Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hello There!


Well, Hi there!
Sis and I drove back from our mini vacation on Tuesday and I returned home yesterday afternoon. I had all good intentions of doing a post when I got home but I collapsed in a heap and curled up with my husband and dogs for the rest of the day.
I spent this morning transferring almost 350 photos to my computer. Got a little carried away with the beauty of this area. It's one of the most gorgeous photo opportunities there ever was.
This little California Ground Squirrel greeted us in Cambria last Thursday, posed for my camera (I think the city pays these little guys to entertain the tourist) and pointed his tail in the direction of our hotel on Moonstone Beach Dr.

Starting at the bottom left of the photo above. This was our first view of the ocean as we drove over from highway 101, west, on highway 46 from Paso Robles. That big old ROCK is called Morro Rock in the town of Morro Bay. There are a lot of "big, old rocks" in this area. They crop right up out of the hills and valleys like huge monoliths or sentinels, guarding the small towns that line the historic El Camino Real, the royal road, and the 21 missions built by the Spanish monarchy.
When we reached highway 1 ( the Pacific Coast Highway) we turned and drove north toward the little town of Cambria.I had not been here in many years. The town has grown bigger but it has maintained it's wonderful artist colony ambiance. It's just charming!!
We were not able to connect with my artist friend, Julie, who had company visiting from out of town ,so we will have to try again some time.  We took a nap, cleaned up and went out for a late dinner, in town.
The photos below show the wonderful charm of this town. Our cell phones didn't work here, but the food was great and the weather was the best of the whole trip. We had dinner, fashionable late, at Robin's and I would recommend it to anyone. The food was to die for. We walked around until after dark and felt very safe. It is that kind of town.
Back at the hotel on Moonstone Beach (I just love that name.)..., we ate some candy, watched about 15 minutes of TV and fell asleep.., like rocks.

I will try to post this trip one town at a time. It's hard to pick the photos..., I have so many. This will be a challenge.
Tomorrow we will go SHOPPING on Cambria's Main St. before we drive to Pismo Beach.
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9 comments:

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Dear Connie,
There I was in Carmel while you were here.
Your photos make me realize how lovely it is here, and your words too. I'm so glad you went to Robins! Can't wait to hear more
xx
Julie

Heidi Ann said...

Loved seeing pictures from your trip, and I am looking forward to seeing more!

ClassyChassy said...

Lovely pictures!!! And the ground squirrel is cute!

Anonymous said...

I’m so glad you’re home; I missed you! In addition to your beautiful single photos and montages, I love your ability to communicate useful as well as entertaining information about the history of so many areas in California.
In your post tomorrow, before you go on to another town, PLEASE give us some idea of what was on the menu at Robin’s (you know I am a foodie!), what you and L had for dinner, and please share info about the prices----what did your dinners cost???? - - - that’s always of interest to me. ~ Dawn

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Sounds like we both did the same thing when coming home from vacation..photos, husbands, dogs...Some day I would love to go to Robins in Cambria..it looks absolutley adorable! I too am reliving my trip to Toronto via my blog...isn't it grand?!

joanne said...

sounds like a lovely time, I can't wait to hear/see more. It's always nice to share..;p

Chicken Boys said...

I've always wanted to travel the PCH. I've been to Cali a few times as a truck driver, and I hated it. But I'm sure that's because I mostly stayed on I-40, I-10, I-5, or I-15, none of which are very pretty. The desert was cool the first time, but that was enough. Northern Cali is nice. Love Mount Shasta. Maybe some day I can visit California beaches.
~Randy

Missy AKA Little Messy Missy said...

Beautiful picture! Moonstone Beach is a lovely and magical name.

Jo said...

Welcome back Elly Mae. I know what you mean by trying to choose which pictures you will post. It always takes me twice as long to just select my photos as it does to post. What a beautiful view you had.