Day two -more driving
I’m wondering how long I can build suspense here….
Being on the road changes the usual schedule quite radically. The sounds of plumbing and car doors slamming have Sissy commenting on all of them. Enough to wake me at some ungodly hour. Then comes the decision of which route to tackle through the frenzy of the San Francisco Bay Area. I lived there for years, but these days the insane pace is more than I care to deal with. It also means there are less opportunities to shoot pictures.
I opted to skirt the North-Eastern edge of San Pablo Bay, hoping for a more sedate pace. Alas, even this area has sprouted more development than I could have imagined since the mid-70s when I’d meander what used to be back roads.
San Pablo has a Wildlife Refuge in the marshes, but with no convenient places to pull over to shoot the birds or other forms of wildlife. It looked like the best access might have been by boat. Then there was the hazy sky. I have no way of knowing if that’s become a given caused by the spread of “civilization”, or just a bad sky day as I drove through.
I was pushed along by the heavy traffic down to Seaside where I was once again back on the coast. Seaside was a shock, unrecognizable from my memory of a rather sleepy little stretch when I last saw it around the early to mid-70s. I finally arrived at my destination: the Carmel Mission Inn which was to serve as the base for the coming Photo Workshop.
This was not a photo shooting day for me. If you’re interested, the above link provides some excellent visuals of the place where I’d be staying for the next six days. However, they didn’t do justice to what greeted me as I opened the door to my room…..
Very bad shot, I know…. but I was mesmerized by the feeling of being under the sea with that great mural over the bed…. and the colors……
I spent the rest of the day getting settled in, taking Sissy for a walk and finding food (which had been a bit hit or miss while on the road). Not wanting to get back in the car, it was convenient to have the Barnyard Shopping Center adjoining the Inn. Great sandwiches at Eric’s Deli for lunch and a pet friendly dinner out on the patio at Bahama Billy’s. The next day begins the photo workshop……
(Whoa… that’s probably more text than I’ve done in a week of normal blogging! 😯 )