We had planned this trip to see our friends Songwriters In Paradise in Napa, Ca since late 2019. We had attended the same event the prior April and had a lovely time. The 2020 trip we planned to extend our California visit and see some other areas aside from San Fran and Napa, so we booked a flight into LAX, planned to drive north and see some other areas prior to SIP.
Swimming pools. Movie stars.
*the world started falling apart*
That trip was cancelled and postponed. Three times. four?
DO YOU FEEL LUCKY, PUNK?
2021. Onward and upward we flew to LAX and headed north. Since the ‘traveling conditions’ aren’t ideal we opted to stay at one resort in Carmel before heading to Napa for the events instead of hotel hopping up the coast. Have you been to Carmel? The only thing I knew about Carmel was that Clint Eastwood lived there. Don’t ask me why I know this; my brain holds onto random, useless facts.
WHY SO MANY QUESTIONS?
I’m not sure what has happened to me in the last few years, but I’ve turned into the most quizzical person on the planet. I want to have a field trip to just about anywhere. Near our place in GA there is a marble plant/mine/whatever. I have endless questions about it every time we pass it. “Do you think they just go deeper and deeper and the marble is just there? Will the earth run out of marble? I’m sure the Coach’s heart starts racing when we’re in the vicinity of that place as the questions WILL.COME. I need a field trip there and then I might shut the hell up.
On the drive from LAX to Carmel, which was almost 6 hours, I had a least 768 questions concerning all the agriculture and oil fields I saw.
What kind of trees do you think those are? Maybe persimmons? Apricots?
Could those be avocado trees? They kind of look like avocados.
Hey, they grow almonds here. I think THOSE are almond trees.
Can you pull over so I can look at those plants with my app and figure out what they are?
I could go for a taco salad right about now.
I had NO idea how much agriculture there is in California. Did you guys know this?
Again, please pull over, I think that’s an arugula farm and I want to double-check.
SO MANY OIL FIELDS
Why are some of the oil pumps moving and some are not?
I’d really love to stop and see how they process all the veggies at that farm; field trip anyone?
My poor travel companions.
I was in charge of the hotel research before our trip and wanted to stay in a boutique hotel IN the downtown area. The Coach preferred a larger resort with more amenities about 15 minutes from the downtown area.
We stayed at the resort and I’m not
that bitter about it.
The one good thing about the resort is it had many ‘experiences’ for you to enjoy while being on property.
We chose two experiences; one for the girls and one for the four of us.
They had a gosh darn bonafide beekeeping session. HELLO? I’ve been waiting for this all my life.
Ya’ll, I learned SO much about bees. I’m almost ashamed that I didn’t know IT ALL before. But rest assured, I know it all now.
That’s my Cuz Eddie up there.
That’s all I’m gonna share today because I don’t want to overwhelm you. Plus, you might have 768 questions about this.
Fun fact: The Coach agreed that if we ever get back to this area, we’re going to try a boutique hotel as the resort charges you up the wahoo in resort fees. And those fees don’t cover the bees.
Has anyone had their hands on a hive before? Have you been to Carmel? Fun fact: It doesn’t smell like CARAMEL.