Tag Archives: east coast vs west coast

Firsts and trails in a cross country visit

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San Diego's USS Midway - thegiftoftravel.wordpress.com

The USS Midway at San Diego’s Embarcadero

My dad came to visit for a long weekend at the end of February. It was the longest flight he’s taken in over a decade and he managed beautifully. If you didn’t already know, my dad is a pancreatic cancer survivor. Hopefully, his story of surviving and thriving will become a greater reality for more in the future instead of an anomaly. Read the rest of this entry

Connections, & social media & geography – oh my!

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with Katie at Seaport Village, San Diego - thegiftoftravel.wordpress.com

Former student visits the west coast

We’ve now been in San Diego for ten months. We’ve had more random connections in those ten months than in the ten years I lived in Long Beach, NY thirty minutes from the town in which I grew up. Former students popped by when visiting friends. Friends we met traveling passed through on their way from here to there and we met in person. Mat’s high school friend now lives an hour away. Teenage youth group connections rekindled with those passing through for conferences. University friends grabbed coffee together en route to meetings. One of my San Diego yoga teachers grew up a few blocks away from me and went to the same high school. And virtual travel connections became a reality. When shifting gears or geography stations, people who are in your outer circles resurface – maybe it’s to teach you something or maybe it’s only for an afternoon. Life is beautiful and strange. Read the rest of this entry

Six months in San Diego

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Mat's birthday - on the bridge near Petco Park - the gift of travel

Mat’s birthday – on the bridge near Petco Park

We’ve been in San Diego for six months now. What we thought might be a refuge from the frost has become a haven for more than just vitamin D. We like it here. There’s freedom and flexibility, year ‘round sunshine and sand, access and ease and a relaxed atmosphere. I know, sometimes it’s as if we’re a record on repeat, but it’s what we’ve found. In six months we’ve: Read the rest of this entry