On Labor Day weekend we decided to go down to Monterey and Carmel. It was mostly overcast but extremely pleasant. We went to restaurants that we’d been longing to revisit and had a wonderful time.
Carmel By-the-Sea Beach
While we were in Carmel we decided to go to Hog’s Breath. It was there that we had many very unusual experiences and I seriously doubt that we will ever return. There were many factors that will keep us from returning and I won’t go into all of the strange happenings as it might portray me as being politically incorrect and this blog is not about my little frustrations in life. It did make me feel quite uncomfortable and made me wonder who was in charge of the overall running of the restaurant. To make this long story short, we simply won’t return; problem solved.
We went to Monterey Fish House and had a delightful dinner. Everything there is delicious and works like clockwork. We tried Tarpy’s Roadhouse for the first time and had a delightful brunch in a very old stone house that has a lot of history to it. We had lunch at the West End in Santa Cruz and I found the perfect light, for my kitchen remodel, at Illuminations. It was hand blown by an artist who lives in Santa Cruz so it is the perfect complement to my house. We walked all over Point Lobos and found it beautiful but completely overgrown with poison oak. I am extremely allergic so I found myself having to be extra careful while hiking through a rather remote area of the park. We then had to return home to our very own patio where we had the padrone peppers that we purchased at the Santa Cruz Farmers Market. They were the best we have ever had, and in many ways, we felt a little like we had hardly even ventured far from our patio. Truth be told, some of my best experiences have been on my patio. I hope you have a patio like ours; full of fond memories. Have a grand weekend.
Isn’t it funny how certain things will bring back a memory instantly? Some friends went to Carmel recently and dropped by a book with lovely photos of the cottages in it. You’d think that I would have flashed to walking through the village. We did just that, not so long ago. What flashed through my mind was a day in 2005 that I went to the Carmel beach by myself. It was a gorgeous day and the climate was perfect, not too hot, not too cold, not very windy, yet it was windy enough to watch the sea spray lift off the waves.
First View From the Beach
Surfing the Big Waves
2005 My Favorite Day at the Carmel Beach
It was one of those days that you have to silently sit in the sand and watch the power of the ocean. It was a day that I will never forget. The power of this memory is so strong, it’s a bit like the way a song will instantly take you back in time. I have gone to the beach many times since 2005 but it has never been this magnificent.
Last post I promised to take you to a place that I remembered as a child, Point Lobos State Park. I remembered the white sands of the beach, the windiness of the day, and the treacherous hike down to the beautiful beach.
First Glimpse of Sandy Cove
I don’t remember there being all these stairs (left side of photo) descending to the beach, and quite possibly there weren’t many. I remember traversing down on switchbacks along the cliffs. It was terrifying as a child. It seems like the violence of storms has washed them out many times and passage to Sandy Cove is no longer a trip that any person can make.
Old Stairs to the Cove
This white egret has found the perfect spot to look for a good meal. Nothing should bother it while it patiently waits for lunch. They are extremely patient birds.
Egret on the Kelp and Water Looking for Lunch
I have tried a few times to reach this destination in the past, but have been unsuccessful in finding it. I am so glad that a ranger offered us help in finding this teal blue and white memory of mine. I only had black and white photos and now I can see the beautiful colors of my memories. It is an amazing place. If ever in Carmel, it’s just a short drive.