We made it to Carmel, CA. After a quick stop in garlic capital and home to a massive garlic festival, Gilroy (photos coming soon) we arrived at our final destination. Our home for the weekend? The Tickle Pink Inn. How does one choose this of all the hotels you might ask, well…
Ben’s parents got us a hotel room in Carmel as a gift and we were thrilled since we’ve been exploring more of the surrounding cities since our move to the West Coast. Ben called up the hotel…
Ben: Hello, we have a gift certificate we’d like to redeem, do you have any availability for this weekend?
Hotel: Let me look that up…oh yes, room 17. We do have availability but your gift certificate is specifically for that room and that one is booked.
Ben: Weird, we have a room? Is there any way to switch it for a comparable room then?
**Calls back a few hours later**
Ben: What is the next Saturday that room is free?
Hotel: hmmm, June 11th? Note: this call was placed in March or so
Ben: Great! I’ll take it.
And this is how we came to have the most ridiculously nice and cozy room in the Carmel Highlands…some luck, some perseverance and a sunny Saturday.
We had a rare opportunity over our weekend in Carmel to go on a hike that was unlike any other hike we’ve been on. This hike…wasn’t strenuously elevated! The Point Lobos State Reserve was nearby and between the sea lion spottings, deer, and bunnies, there wasn’t much more we could have hoped for on our hike.
We did in fact, see some sea lions (say that three times fast) and also met this dear, er, deer out in the woods. There was a weird standstill moment where the deer just stood there and we slowly walked past. I think she was more surprised humans should be up this early. We locked eyes and she defiantly chewed on her breakfast. I was not going to be the one she stops for.