donner’s beach adventure at garrapata rock

by Maren on February 25, 2013

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Yesterday we had the most fun on our Beach Adventure. It all started with some DEE-lish scrambled egg muffins. Then, after some blogging and puppy tug of war the family picked up my Nonni for a fancy lunch over in Monterey. The 27th is my Pa’s birthday and Nonni really wanted to do something a little extra special to celebrate. 

We ate at Paradiso, a fun seafood restaurant on Cannery Row that hangs out over the surf. It’s owned by the famous chef John Pisto and he regularly makes appearances in the kitchen. I had one of the specials, the lobster sandwich. And we tried 2 appetizers, the pesto bruchetta and some bbq sardines that came with a tomato-ey sauce that had golden raisins and fennel in it. Everything was tasty and I left feeling really stuffed.

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My Pa loved having treats after meals so we headed across the street to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Co. in honor of him. Sea salted carmel!!

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After lunch we drove about 20 minutes south through Carmel to Garrapata State Beach so Donner could play in the water. 

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Donner hasn’t really loved the water yet. So we really wanted to expose him to the beach again. Hopefully he’d like it this time.

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He did! He just sauntered right down to the surf and dove in. Such a Lab!

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Donner LOVES the beach! He played in the water. He ate about a million pieces of seaweed. He met a Pomeranian, who he humped a little. It was a good doggy day. So good that we napped all evening.

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Megan @ The Running Doc February 25, 2013 at 11:15 am

I’m SO jealous of Donner’s beach adventure! One of my goals for this spring/summer is to take my puppies to the beach so they can frolic and play in the ocean. I swear nothing wears a puppy out quite like a good day of swimming. :)


Maren February 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

You should take your puppies. They’ll love it. Donner goes crazy at the beach!!


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) February 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

Sounds like a perfect Sunday! I’m sure Donner had a blast! Ryder is such a water dog, but he prefers lakes, creeks, and rivers to oceans. Or at least I do. I’m so scared he’ll get taken out when we’re at the beach. He loves digging in the sand though!


Maren February 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I freaked out a little when he was in the water. The current was really strong and we could see it from the beach. But we kept him long a long rope the entire time so we could pull him in if he got in trouble.

Donner loves digging in the dirt in the back yard. It’s his new thing… but he hasn’t figured out digging at the beach yet. I’m really looking forward to it though. I think he’ll go to town, lol.

We’re driving up to Sausalito tomorrow to look at a few apartments. L)


Kelli H February 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Yay! I hope you find some that will work!


Miranda @ Biting Life March 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Looks like you had a really fun day! I love the beach. I tried some sea salt caramel fudge recently and it was beyond delicious.


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