Last weekend I decided to forget all about the millions of things I've been putting off that I need to do around the house and take off towards the west coast for the day. I wanted to bring a dog with me since they don't get out very much, but 280 pounds of dogs attempting to pull me in three different directions didn't sound like something I wanted to experience. Dora was the lucky winner so she came with me for a girls' day out. I feel bad for her sometimes because the boys are always paling around together and she is more of a loner. I thought it would be nice to get her away from them for the day and splash around at the beach.
Our first stop was Morrow Bay, where they have an awesome dog beach. Dora and I had gone to the beach in Carmel before, but it was super crowded and we are more of the solitude-seeking type. It was foggy and grey when we got there, but it was still beautiful. We saw people riding horses on the beach, walked through lots of interesting sea life and other fodder that washed up on the shore, met other friendly dogs, ran around and got our feet wet in the water, and had all sorts of fun. She was so happy! I was afraid that she might be uncomfortable being away from the other dogs, but she couldn't have cared less. She tried digging a hole to China, then decided to give up and roll around in it. I asked her to keep sand off our our blanket, but within minutes it was pretty much buried. I'm pretty sure she'll have sand up her nose and in her ears for weeks to come.
I loved watching her play so much that I decided to use our trip as the theme for this week's plate:
It's a big world out there!
Our adventure begins....
Too many rules...
Foggy and grey but still beautiful!
Salt water tastes bad.
But it is sure fun to splash around in!
Some much needed exercise...for both of us!
Dora's new friend, Diamond.
Let's dig to China!
Nah, let's dig a hole and roll around in it instead...
And see if we can bury the blanket in the process.
After Morrow Bay, we took a drive up Route 1 which runs parallel to the coastline. I couldn't resist the urge to pull over and get this picture of these cows that are lucky enough to live by the sea. It was so cold and windy and I almost got blown over.
There is a place to stop and watch elephant seals near Cambria. I loved these things when I saw them a few years ago in Oregon so I had to see them again. They are huge blobs of blubber that just bask in the sun all day. Occasionally two of them will argue with each other, but then they lay right back down and go to sleep again. I'm going to go back in January when supposedly they are having babies. That has got to be a sight to see!
We stopped for gas in Big Sur and found this homemade no parking sign. Hmmm.
And a real live working payphone! What an antique!
Once we reached Monterrey it was getting late, but we were able to catch one last walk on the beach before heading home. Then we stopped at McDonalds and Dora and I shared some chicken McNuggets. Nutritious meal for both of us, I know, but you only live once and it was a special day.
Ever since our trip, Dora has been so happy. She has been extra affectionate and just seems to have a better attitude. I think we'll be doing this more often!
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