Monterey & Redwoods

My dad and I started out the day with almost matching bowls of protein powder oat bran.

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Dad’s was topped with granola and maple syrup; mine with sesame seeds and maple syrup. (My dad did the Amazon deal already – what are you waiting for?) He wasn’t too impressed with oat bran, but he did admit that it was a brick-in-the-belly breakfast.

After packing some snacks (bars and fruit) we headed down to Monterey. We wandered around Cannery Row and Fisherman’s wharf…

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Then we headed out to a park in Monterey for a short (but hilly) hike. We hit up Trader Joe’s for lunch before proceeding on to another state park on the way home – Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. This place was amazing. This tree was around before Jesus was even born. It was 2200+ years old when it fell back in 1934 and had been around for the signing of the Magna Carta, the Revolutionary War, and even when the Normans conquered England (1066).

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These trees are huge.

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As is this "banana slug".

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When we got home it was time for drinks. I had a glass of wine – Murphy Goode’s Fume – and dad had more beers. I cooked up a quick and easy frittata for dinner using 6 eggs, zucchini, red pepper, red onion, and goat + parmesan cheeses.

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On the side I made broiled tomatoes (idea from Whole Foods) – tomatoes cut in half, topped with olive oil, salt + pepper, oregano, and parmesan; bake at 400F for 10 minutes; broil for another 5.

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And because I can’t go another night without kabocha, I made a big batch and ate it all myself.

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I’m now munching on grapes and cursing Qumana for deleting the post that I just wrote (it looked pretty much the same as this one – I hope, anyway). Now I have to study like a mad woman for my anthropology midterm tomorrow.

Are you good at studying/preparing in advance for tests/whatever? Or do you procrastinate? For me it all depends on my other time commitments, my mood, and the class/work itself.

17 Comments on Monterey & Redwoods

  1. Mama Pea
    23 October, 2009 at 10:40 pm (5 years ago)

    Your kabocha looks so good, and its only been 3 hours since I had some :)

    Your dad is TALL! I’m so glad you guys are enjoying your time together.

  2. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    23 October, 2009 at 10:45 pm (5 years ago)

    Love the pic in front of the tree of you and the tomatoes I do the same things sans cheese when I had a CSA share and was getting like 40 toms a week!

    Quamana…used it once, it ate my post. Never again. I feel your pain :)

  3. Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15)
    23 October, 2009 at 11:05 pm (5 years ago)

    Oooh, I LOVE putting protein powder in my oats and oat bran! Chocolate protein powder is especially tasty.

  4. Christina
    23 October, 2009 at 11:51 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m jealous of your long, skinny legs!! haha want to trade?!

    Those trees are so beautiful and magnificant! I love when they tell you how old they are. There’s one at a state park by our house that has a little timeline that points to certain rings and approximates what was going on then, historically. It’s crazy to look at a tree and think that it was standing there beautiful and tall through all those world events!!! Sounds silly, but when I find an old coin I think the same thing — like “wow, this penny is older than my mom!!” haha

    I just answered the procrastination question on Sophia’s blog! You guys are like-minded tonight! :) Must be mid-terms on the brain! I usually “trick” myself that the due date is sooner, so even if I procrastinate, it’s still done a few days early realistically.

  5. sophia
    24 October, 2009 at 12:03 am (5 years ago)

    Wow. This is creepy. Weboth asked the same questions on our blog. great minds think alike!!!

    Such beautiful pictures! I don’t think I’ve ever seen your dad before. hello, Maggie’s dad! Thank you for giving us such a wonderful lady into this world!

  6. April
    24 October, 2009 at 4:07 am (5 years ago)

    Glad you had a great time with you dad. I second the long skinny legs…wow!

    Love me some broiled tomatoes mmm…

  7. VeggieGirl
    24 October, 2009 at 4:11 am (5 years ago)

    Awesome father/daughter time!!

    I just sit down and study – gotta get it done :-D

  8. coco
    24 October, 2009 at 4:39 am (5 years ago)

    so glad that you’re having good time with your Dad. He’s sooooo tall!!! :D
    good luck with the exam today.. I usually study a week in advance so the day before exam I just relax! :)

  9. Annie
    24 October, 2009 at 7:05 am (5 years ago)

    Ive been to those redwoods! and Monterey! Glad you had fun, I thought it was amazing.

  10. Emily
    24 October, 2009 at 8:39 am (5 years ago)

    I used to live in Monterey, but haven’t been back in years! so pretty there.

    procrastination gives me mad anxiety! if I’m not a week ahead of schedule, I’m behind. it’s like reverse procrastination. or something :)

  11. Alisa - Frugal Foodie
    24 October, 2009 at 1:34 pm (5 years ago)

    So much fun with your dad! You are both so cute together and what fun outings. Now I miss my dad!

  12. Marina
    24 October, 2009 at 1:55 pm (5 years ago)

    The frittata and tomatoes look amazing! It seriously looks like something I’d order in a restaurant! :)

  13. Bekah
    24 October, 2009 at 3:18 pm (5 years ago)

    ah the frittata and baked tomatoes. totally doing that. now.
    and cute outfit. :)

  14. glidingcalm
    24 October, 2009 at 8:24 pm (5 years ago)

    yay for Daddy love!! that is such a fabulous picture!!!
    I am giving you a shout out in my next post!! :D

  15. Erin @ Living and Loving In L.A.
    24 October, 2009 at 9:20 pm (5 years ago)

    Great pictures! I cannot believe how big those trees are! HUGE! I need to get up there and see them for myself!
    Love the oatmeal. I need to try oat bran. I’m boring. I usually just make regular oats. Will try soon!!!

  16. Andrea@WellnessNotes
    24 October, 2009 at 11:27 pm (5 years ago)

    I love the pictures with your dad! The redwoods are so amazing…

    I have found the older I get the more I procrastinate; it’s weird…

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