I know it's February and our winter storms aren't finished with us. That the upcoming weekend has a forecast of rain in the foothills and more snow in the Sierras. But this past Friday I felt like I traveled to a far off land that Winter forgot to visit.
After driving 5 hours, if seemed as we traveled to the month of March. We went back to my hometown of Pacific Grove to visit my mother and found spring sneaking in the door.
The weather was just drop dead gorgeous so off we went to Big Sur to air out the ole gal. This is what I found:
The sun was shinning and the hills were green. I even spied a California Poppy or two trying to bloom.
The ocean was a kaleidoscope of blues but the waves were ferocious and churning sea foam/scum to the surface.
Of coarse we didn't have the roads to ourselves due to the holiday weekend but that didn't dampen our spirits.
But with any good road trip we needed to stop for a little respite, Ventana Inn was our destination. I will fill you in on Ventana Inn in a later post, a wonderful destination.
This is a little terraced garden that is tucked below the top parking lot. There is a few raised beds with various herbs and flowers with this fountain gurgling softly in the background. A bench is located on the lower level, which has wonderful view of the hills rolling into the ocean. Yes, that's the Pacific Ocean. Spectacular in FEBRUARY!!!
Another view from the edge of the garden.
That haze that you see is actually ocean mist. That's how hard the waves were crashing on the shore.
My sweetie changes my desktop background every now and then. One time it was a photo from our wedding in Kauai. Recently it was an image from Avatar. Some people would think that this would be an invasion of my privacy but I don't feel that way. In fact I feel it's endearing. Plus he is my personal IT guy. I can't complain
As I crawled out of my flannel cocoon of bedding, I thought "I am not in Kauai"!
If I was in Kauai, this would be my morning commute. Yep, this is what I see on my walk.
This little cove is great to watch for turtles surfing for their breakfast. I would stop, listen to the breaking of the waves and try to find the turtles. Also watch the newest arrivals from the mainland, jet-lagged and groggy but happy to be walking on the beach.
If I am early enough, I can catch one of the locals fishing off the rocks.
Yes, this morning as I drove to work, listening to the weather report (Rain and Snow in upper elevations), I thought of Kauai.