Friday, December 6, 2013

the ROCK… part 2

When i think of the rock, 3 things come to mind…
1. the ROCK... the wrestler now actor.
    PS. loved his recent movie Pain & Gain

2. the ROCK… as in Alcatraz, the prison in the San Francisco bay.

and 3. wait for it...

So… I forgot to heed Kim's aka Ice's advice and purchase our Alcatraz tickets in advance, & it was sold out while we were there in San Fran. We decided to drive on, as planned, to Monterey and then had to return. How could you go to San Francisco and not go to Alcatraz? The answer is, you just can't.

Juan and I aren't gangsters or anything, but we are avid fans of prison movies :o). Shawshank Redemption being one of my favorites…"Get busy living or get busy dying." We even have this hilarious onesie for baby bear. Complete with 9 month tally!

3. & now, the ROCK, Morro Bay
Morro Bay was absolutely one of our favorite spots in California! A quaint little fishing village with this huge, yes, you guessed it right!  ROCK :o)

Arrival at hotel!
Our all time favorite hotel during our 10 day trip was The Beach Bungalow. We arrived late on a chilly night to be welcomed by the warmth of the fireplace. Whether it be a real fire or not is besides the point :o). The owner was equally welcoming and helpful. We enjoyed our included breakfast at a little place near the ROCK. As we ate outside, we were greeted by Monarch butterflies flying overhead... every 30 seconds or so… on their migration back to Mexico… I know… You couldn't make the s**t up if you wanted to :o).

lots and lots of love…
Morro Bay, CA

little lisa lollipop

P.S. Speaking of prison... and with his passing, I can not, not mention Nelson Mandela. I love him, and I am mesmerized by him!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cali love… part 1

Sorry for the delay in this long overdue post. We had some computer glitches, and it didn't feel right to post about my new love without including pictures.  Well... it's almost been a month since our return, but i miss it so much already. Pure, unadulterated, Cali love!

We first heard these words on our bike ride along the Venice Beach bike path. An older man riding his  bike with a huge California flag shouted it to us. Perhaps under the influence (if you've ever been to Venice Beach, you know what i mean), but nevertheless, his words stayed with us. Cali Love! I personally like to say it in a Barry White sexy voice :o).

Venice Beach bike ride

We went to California to find out the sex of our little pumpkin, and on Halloween we met him so to speak. As you know, it's a boy! We made a honeymoon trip out of our visit too. We traveled a total of 1,382 miles in our rental. Up, down, and around California. Each place promising to be the place where we would relocate to and spend the rest of our lives. We loved it all.

Rental car complete with bird poo
after being on the road for 12 hours

And the taste of yummy food like churros

In some ways, your senses are heightened. You can literally feel the warmth of the sunshine... I now know why my beloved Jimmy Kimmel always taunts us about the warm weather out there. Or the smell when driving past huge strawberry farms... so yummy. The artichokes farms… not so much. The peaceful sounds of the ocean and seals. And the views… amazing. I am smitten!!

lots of Cali Love to you all…
little lisa lollipop