A disclaimer: truth be told, this post is not actually about a bicycle built for two. At all. But in my twisted sort of mind, a bicycle built for two is the extreme picture of romance. I picture riding through the lavender fields of southern France (been there) on a bike (done that) with head tilted back in laughter and arms spread wide in freedom, while the love continues to peddle hard from behind with a big, wide smile of adoration spread across his face. And it’s fun and it’s free and it’s teamwork, and the old Disney song, “A Bicycle Built For Two” plays in the background.
So while Saturday didn’t technically involve a bicycle built for two, it was a bicycle built for two kind of day.
We try to save a weekend or two every couple of months, in which nothing is scheduled, but it’s just “us” time. And while this one had been on the calendar, plans still hadn’t been made – so I prepared myself for a weekend of football (him) and DIY projects (me), though I not-so-secretly wanted us to be intentional with each other and not just with our respective activities. Well, lo and behold, come Friday, James informed me that we were going on a secret all-day date day the next day. And this, my friends, is the BEST to me. In the last two years of knowing each other more and more and more, this we’ve figured out: James doesn’t like surprises. Cara loves surprises. So how do we meet in the middle? James plans said perfect surprise for Cara, and all is well. He doesn’t have to be surprised, and she gets to be surprised. Life is beautiful.
With Mr. Darcy in tow, we left at 8 Saturday morning and drove south till we reached this place:
James had found that there’s a walking path through the Cannery Row area in Monterey that leads to Pacific Grove, and he knew that’d be perfect for our little day of adventure. I’d known to wear shoes I could walk in but also look cute, and minus a blister received from a rock that lodged in said “cute” flats, all was well for walking the trail with the hubs and the dog that day.
And we saw seals!
All in all, we probably walked about four or five miles that day, then stopped for lunch at a little outdoor cafe. After that, we headed down to the posh, dog-friendly city of Carmel, where I was kindly asked to save the paycheck and to not get too excited about all the art. So I bought myself a tea towel.
We cheered on my friend Jessika, who’s the amazing Salinas YL area director…
And we of course took some family shots…
Finally, we then took a detour at Ventana Vineyards, trying to kill time before we ended the evening at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing. This is by far my favorite fish place on the west coast, although I’m selfishly sad that it’s not just a secret, locals-only type of joint anymore. The place was packed to the GILLS when we arrived in the 5 o’clock hour that day. I kind of want to road trip back there right now…
All in all, it as a LOVELY day, to say the least. So, are you an “I love surprises!” or a “Let me be the surprise-bringer” type of person? What would your perfect day of surprise entail?