Sea lion resting on fishing boat tied up with a second boat

Monterey Peninsula

In all the hustle and bustle of the past week I realize I’ve forgotten to mention one of my favorite beach areas.  I’ve talked about beaches in southern California and neglected the area around Monterey Bay.  The city of Monterey rests at the northeast corner of a square nub of land that juts out into the sea.  This nub is Monterey Peninsula.  Two other

Pismo Beach in Winter

Pismo Beach in Winter

Blue skies, expansive beaches, and frigid nights best describe my Christmas weekend at Pismo Beach.  I don’t consider myself a beach person.  Have I mentioned that before?  I come from

The Maloof Gardens

The Maloof Gardens

For years I’ve heard about master woodworker Sam Maloof and his home and gardens just up the hill from where I live. And as is so often true with attractions in one’s hometown, I just never went to visit the place. It was time I did so.

I chose a perfect autumn day with a blue skies streaked with clouds, clouds being a rarity for southern California. The air had been chilly in the morning and I was overdressed by the time arrived a little after noon. Thank goodness the garden wasn’t so large that I would expire from