On Friday, July 5th, we headed out for our second day of adventures! As I mentioned last post, Violet didn't sleep much the night before, so we were relieved when she went right to sleep as soon as we buckled her into her car seat that morning. She slept for about an hour while I navigated some pretty scary hairpin turns on the craziest part of the PCH that we encountered on our trip.
After about an hour of driving, we got to Bixby Bridge! It is beautiful, but you really just get out of the car and take a picture, and then there isn't really anything left to do but get back in the car. We knew it was going to be a quick stop to just stretch our legs, so we weren't disappointed.
We went a little crazy with the panorama setting on our camera on the second day of the trip, so I'll try to only post the best of those :)
Our next stop was at Point Lobos, and it was probably my favorite place we saw the whole trip! It is a big nature preserve where wildlife is abundant. We hiked about a mile in to get to "Sea-lion cove". The sea-lions were too far out to see well, but the seals were really close! They are on that rock behind Violet and I in the next picture. We continued to hike down, and ended up on that little gray beach you see on the right.
Violet is thrilled to be getting her picture taken with me, as usual.
We didn't take any pictures of the next place we stopped: Carmel-by-the-sea. It is just a really quaint, touristy town, with lots of antique stores and pricey boutiques. We ate at a landmark restaurant there called Katy's Place. It was delicious, and their specialty was breakfast-all-day, so of course Glenn was thrilled! Ironically though, he ended up getting a hamburger, and I got biscuits and gravy.
We made it to our hotel on the Monterey Peninsula by 3 o'clock that afternoon. No nap for Violet again, but we did get to explore the peninsula that afternoon. This lighthouse is one of the main attractions there, but I guess it closes at 4, so it was all gated in once we walked over there. But we took a picture with it anyway...
If there is a beach, Violet can entertain herself, so of course we spent a little more time on the beach that afternoon.
I just can't tell you how relieved I was when Violet went to bed that night at 7:30. And then I was even more relieved when she slept all the way til 6:30. She was like a different person the next day, with a good night's rest behind her.
And if I had to guess, I would say that Violet's favorite thing she saw on this whole trip was probably this dolphin statue in the hallway outside our hotel room: