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Heading South

January 29, 2009

Taking a Break, originally uploaded by IrishFireside.

corey says…Okay, I love the weather in Southern California. Never have I pulled up to a stoplight in January and had someone start up a conversation BECAUSE THE WINDOWS WERE DOWN! Better yet, the driver started chatting because he noticed some of Fiona’s accessories.

“Are you really on an Irish Roadtrip.”

“Yup, sure are.”

He proceeded to recommend an Irish Pub in Escondido…O’Sullivan. I’d love to say we went to the pub. Unfortunately, I’m on deadline this week for work, so I had to stay in the hotel glued to my computer. Sigh. We still had a great day though.

Before leaving Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, we had to make a stop at one last winery. We had been hearing about the Almond Champagne from people far and wide, so we zipped over to Wilson Creek to have a taste. It was pretty darned good. In fact, Liam thought their selection had many of his favorites.

Then we headed south toward San Diego…but we were taking the scenic route through the mountains and the Indian reservations. Traffic was light and the views were beautiful, and right at the moment when Liam said we should start thinking about lunch, we came upon the Pala Casino.

The big casinos are known for their buffets, so we thought we’d give Pala’s a try. We signed up for their rewards card and got $2 off each on the lunch buffet…no free play money today, so no pulls of the slot machines.

At the buffet, we rationed ourselves well, even at their extensive dessert TABLES. Wow. They had the biggest selection of desserts I’ve ever seen.I mean THE BIGGEST.

We continued on to the town of Ramona and took a break at an antique store for Liam…he’s always hunting for broken dishes. The road from Ramona to Escondido was a very scenic road, and we were catching it as the sun was starting to get low…great light. We spotted our first rattle snake warning sign…that was something new for me.

Then in Escondido, I stopped in to the Apple Store to pick up a software upgrade…I’m hoping it’ll assist me with my video editing. So far, so good.


I realize we haven’t been all that Irish the last few days, but we’ve got some fun plans with Kim in San Diego tomorrow… tea…Belleek…good company. Liam and I are looking forward to it.

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