Highlights (Leaving San Francisco, Monterey and Carmel)

Having breakfast with Ann and Will in Oakland and checking out their new house. Driving in and out of the all-encompassing fog on our way south.

The educational program on Golden Eagles at the Monterey Aquarium.

Walking up and down Cannery Row and trying to decide where John Steinbeck would choose to drink if he were alive today.

A late night dinner of great wine and pasta at the bar of a chic restaurant in Carmel.

Taking an early morning run on the beach with all the surfers and the many people walking their dogs off-leash who, to my amazement, followed their owners without fail, never drifting off to plant kisses on perfect strangers or thump their wet tails against some random, passing set of legs, and thinking, "Yes, this is what Cesar is talking about..."