Another Day in Paradise

I am really loving California.

Yesterday got off to a pleasant start with a walk down the road to get some coffee. Doug is quite the historian; I got filled in on Signal Hill history on the way. It’s fascinating stuff to me, but I won’t bore you with the details here. Once everyone got up and around, Doug brought out one of his beauties – a 1979 Buick Electra convertible – and took us to breakfast. I hadn’t been in a convertible since I was a wee child. In a poetic twist, it made me FEEL like a wee child again.

We ate at this small cafe called The Potholder that was outta this world. We can also send a picture back to them with us holding a sign with the place’s name on it and they’ll frame it on the wall. DEFINITELY going to do that. After breakfast, we split up: Indi sat on the ocean at Huntington Beach for several hours while Nikki and Brad shopped in Newport Beach. I joined the Joneses but I have to confess I’m not much of a shopper…most of my time was spent people watching. I did get a new belt tho!

When we picked Indi up, I got to appreciate the ocean for the first time. I felt the Pacific wash up around my feet. It was loud. And unlike anything else in the world. I want to do it again. I just wish it were warmer 🙂

Last night was a relaxer: quiet dinner with drinks and a return to Doug’s place. Today should be another great one capped off with a concert tonight. The Faint w/Ladytron. And maybe, just maybe, there could be a day or two in Mexico in our future. It depends on how things shake out.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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2 Responses to Another Day in Paradise

  1. Anonymous says:

    Not such a small cafe, is quite well known in Long Beach. Pity you did not go to In N Out Burger in Az and Nv they have really stretched their wings, not only in Cali anymore.

  2. I want all those “boring” details about Signal Hill!

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