Posted on October 27, 2014
Posted on July 15, 2014
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.
Posted on July 1, 2014
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.
Posted on September 17, 2013
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.
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.
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.
Posted on September 12, 2013
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.
Posted on September 6, 2013
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!
Posted on September 3, 2013
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?