Holiday Salutations

We had not seen this abandoned dam fill with water in a long time. This was a welcome sight! (C) Likeitiz

We had not seen this abandoned dam fill with water in a long time. This was a welcome sight! (C) Likeitiz

On Christmas morning, my hubby wanted to go for a morning walk. We’re at an age now where, no matter how late we nod off to slumberland the night before, we still get up at the same time. Bright and early too! 

Spotted a cluster of healthy thriving cacti along the path. (c) Likeitiz

Spotted a cluster of healthy thriving cacti along the path. (c) Likeitiz

Since we were going for a family brunch in Half Moon Bay, my hubby thought we’d treat Beau to breakfast and a family walk. Daughter was up too, reading her book in bed. So we all bundled up and made our way up the road and onto Jacaranda Circle.

We let Beau run around off-leash. There were no other early morning walkers in the area.

We let Beau run around off-leash. There were no other early morning walkers in the area.

Less than a mile away was a nondescript entry into the back woods. As we gingerly maneuvered around soft muddy earth, leftover puddles, and a few felled trees, we were rewarded with clear skies peering over an old abandoned dam that was now generously filled with rain water.  There were signs of work being done on the trails. There were freshly shredded wood chips that smelled like childhood classroom-issue pencils.

Here's a panoramic shot of the Dam and its surrounds. (c) Likeitiz

Here’s a panoramic shot of the Dam and its surrounds. (c) Likeitiz

After the brisk walk, we got ready for Christmas brunch at Half Moon Bay. The decor was lively all throughout with Nutcracker embellishments everywhere. Steadfast tin soldiers stood stiffly flanking doorways. Life-size gingerbread houses covered in peppermint candy and fruit drops were favorite photo-op spots. St. Nicks in their rich red robes and flowing white beards roamed the corridors, greeting excited toddlers and parents.

And of course, there was the food. After the mimosa toast, we all walked leisurely to the stations. The spread was divine. (Unfortunately, we all forgot to immortalize the finds. All except for the dessert plate. Here’s what it looked like when my sister brought her plate to the table.

Too many choices, too little time. And stomach space, really!  (C) Likeitiz

Too many choices, too little time. And stomach space, really! Photo Credit (C) Manette Roxas

And here’s what was left after she demolished and savored:

After the tasting and enjoying!  Everything was just so good! Thank you, to the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay!  photo credit (C) Manette Roxas

After the tasting and enjoying! Everything was just so good! Thank you, to the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay! photo credit (C) Manette Roxas

I know I’ve been absent from the blogosphere a lot in the recent months. For this, I sincerely apologize. I will try harder in the coming year.

Happy Holidays to all of you!

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6 Responses to Holiday Salutations

  1. prior says:

    that plate was fun to see the before and after!
    and you know, we have not been able to get shots of our food at so many meals – and well part of it is because it is hard to “immortalize” it sometimes – I know folks whip our cameras all the time, but sometimes we just have to not… or just can;t – or forget to – lol but Jim Gaffigan was also talking about this in one of his skits – he said (something like this) “remember when you went out to eat and you just ate your food….” ha!

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  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    What an amazing dessert plate! Happy New Year 🙂

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  3. markbialczak says:

    What a lovely morning walk and meal. Happy holidays!

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  4. This was worth the wait! Happy New Year!

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