Summer: Time for a Jaunt

0 comments Posted on July 15, 2015

Carla Stewartby Carla Stewart

There’s nothing I like more than a spontaneous jaunt to a new place. Recently, my husband and I were headed to California for our grandson’s baptism and decided to tack on a few days just for the two of us. I’d always drooled over the pictures I’d seen of Big Sur on the Pacific Coast Highway, so with no particular plan, we started on the Monterey peninsula, exploring the craggy beaches along the sparkling turquoise surf.

The cares of the world slipped from my shoulders as we meandered south toward L.A. and I thought of how different this was from some of our “big” destination vacations. At one turnout, we took a zig-zaggy trail leading to a waterfall. If we’d been in a hurry, we would have missed a spectacular view. Late in the afternoon, we stopped at the elephant seal rookery and meandered along the fence that keeps the seals protected. Hundreds of them lay flopped on the beach, the young ones frolicking in the sand. My heart filled with wonder at the sight.

SealsAlthough our days ended quickly, it was like time stood still for a brief glorious span.

CA Coast

Ready to take your own jaunt? A couple of words of advice. Don’t over think your plan. Expect surprises. Amble along and let the scenery dictate your course. Be flexible, and always choose an outdoor table for refreshing lunches and romantic dinners.

And don’t forget to take pictures. Lots of pictures.


A Flying AffairAward-winning author of six novels, Carla Stewart’s passion for times gone by is reflected in her heart-warming fiction. It is her desire to take readers to that familiar place in their hearts called “home.” She and her husband live in Oklahoma where they attempt to keep up with the adventures of their seven rambunctious grandchildren.

A Flying Affair  is her newest release which has been called rich and complex. Daredevil Mittie Humphreys navigates her heart as well as the skies in this beguiling adventure of grit and determination during the rollicking Roaring Twenties. Learn more about Carla and her books at

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