50 in Five’s 4th of July started off with a visit to downtown Carmel. We found ourselves a nice (free!) parking spot on the street and started walking around the cute shops and eateries.
We stopped at a busy bakery and got ourselves a cannoli and coffee. It was good, but it made us miss the cannoli of our lifetime that we had in Boston at Mike’s Pastry. But, we digress.
While searching for what do in the area to celebrate Independence Day we found out about a free festival at the park down the street. We made our way to Devendorf Park and enjoyed some live music, free fruit plates, sodas, chips, and hot dogs. ‘Merica.
Next, we hit the road to do the famed “17 mile drive” through Pebble Beach. It was very scenic, and we especially enjoyed the cypress trees.
At the end of the drive we had a nice, early dinner at the Terrace Lounge that is a part of the Lodge at Pebble Beach. You get your $10 entrance fee refunded towards a meal at a restaurant in the area. However, even with the refund, our meal was overpriced. We sat at a comfortable table on the terrace overlooking the 18th hole of the famous golf course.
We drove back to our hotel and rested for a bit. Then we decided to take a walk to the Marina Dunes Reserve just a short walk from our hotel. Across from the entrance of the reserve is an RV park and several of the vacationing families staying there were in the cul-de-sac setting off small fireworks (fireworks are legal in the city of Marina). We walked to the sea and saw a family playing with sparklers. As we walked back, someone started setting off some large fireworks into the sky (not sure if those were legal). We were happy to be able to see some fireworks on the 4th of July!