In Monterey, the action’s on the water — if you can get there

In Monterey, the action’s on the water — if you can get there

For days, the Humpback whales had been taunting us from the bay as if they knew what we wanted. Every now and then they’d breach the surface or send a spout of water high into the mist, as if to say, “Catch us — if you can.” The rare sea otters teased us, too, playfully popping their heads above the surface near the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Continue reading In Monterey, the action’s on the water — if you can get there

How to talk yourself out of loving Mendocino (hint: it’s hard)

MC Kids in town

We’re moving to Mendocino. No wait — we’re not! Will somebody stop us, please?

We visited the Northern California coast with our family, and were immediately taken with its cool climate, a welcome relief from August’s triple-digit temperatures. We were smitten with its dramatic cliffs plunging into the frigid Pacific, and with the region’s too-charming fishing villages with their organic coffee shops and the no-nonsense residents we met.

We said to ourselves: “We’re home!”

And then: “How are we going to talk ourselves out of moving here?” Continue reading “How to talk yourself out of loving Mendocino (hint: it’s hard)”