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North America » United States » California » Carmel-By-The-Sea September 14th 2018

Well, well, what is next? National Dog Day is today, August 26. I saw a bunch of dogs parading around ATT Park at the Giants game on TV today. All of a sudden, they showed hundreds of dogs, sitting in the centerfield bleachers with their owners. Personally, every day is dog day in our home. Lexi, our mini Labradoodle, gets most of the attention around here. I really do not think she needs a "day" to emphasize her importance to us. She makes us happy. And she is the happiest little girl we have ever seen! National Dog Day (NDD) was created in 2004, by animal activist Colleen Paige. It is celebrated on August 26th. This day is meant to celebrate all dogs, whether AKC breeds or mutts and fosters, and everything in between. Why? They ... read more
Buddy (deceased), our German Hunting Terrier
Beau (adopted)

North America » United States » California » Carmel-By-The-Sea September 14th 2018

Visiting the little resort town of Carmel, and the Monterey Peninsula have been favorite places of mine since the late 60s. Just a short drive from our (former) home in the SF Bay Area, it was a great overnight or weekend getaway. By car, it is only about a 2 hour drive, south through Silicon Valley, and on down to the fabulous Monterey Peninsula. Most parts of the area are dog friendly, rather pricey, but mostly picturesque, with postcard worthy scenery, great golf courses, and wonderful food. I even had the opportunity to work at Pebble Beach in the 90s, staying in a company provided apartment, and eating free meals in the employee cafeteria at the Lodge at Pebble Beach. We also made many friends there, John, Marci'a, Carol, and Nancy. We learned some of the ... read more
Pebble Beach, my favorite golf course!
Carmel beach art


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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After spending 5 months working at a hospital in Los Angeles, we are ready to begin our drive up the West Coast to see our friends in Oregon and Washington. The folks at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance gave me a great sendoff and I am grateful for the time I spent there. In my experience, faith based hospitals have a different approach to the care of the patient and the family. At Little Company of Mary, this is described in their motto to "ease the way of others". During the time I spent here there were so many experiences of thier caring behavior. On Nurses day, they met nurses at the door and blessed their hands. When a manager decided to move to another organization, they had a "sending forth" ceremony in which ... read more
Sister Terrence and I
The Perioperative Gang
OR Stars!


Woke up early, 7:30! That used to be late when I was working! We turned the fireplace on in our RV (I know, right?!!!) and enjoyed our coffee. We took showers and took a walk down to the 'river'. The river is NOT...nothing, totally dry. We walked along the bed of the river for awhile. There were yellow leaves falling from the trees, the sun was warm; it smelled like autumn. We went back to the RV. Ken worked on the Cable for the TV and got it working. The previous owner of this RV had the wires all mixed up. I made us a turkey, swiss and tomato sandwich for lunch. The MORE CHANGES are that I got another job offer!!!!! I obviously have been interviewing for the last month, so the possibility is always ... read more


Our journey from LV to the coast of California was relatively uneventful. We broke it up with a slight detour to Antelope Valley and the California Poppy Reserve. This is an area of 8-miles or so of trails that weave through vast numbers of poppies and wild flowers. Unfortunately the best displays of the flora were to be found just outside of the park and my husband thought it was hilarious to sit in the car and photograph me picking my way through the undergrowth trying to get a good picture of the flowers. Note to self: do your research and wear more appropriate clothing when venomous snakes are going to be present. (For a laugh see my husband’s favourite picture. Sundress and walking boots - not a good look.) Luckily, I made it out of ... read more
Sundress and walking boots - fashion faux pas!!
Hearst Castle - outside pool
Hearst Castle - inside pool


Carmel by the Sea After the whole afternoon of fun driving, we arrived at the charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. Some of the cottages in this town are straight out of Hansel and Gretel story book. In addition to its ginger bread cottages, this city is famous for its white sand beach, art galleries, restaurants, and dog-friendly hotels. Doris Day’s Cypress Inn is a must see historic hotel. Its blanco Spanish architecture building features a tranquil courtyard and a cozy living room with an oversized fireplace. The afternoon tea service is a must try. A great variety of teas are complemented by a selection of homemade scones and tea cookies, tea sandwiches, jam and thickened cream. After strolling along the main and side streets in downtown Carmel, we were ready to head back to San Francisco. We decided to ... read more
Carmel by the Sea
Carmel by the Sea
Carmel by the Sea




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