Two weeks in California wasn't quite enough time for us to do everything we wanted to do, but we did have a few days that felt unhurried yet full of exploration. One such day was spent in Pacific Grove at Lovers Point Sate Marine Reserve. Here, a small coved beach was the perfect calm spot for the kids to swim. I took a walk to the point and watched the seagulls swoop and play. We spent most of the afternoon here just enjoying the sights and sounds of Monterey Bay.
"Look Mama! Sand Tights!" Eve had a few pretty good one liners and funny moments on this trip. I'll try to remember them as I go along.
I realized after the trip that we were blessed with ideal weather the entire two weeks we were away. The bright skies made the water it's bluest. An electric, eye watering blue that hardly seems real - but I assure you that it truly is. In a shallow, rocky inlet the water turned a sea-glass green and frothed with sea-foam. Even here on the sun baked rocks of Lovers Point you can find patches of lush green succulents. What a place!
After a few hours soaking up the salt water and sunshine we shared a few treats at the snack shack and headed out to visit Cannery Row in Monterey followed by a walk back to the Victorian Cottage for a relaxing dinner. These are the days I live for.
The day we spent at Lovers Point marked Todd and my 20 year anniversary from the day he asked me to be his girlfriend. I still remember that moment clearly. The result has been a relationship that is equally beautiful to this place. Love is great!
I love that photo of the seagull creeping behind Todd. He doesn't look too impressed, does he? We don't have a lot of family portraits from this trip, but if you look carefully in the reflection of his sunglasses, this is one of them!
Just north of San Fransisco lies Muir Woods National Monument, a beautiful preserve of old growth Redwood trees.
For those of us who are fascinated by alternative dwellings, a trip to the San Francisco Bay area isn't complete without a visit to the unique Sausalito House Boat community of Marin County.