Carmel Weekend

One of the best things about the Bay Area is that you can drive two hours and see sights like these and end up in Carmel-By-The-Sea. And if you’re like us, you’ll take the wrong turn at least once and discover a cemetery bursting with colorful flowers, lush, green fields, happy cows and sea lions on the rocks below Highway 1.

Flower-filled cemetery. We're guessing this is an Easter tradition. A few of those California "happy cows".
Kelly looks over the cliff... ... at the sea lions 700 feet below us.

The next day, you can explore some of the Carmel’s unique shops enjoy lunch at the over-the-top Post Ranch Inn with a ridiculously splendid view of the green rolling hills and the ocean below, and spot California Condors floating gracefully above. These birds can grow to have a wing-span of 9-1/2 feet and weigh 22 pounds. They’re awesome to see this close. The shot below was shot with an 85 mm lens. The huge bird was maybe 30 feet away.

thedude could not talk Kelly into buying these. Dining room with a drop-dead gorgeous view.
Star Anise Braised Pork Pot Stickers with Sweet Soy and Plum Sauce. California Condor number 94.

And if that’s not enough goodness, you can sit in the beach with your wonderful wife and watch the hardy surfer dudes catch the last wave before sunset.

Kelly finds the perfect spot on the beach. Surfer contemplates getting back in the frigid water.
Liquid gold. Waiting for the last wave of the day.

Happy anniversary, Kelly. You’re the best!

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