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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
High School Yearbook Photo

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ..... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Out There A'havin' Fun...in That Warm California Sun (Shady's Vacation, Pt. 3)


Well, I'm goin' out west out on the coast

Where the California girls are really the most


 THOSE AREN'T MY WORDS 

 (OR THOUGHTS), DEAR FRIENDS, 

 THEY'RE MERELY SONG LYRICS 

 USED TO INTRODUCE PART 3 OF 

 HOW THE WEST WAS FUN! 



Mrs. Shady and I stayed with family in El Cajon,
a valley surrounded by mountains a few miles
east of San Diego. After our whirlwind tour of
attractions in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona
we were pooped and needed to mix relaxation
with sightseeing, dining and shopping.

Fate intervened. It was on this part of
the trip that I met and fell in love with
a California girl named Maggie.


Here she is - Maggie - the sweet,
affectionate German Shepherd mix
owned by our hosts.

The only "Dell" I ever knew was the Shady Dell in York, PA.
As I discovered, San Diego also has a famous place
nicknamed "The Del." It's the Hotel Del Coronado,
 a luxury beachfront hotel that opened in 1888.
  In the late 1950s, "The Del" was used as a
filming location for Billy Wilder's hit
comedy movie Some Like It Hot.


Watch this brief film clip as stars Marilyn Monroe,
Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, arrive at "The Del."




Now scroll down and view pictures
we took in July when we visited
the Hotel Del Coronado and other
scenic spots around San Diego.



We sipped iced coffee and munched snacks
inside "The Del." (Reminded me of my
youth at the other "Dell.")



This pic of San Diego Bay was taken from
Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace.



See those green umbrellas in the distance?
That's where we went for dinner.


While we were enjoying dockside dining
at Peohe's, this huge boat passed by!


The weather was again perfect
the day we visited Balboa Park.







I kissed Maggie goodbye
(yep, right on the mouth)


as we bade farewell to family members
and left their lovely home in El Cajon.


Once again we drove across the desert Southwest,
paralleling the Mexican border until we reached our
final destination..... (Yikes - that scary movie
just came to mind)..... Tuscon, Arizona.

The following pictures were snapped
during our stay in Sabino Canyon
and other areas around Tuscon.


Everywhere we went in the Tuscon area,
stately Saguaro and other species
of cacti were on display.






These images show the rugged terrain we saw
as we drove through Saguaro National Park.
Helpful hint...don't get lost out there!


The time had come for us to leave the Southwestern
states and get back to where we once belonged.
Please play the following song and
change the words as follows:

Shady left for home from Tuscon, Arizona
(Kept off the California grass)




We departed from Tuscon and flew east.
For the third time this trip our plane
touched down in a Texas city.
It was my first glimpse of this
area and I'm pretty sure
 I spotted JR and the
Ewing ranch.




From Dallas we flew to back Orlando and our
wild west odyssey came to an end. After three
solid weeks of togetherness, Mrs. Shady and
I were... how can I best describe it?...


...a prickly pair!

Hot, dusty and saddle sore, the first thing
I needed to do when I got home was this:




 STAY TUNED! THERE'S A BONUS 

 4TH POST COMING NEXT SUNDAY... 

 AN ALL MUSIC EDITION OF 

 HOW THE WEST WAS FUN! 

 SEE YOU THEN! 

Have a Shady day!