One of the things I miss most about living in NewEngland is being able to take mini day and weekend trips. I've been craving longer scenic drives to a few hour destination where we can walk around and enjoy the breeze or warm air in. Living in south Florida, these weekend outings are almost nonexistent. You can drive for 4 hours and still be stuck in Florida with the same identical views (or worse views in middle florida) in every direction. I'm pushing pretty hard for us to take a week long road trip next year for Alex's vacation, but in the meantime, these mini road trips around California hit the spot. Especially our recent road trip to Monterey, making pit stops all along the way for burritos, fruit, bread, and cliff and mountain views. And hitting up a small taco joint on the way back before stopping to take in the setting sun on the western ocean and even a pit stop at a brewery for beer and french fries (when in, right?) . The town of Monterey was okay for us, it reminded me of many of the beach towns I grew up around, but without the warm summer weather we were hoping for. The aquarium was small, but a really nice destination for us to check out together. The drive is what really made me happy, especially once the sun came out to warm up our drive---- I learned more and more, each day of this trip, I really and truly am a Florida girl now (and again and always). And Alex, well he's finding too that he's less of the city man he once thought he was. We really loved our trip, but our family really enjoys the quiet and warmth (and fruit!) the tropics bring.
another family photo attempt.
when in rome, artichoke tacos.
so close to a family photo.
the colors of the setting sun.
ps. We're home now. We took the red eye and arrived at 8 am this morning. It was a much quicker trip compared to last years travel hell--- with a flight that actually left and arrived on time. Thank jeebus for better and easier travel, man. We're all a bit pooped, but looking forward to quiet time in our space---- especially Marlowe. Boy oh boy, did she miss her home and her doggy. It's good to be back.