A Belated Big Sur Honeymoon

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“Big Sur Is the California that men dreamed of years ago, this is the Pacific that Balboa looked at from the Peak of Darien, this is the face of the earth as the creator intended it to look.” – Henry Miller

 

In May, we celebrated our one year anniversary and an over-due honeymoon with a long awaited trip to Big Sur, and I’m finally getting around to sharing the experience. We really struggled with the destination choice. We both love to travel and were dying to go somewhere fairly off the radar, like the South Pacific or Scandinavia, but felt that with jet-lag and cost factored in, we’d end up getting more out of it if we remained within our own continent. That opened up Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Canada as possibilities. Sure, yes, please. But we could only choose one spot, considering jobs, responsibilities and a little dog waiting for us at home. So, the obvious choice was Big Sur.
Ideally, I guess you’re not supposed to do much on a honeymoon but laze around somewhere beautiful together and stare dreamily into one another’s eyes while sipping boat drinks. We did some of that (minus the boat drinks, plus champagne). But in Big Sur, as in most of California, there was just so much of everything … so much to see, so much to do, so much to experience. It was hard to sit still. Being surrounded by such intense, raw beauty was a bit overwhelming. I remain in awe of this place and can’t wait to return.

Looking South from Bixby Creek

 

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View from the Post Ranch

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“Only Love Can Conquer Hate” – Clementa Pinckney

Mother Emanuel

 

As Charleston continues to recover from the horrific murder of nine honorable citizens at Emanuel AME Church on June 17th, I am so proud of my city for coming together in love, unity and solidarity. My heart goes out to all of the victims, their families, and our community.

Approaching the Solstice

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Magnolia in Riverland Terrace

And just like that, it’s almost Summer and we’re mowing the grass every week again. Spring brought lots of excellent travels and meals, and I can’t wait to share the details. I’ve been pausing on the posts because this site is going to have a new look very soon. Stay tuned for more!

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Bixby Bridge Big Sur, CA

An Easter Frittata and Spring Blooms

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Happy Spring! Charleston is in full bloom, and it’s spectacular. I love living in an older neighborhood full of charm and character, with dripping live oaks, wisteria, and azaleas everywhere. Here’s a frittata recipe in case you find yourselves with house guests and limited time to prepare food. Around here, Spring means exactly that: a full house and being stretched for time due to packed schedules. This frittata comes together very quickly, so you can be on your way to enjoy the best of Spring. It’s also nice to get creative and add whatever you have on hand. Sautéed asparagus would be an amazing addition to this frittata. Also, bacon. Read More

Seeking Serenity at Mepkin Abbey

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March is typically one of my favorite months, because it means SPRING is soon here, but lately we find ourselves wondering if it will ever stop raining, and if we will ever see the sun again? To take our minds off the everlasting dreary Winter, this past weekend we took a little day trip to Moncks Corner, about an hour’s drive from Charleston. Our first order of business for the day was, of course, lunch: an all you can eat BBQ buffet at A&M Brown’s for $10.50 is hard to beat. It is worth the drive to Moncks Corner just for this. After lunch we took the 15 minute drive over to Mepkin Abbey, a trappist monastery following the rule of St. Benedict. There are currently sixteen monks at Mepkin, and they devote their lives to prayer, spiritual study, work and hospitality.

Whether or not religion plays a role in your life, it is well worth a trip to observe this beautiful, serene and peaceful place. Our visit was during “Camellia Season,” but “Azalea Season” is coming up pretty soon and I imagine when the grass gets greener (and the sun comes out), the place probably just glows. Take a tour with Father Joe and try to imagine living a life of solitude and mostly silence.  Read More