If spontaneity is the spice of life,
our little road trip on Sunday was a mediterranean street festival on wheels –
a true feast for the tongue, delight for the nose, treat for the eye, and a joy for the spirit.
The first stop on our adventure was
Before entering the mission,
we went into the San Juan Bakery and Grocery for a pick-me-up.
And what goes better with a cup of coffee than a ginormous Bavarian crème donut?
Fully fueled, we strolled through the museum,
taking in the mood of mission life at the turn of the 19th century,
and into the church
the Monarch Sanctuary in Pacific Grove
Besides being smitten by these three beauties
the crowd was mesmerized by the thousands of butterflies
(7,874 to be exact, according to the count they made on Monday, January 26th)
floating and flitting,
flapping and fluttering, clustering and resting throughout the grove.
When these five sat still enough to be admired,
Ann managed to capture their magnificence
Once we had our fill of danaus plexippos, we headed farther south, down 17-Mile Drive.
The toll road hugs the coast, sporting views beyond words
After a late lunch in Carmel-by-the-Sea
we headed home again, but not without saying good night to an exquisite day