers fans, Clint Neilson and Don Anderson treated us to a
fantastic dinner at "C-Level" overlooking San Diego Harbor while Jeff and
Caron were incredibly gracious and allowed us to crash two
nights with them in their Dana Point home. They
managed to pull this off all the while
acting as incredible tour guides. I also got the
opportunity to meet up with old work associates Mark
Laudenslager and Rolando Mia while passing through Laguna
Beach and Santa Barbara.
immediately fell in love with Southern California and said
she would move back there in a New York minute. There
was only one problem... we'd be out of cash in less than two
years. Besides, while the Pacific Ocean is beautiful
to look at, boogie boarding in 62 degree water temps is not
what I call fun!
the road, we stayed in contact with all our friends back
home, thanks to Skype, Email and Facebook. Where would
we be without these invaluable tools? They kept us up
to date on all the weather related problems back in Costa
Rica, all the time we were basking in the cloudless skies of
lived in the US, we never gave a single thought about
leaving for 2-3 weeks on vacation. The likelihood of
one's house being broken into was very small, thanks to the
watchful eyes of neighbors and the presence of local police.
But living in Costa Rica, one needs to be more diligent and
shoulder more of the responsibility of protecting one's
learned of our pending US trip, I immediately put out an
email to all my friends living in Costa Rica as well as
abroad, to see who would like a FREE BEACH VACATION in
beautiful Playa Hermosa Costa Rica. All you need do is
stay in our house, care for our pets and enjoy the sun and
surf on one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire
country. Well, within 3 hours, Larry and Carol Kutz
from Puriscal replied to my email with the line... "HELL
YEAH - WE'LL DO IT!" Unfortunately, a low pressure
system located around Nicaragua decided to become stationary
and dropped 12 consecutive days of rain on our beautiful
area. The beach was unapproachable with 10-12 foot
waves pounding the shoreline, destroying small boats
anchored just 100 meters off the shore. But Larry and
Carol made the best of it, managing to have a good time
anyway and doing a fantastic job taking care of our house.
Hardcore Memories Of This Trip
ON PICTURES TO ENLARGE
USS Abraham Lincoln
steaming out to sea
The serenity of the desert
and LITTER FREE!
Hot Tubs with HOT Water!
Real Hot Dogs made from
real meat using real catsup
and real mustard!
Sweet Corn that wont
break your teeth
The BEST Hamburgers
on the road
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moving to Costa Rica April 1 2009, we have ventured back to
the States three times. Yes, its great seeing friends
and family but each time we return to Costa Rican soil, we
do so with a big, shit-eating grin plastered on our faces.
After three years away, we can still say (with a high degree
of certainty) we made the right decision.