23.02.2015 65 °F
We're almost giddy with relief to be here - away from the snow, ice and miserable cold. It took us until about 10AM (when we finally lost the internet) to stop posting pics of the beautiful sunny scenery surrounding us. Since most of our friends and family are dealing with the last of winter; not sure they could fully appreciate our giddiness.
You can put a big X through the Carmel Resort Inn - not going back there. Not near downtown and old - musty smelling and damp. I tried to pretend it had some redeeming quaintness; but Philip wasn't buying that. Basically, it was a place to sleep and then get out of.
We packed up and headed into town for coffee and a sweet.
We walked down Ocean Ave, admiring and laughing at some window displays. Oogled the ferris wheel in the toy store window. It's been there for years. Then we drove down to the beach - magnificent.
Then we headed the car on south hiway 1 and went to Nepenthe. The weather was Top 10; ocean a brilliant azure blue. We set outside - enjoying a marvelous bottle of wine and then having an ambrosia burger. I've traveled to this mountaintop restaurant since 1968. Today was special, we watched 2 California condors sail overhead, a mother whale and her calf below us, a red hawk sailed by in front of us and a monarch butterfly was over our heads. If that didn't scream out "welcome back Frenchs" I don't know what did.