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Our First Visitors

I’ve come to realize that one of the odd realities about living in an Airstream is that our visitors are not able to actually stay with us.  This has never been an issue until my mom and her husband Ed decided to visit Kelly and me here in HMB this week.  Staring at the prospect of four cramped adults in the Airstream, Kelly and I opted for the easier better solution – book a hotel room for our guests.

It’s the least we could do.

And before you ask … no … I didn’t spring for the Ritz Carlton, despite it being located just a few steps from our RV park.

I may be the most favored child, but I’m a cheap bastard.  Sorry mom.

The alternate solution I decided, would be to secure accommodations at the Half Moon Bay Lodge – a Best Western property which happens to be situated just down the street.  I even found an online coupon which provides Mom and Ed with complementary daily breakfast.  Nice.

Being the good son I am, I took a vacation day from work today and dragged volunteered to drive mom and Ed all over the place as I completed a few errands, all under the ruse of a “tour of the area”.  More, I even acquiesced my otherwise firm rule not to accept help from others, and allowed Ed to assist with the installation of a new set of running boards for my truck, but not before offering a tour of my office, where coincidently, I had the running boards delivered and waiting for me.  Hey, I do not see anything wrong about knocking out two birds with one stone.

Apparently the lack of running boards has long proved to be problematic for others riding  in the truck.  It seems these basic add-ons are desperately needed by ever passenger but me.  Fortunately, the good folks over at runningboardwarehouse.com had just what I needed.  I was quite pleased to score a set of factory boards which look just like the Ford OEM set, but cost me only $249 shipped, not the $700 my local dealer was asking.

Ed and me sorting nuts and bolts

Ed and me sorting nuts and bolts

Prepping for the installation

Prepping for the installation

The finished product

The finished product

As added bonus today, Mother Nature decided to smile kindly upon us.  The moderate temperatures and partly cloudy skies made for a really nice day.  After completing all items on my our list, we grabbed Lilly and all of us sauntered over to the beach, which happens to be one of Lilly’s favorite locations, especially at low tide when much more of the shoreline is accessible to her.

Lilly inspecting a rock formations only accessible during low tide

Lilly inspecting rock formations only accessible during low tide

Mom and me

Mom and me

Ed and Mom - the Ritz Carlton in background

Mom and Ed – the Ritz Carlton in background

Once Kelly returned from work, the four of us went to dinner and enjoyed tasty eats and good conversation.

Tomorrow we are playing in the city.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Living the dream! Great blog.

    February 23, 2013
  2. Anonymous #

    Did Ed steal the napkin from the eating establishment? Great story and great pics.

    February 23, 2013

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