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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.)

Marti’s Birthday Party in the Grand Cayman Island

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The morning was very pleasant. I walked all the way to the Turtle Nest Inn and back. That is a total of six miles round trip! Wow that is an all time best for me. I can tell you that the last half mile was very difficult. I ended the walk with a dip in the pool.

Marti wants to go into the ocean today. We will be trying the sea-side today. It is much different from the protected side (seven mile beach). That beach was mostly a sandy underwater environment. The sea-side should have more sea life. I hope to see a sea turtle.

What a wonderful time I had swimming around the reef. I saw lots of fish, small fish, big fish, two conch and some things I was not sure just what they were. We swam through the turtle grass, over the coral, and close to the sandy bottom. I had a really great time and do not remember swimming as far as the two of us swam. By the time I was tired and ready to call it a day I had not seen a sea turtle. Well maybe next time. We left the ocean and swam in the pool to clean off the salt water. Then it was off to the store for some last-minute items for Marti’s special birthday dinner. After shopping we returned home and started to rest before preparing the birthday dinner. I slept for over one hour and that helped me by recharging my battery.
Soon after my nap I was working on Marti’s birthday dinner. I prepared some of her most favorite items. We had Italian rolled steak (rouchalie, which I don’t know how to spell), cauliflower with peas, crispy French bread, sweet potatoes, and both wine and champagne. For dessert we had a chocolate cake with pokadots. Pat and Will from across the street, also referred as “the Opposites” joined us for dinner. Dinner was wonderful and after Marti opened her gifts, which included a stylish purse from Anne and a purse holder from Pat, we called it a night and went to sleep.

The next day it was time to head for home. I packed the bags. We said our goodbyes and headed to the airport. Oh no we had to go back to retrieve Marty’s glasses and say goodbye again. I will miss this island and of course little Olive.

Grand Cayman Island – Botanic Park – continues

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We are planning to go to the Botanic Park. I am sure it will be lots of fun with lots to see and learn. First I needed to take my walk. I was in a very good mood for my walk. It was not as hot and the air was a little less moist. I walked for five and one half miles. The time to walk that long was just one hour and thirty five minutes. On my return I showered and we were soon on our way to the Botanic Park. On entering the park we noticed lots of signs warning that Iguanas may sleep under your car so before leaving check under your car for any blue Iguanas. Starting at the visitor’s center, we were soon off to visit the Orchid garden that was still under development. It is the Cayman winter so we did not see much in bloom. On the path we saw a large Cayman Blue Iguana. It was very tame and we were able to take photos of this rare but lovely animal. Leaving the Orchid garden we found our way to the Heritage garden and saw many trees that grow the island. I was surprised to learn that the Avocado tree is a native plant. We then walked through the Flora Colour Garden. All the plants that are sold by my home for indoor beauty were here outside doing well and growing with little effort. A walk through the Palm Garden was next with caution signs all about. It seems that falling coconuts are very dangerous and can even kill you if it hits your head. We then sat in a lovely rest area were we encountered another Cayman Blue Iguana. He too posed for a photo opportunity. After a short rest we were off to explore the Woodland Trail. During this walk we saw a snake, birds, one very strange bird, and some very nice humans. Soon we were back to the car and ready to head for Bill and Anne’s home. Before leaving we both looked under the rental car and were. happy to learn that no Iguanas choose our car to sleep under. We returned home and cleaned up for a visit to a local art showr at the Ritz Carlton. The art show was very nice with both paintings and sculptures. Bill seemed to know most of the artists and we were able to have some of the artists explain their process to us. Besides, being beautiful we were educated about how some items are created. What a fun evening. On leaving the exhibit we went to dinner at a very nice place, joined by some friends of Bill’s and Anne’s. It was late when we arrived home and soon we were all asleep.

Grand Cayman Island – Continues

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Tuesday started off with a wonderful walk followed by a swim in the pool. Then we were off to shop in the one and only city on the island, Georgetown. I was able to find the boys some nice shirts, and we found some bracelets for some of the girls. We did not find Marti her combined birthday/Valentines gift but we stopped at all the jewelry stores. Lucky for me they had chairs in some of the stores and I was able to sit for most of her shopping day. Tonight we are going to hear a local band and then we will eat.

Well we arrived just a little early for the band, so we went to dinner first. We ate at Casanova’s right on the beach. The view from our table included two pirate ships and three other boats. The food was good with Marti having pasta and tuna and I had chicken. As always we shared our dinner with each other. We enjoyed dinner with Bill, Anne and their neighbor, Pat. The conversation was enjoyable as was the company. Soon we were off to the roof top bar for the band. We stayed much too long. The music was fun and the band was having such a good time that we just could not leave. It was a night of country western music. Not the current rockabilly but music from the fifties and early sixties. The band played two songs based on my requests. I was familiar with each song they played. In fact Bill was surprised that I knew all the words to most of the songs played.

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