2/22/10

California Dreamin'



The Simple Woman's Daybook that I usually do on Mondays has been moved to Tuesdays so today I will show pictures of my recent trip to CA.  It has been a week since I got back and to be honest I have been a little depressed having come from Spring everywhere you look to very brown and gray here at home.  But, I will buck up and put on my happy face and pretend happiness!  Come with me as I show you what I saw.  I must show you the beautiful green hills first.
I think there is nothing as beautiful as the bright chartreuse color, especially after so much rain in CA, that the hills right next to the main roads and freeway get in northern California.  I was so busy there that I didn't take time to get out of the car to photograph so these pics are from inside the car. (Ignore the bottom half of pics)
There is a place along the road that someone many years ago planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs so that as you drive along the freeway there is this beautiful yellow roadside.  They were just beginning to spring up.
 It is so nice to be with friends that you haven't seen for a while and make new ones.  So, we had a Valentine party and made of course, valentines!
 
 
As well as a cute musical pin to wear and learned how to make a banner too.
I loved talking to and catching up on each one's life.
  The weather was beautiful and fun was had by all. 

 A beautiful lunch was served on red and white tablecloths and all enjoyed being together.  I have the best friends!  Thank you Vicki and Angela for the luncheons.
One day on our way down to Pebble Beach we stopped at Wal-Mart where this cute little family were in the parking lot with a line of people backed up next to their truck.
 
    We found out they were selling homemade tamales from the back of their pick-up truck!  Of course, we were on an adventure so we made this part of it too.  They were hot and so delicious!
 The ocean was many shades of blue and refreshing just to see.
I love the charming shops of Carmel with all it's little alley ways, cobblestones and 
dutch doors to the cute shops.
 

  
And no matter what time of year you go to Carmel there are beautiful flowers everywhere.
In planter boxes.
In pots.
 
Or hanging on the side of the wall, they are beautiful.

Even the animals have taken on color it seems as we saw this poodle happily walking down the street in a coat of Bubble Gum pink!
 
We drove through Berkeley on our way back to the airport and stopped at this open Market selling beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables and specialty ethnic foods.  We bought a wonderful "sandwich" made of very thin tortilla-like bread filled with a spinach mixture that was just delicious.  Another filling was a pumpkin pesto that was good too.

Thanks for reliving my trip to CA with me and I hope Spring comes soon to your part of the country just as I am looking forward to the first tulip emerging here in a couple of months.
  Have a wonderful week!

4 comments:

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I know how you feel. We spend 2 weeks in Orlando at Christmas, and when we come home...blah! Everything just looks wonderful, the flowers, the market, the sky...all that color. Of course the poodle is a bit bizarre...maybe even cruel! I'm glad you had fun with your friends.

Sue

Marie said...

Oh my goodness Jean, I am taken aback by that Pink Poodle. How very wicked! I cannot imagine that it would be very good for an animal to be died that colour all over! I think I prefer my animals natural!! Looks like you had a fabulous time away. I enjoyed all the pictures and the narrative to go along with it! xxoo

Shellbelle said...

Oh, thank you so much for taking us along on your trip to California. Every weekend I talk with my closest friends there and know the weather has been absolutely gorgeous. Isn't Carmel luscious? My favorite vacation, even after living there for almost 50 years, is a road trip up the California coastline. There are so many wonderful towns, fabulous restaurants, great shopping and the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

The only thing better is a trip to California to catch up with dear friends. Glad you had such a great time!

(Now you've really made me homesick!)

. said...

Looks like a fantastic time. I have always wanted to go to Carmel.
Thanks so much for linking to Sweet Life in The Valley. We had a problem with our domain and now we are posting at sweetlifeinthevalley.blogspot.com Just wanted to let you know so you could find us:)
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April~Living The Sweet Life