We’re not in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan anymore, Toto.

Flowers, blue skies, palm trees. We're not in Michigan anymore, Toto.


Blacks Beach--no swimsuits needed down there.


Who cares about looking for nudists? Look at the flowers, the waves, the beach...


Pardon me for a moment while I admire some of my favorite guys in the world.


While Chris teaches his class, let's watch a softball practice while sipping a coffee from a coffee shop overlooking the fields.


Barry takes a picture of our companion at the coffee shop. Gosh it's nice to be outside in 72 degree temperatures.


Let's take a spin around the UCSD campus while we wait for Christopher


Nice sculpture, don't you think?


The window in the room where Chris is teaching. Wish I could sit outside the window and listen. The door is open, though, and you can hear the students laughing. Last day of class before exams.


Aren't reflections in windows fascinating? Especially when you can't determine what is being reflected.


Barry appreciated the campus fashion more than I did!


The sociology building where Christopher is teaching his class. He's in his fourth year of a doctoral program and TA's a section


In which we eat Ethiopian food with our hands while a nice server offers to take our picture. Do we look exhausted? It was a long day...


We are not in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan anymore, Toto.  Yesterday we awoke at 3 a.m.  (RISE AND SHINE!!) and drove to the Marquette airport.  The lady at Koski Corner’s asked us if we’d eaten our “Pazskis” yesterday.  It’ s a tradition around these parts.  You eat jelly roll donuts on “Fat Tuesday”, the day before Lent.  She said she took her insulin before eating hers.   We shook our heads, bought a sandwich, and proceeded to fly across the country to visit our son Christopher in sunny, warm San Diego.  Hope you enjoy the photos.  I already have twelve more photos ready to publish and haven’t even started taking pictures yet today!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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25 Responses to We’re not in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan anymore, Toto.

  1. Reggie says:

    Hello Kathy! Finally some sunshiney photos – all that white-grey and dark-grey and more white-grey and dark-grey must’ve been getting you down. Such colours! Have an awesome time!

  2. holessence says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. You’re photographs are the next best thing to BEing there!

  3. jeffstroud says:


    Aaaaahhhh! Good for you! Great photographs each has their own quality! Enjoy your visit!


  4. Susan Derozier says:

    Kathy – What a great start to your vacation. I LOVE Chris’ campus….really cool! The food in the last picture looks intriguing as well. Have a wonderful time. Is he getting his PhD in sociology?

  5. Elisa's Spot says:

    Yay pictures! Yay safe arrival!!!

  6. Colleen says:

    Standing on tip-toe, facing south and waving 🙂

    Your Ethiopian feast looks yummy. Hope you slept well and are already up and about doing all sorts of wonderful things…. in this 70+ degree weather!

  7. Sybil says:

    Hi Kathy, Love the window shots. I love unidentifiablle reflections too.

    Soak up that marvellous sunshine but tell those men of yours to put on hats and wear sunscreen . They look a little pink.

    Have a terrific time.

    Sybil in Eastern Passage.

  8. john says:

    Pacific Blue looks like a wonderful change from Midwest Gray. I really liked the sculpture in the rock. (I also liked Barry’s picture of campus) Bask in the glory of the sun and your son. Being able to see one’s child in “their world” is probably the best trip a person can take.

  9. Carol says:

    Ahhhh, sunshine and warmth – what more could one want? Pretty flowers, ocean waves and sandy beaches, that’s what. And I take it Miss Emme (did I remember her name right?) did come with you. I’m happy glad for that, love to experience some warmth, even if it is vicariously.

  10. Karma says:

    So many lucky folks have recently had the chance to escape the blah of this time of year. Hope you have a wonderful time. I’ve been to San Diego only once in my life but my memories of it are very beautiful. I’m sure your pictures will be gorgeous.
    I had my paczskis a couple weeks ago. One of our local grocery stores makes quite the big deal about them with a big bulletin board that reads: “The Paczskis (pronounced ‘poonch-key’)are here!” I think you can gain a couple pounds just looking at them.

  11. P.j. grath says:

    Now I’m jealous. Not because of the warmth or the sunshine or beaches or the paczki feed but because you had Ethiopian food. I make my own approximation once in a blue moon but have never attempted the injera, and I know you had injera, that moist, spongy bread that the rest of the food sits on.

    I liked the windows, also (she said sedately without an exclamation mark but really meaning it).

  12. barb says:

    Hi Kathy, I’ve been thinking of you. Have a great visit. Good Luck. (PS Great scenery. I’m trying not to use exclamation points.)

  13. Susan D says:

    Gorgeous photos of sweet Cali and her charms. Love the window shots, and the elderly lady. Was almost afraid to glance at the photo of your fave fellows … thanks for making them wear clothes near the nudist beach. Hee-hee. I know you’re having a wonderful time because you all look happy. So glad you’re there. Hope you’ll get some quality zzzzzz later tonight…

  14. Robin says:

    Why is it we have to get up at 3am (2am for me since I’m an hour behind you) to go to San Diego? There must be a better way. Something in between up so early or up so late (the red-eye).

    We missed out on paczki (how they spell it in Cleveland) this year. I asked a friend to eat some for us. I will have to help her burn off all those extra calories when we return home.

    It all looks wonderful. Say hello to SD for me. 🙂

  15. Dawn says:

    Excellent! Enjoy the visit.

  16. Dawn says:

    Guess this means you took the computer, ey? LOL.. GOod thing you got out of here….it’s snowing again. Big surprise! Lovely photos!!! Enjoy!

  17. Hey! You forgot the suitcase with ME in it! I promise I would have worn a swim suit at that beach! 😉
    Great photos (the fashion one made me smile!). Hope you have a wonderful time!

  18. georgia mom says:

    Keep sending the photos. Enjoyed seeing Chris’s teaching environment. Talked with Kiah on her day off. She wished she was with you. I reminded her she went out last fall! Enjoy your visit. GA Mom

  19. Kathy says:

    Sorry I don’t have time to reply to each of you individually–we have places to go and people to meet today! (Although I am declining the tour of an aircraft carrier later this morning and may be deposited in a coffee shop with Miss Ellie the laptop computer. In which case more blogging-related communications may happen.) Answering questions and concerns: Yes, Chris will be getting his PhD in Sociology when he graduates. Yes, we white northern folks will be donning sunscreen/caps when appropriate in order to avoid burning. Why do we have to get up so early to get to California…gosh, that is the unanswerable question of the time zones! OK…could answer 16 more questions but think I got most of them. Time to download photos. Back atcha soon!

  20. Colleen says:

    Kathy, not that I’m worrying but….. if you’re on the beach today, hope you’re staying FAR back. We’re having some pretty big wave action. Most of our beaches and coastal areas are closed at the moment. Isn’t this sunshine glorious 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Colleen, we haven’t been down by water today yet, but don’t worry–we’ll be careful. Don’t believe there are any warnings down in San Diego. So sad about that tsunnami in Japan. Barry and I were awake at 5:30 watching the coverage on the Internet.

      • Colleen says:

        We’ve been doing the same. Yes, very sad. One of our daughter-in-laws has family and friends living in Japan. There has been a little more commotion in our area but not what it might have been.

  21. Beautiful post and very pleasant meanderings in your day in SD. Thanks for inviting us to your journey. Lovely pictures too, I like the lady reading or writing near you at the coffee shop and the happy family around an Ethiopian meal.

  22. Barbara Rodgers says:

    72° – perfect! Wonderful pictures, what a stimulating, inspiring change of scenery!!! How was the Ethipian food?

  23. Kathy says:

    Glad you all enjoyed. The Ethiopian meal was very delicious. The server recommended a sampling for Two. She said there would be more than enough for three of us to eat. We still shake our heads trying to imagine how two people could have finished that huge plate!

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