Business brought Sam to California last month, so we jammed in the mini-van and came along for the week. While our Coastie was testing towers, the girls and I toured around, fixed all our meals from the fridges of Trader Joe's and enjoyed the sweet bliss of Pacific humidity gently mixed with dappled sunshine.
Another wonder from our trip, was seeing the deep-see divers at the Aquarium of the Pacific, giving a lecture from inside one of the gigantic tanks. The diver-docent was such a gem, as he positioned himself directly in front of Esra. They waved at each other the whole time and she grinned back at him non-stop.
We took the free public bus in Long Beach. It was our first turn on a kneeling, accessible bus. Too bad we didn't have the Snappie. But it was recovering from a spill! Really a nasty chain of events that started when Estelle put an uncapped blue marker in a cup of water and then Esra got a hold of it. Try explaining corroded wires with blue-ish goo to techs an ocean away. One feels pretty foolish. But I am sure they have heard it all. So after, a quick exchange of Royal Mail, email support, and a few evenings of tinkering, the Snappie is up and running like usual. We will be back in California before too long to do some more sight-seeing.