June 14, 2016: Back from vacation!

Greetings!  Just a quick post to let you know that Al and I are back from a wonderful California vacation and readjusting to eastern standard time.  Here are some pictures:

One of many alleys and courtyards in the beautiful town of Carmel by the Sea:

61416 Town of Carmel with Al

The Carmel beach, part of which abuts the famous Pebble Beach golf course:

61416 Carmel Beach with fog 61416 Carmel beach with Pebble B golf course

See that layer of fog on the horizon in each picture above?  We often woke to fog along the coast, which would gradually move out over the water as the day warmed up.

Point Lobos State Park just south of Carmel:

61416 Point Lobos State Park

Sea lions at the park:

61416 sea lions at PL state park

Big Sur:

61416 Big Sur

The wine country around Paso Robles (made famous in the movie “Sideways”):

61416 wine country 61416 picnic at PR winery

The beautiful Santa Barbara courthouse with it’s many tiles and a view from its tower (will share more pictures of tiles and other “quilt inspiring” designs from this remarkable building in a future post):

61416 Santa Barbara courthouse 61416 Santa Barbara CH with tile stairs 61416 SB view from tower

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks:

61416 Al in the sequoias 61416 General Sherman

Al in the first picture and other people at the foot of the General Sherman tree in the second picture (click for enlargements) give you some perspective on these absolutely magnificent trees!  Below is the road through and view of Kings Canyon:

61416 Kings Canyon drive 61416 Kings Canyon view

A view in Sequoia and a waterfall in Kings Canyon:

61416 Sequoia park view 61416 KC waterfall

At the end of our trip we stayed in Sausalito, just north of San Francisco and had a beautiful view of SF bay and the city from the private deck off our room:

61416 view from Sausolito deck 61416 Sausolito view #2

Of course we went into the city for a few hours.  Here’s a view from Pacific Heights and in the lower right corner you can see a man doing tai chi.  His female partner was beside him but didn’t get into the picture.  They were doing their movements in unison and were fun to watch.  What a great spot for it!:

61416 Pacific Heights view

I thoroughly enjoyed the very different vegetation from New England in mid and southern California.  Here is a gorgeous Bird of Paradise and I’ll try to share some more pictures of plants in the future:

61416 Bird of Paradise

I hope to post again soon with updates on my quilting.

Be kind (especially after the recent horrific shootings in Florida), be grateful, and cherish each day,  Gladi



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