Yesterday we went to Point LobosState Reserve, near Carmel, south of Monterey, California. It was forecast to be hot in the Santa Clara valley, so off to the coast we went.
Cool, not cold. Lots of rocks for kids to play on and big waves splashing on rocky shoreline will get their tummy, if not get them wet. Good thing we didn't bring the dog. (The dog, oh, that's another story for this same day!) We should have prepared a little better with food, so as to have a picnic, but we left the Reserve and went into town, less than five minutes back north on Highway 1. Went to a nice but little place called TI, stands for Island Tacos. Think Hawaiian Mexican. Upscale strip mall also had a sidewalk poodle adoption event. Girls love fresh grilled, er, groomed poodles, but we weren't taking one home.
We took off under a very low marine layer, which kept things cool. Roadside sign in Castroville said 12 artichokes, $1. We bit. Nice uppity farm stand, artichoke pasta sauce, artichoke salsa, artichoke everything. Eighty bucks later, we had lots of artichoke things.
Fogginess stayed low all the way through Moss Landing and the sun finally made it out in around Aptos. Highway 17 over the hill was easy despite a late Saturday forecast to be hot.
Monterey peninsula is nice, I forget that. Need to go back more often.