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[Hiking Point Lobos – Carmel, CA]

June 26, 2016

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?

Hotel: No.

**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.

Welcome to the Tickle Pink Inn

Welcome to the Tickle Pink Inn

Our view wasn't too shabby

Our view wasn’t too shabby

Champagne and chocolate was magically sent up. I tried to play a joke on Ben after reading it was non alcoholic and I chugged my glass. As per usual, I had misread it - nonalcoholic was an option. Joke was on me...

Champagne and chocolate was magically sent up. I tried to play a joke on Ben after reading it was non alcoholic and I chugged my glass. As per usual, I had misread it – nonalcoholic was just a an option if we wanted to request it. Joke was on me…

Tickle Pink Inn happy hour snacks. I partook only in the snacks post chugging joke.

Tickle Pink Inn happy hour snacks. I partook only in the snacks post chugging joke.

The view was not too shabby.

The view was not too shabby.Highlands

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.

Welcome to the hike!

Welcome to the hike!

There were bluffs everywhere, it was very wuthering heights.

There were bluffs everywhere, it was very wuthering heights.

Stopped to take some pictures

Stopped to take some pictures

Almost at the sea lionS!

Almost at the sea lions!

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.

Found them! (they were hard to catch them from up here but they are there

Found them! (they were hard to catch them from up here but they are there

Into the woods we go

Into the woods we go

More rocks, more trees

More rocks, more trees

This trail is the sea lion trail

This trail is the sea lion trail

Our hike then turned into some seaside views

Our hike then turned into some seaside views

I imagine people come here to paint

I imagine people come here to paint

Choosing the road less traveled

Choosing the road less traveled

and ending on a high note!

and ending on a high note!

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