Carmel by the Sea

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I’m the kind of person who sets the alarm during vacations.

Up and at ’em folks, and there’s always a remedy for tiredness….coffee *whispered*

After taking full advantage of our complimentary breakfast, Julia and I set out to find a decent brew.

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Having found our coffee, we continued the overcast morning with a stroll about town, wandering in and out of shops and snapping pictures along the way.

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The store fronts are full of personality and some of their signs were gorgeously crafted.

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We even found a juice bar tucked away in a back alley cafe!

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One more stop at the beach, and then we were off along highway 1 for the most beautiful drive in the country!

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Our first stop along the way was at Point Lobos State Reserve. We were delighted to see tidepools and (a little ways off shore) whales flapping their fins and playing in the waves.

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It would have been easy to whale watch for hours, but we hurried along after only a few. Luckily, we had brought provisions in the form of a delicious pretzel sandwich purchased at a cute cafe in Carmel.

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Sweeping views of the coastline and sparkling pacific drew us in at each turn.

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We were blown away by the massive bridges that supported Highway 1, and joined the other tourists in snapping photos and staring in wonder.

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Our drive ended at Big Sur. Now, I consider myself to be a decent hiker (see Zion), but I committed a capital hiking sin…inappropriate clothing and footware. Yes, I was one of those people….the people that you look at and think, “What the hell are you doing out here in nature?!” 3 grumpy miles later, we changed into less constrictive clothing and began our drive home.

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Gorgeous two days on the coast!

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Xx,

Lauren