We have the good fortune to live about ten minutes from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz, which is at the North end of Monterey Bay on a lovely piece of California coastline.
One of the places that we drove to on Sunday afternoons when the older children were younger is the Monterey Peninsula at the South end of the Bay. It is home of Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row” (the world’s best portrait in words of a party), the charming village of Carmel, where Clint Eastwood was Mayor for a time, Point Lobos State Park and the rocky headlands of Pacific Grove.
Our typical Sunday afternoon would include the parents window-shopping and café-ing in Carmel, and the children rock scrambling in Pacific Grove.
These early negatives have suffered a bit (all of the negatives in this roll have been through the wars), but there are other neat pictures taken at the same spot during this lovely family day out, one of Daphné and one of Tom.
Jumping forward to 2004, for a visit to Point Lobos State Park, a gorgeous slip of coast just south of the Monterey peninsula. We visited with an older and bigger Tom as well as Charlie and Alex, and with the new digital camera to avoid problems with negatives.
Below are the walkers, except for Marie-Hélène, who took the shot. The marked paths in the State Park make for safe and easy hiking.
And below again is the inevitable rock scrambling, which still evokes as much
excitement as it did years ago when the older children first discovered it.