The day after the Chile vs. USA match
we headed down to Long Beach for a few days.
The official reason for the trip
was to attend the annual
for our church's synod,
but I have to admit that the warm weather,
sunshine, visiting with friends,
and staying at a nice hotel were definite
highlights of our LB experience.
The colloquy was great, too, though.
The keynote speaker was
the presiding bishop of the ELCA,
and it was great to hear him speak
in such a small setting.
I enjoyed meeting Bishop Hanson,
but I just adored his wife,
& ended up talking to her for a couple of hours.
What an amazing lady.
Then, while Z was in some
(less-than-interesting) sessions, I took a stroll
over to the harbor for some photos.
Beautiful! It was difficult to return to
the dense, winter fog in the valley
after all that sunshine.