Carmel Mission Ranch, Carmel River Beach, Hike, Scenic Drive

Scenic Drive – Walk Between December Storms

Scenic Drive Carmel Beach Walk photo BeachWalkDecember14201410_zpsafe0f65f.jpgBetween two storms.
Time to get out and walk Scenic Drive
from Ocean Avenue to Carmel River Beach. 
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Not the only one with this idea. Scenic Drive Beach Walk photo BeachWalkDecember14201413_zps9d026695.jpg
Beach at Thirteenth Avenue
 taken back by the ocean.
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Walker House with Carmel Beach in the distance.
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Round the Point to Carmel River Beach.
Carmel RIver Beach photo BeachWalkDecember14201494_zps45547b75.jpgHiding in the reeds in
 Carmel River Wetlands Bufflehead Carmel Wetlands photo BeachWalkDecember14201437_zpse352161a.jpg a family of Bufflehead out for a swim.
Carmel River Beach Breach photo BeachWalkDecember14201453_zps9917d298.jpgSomeone casts for Steelhead as the
river breaches the dune.
Carmel River Beach Breach photo BeachWalkDecember14201467_zpsea5ce30b.jpgI consider crossing the river stream
to hike Carmel Meadows.
  The next wave shouts, not a good idea! 
Mission Ranch From River Beach photo BeachWalkDecember14201478a_zps19bcbf83.jpgThe Mission bells chime 11AM Mass
and my attention turns to toward the wetlands.
Mission Ranch photo BeachWalkDecember142014114_zps5ba4283d.jpg I decide to detour off of Scenic Drive
and walk home via Dolores.
  But first a stop at Mission Ranch. 
Mission Ranch photo BeachWalkDecember142014109_zpsc1d3b1f6.jpgThere is something so fascinating about
Mr. Eastwood’s wooly sheep.
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Gaudete in Domino semper!

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