Mellow Monterey Bay – Monterey Bay, California…Where Solitude Can Carry You Away
Monterey Bay, California
“It is important from time to time to slow down, to go away by yourself and simply be.” Eileen Caddy
Regardless of my last minute hesitations, a room with my name on it awaited, thanks to one of my more impulsive moments. Yet, it was in that moment of planning my escape that I knew what I needed, yearned for, and would drive two hours from home for – solitude. I packed a simple bag, hopped in my car with just enough gas to go one way and inserted a favorite CD into the dash. It was one of many that made my teens groan, and it was the one Iâ€™d play continuously for the entire drive. Ah, solitude. It had begun.
Adventure-seeking kids and their parents, kissing couples, hand-holding senior citizens, and the sports loving scuba divers and kayakers provide a spell along the scenic California Pacific Coast. Historic Cannery Row is lined with hotels that lure those who treasure the sound of gentle surfs as they drift off to sleep, and for those who relish waking to distant sounds of crying harbor seals. Shops and galleries are various and enticing, and the mouth-watering food is often the freshest local catch – a sumptuous fete to the palate. Here I was, neither a kid taking in the famous local aquarium, nor a couple pursuing a romantic excursion. I wasnâ€™t a restaurant connoisseur or a spendthrift drooling over the tempting shops and art galleries. My mission was simple: me time, rest, and room service, my own remote control and, yes, a much-needed massage.
Once in the terry robe that awaited me in my room, I snuggled into that down bedding with a remote control and the gentle sound of the surf outside my deck. It would only be a few hours before Iâ€™d awaken – sans alarm clock – to a luxurious continental breakfast slated for a 7:45 a.m. arrival at my door.
Getting away doesnâ€™t require leaving the world behind, but it certainly can mean creating a journey that allows one to completely dismiss the familiar daily routine. Solo travel is not for the faint of heart. Some shudder at the thought of such an excursion free of a companion. Yet, it is that alone time that we so often neglect and instinctively crave. With the frenetic demands of our busy lives, it is vital to feed that instinct now and again.
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John Steinbeck who penned the popular Cannery Row once said: “We find that after years of struggle we do not take a journey, but rather the journey takes us.” In my hectic life, filled with its share of typical struggles, a 24-hour solo escape became a small, yet significant journey that took me for a day and carried me away.