Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Weekend Round-Up: California Dreaming

Whew. This was one action packed weekend! We definitely made the most of the January heatwave that is ending today.

On Friday, we walked from work to a used bookstore on 16th and then met Meg and her fiance for dinner at my favorite Indian restaurant. We had a great dinner with a ton of food, a sampling of beers and lively conversation. Rob and I walked home after and spent the night preparing for our overnight trip.


















We left for Pacific Grove on Saturday morning after an oatmeal and coffee breakfast. A bright and sparkling day, with lots of artichoke fields along the beach and temperatures in the high 70's. We parked at Lover's Point, unloaded the bike and hit the road.













Our route took us up through Monterey, into the hills for a few big climbs, over to 17-mile road, down to Pebble Beach and along the water all the way back around the peninsula. 33.5 miles in all!


















I got off the bike feeling up for doing another lap but quickly bonked once on solid ground. In our excitement for the ride, we hadn't really eaten much all day. We checked into our hotel and went straight for dinner in downtown Pacific Grove. I felt much better after a little pizza and a lot of soaking in the hot tub.

The next morning, we checked out and drove all over Santa Cruz looking at wedding venues for my sister. My favorite was the Seymour Marine Center, which is an active science facility and a small museum. Look at their view!













A nice lunch at Kelly's French Bakery. Back in the city around 4:00. I read for a while and started decorating the house for the inauguration party.

Sunday morning: up way too early for our Day of Service activities. I'll detail all that awesomeness in a separate post. We got back home at 2:00 and Margaret came over. Bocce ball in Dolores Park to enjoy the rest of the sunny day.


















Grocery shopping, party prep and then out to see Defiance at the fancy Sundance Kabuki Theater to end our busy weekend. You can see the rest of our photos here.

4 comments:

Sara said...

too funny, my parents also love taking their tandem bike around Pacific Grove.

michelle said...

Do you have a Honda Fit? I do, too - in red!

MrsEm said...

Yep! We love our little Fit. It's great for the city - we only drive a couple times a month. And it was a real champ on our road trip honeymoon.

michelle said...

Oh, nice - we love ours, too! My husband would be jealous if I showed him the photo of yours with the bike rack.