Saturday, June 30, 2007
Oh well. The idea is simple. Make the waffle cones with waffles machines. Make the ice cream with organic and local ingredients when possible. If you need a cup/spoon instead of a cone, you can stay around and use metal ones to be washed.
The flavors rock... Vanilla Honey Lavender, Local Berries like Raspberry and Strawberry, Early Grey. Mary and I needed the chocolate, so we got "singles" (which is two scoops) with each Road to Paradise (Vanilla with Chocolate and Peanut Butter) and then she got Chocolate; I got Chocolate Banana.
Wow ... it is so nice to taste the ingredients in ice cream. To know it is freshly made. Good stuff. Highly recommended. By the way, it is well-known in the area so expect a line.
And yes, I am doing the famous "push your hair behind your ear so no one can tell you are having your picture taken in a public place" move.
And yes (part 2), we can have ice cream ... because Mary is back in her Indian cooking mood. Yes!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
I took Friday off work, so we could have a three day weekend there. However, the sun, wind and non-stop fun (plus a dash of sniffles) wore us out and we decided to head back yesterday evening for a day to chill at home.
Serious wind - Serious, serious wind. Last year, we stayed at the Woodside Campground, which is across Hwy 1 from the ocean. So, I really wanted to do the Gerstle Cove Campground this time to have the ocean view. Well, ocean view = wind ... knock you down kind of wind. Worried about the tent flying away type of wind. beat against your face, can't put anything down without securing it type of wind. Here is Sam showing the impact of the wind (this summer, I will learn how to do better video uploading, I promise):
Anyway, Friday was hike against the wind along the coast day
Friday night was struggle against the wind for traditional campfire fun.
Saturday was play in wind-blocked, sun-soaked coves.
Saturday late afternoon we returned to the campsite and decided we just weren't up to another night of getting beaten up.
OK, I tried to make it sound as miserable as I could ... just to throw in a dash of reality. If you check out the pictures, you will see we actually had a wonderful time enjoying all that the California coast has to offer.
Top 5 unique highlights from this trip:
+ Observing abalone sports harvesting and getting a shell.
+ Sam spending hours fascinated by the wildlife of one tidepool
+ The pacific sunset
+ Exploring S. Gerstle Cove all by ourselves
+ The beauty of the Russian River mouth from above
Now if you want to see pictures with actual faces, you can check out the Flickr set. (Please excuse typos in the set, I'll get back to them later.)
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
we were on this road. It is a Nevada road. It is the quintessential road. We had cats in the cab of the U-haul and a severe desire to be off the road. And in our new home in California. But first a stop in Tahoe.
Two years ago, we were at SBDNL. Getting on another road. This one was more metaphorical. We got married. A longer road. One with more curves and differing gradients.
Both of these roads have been smart paths to take. Thanks Mary, Sam and California. I am very much enjoying the ride.
Monday, June 18, 2007
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Sunday, June 17, 2007
We ended up going about 6 miles with some decent elevation change along the coast. We stopped and snacked at both some ponds inland and the beach.
Yes another beautiful beach hike. Please don't regard this as another "ego-blog-post." Just a scrapbook. We are learning that we often forget where we saw what. I can only imagine what it'll be like years from now. We are approaching a year in California. wow.
Anyway, I did Flickr this hike.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
lego-rific image found on Morguefile.com
Sunday, June 10, 2007
He did really dig the bumper car, which is less emphasized. The motor operates on a switch, so when the car rammed into something, it flipped the switch and made it go in reverse ... back and forth ... wham! wham! wham! That was cool.
Now I look forward to his experimenting with the "spider crawler" and more this summer. What will I come home to next??
Eric, remember that time I (we?) got that domino set and you got sick (how convenient) so you had to stay home and play with it without me (even though I asked you not to). But you were considerate enough to take pictures of all your domino creations that day. That was nice of you. Of course, that was back when we had to wait for pictures to be developed ... it took like a week to see your various creations. Didn't you spell my name with them once? Man, you freakin' worshiped me when we were kids!
Saturday, June 9, 2007
If you live in a large metropolitan area, you may want to check out if someone is showing the film Once. It is a tremendous reminder as to why music and film are wonderful things. I highly recommend catching this one in the theater, where the music can bathe you in the experience. Here is one of the songs from the movie played outside Sundance (and by "from" I mean totally a part of the movie in every way):
If you are not in a major metro, then you may want to add this flick to your queue now, so you don't forget.
Monday, June 4, 2007
LOL! Everyone be afraid! NOW! RUN AWAY! (I mean walk ... slowly)
Speaking of walking slowly: I am glad that this scare practice wasn't around when we first started getting up on two legs. Seriously. We would still be scurrying around on all fours ... oh wait, no we wouldn't ... we'd be dead; eaten by saber-toothed beasts.
As many of you may know, Sam has Heelys. I joked about their danger ... but seriously. He really likes them. And I'll take a happy, risk-taking child any day.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Therefore, I grew-up thinking delicious, fresh-off-the boat, cheap seafood was an absolute. Then I moved just a mere one state over to Texas. They eat cow - and that's for a reason. Then Chicago; they eat pig- and that's for a reason. So, I was quite excited when we moved here to the Bay Area and the proximity to the ocean.
However, the seafood is not as common here as I expected (although we had some AMAZING oysters yesterday for Mary's birthday.) But don't be fooled, San Francisco is not a true seafood area. They eat wine and cheese - and that's for a reason.
Maryland. THEY know seafood. And here is proof:
Sam branched out and tried the shrimp and even some crab legs:
After two rounds of crabcakes, I tried a crab louie salad:
All the seafood was mouthwatering...
Did Sam eat the whole thing (a la Melinda Mae)? or is he about to be eaten by the skeleton megatooth?
Anyway, I just went through the pictures and clicked "Add to Flickr" with little rhyme or reason. When I hit 50, I stopped. This is just the "Big Day," the Sunday of going to the garden, lunch, boating and dinner. The goal was mainly to get pictures up for attendees and non-attendees alike.
Click here for the Flickr set.
And here ends blog post #500.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
We had a European morning. First, a chat with my mom, then off to our local French bakery.
For a bowl of mocha (perfect for warming the hands on a chilly, foggy morning.)
"What do you have there, little child?"Mmmmm, quiches for Sam and Mary,
and a Croque Monsieur for the Monsieur.
For her birthday, I grew a beard (oh and gave
Later this weekend, I'll get our pictures from Maryland up. Thanks Eric and Sarah for getting yours up and Mary for the video.
I got a few snapshots of him playing with it. (Flickr improved its slideshow; unfortunately, I am not posting unique titles or descriptions, but it is good to know.)