Barking Mad in Monterey

Hi from one of the wealthiest places in California and the whole of the USA. I’m in Monterey and Pacific Grove, close to Pebble Beach.

This morning as I took an early morning walk along a scenic park by the ocean, admiring the beautiful homes and manicured lawns, I wondered why I tend to get mesmerised by such ‘things’. I love buildings and architecture, and views of shorelines, but I did find myself once again wondering could I live here. In my search for meaning and happiness, when am I going to realize that aesthetically pleasing buildings and views do not make a spiritual ‘home’?

Later as I explored other parts of Monterey, I found the commercial wharf – home of fishermen, seagulls, and pelicans. As I walked closer to take some photographs, I heard some strange sounds. Was that barking? To my delight, as I leaned over the wharf guard rail, I saw a seal … and then another … and another. They appeared to be swimming in pairs. Maybe it’s mating season, since Spring seems to come early here in California.

Lots of photos … of pretty flowers, trees and creatures (great and small) … are on the camera waiting to be downloaded.

Photos and video coming later, promise
Maybe some more musings on searching for meaning, too.

Happy 2010 to all creatures great and small

From all here in Redwood Valley, we send you special wishes for a healthy and environmentally friendly New Year. From our resident bear, llama pair, and vintage 1971 YesWeCan CamperVan …..

…  from deep down in this beautiful Redwood
forest, we wish you all a Happy New Year !!!

Day 4: 18 December – more of Ashland

Today over breakfast at the Wild Goose Cafe in Ashland, I was not only impressed with my super breakfast but also with the artwork on display. It’s the work of one of the waitresses, Toni DeMello, whose art is striking in its portrayal of the faces of animals as you can see below.

Toni was happy to talk to us about her paintings and, beginning in January 2010, her work will be one of several new artists whose work will be displayed at, an on-line gallery selling a variety of media created by emerging artists. A percentage of sales will be donated to non-profits working in the field of environmental protection and energy conservation.

I almost forgot to mention that Toni is a fan of old VW vans – she had just sold her 1971 ‘restoration project’ to a friend who is excited to start the project. She came outside to say hello to the YesWeCan CamperVan before saying bon voyage!

[written by Carole, the driver]

'Wolf' by Toni DeMello

Toni's artcards

Toni's display at the cafe