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I answer this question in the affirmative, a big YES! From Ann Jones of Shermans Travel: A 2021 url=https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ingentaconnect.com%2Fcontent%2Fcog%2Fta%2F2021%2F00000026%2F00000001%2Fart00006%3Bjsessionid%3Dyd5t63m2rmlm.x-ic-live-01&data=04%7C01%7C%7C43bec1751b294b8dc71408d94ae40c9c%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637623165766983363%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=uAxGp3aM13PhXMHHOS2JxVUhzOy7tULHyb9vwHbXf6E%3D&reserved=0study 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
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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
Wanderlust
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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The road to Carmel was chokka.. we hadn’t expected it and we spent more time than we would have liked sat in traffic in searing heat, the Mustang‘ s tempertaure guage indicated 104 degrees outside ...phew man it was hot!!. We set off towards San Jose with our two way radios keeping us together and Jackie the navigator kept us informed by relaying the information from the sat nav we brought with with us...good planning...working well... so well we were confident enough to leave the freeway and its gridlock (due to the closure of the Bay Bridge and the fact tomorrow was Labor Day and folks were migrating elsewhere) and head for the coast road. Plan A was successful in as much as the gridlock on the alternate route was more picturesque than the freeway. We ... read more
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