“No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning”. ~Cyril Connolly
Our primary residence is in Kansas City.
Although there are many wonderful things to do here, they often require getting into the car.
“Walking isn’t a lost art – one must, by some means, get to the garage.” ~Evan Esar
Our suburban neighbor hood with its large lots makes neighboring a little more difficult.
The climate here is “cold winter,two spring days, hot summer, and two lovely , autumn days.
“The Americans never walk. In winter too cold and in summer too hot.” ~J.B. Yeats
Carmel, however, is just one square mile and has a maritime climate. It is almost the same all year, highs in the upper 60’s and lows about ten degrees cooler. PERFECT walking weather. We try to use the car very little when we are here.
It delights us to walk to so many places.
If we arrive late at night, we go straight to the cottage, unload the car, adjust the thermostat and climb under a load of soft comforters and blankets.
In the morning, we treat ourselves to breakfast. How nice to step out into the cool, still morning and have breakfast at The Cottage.
We also like Katies, Em Le’s and the Tuck Box.
If Bill sleeps in, I pull on my jacket and tennis shoes and saunter up to The Camel Valley Roasting Co for a “Fog Lifter. I sit inside glancing at the newspaper.
Nielsen’s Market is open.
So I buy some groceries and flowers for the house and head on home after admiring the produce.
We often stop here and have them make sandwiches which we share for lunch.
When I get home, Bill is ready to take a morning hike on the path above the beach.
The dogs are having a great time.
“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” ~Henry David Thoreau
We stop at the Post Office.
Everyone is getting their mail out of the boxes,
sorting it and recycling the junk mail. And chatting with neighbors as they do this.
While Bill looks though his e-mail, I slip on my work-out clothes and meander to a class at the Carmel Yoga Center.
After I clean up ,it is time for lunch at Patisserie Boissiere
and a short, restorative nap.
Bill does not nap, so he strides to the hardware store
for supplies for whatever project he is starting.
After awakening, I stroll along Ocean Ave.,loving all the treasure I find.
We always stop in Carmel Drug store at some point in our trip. The pharmacist is very pleasant. While Bill picks up a prescription,
I admire cosmetics.
Carmel Drug is under the green awning on Ocean Ave. You can’t miss it.
Should we need refreshment, we stop at The Carmel Bakery and Coffee Co.
I can partial to the the gingerbread men.
Cafe Carmel and The Carmel Coffee House are also comfortable places to order a treat and put your feet up.
By now, my feet have had just about all the fun they can have .
While we sit on the couch , we debate our dinner choices. Good heavens, it has been several hours since our last meal. We could surely starve.
We consider fish at Flaherty’s
or pasta at Il Fornaio ,
peel and eat shrimp at Aw Shuks
or Jalapenos mexican restaurant.
Making this choice is harder than you might think. We have 50 excellent restaurants we can walk to!!
Finally we choose Tommy’s Wok .
This has been a fabulous day, and we have NEVER gotten into the car.
Perhaps some of you who live in a small town can do this easily. But just the thought of walking all these places in KC makes me guffaw.
The next morning dawns sunny and cool and we decide to take our walk in the Nature Preserve.
After our walk, I amble around the corner to City Hall .
to photograph records I plan to use in my Blog.
I have brought nothing to read so I stop at the Pilgram’sWay
and at the Harrison Memorial Library.
I love to read books set in Carmel or written by Carmel authors.
This afternoon , I have errands to do.
1. Dry Cleaner
2. Camera Repair
You guessed it– I walked.
This evening we have theater tickets at Sunset Center.
Imagine walking 5 blocks to see Bob Newhart, Ziggy Marley, Kenny Loggins or to experience an evening with Lilly Tomlin .
We make reservations at the Cypress Inn for a light supper before the theater. They serve “small plates”. The portions are just the right size and delicious.
When our daughter is here we go to “Hairspray” at The Golden Bough Playhouse just around the corner from our home.
But my favorite theater event is when we stroll to The Forest Theater
to see” Annie”
and wander back home carrying small flashlights to light our way. It looks like a huge swarm of fireflies are roaming the streets.
All this and we STILL have not been in our car today .
I plan a day of beauty for myself. I get a manicure from T&L Nail Spa ,
a hair trim at the Salon at Lincoln Lane
and the most fabulous massage from the owner of Kush Spa.
I flip-flop home.
When visitors come, I make reservation to take them to Tor House
and Hawk Tower. It was built by Jeffers himself. And we all enjoy the walk there.
When Sunday rolls around, we walk up to church at the Church of the Wayfarer.
“My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.” ~Aldous Huxley
Many nights we hoof it down to the beach for the sunset.
“After dinner sit awhile, after supper walk a mile.” ~English Proverb
“Four times I was honked at for having the temerity to proceed through town without the benefit of metal.” ―
So when you come to Carmel, bring your walking shoes.