Williams, California to Prunedale, California 8/29/2013

 

AUGUST 29, 2013 (Thursday)

 

Got up and had a nice breakfast at the Ramada Inn. They had all sorts of things – hot eggs, warm danish, bacon, toast, muffins, cereal, yogurt, fruit, orange juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate – nice. Left around 9 AM and we were in Santa Clara, California by 11 AM. We only stopped once for gas.

Had a lovely visit with our son, Aaron, and his girlfriend, Arla, and our grandpuppies – Merlin and Reku.

Aaron and Arla's apartment complex.

Aaron and Arla’s apartment complex.

Merlin, Aaron's sweet dog.

Merlin, Aaron’s sweet dog.

Aaron contemplating the meaning of love and devotion.

Aaron contemplating the meaning of love and devotion.

Aaron with his kids.

Aaron with his kids.

After our visit we went to IKEA to look at futons. We are wanting a small sofa/bed to go into the studio. We are thinking about doing AirBnB with the studio. Still deciding and thinking about it. We’ll see what happens.

Ikea entrance, Palo Alto.  It is a giant rat maze in there, two stories high and no cheese.

Ikea entrance, Palo Alto. It is a giant rat maze in there, two stories high and no cheese.

Traffic was horrible when we left IKEA  (around 4:30 PM). We didn’t get into Prunedale, California until 6:30 PM. About the same time we got to our daughter’s place, she showed up and Lexi (our daughter), her friend Jennifer, and Michael and I headed over to Moss Landing, California to Phil’s Fish Market. It is one of our favorite places around here. We normally get the blackened swordfish and split it, but this time Michael wanted to get the fish and chips and see if they were better than Finest at Sea. I was glad I stuck to my favorite from Phil’s, the swordfish, because the fish and chips were not as good at Finest at Sea.

Moss Landing, California, home of Phil's Fish Market.

Moss Landing, California, home of Phil’s Fish Market.

Working harbor, real fishing boats bringing in fresh fish, the secret to a good seafood experience.  Plus people that know how to cut up a fish into perfect fillets.

Working harbor, real fishing boats bringing in fresh fish, the secret to a good seafood experience. Plus people that know how to cut up a fish into perfect fillets.

Commercial fishing boat with a natural gas electric generating plant behind.

Commercial fishing boat with a natural gas electric generating plant behind.

Our favorite seafood around here.

Our favorite seafood around here.

Open seating with a band, crowded on a Thursday night.  We used to have the place to ourselves, then he was on a TV show and it has been all down hill after that, damn tourist.  They come by the bus load now.

Open seating with a band, crowded on a Thursday night. We used to have the place to ourselves, then he was on a TV show and it has been all downhill after that, damn tourist. They come by the bus load now.

Fresh fish for sale.

Fresh fish for sale.

Fresh fish.

Fresh fish.

I am in line waiting to get to the counter to order.  Once you order they give a number placard to put on your table.  Feel like a vulture lurking around waiting for people to finish eating and the claim the dirty table for my family.

I am in line waiting to get to the counter to order. Once you order they give a number placard to put on your table. Feel like a vulture lurking around waiting for people to finish eating and the claim the dirty table for my family.

Edie loved this sign over the bar.

Edie loved this sign over the bar.

Blackened swordfish, salad with ranch dressing, french fries and toasted bread.  Edie's standard at Phil's.

Blackened swordfish, salad with ranch dressing, french fries and toasted bread. Edie’s standard at Phil’s.

 

I got an order of Fish and Chips, halibut, to compare to Finest At Sea in Victoria.  Finest at sea won.

I got an order of fish and chips, halibut, to compare to Finest At Sea in Victoria. Finest at Sea won.

 

Our daughter, Alexis, aka: mini-me, had the same as her Mom except rice instead of fries.

Our daughter, Alexis, aka: mini-me, had the same as her Mom except rice instead of fries.

 

Lex's best friend Jennifer had the Calamari.

Lex’s best friend Jennifer had the calamari.

 

Jennifer and Lex.

Jennifer and Lex.

Our daughter stayed with Jennifer and we decided not to tent camp and stayed in the studio apartment.

After dinner, we were done – totally tired. Did some laundry and crawled into bed. That was our day. Hope yours was exceptional!

 

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