Monday, March 4, 2013

We depart with a surprise.

When we awoke in the morning, I went down to the car with the first load of luggage as we were checking out ostensibly to head north, and to retrieve some water to make coffee. I returned with thte water and the insurance papers for the car. The reason? Someone felt our right rear window was offensive to them so they ensured that we no longer had one.

Examining the situation we found that the only thing missing was a fleece blanket that I had received as a Christmas present, and one to which I was somewhat emotionally attached, though not in the Linus sense. Everything else was untouched in the car.

The miscreant(s) even left the tool of their destruction (disruption) adjacent to the car. With a round of calls to ICBC, The San Diego Police Department and a number of glass shops, we found we could get the window replaced by Safelite for just shy of our insurance deductible.

Along the way we passed  San Diego State University with a carpet of purple flowers along the edge of the road.

We arrived at the glass facility and were ensured that we would be ready to go in about an hour.

The office doesn't look that imposing, but they were efficient, considering it was noon.

This is the warehouse. Now that's glass. That's also why they were able to help in short order.

We finally made our way up PCH and stopped at a place that recycled iron gates and doors. He had an awesome selection.

Everything from garden to driveway entry gates.

This is the one which the owner considers his favorite. Whether saved from some old Hollywood estate or other location I don't know, but they are fabulous.

We continued up PCH and passed through coastal communities. This is the Star Theatre in San Clemente.

This is a rest area along the way. These are built in the Hacienda Style.

We stopped at a State Beach as the sun was setting to take a few pictures. This is a gate to a private beach community. The guard gave me permission to take the pictures.

This is a planter festooned with starfish. The starfish are to prevent skateboarders from grinding on the planter.

There were plenty of people at the beach sitting and waiting. I asked Scooterchick if she knew what they were waiting for? they were waiting for the sun to go down. That's a thing in California. You go to the beach and wait for the sun to go down. Sure enough, as soon as it did, they started clearing out.

We continued driving north, through Laguna Beach, which I had last visited in 1996.

There were many people out walking and patronizing the watering holes. There are many artsy stores and other establishments. This is a pottery store that specializes in Majolica ware.

This is some sort of gazebo. I caught this picture on the fly so have no further information.
This will be our last picture for tonight. We checked into a hotel and slept hard.


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