Honeymoon notes, Day 2

(copied from Morgan’s Livejournal)

Day two of our honeymoon. As commented on the previous post, I’ve interspersed Roland’s commentary (in blockquotes) with my “outline,” which is based on time stamps from the cell phone and various receipts. Links to photos and video from said cell phone are included.

Monday, 11 Feb:

Monday morning was wonderfully lazy. We got up on our own time, puttered around at our leisure, and got out when we bloody well felt like it. A great feeling, and pretty much how I think any true vacation ought to be. We tooled in to Fisherman’s Wharf around noonish, and we had a great time there. We started our day at the absolutely fantastic Abalonetti Seafood Trattoria, a somewhat upscale restaurant with some of the best food I’ve ever had. Their roasted garlic was to die for, and the swordfish my beloved went to considerable lengths to see that I got was one of the best meals I’ve ever had, period. Morgan had angel hair pasta with crab, which she liked, and we both enjoyed the canoli dessert. A bit pricey by our standards, but entirely reasonable given the locale, and the service was as excellent as the food. It would have been nice to have eaten outside, but the breeze was a bit too chilly.

Then it was off for Fisherman’s Wharf goodies, including hand-made cotton candy (like eating vanilla-flavored air) and my first salt-water taffy, made on-site, delicious stuff. We also picked up a present for the stepson in Denver,…

1:00 pm – Abalonetti Seafood Trattoria (on Yelp)
57 Fishermans Wharf Monterey, CA 93940

1:11 pm – salt water taffy and cotton candy, Carousel Candy
31 Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, 93940

1:20 pm – t-shirt for Brian, The Wharf’s General Store
14 Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, 93940
(I’ll include more detail after I ship it to him, so I won’t spoil the surprise. *g*)

1:33 pm: Old Fisherman’s Wharf sign

1:41 pm – recorded note about lunch, Roland said the swordfish was “amazing,” roasted garlic appetizer, Morgan had angel hair pasta with crab, dessert cannoli was good

and after a bit more wandering, we were on to Point Lobos, one of my lupine beloved’s most sacred places.

After visiting it myself, I can understand why. The trail was stunning, with some beautiful trees and perhaps the most jaw-dropping vistas of coastline I’ve ever seen. Waves breaking against craggy rocks, rolling hills dotted with beautiful trees, exposed layers of geological history to humble mere humanity…it was extraordinary. The real joy for me, though, was seeing my beloved bask happily in the power, both emotional and metaphysical, of this awesome crossroads of earth and sea. As Morgan noted at the time, “the last two pictures were shot from the same spot: the second was about a 45 degree turn to the right from the first, but a different world”.

2:18-3:40 pm: photos at Allan Memorial Cypress Grove, Point Lobos State Reserve

Link to a video you have to watch sideways
[note on Lace Lichen]

3:45-4:02 pm: photos at China Cove, Point Lobos State Reserve

4:04 pm: photo at Point Lobos State Reserve (between overlook for China Cove and the parking area)

4:07 pm – more photos from Point Lobos; recorded note that the last two pics were shot from the same spot: the second was about a 45 degree turn to the right from the first.

(also, another video that you don’t have to turn sideways to watch)

On the way back, we took a picture of the pig crossing we’d seen earlier that day. I swear, this picture is not photoshopped. Just another example of the mix of mystical and surreal that made up our vacation. From there, it was off to Cannery Row, where we picked up some garlicmoon equipment, a garlic press and a roaster. Even the malls there are pretty. Our last bit of shopping for the evening was a real find from a practical standpoint, the Sockshop Cannery Row, where we found very light, extra-wide socks for my honey with the problematic foot. From there, it was back to the motel for a wonderful evening.

4:28 pm – Pig Crossing, Hwy. 1, north of Pt. Lobos and south of the Carmel River Bridge

4:47 pm – bought gas in Monterey

5:11 pm – Garlic press and roaster, For Garlic Lovers
700 Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940

5:33 pm – Socks, Sockshop Cannery Row
649 Cannery Row, Monterey, 93940

Now, on to Tuesday

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