Back when I was between jobs Jack and I started going on “Jack and Anna Fundays” to get out of the city and explore new areas, which is our most favorite thing to do. Since last Fall’s crazy work and travel schedule pretty much took over our lives, we hadn’t had a Funday since the summer and we felt we were long overdue for an adventure. Luck for us, we were able to find a day in December to escape reality and explore south of the city, and it turned out to be the most gorgeous and magical day ever.
We didn’t have much of a plan of what we wanted to do, just a faint idea of where we were headed, so we when say a sign that said “Pie Ranch” we immediately pulled over and knew this was the place to start our explorations. I honestly can not describe how magical this place was. There was an open barn in the front where they sold pies and other goods from local vendors, and every month they threw barn dances and pot lucks for the community. With twinkly lights and a neon “eat pie” sign, I was already in heaven. Then we learned that this magical place was actually a full fledged farm, complete with a huge barn with a very pregnant cow, chicken coup, smelly pigs, rustic farm house, and open air kitchen where they had pie back offs. I kept turning to Jack saying “Is this place real?”, as we wandered the farm and I snapped some pictures with my Contax .
I was already writing the day off as the best day ever, but the day wasn’t over yet. As we drove back up the coast, Jack randomly swerved off the road next to some bushes and after weed whacking through some prickers we uncovered a secluded, gorgeous beach with a stunning view of the lighthouse and tide pools for days. Jack was in heaven as we searched every crack and cranny we decided to claimed the beach as our own.
As we drove back home we decided to venture into the town of Pescadero for one final adventure. Little did we know that we would stumble upon a magical Christmas Faire at Harley Farms Goat Dairy, complete with more hand crafted local goods and delicious goat cheese treats. We left with huge smiles on our faces, an adorable little Christmas ornament made by school kids at Pescadero Elementary School, and way too much goat cheese for our own good.
I can’t express how important this day was for my sanity and how special it was so spend an afternoon with my favorite person doing what we love most. It was such a great reminder of how wonderful things are at the time in our lives.