So I guess you might be wondering what the heck 80-50-80 might be on our trip home from San Diego? Well, here goes. Said good-bye to our recuperating daughter with her broken ankle and headed out for our 185 mile trip home. We had some concerns as the Santa Ana winds were expected to reach up to 100 miles per hour in some mountain passes and many fires were burning out of control across Southern California. This could be an exciting trip.
The first 40 miles or so were fine, normal winds and no fires seen. Then in the distance we saw red dust storms and felt the winds starting to buffet the car. To make a long story short, on one mountain pass we had the Santa Ana wind behind us and as we rolled down the freeway, without my foot on the accelerator I was doing 80 miles per hour, being pushed by at least 50 miles per hour wind and getting 80 miles per gallon according to my car’s electronics. 80-50-80! An exciting trip home.
Luckily, we by passed all of the fires and we arrived home safe and sound. Our son a LA County Sheriff is on mandatory 12 hour shifts with no days off indefinitely to help fight the widely out of control fires. One of the fires he was working got so close to the prison he formerly worked at that it burned down an out building. Everyone was safe.
We are glad to be home.