Here are a few highlights from our trip, which was incredible and had just the right balance of hiking, nature, fancy food and drink, decadence, silliness, and a whole lot of romance:
|What a wonderful welcome!|
|First full day, hanging out with the redwoods in Muir Woods|
|Hiked to the top, what a view!|
|Started our day of winetasting at Artesa...at 10 a.m. (!)|
|First night sunset in Carmel-by-the-Sea (no tinkering with color)|
|Absolutely loved the jellyfish (and everything else) at the Monterey Bay Aquarium|
|At Andrew Moleta State Park in Big Sur|
|Gorgeous view at Garrapata State Park a little further north in Big Sur area|
|Ubiquitous lizards (I must have at least 100 pictures of the cute little devils)|
|A butterfly on an aloe! Pretty pretty, not quite like at home|
|Saw my dad, here we're on line for the Flight of the Hippogryff in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter|
|Santa Barbara sidewalk butterfly|
It was a place of incredible beauty, some of it only captured if you stopped and just took it all in, ignoring any hustle and bustle. It was a gloriously happy time, only occasionally marred by grief and reminders of what we've lost. But man, if this is just a taste of what we have to look forward to, it's not too shabby.
Off to catch up on reading! I feel so out of the loop...
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