Valentine’s Week & a trip to Monterey
March 2nd, 2011
Like I mentioned in my last post, I arrived at the SFO airport late at night on Sunday 2/13, the day before Valentine’s Day. Kevin picked me up at the airport and he suggested, since we weren’t going to be able to spend any time together on Valentine’s Day itself, that we do a crazy late night dinner after picking me up. So at 10:30pm we got seated for dinner at BJ’s in San Bruno and enjoyed a nice dinner together (and shared a yummy pazookie as well!)
We’ve never been big on V-Day or anniversaries either, but Kevin sure pulled out all the stops this year. In addition to suggesting this cute late night dinner idea, when he picked me up at the airport he gave me a King size box of Junior mints (my favorite!) and the card game Skip-Bo that we had been talking about getting for a while. Then on Monday (V-Day) I had to go to work but he had the day off so he suggested he meet me at the office for lunch before he drove to class. He surprised me with some of the most delicious, homemade (from scratch) devil’s food cupcakes I’ve ever had (and even had a few extra for some co-workers). And lastly, he got me a frame with spots for four photos: he put one of us from our wedding, one of us about 2 years into our marriage, one of us and Lola living in SF, and he left one spot empty for when we have a baby. What a sweetheart! Okay, enough of the mooshy stuff. 🙂
The following weekend (President’s Day weekend) we decided to get away for the night and take a trip down to Monterey! We realized we hadn’t taken a real vacation (just the two of us, and no Long Beach doesn’t count) since we went to Australia in 2008!! Yikes, we gotta do a better job of getting away more often. Carleigh and Scott graciously volunteered to watch Lola that night, so we packed up her bag and dropped her off at their place on the morning of Sunday 2/20 for 36 hours of play time with her best friend Bailey!
We were recommended by C&S to drive down Highway 1 and we were glad we did. Such a gorgeous drive along the coast. Sure makes us appreciate this amazingly beautiful state of ours! We stopped off for a quick visit to Pigeon Point Lighthouse.
Before checking into our hotel we drove down to Carmel to get some lunch at Carmel Belle (yummy food but super small portions and a pretty hefty price tag). We did some window shopping and then walked down to the beach. There were TONS of doggies out and about and it was such a gorgeous day. We enjoyed walking along the beach and taking a break to soak in the sun.
Then it was time to check into our hotel! Our hotel was just a block up from Cannery Row so it was nice to be so close to all the action. Although working across from Fisherman’s Wharf in SF and knowing that I would never recommend anyone stay in a hotel out that way, I couldn’t help but get excited about being in the middle of this tourist trap in Monterey! Haha.
Gorgeous mural of a whale around the corner from our hotel
Random old-school scuba gear on display
When Kevin saw this banner of John Steinbeck he jokingly asked me, “Why do they have a picture of Saddam Hussein up?” Hahah.
A really neat mural of fishermen along the beach.
No, we didn’t spend our money at the wax museum (they were closed, haha).
After the mandatory stroll down Cannery Row, we ate dinner at Paradiso Trattoria (pretty yummy food, especially the cilantro spread they have for their fresh baked bread…amazing!)
On Monday we woke bright and early, ate the continental breakfast at the hotel, and then checked out to go out and enjoy a drive and a walk along Ocean View Blvd. and the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail–by far the highlight of our trip!
Lots of breathtaking views to be had…
And then, as we were looking out at the rocks and crashing waves, we spotted a furry thing scurrying across the rocks…who knew squirrels lived in the rocks along the beach?
They came up really close to us, probably looking for some eats.
Not only did we see lots of squirrels, we also saw harbor seals basking in the sun on some rocks!
And tons of seagulls to look at and take photos of…
It was so so so nice to get away, just the two of us. This being the year of our 5th anniversary of being married and our 10th anniversary of being together (!!!!) we have to take more time to celebrate our relationship and this was a perfect start to that!