Blogs from Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, United States, North America


This will probably be the last edition of Gerry's Travel Quotes. I am not running out of quotes, but it just seems harder to amuse myself. So, I will try to keep it light and funny, not so serious. "Your body is not a temple, it is an amusement park. Enjoy the ride" - Tony Bourdain "I have been to almost as many places as my luggage" - Bob Hope Life is not a fairytale, if you lose your shoes at midnight, you are drunk! I need six months of vacation, twice a year. Your vibe attracts your tribe. (I like this one) If you did not have a stupid story to tell, you did something terribly wrong. Airports are the only place where it is socially acceptable to drink at 8am. Or on the plane! ... read more
happy heart
very true

I answer this question in the affirmative, a big YES! From Ann Jones of Shermans Travel: A 2021 url= in the journal of Tourism Analysis shows that frequent travelers are happier with their lives than people who don't travel at all. The study results indicate that respondents attaching personal importance to touri... read more
Happy travel
Morning vines

These might be some Monterey area facts you did not know: Fort Ord is a mecca for mountain biking with more than 83 miles of trails. Gray whales put on a show between December and April, while humpbacks and blue whales fill out the rest of the year. This year is the 50th anniversary (2017) of the famous Monterey Pop Festival. October 7 is Poodle Day here, with a parade, cocktail party, and off leash beach play. There are 94 seabird species that live in or near the bay. Largest sea bass caught here was 500 pounds. No more sardine fishing allowed until June, 2018. Thirty marine mammals live in or near the bay. An average adult humpback whale weighs 53 tons! A sea otter has a million hairs per square inch, the densest in the ... read more
The 18th green at Pebble Beach
Flowers at Spanish Bay

Amidst all the rhetoric, and political campaign BS, let's try to stick to the facts. I appreciate the Dr. Fauci and Dr. Gupta insights, along with Bill Gates with a more anthropological view. My writing professor firmly believes in starting every correspondence with an appropriate quotation. Since we are all trapped in "Ground Hog Day" mode, I shortened the period for quotes to 3 months, instead of the usual six! It will give us all something to think about and dream. "Never stop doing things for the first time" “Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “If you think adventure is dangerous try routine, it’s lethal.”– Paulo Coelho "I'm in love with places I have never been to" "Traveling — ... read more
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here is a previous email that you might enjoy on this special day. But we will celebrate this special day quite differently, with family and friends nearby. The Easter bunny may not make an appearance. And the proverbial Easter egg hunt may turn out to be a hunt for Easter face masks! Written in 2011: As a child, I was never curious enough to ask why chicken or candy Easter eggs were delivered by a rabbit. Shouldn't the eggs be delivered by an Easter chicken? Now, I understand that rabbits multiply, and perhaps their greater number contributed to a better and more efficient distribution system. But shouldn't the poor hen get credit for her hard work in making the eggs? Truth about hares or rabbits or bunnies? The rabbit has ... read more

For one, there are no street addresses anywhere in town. This was done originally to force neighbors to meet their neighbors. So, everyone picks up their mail at the post office? And the poor FedEx or UPS driver? I guess he needs to know where every business is located on his route. Prior to Clint becoming mayor in 1986, you could not buy an ice cream in downtown Carmel. The original reason was sanitation, as nobody wants to walk on melted ice cream. High heels of a certain height may not be worn downtown. Why? The Monterey pine and cypress trees have roots that create uneven pavement. This potential hazard is a liability for the town, thus the ordinance. Did you hear that, Wendy Wood? No chain restaurants either. All sixty downtown restaurants are local in ... read more
No restaurant chains allowed
Quaint little downtown

Written in 2010, let's see how much Carmel has changed in ten years. I really miss our trips to the Monterey Peninsula area, Carmel, Pacific Grove, and Pebble Beach. Perhaps we end up going in the winter when the rates are lower, and crowds much thinner. But no matter the season or the reason, this area is definitely, quite certainly, heaven on earth, rain or shine, sun or fog. And of course, golf here is superb. Of course, staying at a dog friendly hotel like the Bay Park, allows us to bring the dark haired, scruffy, and other ruffian-like canine of ours, Buddy Budster (now we have our little Labradoo... read more
Beautiful Carmel beach
It was over 80 degrees in February!!!!
A different view of Pebble Beach Golf Links, 9th hole

For reasons that I will not go into we only had enough to breakfast tokens for one of us to go to breakfast today (Mugged-off #5) so my son went down for a sad, lonely meal-for-one, albeit with strict instructions to come back with some fruit and some pastries for the rest of us. We had got a response from the San Francisco Transit Department, so we sent off the tickets to hopefully rectify Mugged-off #2. We were leaving San Francisco today, but we thought we would get in one last walk before the car journey. We walked down to Ghirardelli Square, which turned out to be a chocolate factory, much to the pleasure of our son and daughter. We also drove to Baker Beach for some alternative views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Again, the ... read more
Baker Beach

After being very busy in San Francisco we opted for a couple of nights in the Napa Valley. If you haven't heard of it, well it's a county full of vineyards. In total there are over 400 so as you can imagine the scenery is green and lush, it's hilly and there are just way to many stops you could make along the way. On our first day in the area we travelled across to the coast to a town called Bodega which is where Hitchcock filmed The Birds. Most of the buildings that were in the film have burned down and only the schoolhouse remains But as I haven't seen the film I can't tell you whether any of the scenery or anything is similar! Onwards and we followed the sea upto a town called ... read more
Memorial to 9/11 at Napa
Beach at Carmel
the Lone Cypress Tree

North America » United States » California » Carmel-By-The-Sea September 14th 2014

2ème jour et on atteint déjà des sommets. En partant Monterey nous sommes redescendus vers San Lui Obispo en passant par Carmel et la 17 mile drive en continuant de longer la cote. Je (Steph) peux affirmer qu'aujourd’hui j'ai vu une des plus belles choses de ma vie. Un paysage paradisiaque mêlant collines, forets, plages et falaises. Ou la nature s'invite parfois chez les gens comme ce groupe de cerfs ou je ne sais pas quoi qui se promenaient dans un petit patelin histoire de casser la graine. Ou alors les baleines et Lions de mer qui se mêlent aux surfeurs, et les écureuils et autres oiseaux qui se mêlent aux badauds. Les paysage s'enchainent à une vitesse incroyable et gagnent en beauté. Rien qu'une journée pour faire 150 miles ça reste trop court tant les ... read more

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