turning the camera around

As of yesterday, we’re a month away from the one-year anniversary of our arrival in Pacific Grove. Since I haven’t really shown much of the town we live in beyond the bit that lies along the coast, I’m going to share some snaps I’ve taken recently. Pardon the image quality–most of these shots were taken from a moving car or while on a walk (and also moving) or through a window. One of these days I’ll take my real camera along and stand still whilst pressing the button.

we'll start at the ocean and work our way inland - this is the beach at Lover's Point - the water is usually upper 50s, but there are always a few brave souls who go in without wet suits
this is the beach at Lover’s Point – the water is usually upper 50s, but there are always a few brave souls who go in without wet suits – the mound of rocks in the background is the point, which used to be called Lovers of Jesus Point because this town was originally a Methodist retreat camp
the beach from a slightly different angle
the beach from a slightly different angle – Monterey Bay Aquarium is just around that point in the background – the very large yellow house on the right is now a bed and breakfast called Seven Gables Inn – in the morning, the smell of bacon can be enjoyed up to a block away from this place – since change isn’t allowed much around here (with all the good and bad that entails), most huge homes like this have become places to spend the night
moving inland a bit
beyond the stately old homes, regular houses run the gamut here, from 800 square foot adobes
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to 1,100 square foot bungalows (this one houses Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, a super cool organization that finds homes for senior dogs in shelters and dogs whose guardians can no longer take care of them)
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to places with multiple stories – some have dolphins hanging around on the porch
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others have dozens of teddy bears staring out the window…and their eyes appear to move with you when you pass by…either pleading for you to free them or calculating how big a leap they’d have to take to reach your throat with their teeth
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the abundant deer are hell on your flowers, but they add a nice touch to your yard
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there are cool, funky touches here and there – this place is currently for sale (see link below for more views of the property)
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most lots are just a tiny bit bigger than the houses that sit on them – we’re lucky to have a triple lot–one lot for the house, one lot for the garage (rare around here) and one lot for the dog poop – my office is in the back, so I’m less than 20 feet from the house behind us – it’s some kind of Air B&B  situation, with different people renting it each weekend – when they stand on the upstairs deck to gaze at the ocean, they leave a nice creepy shadow on our garage, which is a good reminder that I should close the curtain or put some pants on
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trees trees everywhere – also, even though this home is large and lovely, check out how tiny the lot is
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this is the widest street in Pacific Grove – look at all that traffic
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same shot, with fog rolling in –  it creeps up from the coast and circles you in a damp embrace – when it’s thick, it gives you an odd (and not entirely unwelcome) feeling of solitude – this is where the sidewalk ends
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downtown is a five-minute walk from our house – lots of places to eat, a movie theater, antique shops – the usual small town downtown suspects – the speed limit is 15 mph through here, unlike the rest of town which is a brisk 25 mph
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it’s shots like this that bring out the Amity Island aspect of this place – doesn’t that look like foreshadowing?
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there’s only one barbecue joint – they don’t really “do” BBQ out here – or queso – or kolaches – which is why James and I should open a food truck that serves BBQ, queso and kolaches – get some Texas fusion up in this B
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this is the Jacksons’ house – Mrs. Jackson has an eye disorder that is taking her ability to see everything but the brightest of colors, so Mr. Jackson went about decorating the house for her so she could always find her way home – we saw this place when we came out here on our scouting trip before we moved, and its existence made me think this town is alright – I’ll take some better pictures of this place soon and post them here (it’s much more vibrant than this photo would suggest)
the good thing about so much moisture in the air? rainbows - or, in this case, double rainbows
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Links
The house with amazing stonework that’s for sale
Peace of Mind Dog Rescue
Wiki history of Pacific Grove

5 Replies to “turning the camera around”

  1. Quite Lovely!!! What a nice man that is looking out for his wife. Around here the building inspector police would be all over him to clean up that eyesore for the “beauty” of the town and the tourists.

    1. Some of the cranky locals don’t seem to like it either. It makes me smile every time I drive past it.

  2. Good luck for a couple to kiss under a double rainbow.

    1. Ah, I didn’t know that. I’ve seen two double rainbows out here so far–will put my running shoes on and grab James next time I see one.

  3. Not sure about the truth of that, a drunken Irishman told me that on about my sixth Guinness or so.

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