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Saturday, May 29, 1999

I was up bright and early this morning. It was nice to enjoy the coolness on the porch while drinking my coffee. I don't know if the dampness and grey would get on my nerves after a while but it's a nice change from Arizona. Sometimes I get tired of blue skies.

Lauri and I went for a 10K volkswalk today. This is one of the two Redondo Beach walks. I've done the one that goes along the beach in Redondo Beach and this time we went on the walk that goes around Lunada Bay in the hills of Palos Verdes. It's a mid range walk as you do a fair amount of climbing. We started at Rat Beach and climbed up Palos Verdes Drive. Quite a few bicyclists went past us as we went through some gorgeous neighborhoods.

In one section we walked on a dirt path through the middle of a median. There was a wonderful variety of plants here and we passed several other walkers and runners. We stopped at a little coffee shop for some fuel and then continued through more residential areas to a path that ran along the top of the cliffs. We walked along enjoying the view and the mansions. Some were enormous. It's hard for me to imagine what anyone would want that many rooms for.

There was quite a bit of up and down during this section and we got a good workout. It was nice to start walking downhill again and soon we were back at the car. Lauri is training for the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in October so we tried to keep up a good pace. I really admire her for going on this not only because it's 60 miles in three days but because I can't imagine raising that much money. My son will be working as part of the support crew.

In the afternoon Mike and I went to see the La Brea Tar Pits. I've wanted to see them for a long time and enjoyed the museum very much. I was disappointed because we could only see one pit through a couple fences and the others are off limits now as they are upgrading the area around them.

I was surprised to see that the tar is still bubbling up. I thought they were all gone now. It's a bit strange to think of tar pits under downtown Los Angeles. Of course, some people think LA is a pit, but that's just their opinion! There was a huge mammoth. It's hard to imagine a live animal that big.

Mike and I went by his work which was interesting as I had never been there. It was a bit eerie since hardly anyone was around. I enjoy seeing where other people work and what they keep on their desks. We may all have cubicles but they are hardly all alike.

We stopped for groceries on the way home. Well, a few groceries. They are now ordering quite a few groceries online at The Pink Dot. What a great idea. Most of the things weren't that much more expensive than at the store, though you couldn't get the store brands. For someone who doesn't own a car, like me, this was a fantastic idea. I could just order my groceries and in an hour they're delivered. Great!

Mike and Lauri were also stocking up on 99c videos as the Pink Dot was getting out of the video rental business. They had sacks of them and enough to keep them in entertainment for months, if not years. they watch many more movies than I do. I usually average about two movies at a theatre in a year and I don't watch that many on tv or video.

We went over to their neighbors that evening so Mike could play pool and we could all sit around with a beer and talk. It was nice to relax after a long day.

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Rachel Aschmann 1999.
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