15, 16 & 17, 2009
Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea; our mid-September road trip
took us to familiar places and favorite activities. Dave
tried out his new GPS system and called out instructions as we drove
After unloading our bags at Lovers Point Inn we unfolded the bikes and
set off for the warf to go whale watching. We bought two
fairly expensive tickets on the biggest boat we could find; one hundred
feet. Then, about ten minutes before boarding the fog rolled
in the captain said the visibility was about a quarter of a
mile – so we got our money back and rode our bikes north on the bike
This was to be a trip of prat falls and misplaced items. Dave
nearly went into the drink when he stepped over the curb on the fishing
wharf and nearly slipped between the boat bumper and the
deck. I watched him do this and my first thought was that he
would be really mad to get his new camera wet. He saved
himself somehow and declared "no harm, no foul." We rode
north on the bike trail to Seaside and traversed a small sandy slope to
begin the return ride on the beach. My brakes locked up and I
fell knee first onto my bike and did a face plant on the
beach. That just added another bruise to my collection. I had
been riding one of the Friesian mares at the ranch a few days before
when she started bucking and wouldn't stop. I grabbed the
fence to bail before I got thrown and my legs got a bit mashed on the
fence. It was a slow walk back to the bike trail and an
almost one-legged ride back to the hotel at Lover's Point in Pacific
After a nap and some ibuprofen I was ready to go so we hiked up the
hill to the 17th Street Bistro for cajun snapper wraps. ( I found out
the next day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium that snapper is NOT one of
the fish that is in plentiful supply or sustainable.) That
evening we strolled around the beach walk, stopping to sit on the
beachside benches. The fog was beginning to blow away and we
were star gazing when something bumped my elbow. I looked
down at a lovely young cat who was rubbing her chin on my fuzzy
jacket. We talked for a while then she hopped down and
disappeared into the bushes.
Wednesday we rose early to walk to the point to see if we could see the
cat and get a photo but she was off on her kitty errands and couldn't
be found. It's a quick bike ride from Lover's Point Inn to
the Aquarium and we had to do some shopping and bay-gazing to take up
the time before the main attraction opened. The Aquarium has
a seahorse exhibit that is really interesting. The unusual
shapes these creatures can take are delightful. The leafy sea
dragon has to be one of the weirdest beings in the sea. Some
of the bigger sea horses, when seen from the rear, reminded me of the
fat necks and shoulders of the draft horses I've been riding. (and
falling off of.) We broke for lunch at a nearby pub and spent
a couple more hours watching the fish swim, penguins waddle and octopus
I had been wanting to replace my wedding ring and we again hiked up to
Lighthouse Avenue after a nap in the hotel. A Niche In Time,
a used and estate jewelry store had just what I was looking for and
took my old ring (too small) in trade. Dave couldn't resist
the chance to ride the whale in front of the Pacific Grove
Museum. We drove down to Carmel River Beach to watch the
sunset then back to Cannery Row for dinner at the Fish
Hopper. Dave had Crusted Mahi Mahi topped with a
sauce and papaya mango salsa, served with chef's rice. I had Herb-Crusted Grilled Salmon served with sauteed spinach
and whipped potatoes. YUMM.
Our last day took us back to Carmel Mission for a photo
shoot. The mission grounds are lovely and the decorations on
the walls, ceilings and windows are almost whimsical. We
stopped at Casa de Fruta at the bottom of
Pacheco Pass for lunch and
then headed home. Since we were within a couple of miles of
the stables, we stopped to pet our horses and got the story of how
Tango let himself and Zany out of their stalls the night before and had
a party. I guess they were bored.
The entire set of pictures (and slide show) is available HERE .
September 12, 2009
This morning a bunch of us from the ranch decided to take a break from
routine and visit Shady Oaks
where they were
having a horse/driving show. The wild weather made the
morning extra exciting with lightning and thunder providing an ongoing
light show. Shady Oaks is a large facility on Thornton road
just north of highway 12. There were competitors from all
around the United States. I was actually more excited about
the opportunity to try some ACTION photography than about the event.
I think I got some action, don't you?
Lightening and thunder
Our friend Michelle in red
The score is based on SPEED
on any picture above to see a larger version.
Driving Events (CDE) feature three competitions; dressage and
presentation, obstacles (what we saw today) and cones (precision
driving around a couse).
Click HERE to see a
slide show of all pictures of the event.
Once the page shows up click on "Slide Show" in the upper right corner.
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