Heading to Los Angeles in spite of my back

My back went out a couple of months ago and I was afraid we would have to scrap our trip to the Petersen Automotive Museum. Fortunately it has subsided enough that I think it will be fine besides, I want to go.

Right now we’re sitting at the table having breakfast. We don’t have to leave anytime soon since we live only about 3 hours from Los Angeles.

Finally on the road and traffic is light so far. I’m sure that will change as we get closer to Los Angeles.
We’re staying at a place called Beverly Laurel Motor Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. I’ll let you know how that works out as soon as I know. It got pretty good reviews on TripAdvisor.

Stopped at Firestone in Buellton for lunch. It’s a favorite!

After lunch and a few tasters of beer (mostly for me, the non-driver) we’re on the road again.

Waze took us around most of the traffic so we managed to get here with a minimum of stress.

The Beverly Laurel Motor Hotel is pretty darned nice and the price was super reasonable for Los Angeles. Less than $600 for 3 nights including taxes and fees. Plus our room has a separate living room.

The sunset is just out our window!

Went to dinner at a great Italian place in the Original Farmer’s Market section of La Brea called Maggiano’s. Really good food, wine and wonderful service! We both had the Grilled Salmon Salad which was absolutely delicious.

Tomorrow we will make our way to the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Last Day in Fuquay and it’s another gorgeous day

Another wonderful breakfast made by Patty. She’s such an awesome person and a great cook.

We took another walk around the area, this time heading out through the Fuquay-Varina Mineral Springs Park. Really pretty little park and there are roadways with little traffic and connecting dirt roads to extend your walk.

We headed on over to Chris’s folks house at around 11:30 where we visited until about 2:00 when I started getting anxious to eat lunch.

We had lunch at a place called Anna’s Pizzeria in Fuquay-Varina. They serve excellent soups and panini, we’ve never tried their pizza but I’m sure it’s delicious.

We shared a Chicken Panini and went back over to the folks house to chat until dinner.

Tomorrow is an early day as we are heading back to San Jose on Southwest and then driving home from there.

We will be going to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles in December just before Christmas. That is the next time I will post.

Thank you for reading.

Beautiful Day in Fuquay-Varina

Got up this morning to beautiful blue skies, cooler temps and low humidity. After one of Patty’s wonderful breakfasts Chris and I set off on a short walk around the neighborhood.

We saw a few limbs down but for the most part people had already cleaned up the worst of it.

We saw some great Halloween decorations and I took a photo of one of the porches that I particularly liked.

On the way back we took a little turn through town and I got a photo of a mural and of the Fainting Goat Brewery sign that happens to be right across the street from our B&B.

Had dinner at a nice little place called Thai Lotus in Cary. They have very good food, wine and beer. The portions are large enough to split and the prices are reasonable.

Good Morning Fuquay! It’s Raining

Michael hasn’t made it’s presence known other than lots of rain. They’re predicting high winds but we are far enough away that it shouldn’t be too much of an issue…I hope.

It’s pouring rain right now and the wind is blowing pretty hard.

Spending the day sitting in Chris’s folks living room staying dry and catching up on what’s been happening in their lives.

Since the sheriff had advised that no one go out if it wasn’t absolutely necessary our plans to go out for dinner were skuttled. Chris’s mom made a quick dinner of spaghetti between numerous short power outages, making sure that we got on our way before dark.

As it turned out the weather had pretty much broken up by the time we left and we had an easy time driving back to our B&B.

Once we arrived we took a walk down to The Mason Jar for our nightly beer.

Hey, our B&B has a brand new front gate!

The inscription says:

The angel, Nature, doffs her cloak of night to stand naked, transparent, that you may see her beauty by the light.

Flight to Raleigh and on to Fuquay-Varina

Sitting in the San Jose airport waiting to board our Southwest flight to Raleigh.

We had a good breakfast at San Jose Joe’s with plenty of coffee. Bought a sandwich to split for lunch at Brioche Dorée. We should be all set.

Other than the part about getting up in the middle of the night, I love taking an early flight, the airport is almost empty.

We had an almost nonstop flight to Raleigh as our only stop was in Denver and we didn’t leave the plane.

It was along day though so I’m really happy to be here.

We are staying at the Fuquay Mineral Springs Inn where we always stay when we come to visit family here. John Byrne came out to welcome us when we got here and even showed us the back way path to the Mason Jar! How great was that!

I was surprised at how beautiful the gardens are, even though it’s October.

I would say that “hurricane season” is probably not the choice time to visit North Carolina as it’s very warm and mostly raining. I’m certain the wind will be a factor soon as well. It’s still a beautiful state.

We walked from out B&B to the Mason Jar which is our favorite neighborhood pub to have good pub food and some good beer or wine. Tonight I was in the mood for wine but often I choose one of the beers on tap.

Chris had to strawberry spinach salad with chicken and I had the black bean burger with cheddar. Both were darned good.

Now we’re sitting in our room feeling very relaxed.

Off we go to Fuquay-Varina Again

On our way for another visit to Fuquay-Varina, North Caroline where we have family.

We just arrived at our “home for the night” before we take a Southwest flight leaving at 6:30 in the morning.

The only place I could get a room in San Jose for a manageable price near the airport when I was planning this trip was at the Extended-Stay America on North 1st Street in San Jose. What a dive!

Very nice and helpful people working here but our. room is very dirty; think possible pubic hairs and some kind of scum on the phone, and something gritty on the floor which has no carpet, (that may be a good thing).

Everything looks and feels decrepit and uncared for. At least it was only $200 bucks a night, Yikes! It is close to the airport though and we can watch the light rail from the bed.

If you are coming to San Jose I can’t recommend this place. In case you’re wondering; yes I’ve stayed in worse places but not for $200.

I must give credit where credit is due though. As I said earlier the people working here are very nice. I called down because we are leaving at a little before 5:00 in the morning and there was no way to make coffee in the room. The young woman at the front desk not only sent up coffee making paraphernalia, she also remembered how early we were leaving and sent up some little packaged muffins. That was very thoughtful.

Just returned from dinner at Vito’s NY Trattoria. It’s pretty good and very close. We are now trying to wind down enough to go to sleep so we can wake up refreshed and ready for the day at 4:00 AM. Wish us luck!

Long Day of Driving Back to Portland, ME

Today was sadly our last morning in Saint John. We got up early, showered, finished packing and walked down to Cora’s for breakfast.

The food was still good but the service this time was pretty bad. We were seated at a table by the window, handed menus and left. After about 10 minutes, I got up and asked if we could please get some coffee. I got a big smile and a yes she would be there in just a minute, which she was. Since we had her there we ordered our breakfast.

Breakfast came and that was the last we saw of her. Chris was hoping for another cup of coffee so after another bit of time, I got up again and asked for some coffee, which came after a minute or so. Weird cause when we came here on Friday morning the service was excellent.

Walking back to our room we came upon the Loyalist House built between 1817 and 1820. It’s the oldest building in Saint John and survived the fire of 1877 that destroyed most of Saint John.

Next we packed up the car and headed out of Saint John.

Not a very exciting day. I kept hoping to see a moose and there were signs to watch for them but no such luck.

We did find a really pretty Rest Stop with a very filthy outhouse and no paper, I opted to go behind a bush.

After that we headed straight for Newport, ME where we found a pretty good little sandwich place called Harvest Moon.

After a couple of very scenic wrong turns we took a break in Augusta, the capitol of Maine. Augusta is a nice little city but it’s very empty on Sunday.

We walked around town and took a few photos. The weather was absolutely gorgeous today!

7587874336_img_4845 Old Fort Western. (Click on the photo for more information.)

This will be my last post until our next trip.