Friday, January 15, 2021

A nice drive

 Salinas, CA

George and I promised that we would try to get
out of the house a few times per month.

The weather has gotten very nice this week,
highs in the 70's.
We decided since the waves have been high we'd take a drive
down to Big Sur, Monterey, and surrounding areas.

We started out on the drive taking highway 1 south
passing the iconic bridges along the way.
There were a few tourists taking up parking spots
to watch the waves.
The Bixby Bridge is the most photographed bridges.
The pullout where we get the best pictures
had no place to park!
We went to the next one, and got part of it!

It was a bit hazy from the fog,
but the ocean was beautiful.

We drove a bit further, but then decided to turn
around and head up to Pacific Grove.

As it was lunchtime, we stopped at Subway and picked up salads.
There is no dining in or out due to lockdown,
but takeout works.

There were some places in Pacific Grove to pull over and eat.
All the pull-outs were closed due to the high waves.
We ate in the car, watching the scenery.

Our next stop was Lover's Point,
a special place south, right before Monterey.
The waves were really crashing on the rocks there.

I could have stayed all day!

We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area!

We missed the really high tide (called King Tides)
the week before. We wouldn't have been able
to stand where we were in these pictures then.
People get knocked down into the water all the time.

Not much else happening around here.
So glad the last few weeks are over (it's never going to be over!)
I find driving over to the ocean is calming.
Need to go over there more often!

Saturday, January 2, 2021


 Salinas CA

Well, 2020 sure ended with a whimper.

George and I stayed up just past the ball 
dropping on the east coast, 9 pm.
We toasted with a great bottle of wine,
and kicked 2020 to the curb.

Our Christmas was quiet.
We picked up Chinese take out for Christmas eve,
right after we attended outdoor Christmas eve service.
Adam and Jen decided due to the California lockdown,
that it would be best to stay apart.
Jen works more with the public,
so I applauded their decision.
We did Facetime with them, so that made it better :-)

George did the same with his grandkids on Christmas morning,
getting a tour of all their presents :-)

Earlier in the week we had our friends over
to watch Trans Siberian Orchestra.
They had a live stream concert for $30.
It was great, and we all enjoyed it.

Both George and I have been changing our eating habits...again :-)
George is counting calories,
and I have been following a Keto lifestyle.
George has lost 12# so far,
starting his diet over a month ago or so.
I started in September, and am down 21#.
All my blood numbers are normal!

Neither of us make resolutions,
however we both decided it was time
to get out of the house more.
We'll be taking day trips for now,
exploring places that we've both seen before.
Once lockdown is eased up,
we may be taking some overnight trips.

Stay tuned :-)