Thursday, April 5, 2018

Return to the 'mother ship'

6:36 am - Thursday - April 5th - SoCal - 54º F, 89% humidity, wind 2 mph out of the west by northwest....heavy overcast once again (marine layer) with a forecast high of 75º F.

Our Jello plan was to be on the road back to the 'mother ship' before 9 am.  Neither of us slept very well Tuesday night and were both up a little after 6 am.  We walked next door to the Yuma Landing Bar & Grill around 7:15 am for breakfast.....the Coronado Motor Hotel provides a free breakfast there for their customers.  We have eaten breakfast there before and enjoyed it.......

 Yuma Landing Bar & Grill

.....and this time was no different.  We were in the car and on I-8 by 8:20 am headed first west, then north of CA-111 to I-10 and home.....take that Mr. Jello!  The drive was completely uneventful, although we did stop for about 20 minutes in Mecca, CA (near Salton Sea) a the local Starbucks for a break before driving the final 90+ miles to Fontana.

We were unloading our overnight bags just after noon time and then relaxing and napping the rest of the afternoon......I turned on the TV to find that they were replaying the Par 3 competition from this year's Masters on ESPN.  Many current players compete in this tournament as a prelude to the actual Masters Golf Tournament, as well as many of the older players.  This year Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Watson played as a threesome, and what do you know?  Tom Watson at 68 years old won the 9 hole contest over everyone with a 6 under par score, including only 8 total putts.  Nicklaus finished at 4 under par in 3rd place at age 78, and Gary Player finished at 3 under par in 4th place at age 82.....what the....

Left to right: Tom Watson, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.....ageless

.....just amazing....I am are never too old, right?  Shortly after the end of the 3 Par contest I lit the Sea-B-Que and grilled up some carne asada in preparation for the 'street tacos' TLE promised on the drive home.

We we quite happy being back in our familiar environs knowing we would get a good night's sleep Wednesday night.  Looking forward to watching endless hours of the Masters over the next four days beginning Thursday is good.

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  1. Yup....he chipped in one birdie from off the putts on that hole.