That's how we spent Thanksgiving.
And driving the coast to Big Sur. And staying in a "quaint" motel (which means no TV, no phones (including AT&T cell service), no room service and sometimes, no heat). We star gazed late at night, wearing our coats and hats, watching our breath and listening to Charlie say "wow" every 5 seconds. We ate breakfast at Friar Tuck's in Carmel. Watched sea lions in Monterey. We jam packed our Thanksgiving weekend into a 3 days instead of 4 because my boys fell very ill Friday night. Begging for mercy (and Sudafed), we packed up at the crack of down this morning and hit the road.
Now for the photos . . .
Our scenic drive was chocked full of views like this.
We stopped in San Simeon, near Hearst Castle, for a picnic by the sea. Charlie chased birds.
And then strolled on the pier.
We lounged around the Big Sur River Inn, teaching Charlie to skip rocks in the river.
Rich relaxed in the chair.
And then he snapped 50 photos of me, with my hat like this. And didn't say a word to me about my hat looking like this.
After a turkey dinner at the Country Inn restaurant associated with our little inn, we slept hard and woke up very early. And Charlie was very loud which prompted us to drive to Carmel early to spare the neighbors.
Hence the Carmel Beach rock skipping experience.
And saw a surfing bull dog.
We stopped for a small lunch on our way back from Monterey at the gorgeous (thank you, Charlie Lee) Rocky Point restaurant. This was our view as Rich ate chowder, I enjoyed a glass of wine and Charlie snoozed in his stroller.
On the way back to the motel, we stopped so Charlie could say hi to the cows he had been waving and screaming at through the car.
(Now I know why they say "Happy cows come from California". Look how these heifers live, oceanside!)
But Charlie wasn't as enchanted with the cows up close.
This morning's drive home was, in typical Phee fashion, full of adventure. Charlie was sick (as in puking-in-my-car-that-I-spent-Wednesday-evening-cleaning) which meant we had to pull over on Coast Highway, along a cliff, and wash vomit off him with bottled water and wipes.
So now we're home. This was our first family trip, just the 3 Phees. It was successful. We really unplugged from the world and did something new. Spent some time somewhere beautiful. And there are plenty more photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mphee/sets/72157625482502888/