Yesterday between about 5 and 7, the weather took a break from a succession of rainstorms. It was the perfect moment to walk down the hill from the Carmel-by-the-Sea business district where my office is located, to Carmel Beach.
Amazing how the mental cobwebs melt away when the Pacific Ocean is right in front of you. Strange cloud formations and even stranger incoming waves that go around sand bars that have sprung up all up and down the one mile beach. Black clouds loom in the horizon, gathering strength for the next stormy onslaught.
But in this moment in time, everything was glorious. Residents and visitors, many of them with their dogs, are enjoying the beach. Some are bundled up, like me, others are wearing shorts. They must be visitors from the east coast where there is snow.
Once I've walked the length of the beach, I go up to Scenic Drive and walk back to Ocean Avenue, Carmel's main street. I saw some tree trimming, with this particular tree having a great shape.
And then there is all the remodeling or construction of new "oceanfront" homes (although they are actually across the street--still, they are worth quite a few million dollars each). Yes, that's my shadow, in case you wondered.
Did you know that Carmel-by-the-Sea does not have any street numbers? So each owner gives a NAME to his house, many of them whimsical. Some of them, well, it means something to the owner and that's what counts.
Here and there along Scenic Drive are the new rules for beach fires. There has been quite a controversy about wood beach fires for the last couple of years. Well, here are the new rules as of today.
Oh, and you might wonder about "garbage day" in this area where the market value of each house is many millions of dollars. Well, this owner parks his containers right in front of his garage, a garage which costs as much as the average house in any other area. The plaque on the garage is "Diamond Sands" the name of the property, one presumes, not the garage.
Driveways can have "feng shui", don't you think? This is a personal favorite of mine:
Finally, trudging back up the hill from sea level to the business district, I notice a sign that is perfect for someone like me who is a real estate broker in this beautiful area.