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A Walk to Remember

Yesterday was quite the memory lane for Beautiful and my first time seeing where they lived when they used to live in CA. I got up before dawn at 6am to start my treatments and got to the clubhouse for breakfast around 8am. I was VERY pleasantly surprised to find a lot of food that I wanted. I had 16 slices of ham,  1/3 of a plate of some potato/pepper/sausage/onion skillet, scrambled eggs, and salt. I mention salt in this way because it took up a considerable area of my plate – those silly little packets. I downed all of that and went back for a full plate of the skillet dish, a Mt. Dew, and more eggs… this time with ketchup for more flavor correction.

We were out and on the road by 10am to head to La Mirada, or so I thought. We were going straight for Rancho Santa Margarita for lunch because there could be traffic on the way. There actually was at the customs checkpoint on I-5, but they pulled back into their little loop and let people drive through before we got there. I can’t imagine how much fun it would’ve been to explain all of the prescription drugs in my laptop bag!

We ended up being about 20 minutes early, so we went over a couple of streets from lunch and took a look at their last townhome they lived in before moving to FL. The owner actually pulled up, opened the garage door, and pulled in as we were looking. Not to leave well enough alone some of us couldn’t resist going halfway up the walkway to look in the entry. We walked around the back to the pool (they couldn’t believe how much smaller it looked than they remembered. Oops! Time for lunch.

So, here it is, 3 hours after I’d finished my largest breakfast in at least a year, and I found myself in a pizza place being served one of the. best. pies. I’ve ever had. I didn’t break any of my records, but I held my own, considering how much I’d had earlier.

Completely stuffed, we drove a little ways up the road to where they used to rollerblade and bike to a lake called Lago Santa Margarita. We took some great family and couple photos there and all around the lake. They were nice enough to take a break a couple of times and we took our sweet time going the 2.4 mile lap around the lake in about an hour. The views were gorgeous! I’ll remember that walk for a very long time.

After that, we headed to the hotel for our stay for graduation and then some of us went to LAX to pick up their grandma. What a crazy place!

We got back just a few minutes after the tape delay of the American Idol finale. The coffee tables from all 3 of our rooms were lined up and the spaghetti train was dishing up plate after plate of spaghetti as we walked in the door. I finished my heaping plate in just a couple of minutes (I was darn hungry by 8pm!). Then I finished my bro-in-law’s heaping plate. Then I finished his girlfriend’s heaping plate. Then I felt better. 😉

Enjoy the photos. You can follow our activities on Facebook, as I keep posting from my phone.


  1. Great photos!!

  2. Great photos!!