San Juan Bautista, California

A lovely day-trip destination, San Juan Bautista delights with a blend of history, culture, small-town charm, and delicious culinary adventures.  After thoroughly exploring the mission, being sure to peek around corners into less-explored rooms and taking the time to absorb the architectural and historical details, stroll down to the adjacent and very walkable main streetContinue reading “San Juan Bautista, California”

Pastures of Heaven

After the bare requisites of living and reproducing, man wants most to leave some record of himself, a proof, perhaps, that he has really existed. He leaves his proof on wood, on stone, or on the lives of other people. This deep desire exists in everyone, from the boy who scribbles on a wall toContinue reading “Pastures of Heaven”

Salinas Valley, winter into spring

“February in Salinas is likely to be damp and cold and full of miseries. The heaviest rains fall then, and if the river is going to rise, it rises then.” – John Steinbeck, from ‘East of Eden’ This past February did not bring much rain, and the Salinas River has barely risen from it’s meandering,Continue reading “Salinas Valley, winter into spring”

A quiet winter evening in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Recently I enjoyed a lovely walk through quaint Carmel, California.  At the height of the summer tourist season, the streets are overflowing with visitors, and it can be difficult to find a peaceful moment between the busy shops and bustling restaurants.  In the winter however, a sense of calm settles across our picturesque region, andContinue reading “A quiet winter evening in Carmel-by-the-Sea”