Friday, July 16, 2021

July activities

 Salinas, CA

We've been off and on busy since the last post.

The garden is getting over grown with
tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers.
I should have taken a picture before posting this blog!

I've decided to try growing dahlias,
and they are beautiful!
I combined it with a couple of the roses
to make a nice bouquet.


Of course we have gone to Hahn
with several different friends..



The grapes are looking great this year,
and the view always makes me smile.



Cooper loves to lay out in the sun
with me, what a goof!


George's birthday was Tuesday, 
so we took a trip to San Francisco.
Since we had to take Cooper,
I found a dog friendly hotel,


We were upgraded to a 'city view' room,
which we laughed at.
Through the dusty window we could see
the fog enshrouded Transamerica building.


After we got checked in on Sunday afternoon,
we walked the few blocks down to Fisherman's Wharf..



The hotel had given us a 10% off coupon to
a great Italian Seafood place called Cioppino's.
Sitting outside was nice, if a bit chilly.
Cooper was good, and ate a few bites of sourdough bread :-)


The next day, Monday, we walked down to Pier 39 
to walk around and in some shops.


Cooper was enthralled by all the sights
and smells of the city.


There are some great views of the bay
from the pier.
As is usual, SF was foggy and chilly!
We had a view of the Golden Gate Bridge,



and Alcatraz..


George really wanted to get a sourdough bread bowl
with chili..
so we went to Boudin..home of the best sourdough!
I opted out of the bread, but got a wonderful
cup of clam chowder with a Caesar salad.


After getting lunch and shopping a bit,
we decided a rest was in order.
Cooper was pooped from all the walking,
and I think that George was too!


Once everyone was fully rested,
we made our way to Ghirardelli square.
Always love that area!

On the way there,
we trudged uphill first to take
a look at Lombard street.


San Francisco has very steep hills,
and in 1922 the residents decided to 
change the steep hill into 8 hairpin turns.
Hydrangeas make it a beautiful street.



Once we got to the top,
we made our way downhill to
Ghirardelli.


Views of the city and the bay are terrific..
Coit Tower..


..and tall ships.


Of course ice cream sundaes were on the list..



and Cooper got his first taste of ice cream..
vanilla of course!


That was the end of Monday,
we were all pooped then!

Tuesday was check out day,
so on our way out George
drove through the city a bit,
and down Lombard for good measure.

We really enjoyed our time there!






Monday, June 14, 2021

The month's activities

 Salinas, CA

Another month has gone by..
..last blog post in May,
we've been busy,
but writing the blog is getting to be
last on the list :-)

Here is what we've been doing..

In the middle of May,
our living room furniture finally came!
We had ordered a sectional and coffee table
from Ashley way back in January.
4 months later it was delivered.
So comfy!


Our downtown recently erected a sign
over 'Old Town'.
The city leaders are always trying to revitalize
the downtown area, as are most towns.
They've redone the area several times.
We decided to go down for the ribbon cutting ceremony,
just for something to do.
The sign is really nice!


Our yard is all in bloom.
The roses are looking beautiful..


..and George's artichokes are producing nicely.



We've made a couple trips to Hahn Winery,
the weather has been perfect!



Last week one of our neighbors
had a surprise birthday party
for their 24 year old son, Oscar.
They went all out!
There was a mariachi band,
and they were excellent!


Oscar as he came around the corner..
he was surprised!


They also had a mechanical bull,
which George had to try :-)
The food was great as well.


George and I are still on our diets.
My weight has stalled a bit,
but the doctor took me off my Type 2 
diabetes med as well as my blood pressure med.
George is off one of his blood pressure meds,
and may go off his statin soon too!
I'm still doing Keto,
and the results are great!
I made these Lemon "sugar" cookie sandwiches,
and they were a hit!


My son Adam and his wife Jen
came over last night for dinner.
We really enjoyed their company,
and had great conversation outside around
the fire pit.



They only live a couple miles away,
but are so busy working,
we don't see them enough!

George and I have a few plans in the works.
We're going to San Francisco in July for a long weekend,
and Cozumel in October for our 10th anniversary!
Stay tuned :-)

Saturday, May 15, 2021

The Aquarium Visit

 Salinas, CA

During this time of Covid,
a lot of the places we like to go
have been shut down.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one such place.

When I lived in this area decades ago,
I would take my kids there.
Now that we're back in the area,
we became members,
and the aquarium opened up for members only
from May 1 to May 14.
Tickets are 'free' for members,
but must be reserved online.
It made it much less crowded than normal.

George and I drove over for our time,
Thursday at 10 am.
We stood in line,
and were quickly ushered in.


One of the coolest parts of this aquarium
is the kelp forest.



It's an incredible window to what it might look like
under the surface of the bay.




There are different areas of the aquarium,
showcasing marine life in the Monterey bay.

Of course the sea otters are always a favorite..


This guys seems to be taking a nap.


Another area shows life at the bottom of the sea..

sand dollars..


skate..


and the Bat Ray..


One area that is quite colorful is the anenomes..



They are quite beautiful as well.

I think our favorite area are the Jellyfish!




They are mesmerizing!




We could sit and watch them for hours!

There is also an area to showcase African Penguins.





Although there are none in Monterey bay,
they live in a climate similar to this.

Some more colorful birds and fish..






The entrance to the aquarium has some 
cool whale sculptures..



In addition, there are sections that explain
about the Salmon that are caught in the bay.
George is learning about how they are used
in restaurants all around the world.


There are lots of fishing boats
bringing the salmon back in.




We certainly enjoyed getting back to 
seeing the things this area has to offer.
If you are ever in this area,
it's not to be missed!