A Pajaro Farewell – May 16 – 19, 2016

24 May

With the promise of fun and frolic, Diana and I headed over the Sierras to our beloved gathering of Orange High longtime friends at Pajaro Dunes on the Monterey Bay. On the way, we stopped at San Jose Airport to pick up Elizabeth and Dot who flew in from points afar.

Eizabeth arriving in San Jose

Eizabeth arriving in San Jose

Dot has an eye for the camera

Dot has an eye for the camera

We lucked out with traffic and didn’t really slow down until we merged onto Highway 1. We finally arrived at Pelican 10 at Pajaro and it was just like old times. Feelings of comfort, security and friendship abounded. It wasn’t long before the food was unpacked and the wine was opened.   Lynda had brought the scrapbook with pictures from our many years of getting together. (As always, to enlarge the photos, click on the photos)

Sherry is here checking out the latest additions being as how she missed our last gathering. All of us check it out, as the captions on many of the photos are priceless. We always get a good chuckle in reading them, even if we’ve seen them before.

Sherry is here checking out the latest additions being as how she missed our last gathering. All of us check it out, as the captions on many of the photos are priceless. We always get a good chuckle in reading them, even if we’ve seen them before.

Dot and I prepared our first dinner (as per tradition…then, theoretically we don’t have to cook anymore. But Dot always does because she’s got lots of ideas of how to put together meals…as do the other ladies. I just sit back and help with cleanup). We toasted those who were not able to join us this year as we missed them all. We hope they will be able to join us next year.

There was a lot of serious talking that first evening; jobs, illnesses/death of friends, politics, getting older (notice, it’s not old just older), traveling, and a plethora of other topics. Some continued throughout our time together.

Trish hit us with a bombshell early on with the fact that she, Steve and their partners are going to sell Pelican 10. They hope to accomplish this sale by the end of the year. Of course this made us sad that this was our farewell gathering there but we immediately began discussing where to go next year. It will happen and it looks like we might meet at Dot’s place in Murrieta. We just don’t know when yet.

Diana also shared with us that she and her business partner will be closing their antique shop this year.   It isn’t as much fun as it has been in the past and she would like some more spare time to do Diana things.

We all had anticipated fair weather at the beach but the mornings dawned with fog and then there was wind. The weather and tides at the wrong times hampered our traditional long walks on the beach, much to our chagrin. However, a few of us ventured out during our first morning for a relatively short walk.  Thank you, Lynda, for sharing some of your photos.

Dot & Lynda

Dot & Lynda

Cora & Sherry

Cora & Sherry

Dot loves the seagulls

Dot loves the seagulls

I wonder what that seagull had in mind when he was walking on the beach.

I wonder what that seagull had in mind when he was walking on the beach.

We indulged in some regular activities such as checking emails, trying to verify or look up answers to questions we had raised and looking at magazines. Last year we learned Dropwords, a game that Lynda introduced to us. This year, she hooked us on Classic Words Scrabble. We were all playing it at one time or another. These doggone games are addicting!

Relaxing in Pelican 10

Relaxing in Pelican 10

Then there was the traditional lunch at The Whole Enchilada. The owner always comes to our table to check out the beautiful ladies, flirts with us a bit, and then goes away. He always returns with a Lotto ticket and tells us we need to split the winnings with him. True to form, we didn’t win,…again. Bummer. We all could have used a boost to the income. We always take a ton of pictures there, enjoying the camaraderie.

At The Whole Enchilada

Posing at The Whole Enchilada

Checking photos

Checking photos

Elizabeth & Trish

Elizabeth & Trish

Buds since Kindergarten

Buds since Kindergarten

Sherry & Cora

Sherry & Cora

Just across the street from the Enchilada is part of the marina for Moss Landing. We checked it out and there were three otters floating on their backs, taking a nap. They were/are so cute!

A small raft of otters sleeping in the marina

A small raft of otters sleeping in the marina

It’s been our custom for the past few years to have a craft or two, perhaps to stir our creativity. Mine is almost null and void, but I did enjoy the adult coloring books and making a drawing on a wine glass. (I won’t show you mine, but it wasn’t terrible).

 Lynda’s coloring project was exemplary!

Lynda’s coloring project was exemplary!

I really liked Diana’s and Lynda's wine glass drawings.

I really liked Diana’s and Lynda’s wine glass drawings.

This was Lynda’s sample for us and she did a beautiful mug with flying seagulls. I failed to get a picture of that one.

This was Lynda’s sample for us and she did a beautiful mug with flying seagulls. I failed to get a picture of that one.

I’ve always admired the group’s ability to make a decision and then several will step up to make it happen.  (Sometimes it takes us a while to arrive at the decision and sometimes it’s a decision made by indecision). An example was that we decided to have French toast for breakfast. It wasn’t more than 10 minutes that we had a gourmet meal in front of us. Congrats to the cooks!

Congrats to the cooks! I would recommend you to Emeril!

Preparing the fine repast

A fine repast

Congrats to the cooks! I would recommend you all to Emeril!

Another tradition is to have a taste or two of Bailey’s Irish Crème after dinner (or whenever). I had picked up a bottle of Costco’s version of Bailey’s and we ran a blind taste test. Interestingly, all except one chose the Costco version as the one we liked best.

We took our annual field trip to Carmel by the Sea this year. It seemed to take forever to find a parking spot, but Lynda managed to find one for or two cars to park together. We walked a bit, visited a few shops, made a few purchases, looked in some galleries (that was after lunch) and had lunch in a Hobbit house lookalike place called the Tuck Box.

The Tuck Box serves good food (we know all the good places) and is known for their tea and scones. I also recommend the coconut cream pie. YUM!

The Tuck Box serves good food (we know all the good places) and is known for their tea and scones. I also recommend the coconut cream pie. YUM!

 

Thanks, Sherry, for the salute with the teacup. I note in this picture that Trish is talking with her hands again. She’s good at that and doesn’t knock things on the floor as I would with the hand motions.

Thanks, Sherry, for the salute with the teacup. I note in this picture that Trish is talking with her hands again. She’s good at that and doesn’t knock things on the floor as I would with the hand motions.  🙂

All too soon our time together wound down. Then it was time to settle up what is owed to whom. Lynda and Dot have a spreadsheet where data is entered to figure out what is owed and to whom. It surely does beat the old system of trying to figure it out by hand. There was a glitch or two this time, but it was eventually worked out to everyone’s satisfaction.

Sherry is squaring things up with Dot

Sherry is squaring things up with Dot

I don’t know that our theme was traditions this year but we certainly did do them all. We just fell into them naturally and felt comfortable with them. We will continue them, I’m sure, in future years, just in different locales.

US!

US!

I also want to thank Trish for hosting us year after year. Pelican 10 has seemed a bit like a home away from home because we’ve been there so many times and we now it so well.

Thank you, Trish!!!

Thank you, Trish!!!

Looking at the Pelican Point complex from the south

Looking at the Pelican Point complex from the south

Pelican 10 is on the second floor

Pelican 10 is on the second floor

Saying farewell

Saying farewell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to “A Pajaro Farewell – May 16 – 19, 2016”

  1. Connie Raub May 24, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    Another great Pajaro Dunes Buzzard note entry! Thanks for sharing. How really sad that this is the last time there. However, fun will follow you girls wherever you go! I LOVE the paintings on the wine glasses. How fun and how talented you are! Naturally the otters are my fav but the seagull foot prints were pretty good! The French toast looked yummmmy! I’m sure people will miss Diana’s Antique Shop in Nevada, but hey, if it’s not fun, why do it? Cheers to you all! ~Connie

  2. Norma Hostert June 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

    Cora looks like you are having the time of your life. Good for you.
    We still all miss you. You need to come down and visit us some time.

    I still go into the office every day. That is my life.
    Keep sending thebuzzardnotes they are a joy to read.

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