Summertime Beachtime

Since quitting my job, I have approached life differently. I feel less burdened by convention, more willing to try new things. I’ve also made a conscious effort to stop living life on hold. I don’t know how long this period of flexibility (two jobs, flexible scheduling) will last, and I feel like I must take advantage of the opportunity.

Translation: work hard. play hard.
(As opposed to work hard, think hard about playing but sleep on the couch instead).

This summer, we’ve been reacquainting ourselves with California’s beautiful beaches. It has been lovely!

Pomponio State Beach, Pescadero
For the Fourth of July, we ate Arcangeli’s garlic artichoke bread (the real reason I wanted to venture to Pescadero) on the beach and ran into old friends, Esmeralda and Jaime.

Capitola Beach, Capitola
I can’t believe I’d never been here before. Carter loved playing with his bestie, Massi (he can’t say Matthew yet), sneaking over to sit in some random stranger’s pink beach chair, and watching the junior lifeguards workout on the beach.

Cowell Ranch Beach, Half Moon Bay
Carter and Massi are the best beach buds. Also, someone in our group had this incredible, inflatable, lounging contraption and I’m determined to get one too.

Santa Barbara
Continuing this summer’s tradition of semi-spontaneous adventures, we road-tripped down to Santa Barbara with my mom and step-dad. It was theoretically, a beach trip. However, true to form, we spent more time eating than we did beaching. My mom sampled almost every flavor of ice cream at McConnell’s before the poor server had to cut her off. She ordered FOUR scoops of ice cream for herself. So, in case there was any question, she is the source of my gluttonous eating genes.

Summertime is the best.

One Night in AirBnb’s Number One Listing

I stumbled upon AirBnb’s number one listing while looking up places for a weekend trip with my family. Lo and behold! It was only an hour from my home! There was one night open in a sea of months booked solid! I had to book it.

Kudos to me for making a semi-spontaneous plan…just three weeks in advance. It’s progress. I was pretty proud.

Kitty and Michael, builders of the Mushroom Dome, are pretty awesome. They built their entire house, the Mushroom Dome and the Hummingbird Haven. They gave us goat milk. They’ve let several people build tiny homes on their land to prevent homelessness. There seem to be hundreds of hummingbirds swooping around their home. Kitty is a social activist with inspiring stories. The morning we were there, she saved a grove of redwood trees from being chopped down by PG&E, then offered us a free night in their Hummingbird Haven because of the chainsaw noise. Rad.

After a peaceful evening, we relaxed all morning then hit up the beach after lunch. Cheers to amazing people, beautiful weather, and semi-spontaneity!

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The Mushroom Dome Cabin
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Morning nap in the loft bed
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Carter the walrus
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Fun times at the beach
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No trip to Santa Cruz is complete with a stop at Marianne’s!