Majestic Threads

18 Jul 19
Travels With The Bearded Man

I watched you suffer a dull aching pain Now you’ve decided just to show me the same No sweeping exits or offstage lines Can make me feel bitter or treat you unkind Wild horses couldn’t drag me away Wild, wild horses, couldn’t drag me away – Mick Jagger / Keith Richards Tracing Soda Butte Creek […]

17 Jul 19
Monterey Herald
The seasonal clock has struck summer inviting you to make your steps count while exploring local trails through neighborhoods and discovering points of interest. As an added incentive, there are three unique bakeries waiting to treat your sweet tooth with their signature cookies along the way. The Market in the Carmel Valley Ranch lodge in Carmel Valley and Alta Bakery and Café in the historic Cooper Molera Adobe in downtown Monterey are the newest kids on the bakery block. Pavel’s Backerei, a Pacific Grove institution for over 25 years remains one of the best reasons to wander through the Peninsula’s Victorian hamlet. Cookie time at Carmel Valley Ranch Marketplace. (David Mullally — Special to the Herald) On a chilly, gray coastal morning, the sea of blue skies just seven picturesque miles east is just the excuse you need to drive up Carmel Valley Road to the top of Holt Road’s residential neighborhood. Respectful hikers and dogs on leash are welcome to enter through the gate of the private community to the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park trailhead. Walk to the bend in the street and follow the short dirt path easement that traces the golf course uphill on the right to join Carmel Valley Ranch’s Horseshoe Trail on the old ranch road. Residents and resort guests revel in the sweeping views of the valley and the green fairways sloping up to the vineyard as they amble up the shady corridor. The ranch road wraps around the hillside for about one mile or 2000 steps up to the orange fencing surrounding the barn construction site. Turn left at the corrals and walk passed the yoga platform beneath the majestic oaks before continuing downhill on the narrower steep Huff’n Puff trail. Yield to golfers and use your indoor voice as you follow the cart path to the vineyard gate. Wine lovers will take special delight in walking through the four acres of organic pinot noir grapevines and reading the information panels about the life cycle of a vine as you approach the doorstep of the lodge’s newest foodservice amenity, The Market. The sea salt chocolate chip and the double chocolate cookies are sure to give you the taste bud jolt you need to loop back along the roadside path through the bustling organic garden as you bask in lavender and herbs alongside bees, goats and hens before retracing your steps from the bottom of the vineyard. . Inhaling the ocean views at the top of Huckleberry Hill among one of the largest remaining Monterey pine preserves. (David Mullally — Special to the Herald) The Quarry Trail to Veteran’s Park is the peaceful back door to historic Monterey and the Alta Bakery and Café. Pick up the neighborhood trail across the tennis courts in Via Paraiso Park and follow it across Via Del Pinar Street up a leafy canyon spur on the right. The trail levels out on a paved path hemmed between a residential cul-de-sac and a sparsely forested slope that frames peeks of the crescent bay. Eventually, the route leads to a narrow dirt trail tracing the outer edge of Veterans Memorial Park’s campground until you reach the foot of the 186 cardio-kicking steps rising up Huckleberry Hill. If you’re an immediate gratification type, skip the Stairmaster workout and turn right to walk out of the campground to Veteran’s Drive and pick up the dirt trail downhill to the American Legion Hall and follow Jefferson Street to the front door of the Alta Bakery. No judgment! But, if you have a nagging cookie conscience, the daunting stairs and mile-long side nature loop through one of the largest remaining Monterey Pine preserves will reward you with panoramic views stretching between Spanish Bay and Pacific Grove. A few pants and wheezes later, you’re at the top of Huckleberry Hill. Turn right on Summit Road and left on Wild Boar Trail to Opossum Road before rejoining Summit Road back down the stairs to pick-up the route toward downtown. Alta’s location in this lovingly restored historic property is as much a highlight as the bakery’s buckwheat chocolate and carrot cake cookies. There’s ample seating indoors, but the courtyard is especially inviting on a sunny day. By the time you get back to the trailhead, you will have clocked almost seven miles or 14,000 steps. Timing is everything at Pavel’s because customers are known to swarm in like locusts on the freshly baked crop of chocolate chunk cookies bursting with smooth hunks of chocolate and the peanut butter cookies crowned with a dollop of creamy peanut butter. Plan to drop by Pavel’s around 10 a.m. between Tuesday and Saturday and try to resist gobbling up your palate-pleasing temptations until you at least take a few strides. The loop from Lovers Point at the bottom of Forest Avenue to Asilomar Conference Grounds offers a chance to rack up some extra step credits if you take a side trip to the Point Pinos Lighthouse up Asilomar Avenue or extend your gamble on Asilomar State Beach along Spanish Bay. A self-guided tour of the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast (1855) and home of the first female light keeper on the West Coast (1856) adds a touch of romantic time travel to your excursion. Trails and boardwalks trace Asilomar State Beach. (David Mullally — Special to the Herald) At about 2.5 miles or your 5000th step, the California Coastal Trail’s improved decomposed granite surface, new boardwalks and bridges thread idyllic pocket beaches and shimmering tide pools into a string of little jewels. Enter the Asilomar Conference grounds at the crosswalk and enjoy an informative boardwalk stroll through the dunes. If you’ve already woofed down Pavel’s stock and suffer from cookie deficit disorder, stop in Phoebe’s Café for a golden baked oatmeal cranberry cookie infusion before leaving the grounds. Retrace your steps along the coast or loop back along the tree-lined old railroad right of way lane just a couple of blocks up Sinex Avenue. The path meanders past the El Carmelo Cemetery and ends under the Pacific Grove Golf Course’s canopy of eucalyptus trees at Del Monte Boulevard. Walk uphill for a few blocks to Lighthouse Avenue and linger in Pacific Grove to absorb the charming small-town vibe while contemplating which cookie jar to hit next. Linda B. Mullally and husband David share their passion for travel, outdoor recreation and dogs through articles, hiking books and photography at http://www.lindabmullally.com, Falcon.com and Facebook    
17 Jul 19
It's Only the Beginning

DAY 1 Delhi, a Rich Melting Pot.Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. Welcome to India! On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you are greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your modern five-star hotel. Join your Traveling Concierge at 6:30 pm for a Welcome Dinner at a […]

17 Jul 19
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17 Jul 19
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16 Jul 19
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15 Jul 19
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Respect goes a long way and yet some people seem to find it is so easy to critique the faults of others. I dread this time of year because you are usually a couple of SATs questions away from notching up your stress levels to Def Con One. Losing the mental threads that keep you […]

15 Jul 19
COMIC BIZ

Hello, and welcome back to our blog. Sorry it’s been a while we have been crazy busy here with high volumes of orders! But you have asked for the monthly release blog to come back, so here we are!   Lets get right to it and see what is BIG next month!   Batman Superman […]

15 Jul 19
Embody Peacebuilding

“Perhaps the art of harvesting the secret riches of our lives is best achieved when we place profound trust in the act of beginning. Risk might be our greatest ally. To live a truly creative life, we always need to cast a critical look at where we presently are, attempting always to discern where we […]

14 Jul 19
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Chikmagalur is a small hill station located in the south western part of Karnataka. It is famous for its rich coffee plantations, mountains, waterfalls and beautiful temples. This place is said to be the origin of coffee in India. It takes roughly 5hours from the city of Bangalore to reach this picturesque location. In order […]

14 Jul 19
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13 Jul 19
Sarbari's Blog

The station When I started in the morning, I was expecting a “normal” train station, i.e. trains coming in, whistles, hustle-bustle, vendors … you get the drift, right? specially if you are from India 🙂 However, as I took the metro to Union Station, Toronto, toeing my daughter like a obedient student, I did not […]