California Dreamin’ on a Winter’s Day

Home is where the heart is. And the food. Oh, and my Mom and Dad.

No matter how far we wander, or off track we get, there is nothing nicer than knowing we always have a place at Casa Agredano.

Christmas is a big deal here, loaded with pan dulce, tamales and multiple festivities. From the tamalada to Mom’s New Year’s Day homemade menudo brunch, we cram a year’s worth of visits into one solid month.

My four sisters and all of their kids and grandkids (I stopped counting at 12), keep us busy and entertained, especially on Christmas eve during the White Elephant exchange.

Poor Alex, she didn’t get what she wanted!

There’s lots of catching up to do, especially with friends from our Tripawds community.

Yesterday we had a blast boating with three dogs on Newport harbor, on a classic Southern California winter’s day. I felt kinda guilty having so much fun on the ocean after hearing about the horrible blizzards back east. California Dreamin’ indeed!

Meanwhile, the rig sits outside with birds poopin on the roof, and black streaks accumulating from all of the rain. Inside, it’s cold and lonely, waiting for our return.

We’ll be leaving here soon, and off to our wintertime adventures. Leaving my family will be just as hard as ever.

Since we can’t go any further West, we’ll be heading east toward the Slabs for a spell, then off to Quartzsite for our first snowbird experience. We’ve avoided a Quartzsite pilgrimage for this long, since the snowbirds there mostly consist of old timers and it just seemed too conservative and boring for our taste.

This year, however, we changed our mind, since the hipsters from NuRVers and the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous will be there to add a little life to that party. Or more like a lot of life! Good times are in the works!

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4 Responses to “California Dreamin’ on a Winter’s Day”

  1. We still haven’t done Quartzite……with the exception of a stopover on our way home last year. We’re not too excited about returning there. don’t head too far east. We’ve got a foot of snow on the ground with more falling!

    • We’ll let you guys know how it goes. And no worries, we’ll be heading south after that. 12″ of snow is too much for us. Stay warm up there! Brrrrrrr.

  2. “We’ve avoided a Quartzsite pilgrimage for this long, since the snowbirds there mostly consist of old timers and it just seemed too conservative and boring for our taste.”

    -Definitely the reason we have not done the RV thing in Quartzsite yet. So glad to hear you will be meeting up with like-minded folks (NuRVers & the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous) in this beautiful area! Perhaps this will become an annual gathering? =0)

  3. Poor Alex…

    This headline from the L.A. Times sums up the spirit of the holidays down here: Joy is Overrated … [Sigh] I disagree.

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