On Tuesday we arrived at San Diego airport and we picked up the car, a manageable Nissan Infinity Q50, and drove to La Jolla, on the outskirts of San Diego, where Brian and Sandy positioned themselves on the pavement outside the partially hidden wooden house, and guided us in.
With sufficient bedrooms and bathrooms to accommodate the gang of Brian and Sandy, us, Max & Judy Hahn (flew in from Joburg) and their offspring Richard (Australia) and Claire (London), and Alan and Luned Clegg (Australia), the wooden house was a perfect choice. There was lots of space both indoors and out, and we were all set for a great reunion and the main reason we were all there - Brian's daughter Julia's, wedding to RJ.
|Julia Higgins and RJ Suoko - Before|
|Judy, Claire, Max, Luned, Alan and Russell at the start of the coastal walk, La Jolla|
|Sea lions have ears, and seals don't!|
The town is quite pretty and touristy too, with some delightful shops and galleries.
|Charming church in La Jolla, with a rather splendid statue group on the pavement.|
We took a trip to Coronado, a very desirable holiday destination of the rich and famous, and a pretty seaside town. We walked along the frontage and down on the beach.
|We saw several warships setting out for the Pacific, where it seems they would be on some sort of alert - according to the news.|
|Sunbathing squirrel - either that or it was lying in wait!|
|Hotel del Coronado from the beach road.|
We returned over the San Diego/Coronado bridge, and saw yet another warship gliding out to join the fleet.
The WeddingBefore the wedding, we attended the rehearsal dinner as guests of RJ's parents, and had a most delicious meal.
|Judy, Russ, Me, Alan, Luned and Brian|
|Brian nevertheless was in fine spirits - at the Wood House before setting out for the venue.|
The wedding was held at the furthest end of the beach from where we were staying, on a grassy spot graced by palm trees, overlooking the ocean, on a wonderfully clear day.
Julia looked gorgeous, as did Sandy.
|Sandy with Tony Crews|
|RJ and Julia Suoko - the After photo|
|Alan & Luned Clegg, Tony Crews, Me and Russell|
Sketching in Bilboa Park with Dominique EichiThe next day, Sunday, Dominique Eichi collected me to go and sketch in Bilboa Park. Dominique is a member of Urban Sketchers and also Sketching Workshop. I had contacted her, and she had generously arranged to collect me and take me somewhere nice to sketch.
Wow! Bilboa Park is a jewel in the crown of San Diego. Dominique loves sketching there and it is abundantly obvious why. There are so many things to do and so many things to see and sketch, that one could lose oneself there with a dozen sketchbooks till the paper ran out!
|Dominique and me in Bilboa Park|
|My sketch in Bilboa Park|
Brian & Sandy Higgins, Max & Judy and Richard and Claire Hahn, Alan and Luned Clegg and Russell and me all blearily awaited our flights to Maui, Hawai'i.
It had been a really wonderful six days and we were looking forward to our first taste of Hawai'i - on Alaskan Airlines to Kahului Airport, Maui Island.