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Our 26th Wedding Anniversary in Carmel

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Rica and I just returned from spending our 26th wedding anniversary in Carmel, California. We stayed at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch. We were here last year at this time, so for me, as someone who usually avoids anything that smacks of ritual, this has become a tradition. Two years!

A Hindu priest conducted our ceremony on Christmas Eve in India, at a wedding arranged by Professor B. P. Sinha. I met Jai at Ohio State University where we were pursuing Ph.D. degrees. Jai had an easy time of it, but I was in deep trouble most of the time and wouldn’t have succeeded without his friendship and long hours of tutoring. So in a way, I owe him big time for a happy marriage and a long career in psychology. I think of him a lot this time of year.

I brought my new Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera with me, and here are some photos. As you see, we spent a good part of our time near the water at Point Lobos State Reserve, the Piedras Blancas Rookery, and on Monterey Bay.

Carmel Farm House 2014

Mission Ranch was originally a working dairy farm. In the 1850’s, the property became one of the first California dairies. Clint Eastwood bought the ranch in 1986, keeping it from becoming a condominium development. Our room was on the ground floor of the original farmhouse pictured above.

Carmel Pasture 2014

This pasture seems a sheep paradise. They spend the night in the little shelter to the right in this photo, but during the day they roam freely over acres of lush grass.

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This was our view as we ate dinner on Christmas Eve. An evening fog was rolling in off the nearby ocean.

Carmel Dining Room 2014

The creamery, which provided the county with cheese and butter, now houses the Mission Ranch restaurant. It’s where we ate many of our meals.

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We had our continental breakfasts at the tennis club.

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Rica made sure to buy me lots of candy at my favorite store in Carmel.

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I don’t usually enjoy touristy streets like Ocean Avenue in Carmel. But I have to admit some of the shops are interesting.

We always make time to visit Point Lobos State Reserve, and never tire of the beautiful coastal views.

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We drove over to Monterey and discovered that someone had used a hot branding iron to mark this little girl.

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While there, we noticed someone seemingly in trouble, but after a few minutes of struggle, he recovered.

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We always find time for birdwatching.

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The Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery is located four miles north of Hearst Castle on California Highway 1. In the photo below you see moms squabbling over their newborn pups.

Carmel Mother Seals 2014


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And finally, I set up my tripod to memorialize the happy couple. As the year comes to an end, we wish all our friends around the world a wonderful 2015.

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Written by Ron Greene

December 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm

15 Responses

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  1. Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures and congrats on your anniversary. My best wishes to you and Rica for the New Year.

    Gabriel Gesmer

    December 28, 2014 at 12:48 pm

  2. As usual your excellent photographs gave us an overview of the sights as well As the history of Carmel. And thank you for letting us share in the happiness of your 23rd Anniversary. Happy New Year to you both!

    Jane Beecher

    December 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  3. Wonderful photos. What gorgeous weather to celebrate your 26th anniversary! Looks like you had a happy time!


    December 28, 2014 at 2:05 pm

  4. Loved the beautiful photos! Congratulations on your 26th Anniversary!

    Sending best regards and wishes for a Happy New Year! Gordon and Julia

    December 28, 2014 at 4:08 pm

  5. The photos are wonderful, evoked our own memories of Carmel. Congratulations on your 26th Anniversary! Good health for the New Year! Erika and Carl


    December 28, 2014 at 5:35 pm

  6. Once again – terrific shots. You guys are such a handsome couple. Thanks for sharing and congratulations!


    December 30, 2014 at 4:35 pm

  7. Ron, Wishing Rica & you a wonderful year! And, of course, thanks for pics. Al & Mary

    Al Davis

    January 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm

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