In true Kleckley fashion, we had a Monday morning 6:20 am flight, which put us in northern California by 9:30 am. We flew into San Jose, rented a car, and headed down to Carmel. Carmel is a quaint little town with lots of art galleries, and also where we started the 17 Mile Drive. Other than that, there's not much more to say about the town. Cute, but not our thing.
We did find blue dogs!
After about 30 minutes in Carmel, we started the 17 Mile Drive and stopped at our first destination, Pebble Beach. I enjoyed walking around while Jon enjoyed talking on his cell phone (kidding. sort of.)
We ate lunch at Stillwater Grill, which overlooks the 18th green. Not a bad view!
After lunch we walked around the course a bit. It was chilly (low 60s) and misty.
We continued on the 17 Mile Drive and stopped to see the Lone Cypress.
We stopped at a few beaches along the way.
Not only did my husband's mad negotiating skills help get us on this trip, but it also got us this sweet rental car upgrade. It made me miss my Jeep days.
One of the beaches had chipmunks running around.
The next stop was Monterrey, which was much more of a tourist town. Jon was not amused by me constantly taking pictures of him on the phone. When he retires I'm going to make him a photo book of him on his phone in different places (and I'm serious about that one).
Attitude adjusted. :)
Our next stop was Santa Cruz.
We walked around the boardwalk and stuck our toes in the sand. It was still cool outside, but there were quite a few people napping on the beach.
We drove from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay along the coast. Although it was overcast, the drive was beautiful. Pictures don't do it justice.
At Half Moon Bay we cut over to drive to San Francisco. Out of coincidence my parents, Peter and Niki were in San Francisco for Niki's cousin's wedding, which was two days before. Two busloads of Niki's family had spent the day in Napa and were meeting at Tommy's Joynt in San Francisco for dinner. The timing was perfect so Jon and I caught up with them for dinner.
After dinner they went back to their hotel. Jon and I decided to drive around San Francisco and see some tourist spots. The last time we were in San Francisco was about 9 years ago when my Aunt Julie lived there. This was my third trip to SFO, and I had never been by the "Full House" house. This is their "actual" house that was shown in the show (it has since been painted).
Speaking of painted....the "Painted Ladies" is the row of houses that's shown in the opening credits of Full House (but not where their house is located). On TV, the row of houses looks so grand and beautiful. In person, I must admit it was kind of a let down. They were pretty to look at, though! A girl standing next to me kept looking at her phone, then the houses, and was saying, "That's IT?" Haha. My thoughts exactly.
Lombard Street. The flowers were beautiful!
We booked our hotel just a few hours before on Priceline, and ended up at the Argonaut, a boutique hotel overlooking Fisherman's Warf. When we checked in their seemed to be a problem with our reservation. The manager came over, typed something in and said, "You're going to love me for this." She upgraded us to the biggest suite in the hotel! I was kind of sad we were there for such a short time. This place was bigger than our first two apartments. By the time we got there it was 11 pm Texas time, which made for a long (but fun) day.