Playing with Janece and Tarie...
5 things in my fridge:
3. napa cabbage
4. olallie berry jam, from Watsonville
5. dough for corn tortillas
5 things in my closet
2. skirts, shirts
3. a foot stool
4. "Orange County" movie DVD
5. my cowgirl boots
5 things in my purse
3. a tube of lipstick that is a little too orange
5. ticket stubs from "Nacho Libre"
Tag you're it! That means if you read this you have to play too, or are you too busy/special/secretive/bored________?
Oh, by the way... we are back from our road trip. Did you know we were gone? We sought adventure, Olallie berries, sea glass, and unique views: We were successful. We saw Georgie, Gracie, Alison and her bump, Bill and his magic, a sea otter, South African penguins, baby sea gulls, a creek that met the ocean, deep woods,a castle, art, nature, playgrounds, old movie theaters, swimming pools and old world charm. We ate beans that tasted like apple pie... freakin' delicious, sweet potato fritters with pecans and curry sauce, artichokes, strawberries, apricots, roast chicken, Belgian waffles, and we hiked, swam, walked, chased, climbed and wandered. We found green, clear, and brown sea glass on the beach at Cannery Row. We looked several places for Olallie berry pie and found it at Gizdich Ranch but not at Gayle's Bakery. We never slept in the car, but we did want to sleep in a tent, so we will be better prepared next time. We missed Geoff and our kitties, so we came home and showed him pictures and told him new stories.
This park has been a family favorite for ten years. Morro Bay.
After Hearst, we continued on Highway 1 and stopped for a hike at Limekiln State Park. First we sat at the creek where it meets the Pacific, then we hiked up alongside the creek and in to the woods. This was 'the longest day of the year' and we really did fit a lot in to it: Hearst Castle, Highway 1 and Big Sur, lunch at Nepenthe, then swimming at the hotel in Monterey and a bayside dinner at sunset.
The boys and I want to return to this place with a tent and sleeping bags. It was so beautiful, inviting... often on this trip we would say, "We have to come back with Geoff."
Uncle Magic... Bill is great. I miss my brother all the time; his outrageous humor, his friendly nature, his energy. He's a great uncle, he does magic, makes up songs, cooks, plays... he's going to be an awesome dad.
Bill and Alison have a very nice home. Their hard work shows, so does their good taste.
Speaking of good taste... these are the olallies that Alex has had on his mind for three years. We thought we would find them at Gayle's, which is a beautiful bakery, but they stopped baking olallie berry pies the day before we pulled in to town... bummer timing. But Alison knows of a ranch where they grow the local berry and apples and strawberries too. She sent us in search of Gizdich Ranch, and Alex's wish was fulfilled.
There are lots more pictures on the homepage... link on the right, then click on 'Monterey.'