It is always nice when you can mix in a little Koi fun while you are taking care of some business. It is also nice when you can enjoy temperatures ranging from 62 to 78 degrees in the daytime and cool night time from 52 to 57 degrees.

Prior to leaving Michigan I contacted AKCA judge Steve Drake, who happens to live just down the street from our California house. Steve and his wife Nancy invited us to view their tropical yard and Koi pond. We almost missed our chance to view this beautiful setting because Steve was leaving for Hawaii in the morning to look at a place to spend the winter months. I guess temperature is all relative to what you are used to!

With Steve’s help we were able to line up a few more Koi stores. Our other stops were Koi Land, Underwater Environments and California Koi. While traveling between shops we took in a few nurseries to check out the unique plants that I am sure would never survive Michigan winters.

The 25th Annual San Diego Koi Show appeared to be a huge success. Three hundred and fifty two Koi were entered in competition, thirty-seven venders and a multitude of Koi lovers. The Koi were outstanding which proved to be a real challenge for the judges. It was nice walking through the show seeing new vendors, products and our friends Ann from Aquatic Eco-Systems, Iva from Ultra Balance and Taro from Kodama Koi Farm. During our walk around Sue and I selected a 12 to 16 inch Goshiki owned by Jim Smith from Cucamonga, CA to receive our clubs Friendship Award.

The judges not only worked all day but into the evening missing the banquet social hour and just made it for a well deserved meal. We were fortunate to have Matt Rhoades President of KCSD and Show Chairperson at our table, however, having Matt at our table proved to be of no help when it came time for the raffle. No numbers were pulled for our table but it was fun harassing the multi winners next to us.

The end of the evening was just an indication that our CA trip was coming to an end and time to return to this year’s not so bad Michigan winter.

Ron & Sue Kardynski