Going to California.........

My journey begins in Vancouver YVR aboard a Horizon Air Bomabardier Q400 #414 for Seattle/Tacoma.

Ideal for short or commuter flights, this 76 passenger aircraft makes the trip from YVR to SEA in about 45 minutes.

The flight over Bellingham and Puget Sound was sunny and calm.

Crews ready Alaska Air Boeing 737-700 #617 for flight to Orange County

Boeing 737-700 in historical livery for Alaska Air's 75th anniversary.

"Winglets" introduced on Boeing aircraft, reduce fuel costs by 6%.

Spectacular view of Mt. Rainier

The "White House" of Laguna Niguel

Mom's 80th birthday party was just getting underway as I arrived.

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Mom's new emerald ring. You can almost see the diamonds. *wink*

The next day, we jumped into Robert's rental car for Magic Mountain

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Bird of Paradise

Nasturtiums along the beach trail.

A Prickly Pear Cactus hedgerow.

What would California be without surf competitions?

Robert and Ryan discuss "Red Tide" with a local dive shop owner.

Mark's expertise with barbequed and smoked meats.

We had an enjoyable hike to the Anza - Borrego Desert Park

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One of many orange groves along the roads.

Like so many journeys, this one leads me home via John Wayne Airport

Alaska Air Boeing 737-400 #779, for my early morning flight.

The flight took us over San Francisco, The Golden Gate and Alcatraz.

 

 

 

Mom's 80th Birthday

Six Flags - Magic Mountain

Anza - Borrego Desert Hike