After enjoying the excitement of MacWorld and San Francisco we drove down the coast to Carmel to relax and enjoy some time by the ocean. Our favourite place to stay in Carmel is The Sandpiper Inn, located on Martin Way (indeed) within sight and sound of the ocean. No phone, no pool, no pets, no TV sets in the rooms. Breakfast in the dining room from 8:00 to 10:00 AM; sherry on the sideboard at 5:00 PM.
The ocean is only a block away.
I'm sitting at the Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company in The Courtyard, a shopping area on the edge of Carmel, enjoying great coffee and hospitality, as well as free wireless. Patrick, a four year old dachshund is enjoying a small cup of latté at the table next to me while his elderly owner is discussing Patrick's health with one of the owners of the shop. There's a Bentley Azure convertible parked outside. It belongs to Patrick and his owner. Life is fine.
We've had overnight frosts for the last several days. As a result, 70% of the California citrus crop has been lost. Plumbers have been busy dealing with frozen pipes. However, after leaving Edmonton in a blizzard this weather seems ideal to us, although we feel badly for the farmers.
Tomorrow we drive to San Francisco (a two hour drive) and fly home to Edmonton.