Sunday, December 27, 2015

2015 Carmel again Day 1

When we were in Carmel in July, we talked about coming back and bringing Jack and Tiber. We decided to fit in a short trip between Christmas and New Year's.

Up early, we were going to try and get on the road by 8 am. With some struggles getting Jack in the car, we left about 8:30 am. With a quick stop in Lathrop for gas, it took just about three and a half hours to get to the hotel. We are spending two night at the Carmel Country Inn. Amazingly, the room was ready.

After getting the car unpacked, we headed to Bistro Giovanni for a nice lunch.

After lunch, We took Tiber down to the Carmel Beach. We walked from the hotel to Ocean, down Ocean to the beach and then along the beach to the southern end and back. Tiber got to play with two other younger, smaller corgis.

From there, we walked up to the George Rodrigue Studio that was closed when we were in Carmel in July. Sharon looked at some prints and originals, but they are mostly out of our price range.

In total, we probably covered about 3 1/2 miles. Tiber started to drag a little heading back up Ocean from the beach. I had forgotten how much uphill it was.

After a nap, Sharon and I wandered down to the Carmel drug store and then to the bar at Grasings. While I am not sure that we will eat here again, we both like the bar.

The four of us finished the night with dinner at the Forge in the Forest. They allow dogs on the patio. Sharon had sole, Jack had lobster tacos, Tiber had some chicken and I had butternut squash ravioli. This was not a good meal. I am not sure what was going on. Our waiter seemed dazed and confused. At one point, he said something about two other waiters quitting. Sharon and my meals and the service were bad. I will not go here again.

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