Goodbye Lopez Home – Reg and Judy

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It was time to start our drive to the Chapel Hill church. So we changed into our church outfits and said goodbye to Reg and Judy’s home, The Lopez House. Into my city sedan we all sat. We were to return by the same road that took us to the Lopez house. Not wanting to be called a “Winnie” and to prove to Judy that I already had a pair. I forged the river quickly with my city sedan and after hearing a giant bolder crash into my car we were soon on the other side. Watching out for giant potholes and new fallen rocks we drove the country road back to civilization. We dropped Alex and Whit off at their car and soon we were heading up to the Chapel. We arrived with a little time to spare and I dropped the girls off and I drove up a mountain so I could park the car. After parking I had to trek back to the Chapel.

You could say that there were lots of gentlemen at the wedding because it seems like all men are dropping their ladies off at the Chapel and then driving their car up another mountain to park and trek back to the Chapel. The wedding was very nice but all I could think about was how much money was spent on the ladies hair styles as the wind whipped everyone’s hair into a windblown style. The ceremony continued until Paula and John were now husband and wife. With the wedding ceremony over we needed to head over to the reception. Yes that meant that we now had to climb up the mountain to my parked car. Just a little winded we all arrived at the top of the hill and sat down inside the car. Rested we were soon driving off to the reception that was to take place in Pasa Roles, CA at the Park Ballroom.

The reception was very beautiful and it followed the traditional wedding reception. We found a table and soon were enjoying a glass of wine. Ellen, Jerry, Joined us at our table and we talked and enjoyed the reception. The reception was almost over when we choose to leave and return to Judy’s Cayucas beach home for Saturday night. Prior to stopping at the beach house we dropped Judy off at Reg’s home on the wharf. We found the girls (Alex and Whitney) asleep in the cottage so we headed to our room and we were soon fast asleep. Awaking the next morning I am greeted by Judy, Alex and Whitney all talking about Marti’s visit last night. The next thing I remember is the visit with Ellen and Jay who arrive with breakfast. Next I am enjoying some coffee and breakfast. After a pleasant visit we all say goodbye and we are heading north up to Aptos, CA. our home.

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Reg and Judy’s Lopez Home

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Well we were now on our way to the Lopez house. Judy was providing directions to me and the ladies were busy talking as usual. Alex started to look pale and it seemed that she was suffering from motion sickness. We stopped and moved Alex from the back seat to the front seat and that solved the problem. We continued down the road on our way to the Lopez house. We were driving on a real country road with large potholes, and large rocks that fell from the hills. In addition to the road hazards the road would change from paved to gravel. I think the road was still paved but the gravel must have fallen off the mountain and covered the road. Driving very carefully I was able to avoid the holes and large rocks but as we were approaching the property where the Lopez house was built the road dipped. The road dipped so that a small creek could cross the road during the heavy raining season. Soon I noticed that the creek meandered back and forth crossing the road multiple times. Each time the creek crossed the road the road dipped. Marti asked Judy if there was any time that the road became closed due to flooding. Judy explained that it has happened but that it was more likely to happen at the Lopez property because the creek always passes over the road. The next thing I knew we were at the top of a rise on the road looking down at a river flowing across the road. Judy pointed across the river and told me to cross the river in my car. I hesitated at the top of the rise and looked at the river below. My car is a sedan built for city driving on paved roads and it does not have four-wheel drive. As Judy told me to grow a pair and stop being a “Winnie” I eased my car over the rise and into the river. I could feel the force of the river trying to push my car down the stream. Lucky for me we made it across the river and in a few hundred feet we were parked and looking at the outside of the Lopez House.

The house is beautiful and it would have been worth having my car float downstream. We exited the car and stopped to check out the house and its surroundings. The house is built on four pillars above a pleasant meadow facing a large cliff face that rises hundreds of feet into the sky. The cliff face is well covered with various trees and the stream meanders through the meadow. Trees abound close by the stream and are found on the other side of the meadow as well. Judy informed me that she has seen bears, deer, beavers, and other wild animals found in the California coastal range. The area abounds with many species of wild birds and of course all of the necessary insects.

The house sits on the right hand side and about half way into the meadow. You can either park in the meadow and access the house by walking up a stairway or drive up the road and park on the hill next to the house and then walk down a path to the home. Either way you will then enter the first floor. Those who park on the hill enter the house from a beautiful wood door that opens into the living room. Those who park in the meadow walk up some stairs and enter the living room by passing through two giant glass doors. The doors are at least eight feet wide and twelve feet high. The glass doors are tinted yet it does not detract from the magnificent view. Once inside you can feel the presence of both Reg and Judy. Reg is very talented with wood and metal. His work with either media is more art than just exquisite woodwork or metalwork. I was struck by the use of a large tree limb as support for the staircase to the bedroom on the second floor. Each electrical cover was hand painted and added greatly to the unique home design. The pot belly stove was an antique that was embellished with musical instruments and some nickel plating. I was sure the pot belly stove works well but the artistry touch made it belong to the Lopez home. Into the bathroom I walked and again I was amazed by Reg’s skill with wood. He had made two sinks totally from one piece of wood. The makeup table was hand crafted by Reg and again you saw art more than function. Turning I was surprised to see a very large shower. The shower looked to be at least five feet wide by five feet deep with a ceiling at least twelve feet high. This giant shower was set in the corner of the room with two walls of frosted glass doors that could be opened to the outdoors. Thus allowing the bather the opportunity to shower and enjoy all that nature has to offer. The kitchen area was brilliant from a very nontraditional refrigerator to special custom “Reg Made” cabinets.

Overcome with the beauty as well as the small intimate details found throughout the first floor I walked up the stairs and into the bedroom. This is just way too hard to try to describe in words. I feel like someone trying to describe the Sistine Chapel to someone who is blind. The bed is nothing short of another work of art with unique touches. The room feels so light and airy with windows and sliding glass doors that led out to the second floor deck. The majesty of the mountain and the joy of the meadow meet and will rock you to sleep. This house is the home of our friends Reg and Judy. It is a work of love that displays the feeling that Reg and Judy have towards each other. I was honored to be able to see this work of love and art.

Judy’s Beach House in Cayucos CA!

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Judy's brunch area and living room

Living Room with Rock Fireplace

Looking out the windows from the living room side

Looking out the windows at the brunch table

Alex and Whitney at the corner of Judy's Beach House

The rock from Judy's house - Morrow Bay

rock at sunset

fireplace outside in the garden at Judy's house

We finished dinner without eating the Ice Cream and were soon off to Judy’s home. We arrived about twenty minutes later at the beach home. I have been here once before but even though this is my second time I am struck by the beauty of the garden, the view of the beach, and the warmth inside Judy’s home. Entering the house I feel like I just walked into an art exhibit. Nothing just waits for you to notice it. As your eyes wander items just jump into view, a kaleidoscope of color and interesting things start your mind to wander. Of course you are instantly struck by the rock fireplace that at first seems way too large for the room but then you notice a boat ore hanging on the ceiling beam and other things that attract your eye. Items like a jewel doll or an etched glass of a fairy. A bookcase filled with all types of books on the second floor that you access by a staircase and then a construction walkway. Plants are placed in just the right spots so that they impress you with their beauty and draw your eyes to other items of interest. I could go on and on but I think you can understand. It was late so off to bed we went. I was lulled to sleep by the sound of the surf gently breaking against the shore.

Morning came much too soon and we were off to meet up with the girls and then go see the Lopez house. We were a little late but soon we arrived and found Alexandra and Whitney in the downtown Arroyo Grande area. Thank goodness for cell phones we had trouble finding the restaurant and Alex had to flag us down in the street. She said we were getting old. We stopped for breakfast. After driving down the main street of the city the girls choose “The Village Café” for our breakfast meal. It was around 10:30 am so I thought lunch might be best for me. We were seated and after asking we were informed that lunch could be ordered but anything that needed to be deep-fried would not be allowed. Two of us ordered breakfast and two ordered lunch. Two poached eggs, one with bacon and a biscuit, and the other eggs with sausage and wheat toast were our breakfast order. The eggs were cooked as ordered, and both the bacon and sausage were cooked well. Compliments went to the country biscuit for both its size and fluffy inside. The lunch orders were a hamburger and a grilled cheese sandwich. They were ok but I was not so happy with the side of hash brown potatoes. (Another note: I suggest that if it is morning just order breakfast.)

Our Weekend with Judy and the Paula and John Wedding

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This weekend is a busy one for Marti and me. We are planning to spend Friday night at Judy’s home in Cayucas, CA. Enjoy a beautiful morning watching Morrow bay and the rock before heading to Arroyo Grande to meet Alex and Whitney for breakfast and then heading over to see Reg’s and Judy’s just- completed Lopez Lake home. After taking the tour of the new home we will head out to watch John and Paula recite their wedding vows at “The Chapel Hill” church. Then it is off to the reception that will take place in Pasa Roles at the Park Ballroom. At the end of the reception we will return to Judy’s Cayucas beach home for Saturday night. In the morning we will visit with Ellen and Jay before returning to Aptos, CA.

Through the county and over the pass we are on our way to Judy’s beach house. The drive is very pleasant and the valley is beautiful with farms, vineyards, and the coastal hills in the distance. Before arriving we stop in Templeton, CA to enjoy our dinner. Our first choice is a small place that Marti remembered from another time however it is booked solid and we do not want to wait until after 8:00 pm so down the street we go. Lucky us, we are able to just walk right in and be seated at the original A J Spurs restaurant. We waited for about ten minutes before our server arrived with a large bowl of soup and two serving bowls. We were informed that the soup, salad, main course, and dessert were included with the meal. I wish I knew that before being seated, oh well it was too late now. Hungry, I looked over the menu and choose a bacon cheese burger and Marti selected a flat-iron steak. We ordered and then started on the soup. The soup was very good with a hearty stock, real vegetables and nice size pieces of meat. On the table were some crackers to accompany the soup. The crackers were your standard fare, saltines, Hi Ho, and some short bread sticks. No one refilled the crackers so if you both ate one type it was possible to run out. Next the salad arrived. It was your basic green Iceberg salad with crushed croton, blue cheese dressing, with some crushed blue cheese on top and some old carrot strips. The salad would have been better without the old carrot strips. The main course arrived. The flat-iron steak was hot and cooked as ordered. It was served with some rice on the side and Marti was happy with her meal. My burger was ok but it was no better than a double whopper at BK. We asked for Ice Cream for our dessert and were served some Ice Cream that had been in the freezer way too long. The ice cream came packed with ice drops throughout. (Hint: My suggestion is to order the soup and salad less the carrot strips. You will enjoy your meal.)