Lessons

It seems to me LONG BEFORE I started going to Burning Man, I was into costuming.

My birthday being so close to Halloween, I often threw dress up themed birthday parties with my friends.

And they have always been good-natured about dressing up.

When my boys were little, I used to drive them down Highway 1 from Santa Cruz to Monterey.

Along the way, we’d stop at specific places for food and fun.

Marianne’s ice cream.

Gayle’s Bakery.

And of course, Woodworms.

At Woodworms we were allowed to try on costumes and take pictures.

My sons and I had a blast getting all dressed up and posing for pictures:

We never left empty handed.

We always left with costumes in hand.

I just couldn’t resist.

I miss those days when my boys were “hostages” and had to do whatever I wanted to do.

Invariably we’d all pack into my truck and head off on an ADVENTURE.

I hope my sons learned something from those early days.

I hope they learned to exercise their imagination, to be adventurous, and to seek happiness.

Life is short.

Eat cake just because.

Dress up just for the fun of it.

And most of all, spend time with those you love.

Road Tripping with Food

Why do all of my favorite road trips center around food?  It’s bad for my waistline to go on an eating binge as I drive up and down Highway 1.

Take for instance my favorite road trip – driving from Santa Cruz to the Carmel Highlands.

You start out in Santa Cruz at Marianne’s Ice Cream.  I get the cardamom pistachio ice cream.  Yum!  Can’t get this anywhere else.  Or try any of their 40+ other delicious flavors like Oregon Blackberry or 50/50 which tastes just like a 50/50 bar.

Continue to Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola for an instant toothache.  Order something beautiful and delicious.  Scope out all the food in the deli and think about getting some nosh and wine for a picnic on the beach.

Continue down Highway 1.  Stop at the fruit stands by the side of the road.  Pick up delicious fresh fruits and vegetables.  Plan a healthy, fresh dinner for the evening.

Get off Highway 1 to sample the cioppino at Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery where Phil beat Bobby Flay in a throw down for the best cioppino.  Mmmmmm.  Warms you up and is utterly delicious.

 

Back in your car, head down to Menterey and stop at Vivolos Chowder house.  Have their award winning Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl with a Garlic Cheese Lid.  Oh, yum!  Don’t even think about the calories, just enjoy.

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Stop in to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a lesson in all things marine in the Bay.

 

Continue to Lover’s Point and take a much needed walk along the cliffs on Monterey.  Enjoy the sunset , if it’s time or just watch the waves pound the shoreline like they have for eons.

Now is a good time to share a kiss if you’re with someone romantic.

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Take yourself a little way south on Highway 1 to Carmel.  Exit on Ocean Avenue.  Pull over and do a little shopping at their magnificent stores.  Stop in at the Hog’s Breath Inn for a martini.  Sit on the patio, if you can, and enjoy the fire.  Sip and relax.

Back in your car, head south to the Carmel Highlands gas station.  They have a little vault built inside with lots of great wine.  Pick something out for your dinner tonight.  Something special.

And those are the highlights from my gastronomical adventure down Highway 1.

I highly recommend you give it a try if you’re in the area.

 

  • Marianne’s Ice Cream
    1020 Ocean Ave. Santa Cruz, CA
  • Gayle’s Bakery
    504 Bay Ave. Capitola, CA
  • Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery
    7600 Sandholdt Rd. Moss Landing, CA
  • Vivolos Chowder House
    127 Central Ave. Pacific Grove, CA
  • Lover’s Point
    Ocean View Blvd. at 17th St. Pacific Grove, CA
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
    886 Cannery Row Monterey, CA
  • Hog’s Breath Inn
    San Carlos St. and 5th Ave. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Carmel Highland Gas Station
    70 Highway 1 Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

 

What’s on tap…

I’ve been thinking about my next set of activities to take on.

Besides needing to scour Groupon for specials, I’ve come up with the following list:

  • Eat at Manresa
  • See Niagara Falls and get wet
  • See Bruce Springsteen
  • Go to a U2 concert
  • Take a tour of Alcatraz
  • Take a tour of the Winchester Mystery House (I’ve never been)
  • Fly a single engine Cessna again
  • Go to the Korean Spa, again
  • Great White Shark dive
  • Eat at a Burmese restaurant
  • Go to Supper Club in SF
  • See a transvestite show
  • Go to  strip club
  • Drive down Highway 1
  • Drive up Highway 1
  • Go to a book reading
  • Go to an art museum
  • Learn to surf
  • Fly in an acrobatic plane doing stunts
  • Camp in Yosemite
  • Go wine tasting in Napa/Paso Robles
  • Go to the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz
  • Enjoy an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista
  • Take sailing lessons
  • Learn to brew beer at Workshop SF
  • Get a new tattoo

And that’s a pretty good start for me.  I think I’ll start with driving up and down Highway 1.  I love to stop along the way at any place that suits my fancy – like the Olema Farm House in Olema or the Hog Island Oyster Company in Marshall, or Nepenthe in Big Sur.  So much to see and experience.  Time to get cracking!