An unusual “Birthday Holiday” in Pacific Grove, California.

Our daughter Bronwyn and her daughter Edie were both born on January 27th. We arranged to stay for several days at the Lighthouse Hotel.

They arrived from Sacramento while we drove up from San Luis Obispo- missing most of the Holiday traffic. Our rooms, were on the second floor and had a balcony. You overlook the cemetery, deer, golf course, and see, hear and smell the ocean. You can walk most everywhere and we did.

Steve took this picture and in the distance you can see the ocean. It was roaring and very hard to talk over the grumbling… but make sure you’re safe from the wildly hit golf balls!

Steve asked a trail walker to take our pictures and she arranged us so that we could move around and she could get the trail and the ocean within the sight lines.

There were many honking “Seals” on the rocks below. The white blobs were also seals- I thought at first they were mushrooms or whipped cream- but I was wrong. Turns out that baby Harp Seals are born with a white or yellowish color and stay that way for a couple months. Guess why Dana, their dog, was pulling on the leash…


Bronwyn and Steve were getting closer to the edge of the sea, but Mike yelled out, “Watch it! We didn’t bother to bring towels!”

We went to Fandangos for dinner and here is the view of the restaurant from the parking lot.

This was the entrance, it has been here over 50 years and has a wonderful reputation.

Edie and her friend, Eleanor, decided to stay at the hotel with the dog and order in.

This is the four of us at the dinner table celebrating a family dinner and birthday, with the kids doing their thing. I look sad because the holiday music was very loud in my ears and it made me frown. But it doesn’t show me smiling afterward when the waiter gallantly came over and turned it down.

After this meal we walked around a bit of downtown and loved the trees wrapped with Christmas lights.

A fitting end to lovely birthdays and Christmas.

About carolinebotwin

Caroline Botwin and her husband Mike are retired educators who have always had a yen for travelling: he with a PH.D and teaching Architectural Engineering plus California wine education, and she having taught high school English, speech and drama. Both wanted to learn first hand about other cultures. While Mike predominately studied buildings and structures and met with winemakers, Caroline hunted for ancient sites and peoples. And kept journals of all their travels.
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