New House...Old(-ish) friends

Trip Start May 11, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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The Martin's Bed and Breakfast

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

 We left San Simeon this morning and boy-man-child was absolutely certain that no, NO civilized area would be without a Starbucks.  However, it was very clear that civilized, artistic, cultured people live all over Big Sur and manage without Starbucks (or Peet's)  We stopped at Whale Watcher's Cafe (blah..$$$...terrible $4.50 cup of coffee...) for breakfast and motored on.  The view was spotty through the fog but I insisted that electronics be off.  They, the kids (the "enemy") insisted that "We've seen Big Sur...the next 10 minutes are just like that last 10 minutes....", however, every turn in the road was visually...potentially exciting...if not completely fogged in.  We stopped at Sand Dollar beach (moan, groan..."we have to walk how far?")  and the fog...well, it didn't lift but maybe it thinned a bit...and we did find several unbroken sand dollars and the kids did try to act with some decency towards me on behalf of Mother's Day.
We finally met up with the "civilized world" in Carmel and the biggest Starbucks the kids have ever seen.  Hallelujah!...because that 4:30am wake up was taking it's toll on me!  
Having never been to Carmel....and, as it's Steve's high school home town, I really wanted to try to See it...but I hadn't done my home work.  I saw the 17 mile drive, and had heard something about that, so we entered the gate ($9.00) and drove the curvy roads...and apparently exited without having driven the most spectacular portion of the drive!  Oh, well....
So, we end up in Monterey and the kids are needing a break so Nate has located the skate park. Chum decided it was looking a bit seedy for her liking...maybe because there was a guy in an orange prison jumpsuit who was skating...
As usual, Nate, in no time, had made "friends" with the locals and is had a great time.  I thought we should at least go to get a bite at Fisherman's Wharf or Cannery Row, but was Sunday...Mother's Day...and I couldn't even handle the traffic in...Monterey!  We're OUT!
...On to Santa Cruz...and CA-17 through Los Gatos...all of a sudden, 85 degrees and traffic moving at 4 miles an hour.  GO BIG BLUE! (without AC...I was afraid to turn it on)

 Our end location today was our friends, the Martin's house in Los Altos.  The Martin's are a family we met at our kid's school and bonded with...before they moved away to a lovely neighborhood in Los Altos.  We continue to build our friendship...via text, email and this wonderful, yet short visit / bombardment of their home!   Thank you for your warm hospitality!

(Yesterday we saw quail, zebras, elephant seals and otters (from a far)

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