Tuesday, October 23, 2007

San Diego Wild Fires 2007

Mt. San Miguel 3:30 a.m.

Mt. San Miguel 6:30 a.m.

This week we had 8 separate wildfires in San Diego County from Fallbrook to the Mexican border. There were also fires in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Over a Quarter million people were evacuated from their homes including some here in Spring Valley. Jared was off from school yesterday, and all schools are closed today. Bonnie is working from home today as she did yesterday. My work shut down at 10:30 p.m. yesterday and is closed today. We didn't feel threatened at out house, but this morning the flames swept across San Miguel Mountain. We noticed the flames about 1:00 a.m. this morning, and around 3:30 a.m. the mountain was pretty much engulfed in flame. Its 8:47 a.m. as I'm typing this and the mountain is completely obscured by smoke. On the news the fire department was confident that they could keep the fire from jumping across Jamacha Blvd. so we won't have to evacuate.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Jamaica 2007 " No problem Mon"

Sesame Grill

Hobie Cats on beautiful beach.

Beautiful Jamaican Sunset.

Pool at Beaches Negril.

The boys snorkeling.

A gorgeous day from our balconey.

Our rooms and "Semi-private" pool.

Lounging on the beach ... Hey somebodys gotta do it.

Bonnie, Hannah, Carys and Ella.

Well, its October 16, which means that Bonnie and I have been married for 25 years...WOW! We celebrated last week with a trip to Jamaica. Bonnie, Jared and I went with Darin, Tara and their girls. We drove to LAX Saturday the 6th with everyone piled into the truck. We parked in a garage (that turned out to be to low for the truck) and rode a shuttle to the airport. We took a red-eye flight and arrived in Montego Bay early Sunday morning. From there we took a shuttle to Beaches Sandy Bay just outside of Negril. The resort was beautiful and the rooms were nice. Monday we were all taking a walk down the beach when a man pulled up in a small fishing boat and asked me and Darin if we wanted to go fishing. When we declined his invitation he asked me if I wanted some weed. I declined this as well. Tuesday we took a glass-bottom boat out to the reef and had a great time snorkeling. On the way out we passed a very large catamaran called the Hedonism II. It was packed with people so I thought it was odd that one old man was changing on the deck. It then became apparent that everyone on the boat was clothing challenged. It rained Wednesday and Thursday so Darin and I played a lot of table tennis. A couple of days we took a shuttle to Beaches Negril which is only 5 minutes away. They have a couple of huge pools and a small water park. They also had a restaurant called Kimonos that was similar to Benihana's. The food was great and we didn't have to decide what to order because they cook everything on the menu so you can try everything...Awesome. Because the resort is all-inclusive we could get drinks (non-alcoholic of course) all day. We each had our favorites and Carys liked the strawberry daiquiri. She had 3 or 4 a day all week and literally spilled every single one. Each resort had a sand volleyball court which me and Daring took advantage of and enjoyed some great games.