Wrapping up a whirlwind trip to northern California …

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It’s a good sign when working/vacation schedules prevent frequent checkins on social media.

This morning was our final one in the great state of California. For this trip, we stayed primarily in the north. Starting in the San Francisco area, drifting toward Carmel, Big Sur and Monterey and ending in Napa Valley.

Above is a landscape I took in Carmel from our little cabin we rented for two nights. We were far off the beaten path, and had to navigate a treacherous little dirt road to gain access to it.

We slipped in a meal at Nepenthe, which is a well-known, touristy spot overlooking a gorgeous vista and landscape out toward the pacific. We also were able to visit Sea Lions in Monterey where we had breakfast nearby and watched them while we ate. We went early enough to the Fisherman’s Wharf that we avoided a lot of tourist traffic and had the area to ourselves.

Our final leg involved one night in a lovely suite at a place called the Gaige, where we’ve enjoyed wine tastings, a couple’s massage, and the amenities of a beautiful space. Below is the view from Nepenthe. More images to come.

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