The water tried to take her

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I take to the open road

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Last fall, I spent an amazing day biking around the Monterey peninsula while the Mister was stuck in class. It’s a foggy, otherworldly ride past twisted cypress and huge waves crashing along the rocky coast, and I was happy to have a chance to explore it again, this time with my guy by my side.  Here are some shots from our ride, starting in Cannery Row and making our way 11 miles out to the Lone Cypress and back again.

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Wanderings: Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Over the roughly three weeks I’ve spent in Monterey over the last year, I’ve had an amazing time exploring the coast on foot, by bicycle, and via kayak.  This visit, however, was the first chance I had to visit the area’s most famous attraction, the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

One Saturday afternoon, we spent hours mesmerized by towering tanks of sharks, octopuses, otters, rays, and all sorts of fish in a dazzling array of colors.  Having explored the kelp forests from above in a kayak it was wonderful to see them from below with the sun shining down through their coppery leaves.  I’d only ever seen sunfish and nautiluses in pictures before, and I could have spent hours watching the schools of sardines glide in a sparkling, unbroken circle.

If you visit, be sure to have lunch in the cafe, where you can eat fresh fruit or a bowl of chowder with a perfect view out on the bay, where seals and otters are sunning themselves out on the rocks.

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Wanderings: Monterey

After a satisfying hour of looking for sea glass

After a satisfying hour of looking for sea glass

After nearly two weeks spent in California, I’m finally home and it feels strange to no longer be two blocks from the ocean.  I already miss the crashing waves and smell of eucalyptus.

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

Beach path leading down to Monterey Bay

Beach path leading down to Monterey Bay

I worked via laptop most of the time I was away, so it wasn’t really a vacation.  Still, it was amazing to walk down to the bay when I was done for the day and work with the windows thrown wide open because the weather was so lovely.   I’ll likely be back again in early December and I’m already making lists of things I didn’t have time to do this time.  Longer bike rides and boating, the aquarium and the markets.

A little strip of beach near Cannery Row

A little strip of beach near Cannery Row

Wandering around the neighborhoods before dinner

Wandering around the neighborhoods before dinner

California was golden days and the perfect blend of warm and cool.  Now I’m home and the heat seems to have burned off for the year.  It really feels like the start of autumn and I’m looking up and waiting for the leaves to change.  Its been more than five years since I was last in school and summer blends into the other seasons with no clear delineation.  This year feels different.

Candy shop along fisherman's wharf

Candy shop along fisherman’s wharf

Kayak crossing

Kayak crossing

I want one of these perfect little bungalows

I want one of these perfect little bungalows

Cormorants and gulls

Cormorants and gulls

Dunes

Dunes

Brown pelican and the marina

Brown pelican and the marina

Wanderings: Last day in Monterey

Heading down for drinks and dinner

Heading down to the hotel bar for drinks and dinner

Outfit: Madewell sweater (similar) / J. Crew Skirt (similar)/ Madewell Shoes / Madewell bag (similar)

Today is my last day in Monterey.  Tonight I head south to attend a weekend wedding and hopefully do a little exploring.  I’ll share some photos from my time here next week, but for now, here are a few shots around our gorgeous, Spanish-style hotel.

Rose garden

Rose garden

Lounging in the old atrium

Lounging in the old atrium

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

Wanderings – Greetings from Monterey

Sunset on Monterey Bay

Sunset on Monterey Bay

I’ve been in Monterey for a few days now and its been a wonderful change of scenery.  The days have been sunny and cool, and the air smells like eucalyptus which is one of my favorite things about being in California. Here are a few photos from my first walk down along the water.

This weekend we are planning to go kayaking in Monterey Bay, explore Carmel, and drive up to Santa Cruz to hang out with friends.  Hope you have a great weekend!

Path leading to the bay

Path leading to the bay

Hello, Pacific Ocean.

Hello, Pacific Ocean.

Packing for California

Blues, whites and greys

Blues, whites and greys

Packing up for a two week trip to California.  I like to travel light and have tried to adhere to a great packing tip I read about on Cup of Jo a while back: stick to a simple color scheme.  This let’s you mix and match tops, bottoms, layers, jewelry and shoes, so that you can have lots of outfits without lugging around too much stuff.  I’ve packed one brightly colored dress, since I have a wedding to attend at the end of the trip.

I’ll be working from California for next two weeks, mostly in Monterey, but spending a little time in Santa Cruz and Los Angeles.  Any tips on great places to eat or things to do?

Mix and match shoes, a swimsuit, and one dress for a wedding

Mix and match shoes, a swimsuit, and one vibrant dress for a wedding

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