Sunday, January 6, 2013

Snowy Beauty to Beach Beauty in a 24 Hour Period.

Remember this from my last post?

What an experience!  On the return trip back to LA we were able to see the beautiful side of the snow found through the Sierra Nevada pass.

Mr T and Mr. Connor survey the road ahead.

This time we had my brother, Richard, aka Mr. Connor, with us, so extra bodies in case we got stuck!

Dog wrangler extraordinaire! 

But we did not and after emerging from the gorgeous mountain range we headed to Carmel to spend the night, with our goal to drive the 17-mile drive through beautiful Pebble Beach.  A drive worth every penny of the $8 each car must pay to take the drive.

And now for something completely different!

Pebble Beach:

These two little Black and Whites were up for anything!
 Snow - no problem. Surf - Let us in. Cold weather - where's our jackets? Troopers all the way!

The rough surf this particular day made for some great picture taking and exciting spectating.
We even saw Seals bobbing in the water and clinging to rocks.  

I don't have a super zoom on my camera, so you will have to take my word for it that those black dots on rocks are seals and pelicans. True story!

And finally towards the end of the drive you see the iconic tree that is native to this region and the trademark of Pebble Beach. 

Unique, small cones on the Cypress tree.

This lone, small  Monterey Cypress symbolizes the hardy nature of those who must survive the punishing winds and  rough seas found along this part of the coast of California.

Rugged beauty.

Still busy running around showing my brother the sights. 
 Lots of fun, diversity and surprises along the way.
Now, y'all come out and visit me.  I enjoy this new role of tour guide!!

We've had such good weather (for Mr. Connor it's cold, but at least not raining) during his visit that we have been able to take full advantage and see some wonderful sights.

So nice, also that Mr. Tennis was able to take some time off from work and join us for most of our adventures.


rottrover said...


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

California is a state of such varied sights and landscapes...your photos are lovely and bring back many memories for me!

centerofgravity said...

What a beautiful drtive you got to take. Glad it was easier than your trip to Reno. Also glad that you're able to enjoy your brother's visit. CG

centerofgravity said...

What a beautiful drtive you got to take. Glad it was easier than your trip to Reno. Also glad that you're able to enjoy your brother's visit. CG

Debby@Just Breathe said...

The pictures are amazing. I could stare at them all day. The snow is beautiful. I haven't been to Carmel, it was supposed to be our trip last summer but we didn't go.
The pictures are perfect and I am in love with the pinecone photo.
Looks like a beautiful drive home.

Olive said...

How beautiful but that is way too much snow for me.

Edilma Weissmueller said...

thanks for sharing such a lovely contrast.great pictures of both areas. It looks like Mr. T and the Bostons were up for anything that came their way. I am sure Mr. Connor wise, moral support came in handy too, it wouod have been cold for me also. Ann you sure are getting some real otjt as a guide.

Chatty Crone said...

You know what -what a difference a few hours make - right? And that is why I know there is a God - only he could do something so amazing. sandie

Anonymous said...

Lovely scenery and your dogs are so cute! My nephew and his wife live in Hermosa Beach and had their first child yesterday. Thanks for sharing these awesome photos of your adventures!

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

these pictures are so interesting, and the contrast is certainly striking.
The rough water, and rocky beach would make for an invigorating walk, I think.
Thos Bostons sure are troopers - and they have really had such adventures this summer!
Now, I'm waitng to hear about the sweet black and white kitten, on the sidebar!

Mr. Connor said...

Wonderful Wonderful ~ Great pictures and a great time. Thanks !