Saturday, May 21, 2011

Good-Bye California, Hello Road Trip #3

If you haven't heard by now, we have made some decisions about what is next for us. We are pretty sure that we will not be returning to cruise ship life (a value discrepancy not being the least of our reasons) and after plenty of prayer and careful consideration, we have decided to return to Pennsylvania. We're hoping to plant roots and finally stay put for a while.  

Since our car is here in California, we will need to drive back across the country...again. At first neither of us were excited at the prospect of another long road trip, but as we tossed ideas around about how to circumvent the long drive, Kelly thought of camping across the US to make it a little more interesting... yes, Kelly thought of that idea. Those of you who have known her a while, know that camping, roughing it, dirt, public facilities and such are about as far from ideal as she can get. But because she had so much fun camping  with the Dice Family the last two summers, she thinks she can handle a 10 day progressive camping trip. We'll see how it goes. 

Meanwhile, the last couple weeks have been pretty uneventful here in California. We've spent a lot of time getting ready for our upcoming trip and enjoying all that California has to offer such as In N Out,  Mexican Food, Del Taco, beautiful weather for walks around Eastlake Village, and of course spending time with our California friends...  

Including Meeka. We love this silly dog!

 Last Saturday we attended a Dog Graduation at Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) in Oceanside. CCI provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge.  Mike & Donna have been involved in the organization for a few years now.

You may already know that they have raised one dog, Harbor, for the program but unfortunately, Harbor developed an anxiety disorder and was released back to Mike & Donna. Currently, the Fancher's puppy-sit for puppy raisers while they are on vacations or out of town.

 Donna and Kelly showing off their CCI tattoos.
 A brand new CCI puppy in training!
 A working dog.
 And a working dog, working!

Beer tasting is a hobby that we picked up while working on the Eurodam. We especially love local and micro-brews and when we ran across The Bruery when we were in Old Town Orange, we had to stop in and see what it was all about. We had a beer flight of 5 different beers for only $3! We enjoyed the experience so much, we decided to check out the original store in Placentia. Seriously Californians, if you have not been to this place yet, you need to check it out. Not only is the beer super delicious, the atmosphere is really cool. They basically just set up a few tables and chairs in the warehouse and serve beer from 4pm to closing. Food trucks come by and park just outside the door in case you need a snack. They also sell growlers and large bottles of beer to bring home. Oh, and they have a "Brue it Forward" program where you can buy a beer for a friend who isn't there with you and the next time they come in, their name will be on a chalkboard and they get their beer! Feel free to stop in and "Brue it Forward" for us next time we come out to visit!

That's all for now folks! Make sure to keep up on the blog in the coming weeks to see our Camp Across America adventure! We're taking a new route and there is plenty of fun in store! That is of course, if we're not raptured tonight at 6pm....

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