We made it back to the house, and we did it without hurting ourselves... ;-)
The mini-vacation/break was excellent, though we would have liked to have had another day (or two). We went up to Julian, expecting to get some relaxation time, and ended up having a great time and meeting some wonderful people. We stayed at the Orchard Inn, and it has all the amenities that we could ask for, as well as being nestled in some of the prettiest wooded area around.
Yesterday, after we got up, Linda wanted to go exploring and do a little hiking. There were some trails right out front, so those were the first we explored. They really didn't go too far up the hill, and showed signs of neglect, and we found out later that the neglect was intentional. Apparently, over the past several years, guests had gone up the trails and a couple of them actually got lost. Because this happened a couple of times it was decided to just let the tails go back to nature and discourage guests from going up that way. Instead we found out about another trail that was a couple of miles away, and it was part of a park system trail. It was also "supposed" to be a 4.5 mile loop. I put it in quotes because the trail really isn't marked out too well, and there are no maps of the area. Linda and I ended up going nearly 9.5 miles on some hilly terrain, and we had a great time. What we did was to hike up to the highest point and go down the other side, and after about a mile we turned around and went back up to the top again, and just followed the trail back to the trail head where we started. By the time we were done it was late afternoon, and both of us were tired.
Once back at the Inn we went to our room and showered and laid down for a short nap. Dinner was at 18:15 (6:15 pm), and there was a little reception time prior to the dinner. That's were we got to meet some very nice people, and in the process of having dinner, an anonymous diner bought us a nice bottle of wine. They had heard us talking about Jason and wanted to do something for us. We found out who it was, later and went and thanked them, and let them know we appreciated their thoughtfulness.
Needless to say, we slept well that night - physically worn down and an extra bottle of wine, a good combination, especially since we didn't have to drive anywhere. The next morning (this morning) we saw several of those same people and sort of had a reunion. We checked out of the Inn and then went down town to do a little walking around - no we hadn't had enough walking and hiking. Julian has a bunch of great things to see and a very colorful history to explore. We went into several shops and in to their museum. I'm pretty sure we'll go back again, I just don't know when right now.
While we were off at Julian, Jason was here being taken care of by Joselyn. She is a God Send and Jason likes her too. While up in Julian we didn't have much in the way of phone signal, so there were no phone calls (and that is a good thing), so we just trusted Joselyn and Jason to take care of everything, as it was supposed to be... and it was. Jason was in very good spirits and a positive mood when we came home, so no matter how you look at it, these past few days was a complete and total success. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.