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Friday, March 30, 2012

Home Again

How's that for a view? These shots were taken from my hotel room balcony. Can you say beeee-u---tiful?

Though the scenery was lovely, the temps were quite cool. Missouri has been tropical in comparison to the central coast of California. On a good day, the thermometer rose to the mid-sixties. On a bad day, we had upper fifties with plenty of rain and wind. This is "winter" in California.

I visited the long pier known as the Boardwalk. When I reached the end I heard plenty of loud throaty barks. Rather than the dog I expected to see, I discovered sea lions. These guys hang out under the Boardwalk.

Then there's the on-the-Boardwalk crew.

We took a side trip to Carmel by the Sea. It has a beautiful shopping area adjacent to the water. On the beach, people walk around through rolling mist along with dozens of dogs who romp freely with their owners. It reminded me of a beachy dog park. Everyone moved so quickly, I only caught this little guy.

We had dinner at Clint Eastwood's place in Carmel. He must have heard we were coming and therefore stayed strictly away.

I tried to find Doris Day's pet-friendly hotel (or her house). No success on either effort. She's an amazing singer and actress who left the glamour of Hollywood years ago to spend her life rescuing dogs and cats. I admire her spirit and commitment.

California is definitely an animal lovers paradise. Dogs go everywhere...banks, restaurants, hotels. Indy feels rather insulted that he wasn't invited along.


Now I'm back to reality: 80+ degree temperatures, and flip-flops. I guess there is something to be said for living in Missouri!


Mariodacat said...

Sounds like you had a great trip. I'll be looking forward to seeing some pictures.

Cinnamon said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip.
We are glad yu had a good time

Bassetmomma said...

Looks like you nhad a great trip! What a breathtaking view!

K9 Katastrophie said...

Wow! Doris Day did that? I had no idea!


The Furries of Whisppy said...

What a nice trip! And how lovely to read that California is an animal lovers paradise.

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

Lions... in the sea? Whaaaa?

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Oh I loved your post!! I could have told you Calif was cool. My G-daughter is living there now.
I loved and still do Doris Day too.
Back in the day when we had a little money I donated to her cause.
Good trip!!!

Sketching with Dogs said...

You are right, gorgeous scenery, just a pity it was a bit overcast.
How exciting seeing Clint Eastwoods restaurant, my hubby loves his movies and my Aunt loves Doris Day. When I was a little girl all I remember was Doris Day musicals and could sing Che sera sera when I was 3, lol!
Lynne x

Sherry said...

Carmel is more enlightened than I realized. Dog friendly=enlightened!

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

I agree that that looks like it was a great trip. i have never been to California (other than a layover from Hawaii)...would love to visit one day!

Rubie and Poots (her Mum) said...

It does sound like you had a lovely time. I didn't know that about Doris Day..... another kind soul.

Rubie's mum xxx

Oskar said...

It looks like a grand adventure. I'm sure Indie will be invited next time, right?

Nubbin wiggles,

Peggy Frezon said...

That looks so peaceful. Poor Indy. But I know how it goes. Sometimes it just has to be that way! Have a nice time!

Lynn said...

Funny how it is warmer here than in California.

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a grand visit to California :) Too bad ol' Clint was hidin out ;) Sea lions are so cool! :)

Waggin at ya,

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Love the last photo the best. Indy is sure giving you the guilt face! Hope you got him a present from the trip.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Welcome back! Glad you had a great time.

Tammy said...

I can say beee-u-tiful, and that's just what I said. Cool pictures, and glad you had a nice time!

Linda O'Connell said...

I have never seen the sea lions, and now I want to. Your pictures are breathtaking. I love the ocean. Welcome back to tropical weather.