How I Spent My Day

I had been looking forward to today so much that I could almost taste it in my mouth.  For a change I had announced that I was not going to be available on this day. I would be busy. I was not going to work.

We had planned on going for a hike, preferably somewhere we have not been. Somewhere where we could take Beau with us. But it would have to be only for the day. Maybe a little  into the evening, if we were having fun.

My Birthday Flowers: Lipstick Red Roses from my hubby; Photo Credit (c) Likeitiz

My Birthday Flowers: Lipstick Red Roses from my hubby; Photo Credit (c) Likeitiz

And so, my day started with some Lipstick Red Roses handed to me the night before by my hubby.  Sealed with a kiss, as they say!

This morning, we loaded the car with hiking boots, water, backpacks, Beau’s treats, bags, bowl, blanket, and leash.  Then, we were off bright and early, heading south on Hwy 280. Then on to Hwy 101 and then Hwy 1 until we hit the exit to Carmel Valley.

We thought we’d get to know the valley, now that we have decided to keep a place not too far away for respite from the humdrum of work life.  We drove up to Garland Ranch Regional Park.  It was sunny and not too warm. There was a pleasant breeze.  The hike was easy to moderate. There was the series of steep ascents on the Waterfall Trail. Then we went on to the Mesa Trail and followed the signs until we came down the mountain and looped back to the visitor center.

Carmel Valley Hike on Garland Ranch Regional Park, June 12, 2014; Photo Credit (c) Likeitiz

Carmel Valley Hike on Garland Ranch Regional Park, June 12, 2014; Photo Credit (c) Likeitiz

It was great! It was grand! Then we spent the afternoon having a lazy late lunch at Quail Lodge.

What a day!  They say that we should celebrate our special day such that every day for the next 365 days would be an affirmation of that day. Well, I’m all for that!

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12 Responses to How I Spent My Day

  1. auntyuta says:

    Wishing you many Happy Returns, dear Mary-Ann. Sounds like this outing was a perfect way to spend your birthday. And the Lipstick Red Roses are sensational! 🙂

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  2. seeker says:

    What a perfect day for a birthday girl. Happy Birthday!

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  3. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Happy birthday lovely Gemini!

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  4. Wonderful day you shared with a thoughtful man. Missed your Blog. So nice to see it again.

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  5. litadoolan says:

    Beautiful roses. Such a stunning variety. Gorgeous!

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  6. What a pretty place! I’m so glad you got to do something fun and Beau got to go, too. And those roses are amazing, I don’t think I’ve ever seen those.

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