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Countdown to Thanksgiving -- thankful for rain...and the sun

My husband and I had the opportunity to get away for a quick one-night stay in nearby Pacific Grove yesterday.

The 2-1/2 hour drive there took almost 4 hours, what with heavy traffic and heavy rain. Spin outs, an upside down car, flooded roads in spots, and other mishaps made for white-knuckle driving, but we arrived safely.

After checking into our hotel (which was without power due to the storm) we donned our trench coats and hats and set out on our favorite walk, the old railroad grade (now a park) to Asilomar, down to the beach, and along the walk on the bluffs overlooking the ocean, with the wind howling and the rain pelting down.

Rainy evening along Asilomar State Beach

 

After a fine dinner at our favorite restaurant, Passionfish, we returned to our hotel to find power restored, a good omen with which to end the day.

This morning we woke to crystal-clear skies and sparkling ocean views. We continued our walk from the day before along the bluffs over to Lover's Point, then up to the town for a bite of lunch before heading back to San Francisco.

Along Lover's Point path

Monterey Bay at Lover's Point, Pacific Grove

With the day so exceptionally gorgeous, we opted to drive up Highway 1, hugging the coast the entire way, with a stop at one of the beaches for a bit, and a visit to my friend's chocolate shop, Sweet55, in Half Moon Bay. Once we reached San Francisco, we eschewed the freeway and direct route home, continuing along the coast, to the Cliff House, into Lincoln Park, the Presidio, and city streets home.

We arrived home happy, relaxed and very thankful, both for the rain which we definitely need and for the clear skies and sun which followed. A bit of adversity heightens one's awareness and appreciation for what is easy to take for granted.

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

Pacific Union International

CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 19 commentsLottie Kendall • November 18 2017 03:33AM

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Lottie Kendall What an awful drive - so glad you had a marvelous reward.

Posted by Lauren Williams, CPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes (Casual Uncluttering LLC) 12 months ago

Hi Lottie

What a special time that was. Life is often not perfect and throws us surprises but it's what we do with it and how we view it that turns adversity and unpleasantness into just another life experience. And you shared such wonderful photos with us.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 12 months ago

Lottie, funny you should mention rain, Diane woke up early and then shared with me that she thought we had a bit of a rain...nothing like you guys get... it barely made the leaves and the driveway wet, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 12 months ago

Good morning Lottie. Your photos are exquisite! Glad you got to get away.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 12 months ago

Such amazing views!  Your area is so beautiful and we are often thankful when we receive some rain too!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 12 months ago

Lottie, sounds fun, except for the white knuckle drive.   We went to Monterey, Pebble Beach and Carmel, but missed Pacific Grove.   Looks beautiful.  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 12 months ago

Lottie Kendall - Your posts reads like a novel. One in which I wouldn't want to put down. It's a page turner!!!

What an unexpected commute with that torrential rain - but you made it! You didn't give up and you enjoyed it all. Getting out of the car and walking is something I would have done too. Lucky for you, your man was by your side and you explored the old railroad grade down to the beach with wide-eyes and wonder. 

What a difference a day makes. The sky is so clear and the ocean so blue after the rain... I love how you took it all in and described your quick one-night stay that was packed with excitement, renewal, and a pre-thanksgiving menu blended with happiness, togetherness, and joy.  

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 12 months ago

Good morning, Lauren Williams, CPO - the drive to Pacific Grove was tense, no doubt about it, but the reward was great.

 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 12 months ago

Good morning, Jeff Dowler - a bit of adversity is good for one; helps us appreciate all the more the good things in life. I'm glad you like the pictures; hard to take a bad photo in Pacific Grove!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 12 months ago

Hello Endre Barath, Jr. - your rains will come---I hope! Happy Thanksgiving to you and Diane.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 12 months ago

Hello Sheila Anderson - I'm not sure my photos are exquisite, but Pacific Grove and the coast around it truly are. I'm glad you enjoyed them. We enjoyed our get away.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 12 months ago

Hi Brian England - this last storm was the first meaningful rain we've had since March 4! It washed away the dust and dirt that had accumulated, leaving everything fresh and sparkling. We loved it -- and the sunshine that followed. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 12 months ago

Hello Joan Cox - of the 3 towns that make up the Monterey Peninsula, Pacific Grove is my favorite. Monterey has tons of wonderful old California history; Carmel charming shops and Ocean Avenue, but Pacific Grove has the wild natural beauty that appeals so much to me.

 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 12 months ago

Good morning, Patricia Feager - short get-aways are important; I've returned home refreshed and ready to get back to work today -- showing a lease listing, volunteering with my granddaughter at the SPCA, and on it goes.

Wishing you a wonderful, joy-filled day. Lottie

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 12 months ago

Lottie Kendall - One of the things I admire about you is your ability to make time and take quick get-aways like this one!  You make the most out of life and that is something to truly be grateful for these days!  

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) 12 months ago

I can not wait for the rain in SoCal:) 

Blessings to you and your family.

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) 12 months ago

Good morning, Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com - sometimes a quick one-night away works, I grab those moments! Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 12 months ago

Hello Inna Ivchenko - I hope you get some rain soon. Ours cleared away all the months of dust, and left the area sparkling clean. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Compass) 12 months ago

The skies after a storm are worth the ugliness of enduring the storm. It feels like a rebirth.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 12 months ago

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