The Old Man and the Sea….gull

Our 2 weeks in Pacific Grove flew by. We were just starting to feel like locals when it was time to pack up the old home and continue down the pacific coast. We spent our last week doing what we do best… eating, reading, exercising, site-seeing on the coast, catching up on tv shows, and cheering on our 20-2 Golden State Warriors.

will never get tired of this view

We will never get tired of these views

Monday was a beautiful day so we each took off for some exercising, Bob for a run, and me a walk.  I lucked out and saw a whale spouting very close to the coastline. On my walks I’ve been listening to the podcast Serial (#1 download on iTunes and free), anyone else listening to this?

For those who don’t know, Pacific Grove is known as “Butterfly Town U.S.A”  due to the annual migration of the Monarch butterflies. After a quick lunch in our apartment we walked to the Pacific Grove Butterfly Sanctuary, only 1 mile from our apartment.  The Monarchs arrive in October to overwinter in Pacific Grove.  They cluster together on the pines and eucalyptus trees of the Sanctuary.  The City of Pacific Grove takes their Monarchs seriously, including a $1,000 fine to anyone found molesting a butterfly. Their  migration is so unique because in many migrating species, such as birds and whales, the same individuals travel the migration route year after year, but migrating Monarchs have never been to their destination before.  If you’d like to learn more about the Monarch’s life cycle you will have to do research on your own, it’s very interesting.

Butterfly statue at Lovers Point

Butterfly statue at Lovers Point

Bob used to catch Monarchs in the fields of his rural childhood home.  Do it in Pacific Grove and you get fined $1,500!!

Bob used to catch Monarchs in the fields of his rural childhood home. Do it in Pacific Grove and you get fined $1,000!!

Enjoying the butterfly bench

Enjoying the butterfly bench

Look closely and you will see hundreds of Monarchs resting on the branches

Look closely and you will see hundreds of Monarchs resting on the branches

My mother-in-law would have loved this place.

My mother-in-law would have loved this place.

From here we walked to the Point Pinos Lighthouse, the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the West Coast, lit on February 1, 1855.

On the way home we came across this plaque designating the site and flight path of John Denver’s plane crash…

For dinner we picked up rice bowls from Kuki’s Gourmet Food Truck at the Pacific Grove Farmers Market (I told you we were becoming locals).

Tuesday began as another pretty day which looked to be perfect for a bike ride along the scenic Ocean View Blvd and Sunset Drive roads.

Still struggling with selfies

Still struggling with selfies

We couldn’t pass up another look at the sea lions on Seal Cove.  We found it humorous how they lifted their heads and tails each time a wave pounded the beach.

Halfway through our ride the sun disappeared and the wind picked up. Nonetheless we enjoyed the gorgeous views on our ride. We picked up some food at the local market and cooked our own dinner. Finished the day by watching the series finale of Sons of Anarchy. Definitely going to miss Jax and the gang.

Wednesday would be our last nice day before the next big storm hit us, so we drove down to Carmel, stopped at our favorite 5th Avenue Deli for sandwiches and parked along Scenic Drive for lunch while we watched some crazy, fearless surfers attempt to conquer the waves, which had become increasingly bigger by the hour. There was no doubt a big storm was on the way.

Best beach for dogs in the country!

Ocean Ave

Ocean Ave

We picked up Chinese food for dinner and headed back to our place to watch the Warriors beat the Rockets.

The weather forecasters predicted correctly and Thursday brought more rain. We stayed in all day, I worked and Bob did his thing (finished reading Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, started The Boys in the Boat). We had a yummy dinner at Aliotti’s Victorian Corner (the restaurant below our apartment).

Comfort food for a rainy day

Comfort food for a rainy day

Friday was rainy again so I decided to walk the long hallway and steep stairs of our apartment. We had lunch at The Red House Cafe just down the street from us. The restaurant opened in 1996 in an old, red(duh), historic Victorian house. The house is a local landmark originally built in 1895.  Lunch was delicious, especially my butternut squash soup, and once again we forgot to take pictures. Sorry, trust me it was a great meal.

20 steps!

Our loooong hallway

Our    l – o – n – g    hallway

Saturday we were up early so we could exercise and shower in time to watch the Warriors beat the Mavericks- 11am tip off.

After another great win we got in the car and headed to the 17 Mile Drive in Carmel, stopping for cocktails above the 18th green at the Lodge at Pebble Beach.

Seal playing in the surf at Cypress Point on the 17 mile drive

 

Picked up a hitch-hiker at the Seal Rock lock-out

Picked up a hitch-hiker at the Seal Rock look-out, my old man was real happy about this!

Seal Rock

Seal Rock and our friendly Seagull.  Look closely at the rock…..they’re out there

The Lone Cypress

The Lone Cypress

Ahhh

Ahhhhh

The Famous 18th Green

Stopped at Asilomar Beach for another spectacular sunset

Picked up pizza in Monterey at Gianni’s.  No need for a picture……it’s a pizza.

Sunday we watched the Raiders lose-BOO! The 49er’s lose-BOO!,the Warriors WIN-YEAH!  We finished the day packing and loading up the old home just before the next storm was scheduled to hit.

Next stop….Sandcastle Inn at Pismo Beach

Don’t I make a lovely hood ornament?

 

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