It’s finally stopped threatening to rain! I’m very happy it rained here in California finally but here in the Monterey area it mostly drizzled and threatened to rain. After a week of that I started to get a little grumpy. I feel bad for all of you experiencing this harsh winter and am looking forward to all the chatter about running in warm sunny weather.
Caleb is off from school this week. California is weird, I think you knew that already, and some schools let out the week of President’s Day. I’m happy to have him home because that means I have help to go on hikes. And I’m glad he doesn’t get to miss out.
We went to Carmel because I wanted to make sure it was a good hike after the last one. Carmel can always be counted on for a happy time. Just look at that view! It’s impossible to be negative or grumpy.
Carmel’s population is largely older adult with dogs. We passed a lot of these Earth-friendly doggy bag dispensers. And they were all full.
Carmel Beach. Part of Pebble Beach is in the background.
The trail is along Scenic Road with million dollar homes on the left and the Pacific Ocean to the right.
I just love all the houses in Carmel. When we lived in the DC-area, I told Shane I want to retire in Carmel in a Hobbit house. I’m satisfied with our current house that is steps away from Pebble Beach, but I still love looking.
This is my favorite house.
How would you like this one?
Our view while we took a second break. The kids were tired that day for some reason. We took a lot of breaks.
There is a staircase at the end of the Scenic Bluff trail that leads down to the beach. There is another trail listed in my hiking book that runs along the beach.
There was a lot of kelp on the beach and even more little gnat/fly creatures. See all those little black specks on the sand? Creatures. Charlotte got a little dramatic about them and I had to carry her a little. Eliza followed along but chose to always climb over the piles of kelp instead of walking around. That was not the funnest part.
Caleb brought some bubbles and they had a good time. I usually don’t let them play with bubbles because I’m the meanest mom ever. Also because it ends up dumped on the ground and they fight over it constantly and the little ones insist on blowing bubbles even though they can’t.
But blowing bubbles on the beach was brilliant!
I love driving around looking at houses in Carmel. This is my favorite mailbox ever. I think it’s a mail mansion.
We came home and had lunch. I was surprised that Caleb, Charlotte and Eliza liked my weird vegan red beans and rice. It had coconut cream and butternut squash in it. Ana wouldn’t touch it but that didn’t surprise me since she is going through a picky phase.
I found the recipe in a chat room about vegan red beans and rice. It wasn’t exactly a recipe, just a list of ingredients. I thought it sounded bizarre but I took a chance. I halved the recipe in case it turned out badly.
But it came out really good! I am going to make it one more time with some tweaks and then I’ll post the recipe. Sorry for the terrible picture.
The kids played outside for a while because the weather was so nice. Then we had some popcorn and watched Star Wars 6. And the entire time I kept thinking about how lucky I am to have such an awesome husband who works so hard to provide this life for me and our kids.
This is hike #44 from my Monterey Hikes list.
Hiking distance: 1.4 miles
Configuration: looped with part of Carmel Beach hike (#43)
Elevation gain: level
Exposure: shaded blufftop, beach for Carmel Beach portion
Hiking buddies: all the kids (9, 4, 3yo, 18 mo)
Would you do it again? Yes
What would you do differently? Take my Nikon
Best for… all ages