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    ...more shots of Sea Ranch...
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    Again beautiful Cypress trees. Unique to the Pacific Coast

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    Great pics and thread, cheers Tom.

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    ...still to come: an excursion to the Monterrey aquarium and nearby monastery...

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    ...Monterey aquarium: among the mesmerizing attractions are the tanks of swirling sardines that are strategically placed as sort of night lights around the darkened 3-level facility, the enormous display of moon jellyfish and, of course, the gigantic 3-story central tank that recreates the environment of Monterey Bay...

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    Majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd

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    Great thread with fantastic pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    the US is full of great places like that
    Yes there are many but as pointed out a personal preference. For me the northern Calif coast is the best. Yes, plenty rain along the coast but a short drive over the coastal mountain range and very little anual rain fall. Perfect for production of fine wines.

    Climate and physical geography diversity of California is incredible. There are very few places in the world you can go sking in the morning and surfing in the afternoon.

    Having grown up in the Sonoma valley, it will always be for me top of the list of perfect places to be. However, not the least expensive these days.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Yes there are many but as pointed out a personal preference. For me the northern Calif coast is the best. Yes, plenty rain along the coast but a short drive over the coastal mountain range and very little anual rain fall. Perfect for production of fine wines.

    Climate and physical geography diversity of California is incredible. There are very few places in the world you can go sking in the morning and surfing in the afternoon.

    Having grown up in the Sonoma valley, it will always be for me top of the list of perfect places to be. However, not the least expensive these days.
    True True Norton. I always loved California for its activity diversity. However as noted, it comes with a steep financial price, lots of over governing, rules, regs. I LOVE visiting it now. Would never want to live there again. Of course easy for me to say being I was born and raised in California and enjoyed all those things.

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    Lovely house, great location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Lovely house, great location.
    Seconded, i love the way the trees have been shaped by the prevailing wind. I've got a piccie of a lone tree that got bonsai'd due to its location in the Torres Del Paine NP in Chile see if i can dig it out.

    Looks like you are having a great time Tom, keep em coming.

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    ...after the aquarium, we stopped at the quiet little tourist trap Carmel-by-the-sea...trendy shops, streets and restaurants, one of which is Portabella where we enjoyed a tasty corn and crab bisque, creamy hummus, a satisfying chicken avocado sandwich and delicious seafood pasta...it was here that I discovered the local pinot noir Meiomi: excellent wine...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ..it was here that I discovered the local pinot noir Meiomi: excellent wine...
    The reserve from the Santa Lucia Highlands? If so we found it last year. Wow..

    Really good reds were such a treat. Being able to drink them room temperature was also a real pleasure. Happy you had or are having a great time Tom.

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    ...thanks, ao...after lunch, we pushed on to the Carmel Mission, a relic of Catholic aggression:

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    Carmel Mission
    Did you get a glimpse of Paul's spirit to make your day.

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    Excellent photos and thread.

    Don't forget to put on a wet suit if you even THINK about venturing into that freezing water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Did you get a glimpse of Paul's spirit to make your day
    ...if that spirit inspires devotional retailing in the Mission gift shop (crosses in all shapes and sizes, prayer cards for the long dead, prayer beads, inspirational plaques, portraits of Jesus, etc) he was indeed present...
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    Don't forget to put on a wet suit if you even THINK about venturing into that freezing water.
    ...never occurred to me: I don't even eat abalone...

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