I just spent a lovely day strolling around Carmel. Here are some pics!!
Road Trip to Carmel: The Beach
Road Trip to Carmel: The Secret Forest
I’ve lived in Northern California for awhile and visit Carmel often. But even so, I’d never heard of the Secret Forest which I discovered today. It’s a little hard to find so I’ve added a map at the end. A secret that local residents have long withheld from visitors is Mission Trails Park. No signs will direct you here, but it’s worth the effort to find. Within this forest are miles of walking trails that are all dog friendly. They wind across foot-bridges, through red-wood groves and meadows filled with wild flowers. I did a short hike today but will be back. I’ve heard there are ocean vistas and deer grazing the hillsides.
Road Trip to Carmel: The Town
Road Trip to Carmel: Lunch!
I usually try to eat healthy but since I did have a Nutibullet V8 this morning (spinach, carrots, parsley, tomatoes, cucumber, lemon, avocado and tabasco) I’m going to live it up and try something new. I’m at The Forge restaurant in Carmel, California. I arrived early and got my favorite table by the outdoor fireplace.
I ordered the steamers and they were divine. You’ll want a spoon so you can scrape the bottom of the bowl after you run out of garlic bread.
I also ordered the pastrami egg rolls. My waitress said they were amazing! Well, they are good but they are really flirting with cholesterol levels that could make someone like me feel the need to fast for a week. I’d say pass on those but for sure, order the steamers.
Road Trip to Carmel: Marina State Beach
If you’re just joining me, I’m posting live as I drive from Los Gatos, California to the beautiful city of Carmel. It’s Sunday at 11:30 and I’m parked at Marina State Beach watching the surfers walk across the sand. First, it’s packed and I’m sort of illegally parked to write this post. Second, I’m starving and we (you and me) are eating in Carmel so we are off!