We are now parked in Vista, California. It is east of Oceanside, and Oceanside is where our son Mike lives. He works in Carlsbad, which is south of Oceanside. We have plans to stay in this area for at least two months, so I felt it necessary to orient you, our readers, to the three towns which I am sure will be referred to my postings in the near future. I do need to add another city into this mix, which is San Diego. We made a trip into San Diego Saturday evening to watch our son Mike perform in an improvisation show. Oceanside is considered the gateway between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. On Sunday we joined Mike to explore downtown Oceanside and its beach. The picture below was taken from the pier at Oceanside, it is West Coast's longest wooden pier. The town is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Part of its rich history are the pink cottages which can be seen in the picture, they date from the 1920s.