Sunday, May 29, 2016


  Remember that gift certificate Scott got me for my birthday? I put it to good use and booked us a day away in Carmel-by-the-Sea! Carmel-by-the-Sea is a beach village within the city of Carmel, CA. We landed a room in this enchanting B&B just blocks from the ocean.

The front patio and...

entry to our home for our get-away.

We had the opportunity to explore Tor House and Hawk Tower built by American Poet, Robinson Jeffers. He built Tor House in 1919 and started construction on the tower in 1920.

In order to construct the tower, Robinson Jeffers hauled and rolled stones from the beach below. Mr. Jeffers built the tower as a refuge for his wife, Una and a play structure for his twin sons.

In case Scott was inspired by Mr. Jeffers display of affection by constructing a stone tower taking four years; I reminded him, a diamond from Tiffanie's only takes 30 seconds to purchase.

The view of Tor House from the top of Hawk Tower.

The Tor House and me.

Window shopping on our way to dinner... Again, I reminded Scott a stone tower was not necessary; either one of these hats would do.  I'm sure all would agree, a hat is more manageable than a 500 pound boulder.

On day two, we explored Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.

"The Whalers Cabin". The docent reveal this structure was not really a "Whalers Cabin" but a shelter in the 19th century for Chinese fisherman. Although, whale bones were used as joists in the flooring of the cabin.

Scott and the Sea

Carmel dweller wannabes

In addition to our deli-lunch picnic on a bench in town, this was
my favorite dinning experience during our get-away: Rocky Point Restaurant. The view was extraordinary and the food wasn't too shabby either!

Another great view at Rocky Point Restaurant- toffee pudding.

After eating the toffee pudding and a quarter pound of fudge from "The Cottage of Sweets", this is a picture of me in my bikini.

Carmel-by-the-Sea was a magical two days, but my heart sang more when we came home and discovered the kids had done their chores and made us brownies. I also spied an apology note from one of the children to their other siblings. I adored Carmel, yet I identify with an inscription in Mr. Jeffer's Hawk Tower: "Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in" 
Psalms 68:16


  1. Carmel is such a beautiful place. I am glad you got to extend the birthday celebration out a bit longer. Now it makes me want to go again 😀

    1. Thanks, Deana! Carmel is SO beautiful- but you are more beautiful. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for always responding to whatever I put out there in internet land. I feel validated, thank you. Love you.

  2. Carmel-by-the-Sea is so gorgeous, and it's one of my favorite, yet most expensive places on earth, to visit. You have amazing children - brownies and apology notes - wow! You're raising good people! Love you to the moon and back, my friend!

    1. YES!! One of my favorite as well- but you are right, so so so expensive! I wanted to make it an annual birthday tradition, but I think it will have to be an every ten years tradition! And you know, brownies and apology notes are a miracle- so that's why I posted it!! Miracles do happen! Love you most!!

  3. Thank you for documenting make what could be ordinary into the extraordinary! I'm taking notes for a possible empty nest getaway.

  4. Thank you my unknown friend! Carmel was incredibly enchanting. However, it was the people we met along the way such as the; the docents on our tours, the care-taker at the B&B, our fellow "get-awayers" at breakfast, the navel language student on our hike and You on my blog that make life extraordinary!! Thank you for taking interest.

  5. Oh my gosh, I loved this so much! That you went away to such a beautiful location and that you entertained us so much with your glorious captions and photos. Potent scripture!

  6. Oh my gosh, I loved this so much! That you went away to such a beautiful location and that you entertained us so much with your glorious captions and photos. Potent scripture!

  7. Oh!! How I ADORE YOU, Gale!!! Thank you for always supporting me with your LOVE!! I wish I could surround myself with a million Gales!! love you.