Jacks Peak, Dennis the Menace Park, Meeting Peter & Merry

Jacks Peak Monterey Hike

Today we were expecting Jeff’s Uncle Peter and his wife Merry to come and visit us, so i got a sub for my morning class at the gym. But it turns out that they were coming later in the day, so i had a free morning! Vinny and i normally go to the grocery store in the morning, so we took our time and let Daddy sleep in.

When we got back from the grocery store (which is going through a remodel right now — don’t know where anything is, but at least now i have glasses that work so i can read the signs down the aisle!), we fed Vincent some lunch then hopped in the car to take a hike at Jack’s Peak. We have been there once before Vincent was born, but it had been a while and its a close hike with great views.

Of course, Vincent fell asleep on the car ride there. We had tried to put him down earlier in the morning since his new sitter said that he is now back to taking two naps a day (9:30-11 and 2-4), but that was a no go. So, we let him sleep a little by going to Quizno’s for lunch and eating in the car. It worked out perfectly because he woke up as we were driving into the parking lot of the park.

Jacks Peak Monterey Hike

We strapped him in and he already has a smile on his face! He loves the backpack.

Jacks Peak Monterey Hike

It was sunny, so i put on some sunglasses. They stayed on all but 30 seconds.

Jacks Peak Monterey Hike

It took us a while to decide which way we wanted to go.

Jacks Peak Monterey Hike

We picked a cross between two routes.

Jacks Peak Monterey Hike

A great look-out spot over the bay.

Jacks Peak Monterey Hike

Last time we were here we remember the cool rocks and the signs saying to look out for skeletons from ocean life of past years. Found nada!

Jacks Peak Monterey Hike

Vinny grabbed hold of the mirror that dad uses to watch him. He loves playing with it. Behind them in this picture is a good view of the “fog” layer but hard to see in the this picture.

Jacks Peak Monterey Hike

I really liked this tree on our loop back.

The floor was kind of wet. I had capris on and new socks, so that was a terrible combination which allowed for small pine needles to make there way onto the back of my leg and into my sock. Ugh! But at least i was smart and  wore my junk shoes this time.

The hike was short! But i had to pee (LOL — drank to much of my favorite SoBe drink only sold at Quizno’s!) so i didnt mind getting going… we had planned to go to Dennis the Menace park after!

Deer Jacks Peak

Driving our way out of the park, we saw a deer with antlers drinking from a large puddle on the side of the road. I had my good camera in the trunk but we were able to catch a few photos with Jeff’s iPhone 4.

Deer Jacks Peak

This one’s got and artsy water color filter effect on it! (Actually its just blurry — action shot!) But you can see it’s great antlers.

Dennis the Menace Park

When we arrived at the park we were ready to play! This is our first time going there since Vincent could walk. This is also our first time going in the exclusive toddler area, made for lil’ ones. Vincent really loved it! He had that sparkle in his eye the entire time! I bet he was thinking, man, i can run around this WHOLE place?

Dennis the Menace Park

And funny thing, first thing he goes for is the chain link fence that surrounds the whole area! A little girl was having a birthday party and he wanted to join in on the fun!

Dennis the Menace Park

Then he figured out where to go. Or lay i should say.

Dennis the Menace Park

Best picture ever, what a cutie.

Dennis the Menace Park

He loved peeking over the side of this one section, had a little cutaway for his face.

Dennis the Menace Park

Running toward daddy!

Dennis the Menace Park

Ready to go down the slide daddy! He still doesnt not quite get how to go down the slide without …

Dennis the Menace Park

Bonking his head as he goes down!

Dennis the Menace Park

He doesn’t even cry though. He just smiles and thinks its funny.

Dennis the Menace Park

After the playground area, we walked over the drawbridge and checked out the rock climb wall for a little bit.

Dennis the Menace Park

Then of course we had to stop by the swings.

Water table

When we got home, i wanted to do yardwork. So i pulled out Vinny’s water table and filled it up with water so it would get warm enough for him to play in. The day was turning out to be sunny and nice. Jeff dressed Vinny in his new rashguard swim shirt and slippers from Hawaii (growing out of those though!)

Jeff chatted with Gma and Gpa while I pulled a lot of weeds and dead flowers from our yard, trimmed down a lot of stuff and filled up our whole yard waste. I even got rid of the rotting oranges tossed to the side of our house by the lawnmower who comes to mow twice monthly!

Chatting with Grandparents

I picked some fresh raspberries from our wild little bush in the corner of our yard. I let vinny taste some. He grabbed the whole handful i laid out for him and shoved it in his mouth. Then he came back for more!

Just as were were wrapping up all our fun outside, we get a call from Peter that they are in town and coming over to see Vinny and our house! Yay! We fed Vinny his dinner, then hung out for a bit, gave a tour of the house, then went out to eat at the Brew Pub.

Monterey Brewery with Merry and Peter

The adults (minus me) had some beers and great food! Vinny loved the flash that i used on my camera. I hardly ever use the flash so he’s super excited about that. I am now thinking i probably should utilize it more with this lil’ guy being the move and shaker he is, half my photos are always blurry!

What an action packed day! Vinny was out like a light when we put him to bed!

 

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