Monday, June 23, 2008
Yes...you read correctly!! I have now YURTED in Big Sur, thanks to my darling best friend, Adrien! We started out on Saturday Morning, through obscene sightings (will get into more of that WAY later...*wink Adrien*), major lighting storms which inturn caused a MAJOR fire along the coastline on the Historic 1 Highway. We drove past the beginnings of the fire. Any later, we would have had to turn around and go all the way around which would have set us back by 4-5 hours. Right after we drove through they shut down that part of the Highway one and it still has not reopened as to date. WHEW! Thank goodness the YURT gods were with us!
We arrived to this wonderful place, tucked away in the meadows above the ocean. Since, we both have never been we were excited and really nervous at the same time,too! Adrien had planned 'Our FIRST over night' Mystery Trip. The place is called TreeBones Resort. Luxury yurt resort. Fantastic sleeping quarters. In our yurt we had a lovely queen size bed and a very comfortable futon with a very thick mattress.
A waffle breakfast is included (you make you own), which is highly addictive fun. I actually looked forward to making it every morning. And they serve the most delicious gourmet meals. One night we had Baked Salmon & Chipotle Chicken and another night we had Blackened Maui Maui & Grilled Garlic Tri-Tip. Utterly, fabulous. The meals were decadent and scrumptious. And it really made you feel as if you were at a full service (there is service but it is not total full service, you still share a communinal shower/bathroom) resort at meal times.
There were times when we each wanted to do our 'own' thing. I wanted to enjoy our fabulous view from the lodge's back patio, which had a exquisite wooden bar-type piece which was carried from one end to the other end of the patio. It is where I gathered my thoughts from the days events and savored the view with a delightful cup(s) of decaf (SLO town coffee, great stuff). Feeling the ocean breeze on my face and taken on some of the sun. Smelling the ocean air and letting my thoughts run ramped ed all the while listening to 'let-your-mind-slip-away' songs. I let my imagination run amok.
Or rest in between activites!
Once done with dinner, we enjoyed watching the sunset. Here are some great shots with one of the yurts.
And then we played a roaring game of RACK-O! In the TreeBones Lodge. Which unfortantly, Adrien won ALL THE GAMES!
I wanted to show this to you, to show the detail of even the inside roof of the yurt!
This is Highway 1 going to Cambria. We went into Cambria on Sunday late morning through the afternoon. We stopped at several Vista's along the way. The Shop's in Cambria are just darling and each with so much history. If you ever get the chance one must try to have lunch in this sweet little town and browse the little shops.
This is where we bought the most fablous sourdough loaf. We actually had it with our dinner back at the Yurt lodge. Yummy!
Some local decided to drive in to town for some lunch. Here is his 'driving around town doing errands' car! isn't that NICE!
Our way into Cambria was alot of fun too. We wanted to stretch our legs for a minute so decided to pull into a Vista point. When we happened across a HUGH Elephant Seal generation. Basking on the beach or letting each other know the other is boss. They are pretty aggrssive and that's why there are barriers. But, still fantactic to watch.
I saw this piece of art atop a wooden post at one of the Vista's, and Adrien suggested to snap photo. So, I did. And now I have to say this piece/shot represents quite a lot to me now when I look at it. To me it's nature simply at it's best!
And another favorite shot of the trip! Adrien just lost in her thoughts while walking and enjoying the ocean's surf.
On our way home, which was going to be a long haul, and trust me IT WAS! We decided to stop one last time at one of the Vista points. When Adrien and I both stepped out of the car, quickly we were being surrounded by ground squirrels. They followed us around all the way around the car. Poor Adrien was trying to get back in to the car when one little fellow looked as if he was going to hitch a ride. EEEEKkkkkk! So, she jumped in tossed me the car keys so I could open up the back and grab the last bit of sourdough as a ploy to move them away from the car. As soon, as a I had the bag....then there was 10 of them all standing on their hinds quarters waiting...just waiting for the first morsel to be thrown. BOLD little suckers!
By the time we were four hours in, let's just say....THANK GOD...for portable CD players! Due to Mother Nature's temper, we had to be diverted to the longest route availble back to Elk Grove. Not particulally the way I wanted to end the trip, but of course, being who I am made the best of a bad scenrio. I am sure nothing a good stretch and a good nights sleep couldn't cure.
I for one, will be left with incrediable memories of the belly rolling laughter. The deep thought evoked talks only two best friends could share. Just good all around fun. It was a great way to decompress with someone who I cherish and love dearly! I just wanted to take the time here to thank Adrien from the bottom of my heart for a fantastic memory building mystery trip! I am glad we shared this time together, I will cherish it for a life time.
If you want more great info on this resort, please come enjoy the site, at TreeBones Resort.
With much love,
Posted by Robyn Haas at 10:05 PM