What a fabulous day.

We started with the 17 mile drive at Pebble Beach.  It was a beautiful drive around the mountains and then down to the coast.  The golf courses are magnificent and the mansions houses in the area equally so.  We walked along the boardwalk that runs between the ocean and one of those amazing golf courses and after our drive and numerous stops for photographs along the way we picked up the yummiest picnic lunch EVER at the local Market before heading out of the area in search of a playground.  From memory it was $9.25 to enter the 17 mile drive.  It’s worth every penny.

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014 A proud moment.  The little man was desperate to pee and had to do it outdoors like a man … with daddy’s help of course.

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Golf anyone?  Part of the golf course looks over The Restless Sea.
The Restless Sea
The Restless Sea

Bird rock

Bird Rock
Bird Rock
Bird Rock

The Lone Cypress – next time we’ll take the little walkway out to get a closer look.
The Lone Cypress

After leaving Pebble Beach we drove until we found Veterans Memorial Park where we enjoyed a lovely picnic and play at the playground.

Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park

We had promised the kids a trip to the beach (to play, not just sightsee) before we had left the house.  Not to disappoint, despite my protests of wanting to head home, we ended up at Marina State Beach.

The surf was very angry today so we had to stay close to the kids every second, fearful of blinking at the wrong moment.   The kids had a blast though, so it was well worth us stopping there for a play.

Marina State Beach
Marina State Beach
Marina State Beach
Marina State Beach
Marina State Beach
Marina State Beach
Marina State Beach 
Marina State Beach
Marina State Beach
Marina State Beach
Marina State Beach  
Marina State Beach

A little entertainment on the beach
Marina State Beach

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Ali, Ryan and Rayna August 29, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Gorgeous photos, as always, T! I love the one of F coming down the slide with his static-hair! And the one of M in the swing…gives me a bit of anxiety, wanting to catch her, but so cute! 🙂 We miss you guys!

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Amy August 29, 2009 - 5:00 pm

ohhhh I LOVE that drive! So beautiful! And I love little Ms swimswuit- its adorable!

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cat August 29, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Absolutely lovely pictures and a great day out. So we won the rugby! Yeah! (Sorry, I just had to mention it)

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Barley Family August 29, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Ahhh I love the 17 miles drive…(eventhough when we drove it we had a crying baby in the car..it was still beautiful!). You are living in one of my most favorite areas!!! The Barley family just might show up on your doorstep one of these days! 🙂

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TUTU Monkey August 29, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Ahhhh you got some great pictures.We might follow the Barleys….:)

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Donna August 30, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Oh Tonya!! The pics of both the scenery and your family are gorgeous!! How awesome!

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? Teresa ? August 30, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Wow, your photos are amazing! It looks like you all had so much fun! Im stopping by from SITS just to share some comment love! I hope you have a wonderful week!Blessings,Teresa A link to the story of why I blog:http://toomanyheartbeats.blogspot.com/2009/07/document.html

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Sheri August 30, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Love all of your pics as usual, but especially like the one of them holding hands. I love it when my kids love each other.

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ethelmaepotter! August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Im a little late, but Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!This is one tremendously beautiful blog! ALL your loathes are my loathes, too.I was so happy to see that you had referenced your cameras – great photos, all; youre quite the artist. Ive been looking at that Canon Rebel myself; which camera do you prefer?

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Queenie Jeannie August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Wow! Awesome photos!!

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confused homemaker August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

You have a beautiful family the pictures are great.

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MamaOtwins+1 August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

these are some awesome photos

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Aleta August 31, 2009 - 5:00 pm

So cool! All of these could go in picture frames, but my favorite is your daughter with the bird flying over – perfect timing shot!

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Sharlene September 2, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I have been to Monterey so many times and never done the 17 mile drive. You have convinced me to do it next time I am there. Gorgeous pictures as usual T!

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