Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday goes to California

Susan is hosting yet another Outdoor Wednesday (click on the link on my sidebar to join the others) & for my post I want to take all of us that live in land & whisk you away to the Pacific Ocean. Talk about OUTDOOR WONDERS! As so many of you know I just came back from the central coast of California & I fell in love with the area & the people. So come join me & enjoy this beauty. The colors all POP! Seems like a huge color wheel. The Bluest Blues!
Can you hear the waves crash against the rocks?
These were all taken as we drove up Hwy.1 between Cambria & Carmel. With our convertible top down we had wind in our hair & smiles on our faces.
Long way down! Look at the contrast of colors in that water.
Breathtaking!

This is the beach in Carmel. As I stood out here & marveled at this beauty, the spray blew in my face & I loved every minute of it! I brought a zip lock bag for sand & much to my surprise... the sand was not like any sand I had ever seen. It was actually just thousands of tiny rocks.
Close your eyes for just a minute & see if you can feel the spray on your face?
Looking toward Carmel.
And after a quick return trip back to Cambria (using Hwy 101 not Hwy.1) we got back just in time to see the sky turn all kinds of beautiful colors as we pull into where we were going to eat two doors down from our hotel.
Do you love these colors?

Time to order a bottle of wine, clam chowder, & a shrimp salad. What a view but, thank goodness for the heaters overhead.
I hope all of you "land lubbers" enjoyed this little bit of paradise! Thank you for joining me.

30 comments:

Maryrose said...

One of my favorite places and you captured it magnificently. Thanks for sharing and Happy Outdoor Wednesday.
Maryrose

Amy said...

Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing.

amy@maisonbelle

ellen b. said...

Charlene! I'm glad you got to drive along the Pacific. We spent a night of our honeymoon in Carmel so many moons ago! Beautiful photos. Happy O.W. to you!

Cynthia said...

What fabulous pics! Is this along the Big Sur? My hubby and I were there 3 years ago and it was so awesome and breathtaking. Thanks for sharing these, Cindy

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Charlene,
I can see why you fell in love with the California Coast, beautiful pictures just beautiful. Thank you for sharing,
Sue

Jadehollow said...

Charlene,
I've never been to the west coast.. Thank you for sharing it's beauty.
Debbie

Alisa said...

Beautiful photos, Charlene! I hear Carmel is a fantastic town. I'm really hoping to plan a trip to San Francisco soon... we'll see.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Charlene, it is beautiful. Thanks for sharing all those with us.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

Barb

Marie said...

Charlene-
You're right, those photos that you took are absolutely breathtaking!
-marie

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Loved the photos, I'v only seen the ocean once in California and only then a short time. Nothing like what you saw. That was wonderful. So glad you captured it in pictures for all of us.
Talk to you later.
Smiles,
Pat

kbbryant said...

I live in California but it has been years since I have been to Carmel. My sister spent Sunday and Monday there this week. You shared some lovely photos.

Kathy b

Wren Cottage said...

Hi Charlene!! My oh my, what a beautiful post!! I've never been but I pretended and closed my eyes and did feel the salt spray and the wind... ahhhh .... glorious!!
I enjoyed reading about all your crafting adventures, what a blast that class must have been!! wow!!
Hope you are doing well, so nice to visit and catch up with ya'!
Take Care!!
xo Madai

Amy said...

The ocean photos are just beautiful. I love the ocean! Amy

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I haven't seen the ocean in so long!! I was born in California and raised in Washington state, now live in Georgia. Those are beautiful pictures - thanks for sharing them!

Manuela

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Charlene! What gorgeous pictures of the coastline! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Painter's Place said...

These pics are beautiful. I've never been to California, but I would love to go.

Candy said...

Breath-taking moments on the coast. I was once in Carmel, maybe 20 years ago. What an awesome time you had at the workshop. I am glad you were able to attend. Drill, Baby, Drill.
Makes me happy that you and Pat have become friends.
Easter Blessings, Candy

Elisabeth said...

Fabulous photographs...wow...thank you for sharing.

Cathy said...

Stunning!!! I love California...one of God's great wonders!!!
Have a wonderful day!!!
XOXO
Cathy

The Joy of Nesting said...

Hi Charlene,

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Thanks for the "egg" suggestion also, but I have to find the eggs first :) Easter is not celebrated here with bunnies, colored eggs, and baskets :( Next year!!

Beautiful pictures of the Pacific coast. My most favorite place in the world. Looks a lot like it does here only it's much warmer here and the sunsets are much bigger. Come for a visit any time!!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting Hershey Gardens. I glad you did or I would have never seen your great shots of California. I have never been west of Denver. Perhaps someday. Until then, I'll enjoy wonderful photos like these.

Grammy said...

Awesome Photos! Thanks for taking me to California.
Have a great week.

once in a blue moon... said...

oh THAT WAS FABULOUS! you made it to carmel by the sea too, terriic trip for you! i lived in carmel and miss it so much, i know that shoreline so well...

sunnymama said...

What a majestic place! Absolutely fantastic pictures!

Allie said...

Beautiful photos! It looks like you had a FABULOUS time!! Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend!!
~Allie

CIELO said...

Wow, gorgeous views and photographs... may you and yours be blessed this Easter, sweet Charlene... and may you experience the love and peace of God...

Hugs

cielo

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Wow...gorgeous pics! Looks like so much fun...just beautiful!
Susan

TiffanyJane said...

Oh Wow!!!!!!!!!!! Those pictures are just Beautiful.....
Heavenly!!!!!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Those are beautiful photos! I'm so close to there...I need to go more often! I think I'll have to go again soon!!!

sonia said...

Oh my goodness! I just returned from a trip there too. It is so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos on your blog.
My three favorite spots were Carmel, Pebble Beach, and Sausalito.
I followed you from View From The Pines.
Blessings,
Sonia (new to blogland)

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