On our first full day, we visited my uncle Les and wife Betty. As Dad's last surviving sibling, Les could tell stories no one else could and I learned my Great Grandfather Oliver Nelson had been to California to pan for gold in the California Gold Rush. Not much came of this, so he settled in Kansas and raised a large family instead.California still has much to offer its residents and visitors. Even though it was only in the 50's and 60's the surfers were out, too. Those dark dots in the background are surfers. The gulls in the foreground made me think of the Beach Boys song "Surfer Girls" except I called them "Surfer Gulls." Along the beach close to us (Newport Beach), there was little to search for in the way of shells. Seaweed had to do...and it is beautiful in its own way, too. Day one was certainly a reminder to enjoy being out in the open air, instead of what was happening back at home. We knew we should savor the sun and sea air however fleeting it would be! Coming: a trip to the "Happiest Place on Earth."