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More that I Remembered About The Trip

Posted by ClearSkies on February 20, 2006, at 22:11:53

In reply to How I Spent My Winter Vacation, posted by ClearSkies on February 20, 2006, at 20:43:32

I went to the spa in out hotel and had a body wrap treatment using valerian, in a gel form. The application was done using soothing massage, in a dimly lit room with soft music playing. I was wrapped in towels and blankets. including a heated later that encouraged the good stuff to be sucked in by my skin. I emerged with soft skin, all the soreness in my muscles magically gone. I smelled faintly of seaweed, a medium I presume for the valerian essence. The esthstician was of eastern European heritage. Her voice was calm and soothing and some words did not quite have that American sound. I found that strangely soothing. My last spa experience was in Atlanta, at a day spa across from the hotel we were staying at. The slight young girl had strong and gentle hands and she spun the stress right off my face. It hovered above my skin for several seconds and descended with as much force and tenacity as when I had walked ino the salon. I was full of anxiety, expecting - what? Discomfort? Pain? Sudden cool, sudden heat? Feeling too hot or too cool? Anticipating the spa-head of hair that I'd be walking out with. I left that apppointment with a migraine. The experience in San Diego was a welcome and necessary change for me.

On the Sand Diego trip we took a day trip to Ocean Beach, where the Surfers donned their wetsuits and flung themselves into the bracing ocean. The town's main drag consisted of tattoo studios, taco stands, many bars, pawn shops, bikini store, 3-for-the-price-of-1 t-shirts shops, Many forms of introducing caffeine into your system, a hookaa bar, and a multitude of antique stores. This last category drew our rapt attention for no fewer than 4 hours. I collect Wedgewood Jasperware in all colours, Expo'67 memorabilia, 1976 Montreal Olympics memorabilia, and Royal Doulton's Bunnykin series of baby serving ware. The Wedgewood and Royal Doulton are still in production, so I look for pieces that interest me and for which I can get a fair price. I'm fairly good at spotting mistakes and seconds, and it usually comes down to whether I just plain like something or not. We had a lot of fun cruising all the shops and malls looking for the Perfect Piece of the Day.

I drove to a Garden Village store, some 20 miles east of San Diego, where culinary and medicinal herbs are cultivated and grown. Crafts are made from their bounty, and lessons offered for creating charming accessories for the home. They made their own soap in dreamy scents. They had a cat named Autumn who purred upon command. They had a Rhode Island Red rooster named Rocky who preferred to stay inside the shop. It caused the onwer some distress, as the bird produces copious amounts of poop that require constant vigilance on the part of the staff, to avoid sloppy sliding of customers and potential lawsuits for bruised tailbones and whiplash. These animalds were delightful.

If I remember more, I will post it.




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