Last weekend Mike and I were supposed to dive at Point Lobos together!
But due to the storm, the park was closed and had to cancel our dive reservation.
So Mike ended up diving with his dive center owner/expert at Monastery Beach in Carmel, just around the corner from Point Lobos, so that he could accomplish the last phase of his Advanced Diver course and complete a deep dive past 100 feet!
The surf was too rough for me to go in, as its a tricky beach to enter/exit from the water.
So myself and two other dive instructors watched them from the shore, enjoying the beautiful day and scenery!
This past Friday my friend Casey and I had an opportunity to take part in a local Monterey event.
"Christmas in the Adobes"
The two evening event showcases 21 of the historic adobe homes and buildings in downtown Monterey, opening them up to the public to view (most are rarely open for tours). The homes hosted musicians, desserts and warm drinks for those attending to enjoy as they toured the homes interiors and listened to historical facts along the way.
We dressed up as women from the 1800's and played docents in one of the homes, the Larkin House.
Home to Thomas and Rachel Larkin from 1835-1849. His Grandaughter willed the house and its contents to the State of California in the 1950's when she moved to Santa Barbara in her 80's.
Due to our volunteer time Friday night, we were given tickets to attend Saturday night as guests.
So Mike and I scheduled a date night! We walked downtown between 15 of the buildings to tour!
Among those were the temporary quarters of Robert Louis Stevenson, and the home of John Steinbeck where he wrote "The Pearl".
The tours were full of great history and good exercise getting to each!
This past weekend, I finished my Scuba open water certification (it consists of a lesson in a pool, then two days of two dives each in the ocean, plus taking a few written tests)!
And I have to say, given the skills I completed, 20-40 feet underwater, I impressed myself!
Since having kids 7 years ago, its probably the most challenging thing I've done!
Mike got certified in October, and was encouraging me to do so as well, so we can dive together on our many opportunities while overseas in nice WARM places!! Monterey is FREEZING.....thank goodness for wetsuits! You'd hardly know the water was 55 degrees!!
I did two dives on my own Saturday....
And the last two dives on Sunday with Mike joining our group as an extra supervisor/aid.