Friday, January 31, 2014

Last Romantic Day of our Big Sur Vacation

If you missed the first day of our trip (to Carmel, Highway 1, and Big Sur), check it out HERE. And the second day (to San Simeon, Cambria, and then back to Big Sur) HERE.

Sunday morning we woke up and packed up our tent. I know I am always the one documenting things by way of photographs, but I promise I'm an expert "Tent Taker-Downer" and "Tent Putter-Upper". Don't you like my fancy titles? Feel free to be impressed. In all actuality, I took the entire tent down by myself, while hubby deflated our mattress, and then he just came and made it fit in the bag (I'm really bad at that part! Every time I fold it - it's too big to fit!).

Then we hopped in the car and started our journey back to Carmel for Starbucks and breakfast sandwiches.
We spent the morning on the beach. We probably spent an hour or two just walking around the beach. It was the most perfect weather - probably mid 60's. We SERIOUSLY lucked out!
We walked from one end of the beach to the other (probably a couple miles!):
As we walked, we looked at houses we'd want to buy when we retire. Both my hubby and I DREAM about retiring in one of those homes on the ocean.
At the end of the little strip of sand were rocks with a few small tide pools, and then once you crossed that - there was a beautiful little strip of beach that was completely empty and private. We spent a good amount of time hanging out there!
We hadn't planned on spending so much time on the beach. Initially we thought we'd go for about 30 minutes and then get back in the car and spend the day exploring other things - but it was too much fun and the weather was so perfect - we ended up throwing out our plans and just enjoying our last few hours together!
Here was that little private stretch of sand:
We couldn't pass up an opportunity to write our names in the sand! Unfortunately, we weren't smart and wrote the names in a way that when we tried to photograph them, we kept casting a shadow over our names. So this is the best photo we could get!
After our Carmel Beach walk, we got back in the car and drove home. We drove through Salinas (where John Steinbeck was born and raised). We then came home, unpacked the car, and showered. 

And then we were reunited with our kids!!! 

It was such a great weekend, filled with romance, time, and friendship - laughter and bonding! It ended quickly, but it's so important to a marriage to nurture that relationship. I've said this before, but my kids some day are going to have their own families...at some point we're going to retire...and my husband is going to be the one left by my side. And I want him there. So my job as his wife is to carve out time to nurture our marriage so that we can be married for the REST OF OUR LIVES. 

It's hard to carve out the time, but I am so thankful that my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law gave us the gift of time! 

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