Early Morning Start at Begins at 4:45 am – Heading to San Diego

Today we leave Roseville to head to San Diego. I woke up at 4:45 am knowing the alarm would go off at 6 am. After laying in bed just a bit, I got up, showered, and started packing. It’s now 6:20 am and everything is set to put in the van, Joel and I have had our morning tea and time together, and we’ll be on the road by 7 am.

It’s an all day drive today. We’ll arrive at Joel’s brother in South San Diego about dinner time. We’re looking forward to a few days to visit with family, including my mom on Sunday. Fiona hasn’t seen grandma Susan since March when Rachelle got married.

We really enjoy our long drives. We’ll catch up on some reading. I read aloud to Joel and take notes on things he wants to write about in his next book. Fiona picked up her stuffed panda bear to cuddle with in the van while we drive.

Look out San Diego – the Nomad Canfields are coming!

Canfield family
The Nomad Canfields

National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder

Monday we visited the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. There were videos to watch and exhibits to see. It’s amazing what all goes in to researching the atmosphere and weather. Behind the facility is the weather trail where we walked and learn more about weather. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed seeing the surrounding trees and mountains.

Wind on the Kansas Plains, Ice in the Colorado Mountains

How does anyone know when there’s a cyclone in Kansas? The wind blew 70 MPH the whole time we were there. Also, there was snow in Kansas, and snow and ice in Colorado. For some reason I can’t get it through my head that if Denver is over 5,000 feet up, the mountains around it must be over 7,000 feet. There might, in fact, be snow and ice in late November, especially at night.

We almost turned back an hour from Denver, 10 hours into an 11-hour day. When I decided that one more climb to a higher elevation just wasn’t worth the risk, we started down the other side.

San Diego’s Perfect Weather

When people across the US and Canada discover that Sue and I used to live in San Diego, they inevitably ask “Why would you leave the world’s finest city where the weather is always perfect?” or something much like it. Well, we’ve lived there most of our lives, and we’ve decided that it’s a nice place to visit, but it ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Warning: Sarcasm Ahead

It’s Beautiful and We Want to Stay

We’ve been in Canada less than 6 hours and I already think I want to stay. It’s perfect weather. The sun is shining and there’s a nice breeze. The windows are open! We had a nice walk around the neighborhood while our hosts familiarized us with places within walking distance. We can walk to the grocery store!

The house we’re staying in is beautiful, the neighborhood quiet. The neighbor from across the street already came ¬†over, introduced himself and invited us over to a party they are having this evening.

I’m sure we’ll have lots more to say and tomorrow it’s going to be time to dig in and return to our usual work schedule. We’ll keep you posted!

The Weather is Beautiful

It’s gorgeous! Sunny but not too warm and a very nice breeze. We just got back from swimming at the Y! Later we’ll take a little walk. We got a very good night’s sleep and had Joel’s ‘world-famous’ pancakes for brunch. Fiona’s made new friends – Nels and Phoenix. What a wonderfully relaxing day.

We’ll keep you posted on the adventures of the Canfield Family now in Hoquiam Washington with the Hogaboom family.

Updated August 19, 2010 – we finally have pictures!

Fiona Makes Ice Cream Cones!