Bay Area Trip (Day 1)

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17-Mar-2016: Few of our friends call Bay area their home and we had wanted to visit them and also G and Ar had not been to that area. So this had been in planning for some time, but it kept getting moved forward, one due to we not having the car and also it being a long trip we were not ready yet. This trip got finalized in Feb and we decided to go in March We were thinking of taking couple of days off before the weekend and make it a 4 days trip. The distance from our place to it is around 400 miles and it takes around 7:00 hours to reach if you go non stop 🙂 . We started planning the itinerary as the day approached. The plan was as below:

  • Day 1: Head towards Bay area, via Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and enjoy the scenic route. Reach our friends place.
  • Day 2: Do a SFO sightseeing and spend some time with friends.
  • Day 3: Do some local sightseeing, like silicon valley etc, mainly a relax day.
  • Day 4: Before heading back visit one more of our friend and be home by evening.

We packed our stuff, we ended up carrying lot of luggage ;), mainly food stuff, clothes , gifts etc. I had loaded the car tank preceding night as we were to start early. Woke up at 5:00 am. We had planned to leave by 6:30 am as we wanted to cross LA before peak time traffic. Though as always we got delayed and could start only around 7:30 am. We were cruising along I-5 and traffic was light, but as we entered 101, the traffic slowed us down. It took us more than a quarter hour to cross LA. We took diversion at CA-58 to head towards Moro bay where we got on to the Pacific coast highway (PCH), which was going to accompany us for next 200+ miles. This route is one of the most beautiful and scenic route in the world. The whole road passes right next to the Pacific coast on one side and cliffs on other. There are many beautiful beaches, vista points and arched bridges on the way.

We were making nice progress as traffic was light. We took a stop at San Simon which is a nice town and has great beach front. We had our lunch their which we had brought with us (parathas etc). It was such a nice experience to have it alongside the San Simon coastline. We would have liked to explore this town more as we have heard it has some nice old European architecture style buildings. For some other time ! We also fueled up here and moved ahead. It is important to keep refueling on PCH at regular intervals as you might not spot any gas station for a long stretch.

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Our next stop was going to be Big Sur. This is a resort town on the way and its very scenic. The main attraction is the cove and waterfall descending into it. We parked on PCH and then you have to descend and you get to a bridge. From here you get view of pristine blue waters and the water falling from cliff into the cove. I have not seen such a sight. Its mesmerizing. We spent some good amount of time there and did not want to leave. Just a short distance from here is Bixby creek bridge, which you might have seen on numerous postcards. There are couple of vista points before the bridge, from where you can see the arched bridge on the cliff flanked by Pacific coastline with blue waters. We then crossed the bridge and took break on the vista point on other side of the bridge. You get a different view of the bridge from here which is equally jaw dropping. Big Sur is a destination in itself and you can spend few days here to explore it, which we did not had unfortunately 😦 . We wanted to see one more point (a beach), which is quite popular but couldn’t find the spot and as we were getting late so we continued further.

Around 30 miles from Big Sur is the famous 17 mile drive. This is a private drive and there is $10 fee. Its a small peninsula and you go round the loop which is around 17 mile and so the name. At the beginning there is forested area and the jungle is heavily wooded. We took couple of breaks there, it was cool and peaceful. From here you drive down and you start feeling the ocean breeze. There are many scenic spots here like the iconic Lone Cyprus tree which is timeless, then there is Pebble beach and many golf coarse on the coast line. We took a break at the Pebble beach and had some snacks on the benches overlooking it. It gave us  much needed break. It was around 5:30 pm and I had been driving for close to 10 hours. Ar was started getting bit restive, with her constant question being “Are we there yet?”. We then completed the loop which was quite scenic and then headed out.

There is an exit for Sunnyvale before you enter Santa Cruz. This is the point you leave the coast behind. It was a mesmerizing PCH ride, which we would remember for ever. Yeah, its just like as they show in movies 🙂 . We stopped at a gas station to fill the tank and then we headed for our destination. We reached out friends home at Cupertino by 8:00 pm. We were quite tired, but had completed the 1st leg. We had driven for almost 12.5 hours and covered a distance of over 400 miles. We parked our vehicle, pulled out all our stuff and headed to their home. After freshening up and some chit chat had dinner and then it was time to go to bed.

PS:  I had done the PCH ride before, but it was as a passenger and I always wanted to drive myself on this stretch. I cant explain enough in words how scenic and wonderful this route is..

Seal & Sunset beach Weekend Getaway

10-Jun-2017:  Today was more beaches day! We couldn’t see the sunset yesterday and so decided to go to some beach to catch one. The plan was to go late in second half and come back after the sunset. G wanted to start late in the evening something like 6-6:30 pm and before that have weekly grocery run. But I was getting bored and wanted to leave early. Finally we dropped the grocery plans and decided to head straight to the beach. We decided to cover 2 of the beaches on our to do list. One was the Seal beach which is close to Long beach and bit south from there the Sunset beach. We planned to go to Seal first and then come catch the sunset on its namesake beach.

We left around 4:00 pm. This time around we didn’t miss to get the snacks with us. The route is go to PCH and head north and Seal beach is located around 9-10 miles from Huntington. The route is our favorite and we were enjoying the drive. It was bit hot though but skies were clear, a good news for seeing the sunset. We reached there around 5:30 pm. There is a big parking lot there and the parking charges are $3:00 for 2 hours. The beach was ok not great. The Seal is for the namesake, we could not spot any Seals 😉 There are only limited amenities, like only one shower/restroom and a small children play area. Also the coasts view is not as scenic as you can see long beach port and rigs in the ocean. Ar though played lot in the water and she was not ready to leave. We spent lot of time in water. The water was warm with nice swirl of waves hitting now and then. Ar also played with her sand toys and created a small castle. We then decided to take a beach walk and enjoy the moment. There is a nice pier where we strolled a bit and then decided to head to the other beach as it was almost 7:20 pm.

The Sunset beach is 3 miles down south from here and its quite long. There are houses lining the beach front and there is ample parking on the road side. So we pulled just before 19th street and beach is just few yards away from there. Ar was not too eager to go as she was feeling bit cold. But after some time she was fine. We put down the blanket on the sands and relaxed. We were hungry by now and had some snacks. Ar was playing in the sand and I just put on the cap on my face and took a quick nap. G also took some rest. It was close to 8:00 pm now and sun was about to set. I wont say this is the best sunset point ever, but it was nice and we had good time seeing the sun set We also shot lot of video footage for our vlogs. It was getting quite cold now as the sun set. We left the place around 8:30 pm.

It had been a bit tiring weekend, but we had nice time covering 3 beaches and the PCH drive. On the way back the traffic was thin and we reached home around 9:30 pm. On the way we picked up bread and G prepared some nice hot sandwiches and we called it a day.

Dana Point Sunset

10-Jun-2017: It’s summer time! Not my favorite month though, but G’s fav and Ar’s also , kinda. One thing we like about summer months is that the day is longer and so you have lot of time at your hands. So Ar’s school break has started and we have planned some beach gateways with family in the vacation time. We plan to cover at least but not restricted to 12 beaches, that would be 1 beach a week for the vacation duration.

This Saturday we woke late and we were behind everything, but after lunch which was a late one decided to head out. We did not have a specific plan, though were thinking about seeing sunset at Dana Point. It was 4:00 pm when we left and as we hit the Pacific Coast Highway, we changed plans and decided to go the other direction i.e. up north and stop at point where our journey takes us. The weather was good, bit cloudy, we had out sun roof open and were cruising along the PCH.

We passed through Laguna, Corona del mar, Newport beaches and decided to halt at Huntington pier. It was around 5:30 pm now and I pulled up in the parking lot, but when I saw $15 rate, pulled out. For whole day its fine, but for 1-2 hours we were going to send there it was not worth it. So we decided to head back to our original destination: Dana point. Ar was bit tired by now and she was anxious when we are going to reach the beach. The traffic surprisingly was thin that day and beaches were also quite empty, may be due to cloudy day. Seeing parking spots easily available at Laguna beach tempted us to stop there, but then we decided to stick to our plans. We took the Golden Lantern exit and were at Dana Point by 6:15 pm. There is enough parking space here and its free.

Dana Point is actually a harbor and you would spot many boats and yacht there. The water on the harbor side is calm and serene and on the other side rash and noisy 🙂 On the extreme right side beyond the harbor is Pacific Coast and located there is the Sun Set point, flanked by the hill cliff. There are some nice benches to sit and relax and during low tides you can go down the stairs to the waters. This is the place which was my first outing when I cam to US. Nice place and nice old memories.

Instead of benches, we decided to sit on the rocks closer to the water. The sound of waves hitting the rocks is so soothing. We knew we will not be able to catch the sunset as it was cloudy near the horizon. We spent good 2 hours there and were lost in time. Ar also had lot of fun. As sun approached the horizon the sky is turned into a painting canvas. It was also getting quite cold now and the tide was also rising, some waves were splashing water on us. It was time to leave. We picked the car and headed home and were back by 8:30 pm. We were back late than we had planned and as Ar wanted pizza for dinner, we had that from Dominoes and called it a day.

PS: Couple of things that didn’t go as per plan: One was snacks which I had packed, was left at home only (no surprises here 😉 )and so we didn’t had anything to eat on the beach and second being the main reason for the outing to see the sunset remained unfulfilled, so we decided to go again tomorrow at some other place to catch the sun going beyond the horizon.

 

Quick gateaway to 1000 steps beach, CA

27-May-2017:  This was Memorial Day long weekend and I had came early home. Ar was playing and G was watching TV. I freshen up and had nice cup of tea and was thinking what to do for the rest of the evening. G suggested we should go out some place. The weather was great, cloudy but not too windy or cold, but just being home from work I was not too enthusiastic to head out, but G and Ar were already getting ready to head out 😀. So I got down to find a nice close by place to go.

G was think of going to park , but I and Ar were for beach. We didn’t want to go to regular beaches so I was looking for different options and found a secret beach, tucked between Monarch and Laguna beach. It’s called 1000 steps beach and looked nice in pics. I may have passed through Pacific coast highway innumerable times but had not seen any trace of this one. Indeed it was a secret beach 😀. So we were even more excited!

We quickly got ready avoiding packing usual stuff to munch on where most of the time goes. It was already 6:00 pm and we wanted to spend sometime there in day light and also as it gets dark it would be cold there. The beach is on PCH, onwards to Laguna beach just opposite 9th street. We were there in 15 mins and found a street parking just before 8th. As we crossed the signal to the coast side we saw a small entrance, with beach’s name. Its so indiscreet, that’s why we never realised there’s a beach here.

More than the beach, G was thinking more about the 1000 steps in its name😀. as we entered the entrance gate we could see scores of steep steps winding down and we couldn’t even see the ground. We were in more some hike here! G started counting the steps as I and Ar also started descending. The steps are steep but on the way down  you make quick progress and in some time we could see the sand down below. We were on the beach in 5 mins and G was sad that she lost the count in between, but we were certain the steps are no way close to 1000 in no, so that was comfort thinking we had to climb them on our way back.

The beach was quite nice and was pretty big. There are private residences along the beach on the cliff end and then on front you have the ocean. On our right at far distance we could see the Laguna beach and on left at the very end we could see a cave. In front of us there were some rocky patches which were slightly at an height and the waves passed skidding it on both sides and curled inwards before receding giving that patch a feel of an island when the waves came in. We spent long time on the rock and it was great just being there. We got some really nice snaps there. Ar was initially hesitant but once she was on the rock she was quite enjoying it.

We then had nice stroll down the beach. Ar had some nice time playing in sand. The beach has limited facilities like restroom and shower and the no of people there were less. Nice place to spend some quite evening. As the sun headed towards the horizon, cool breeze had started blowing. Evening Colors were mixing with clouds creating a unforgettable portrait in sky. The time it seemed had still stood.

We would have liked to stay till sunset, but Ar wanted to head back. As we headed back we could see our island being swallowed by waves! After washing of the sand, we gazed upwards towards the long staircase staring us down, but mawale’s were up for the challenge! After initial enthusiasm weared out, the climb was slow, but Ar went all the way to top nonstop. She won the flag post hands down. The climb was nice excersie for legs. Though there was some disagreement with the count, I and G agreed there were around 220-230 steps, though Ar was confident the count was no more than 56😀.

We headed straight to the car. We Rehidrated, Gluclosed, I took the U turn, slided open the sun roof, cool air breezing in, Sun setting behind us, we were headed HOME!

PS: So 1000 steps turned out more of a gimmick, it still is steep hike, though beach is real nice and we would go back!

Catalina island sojourn

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14-May-2016 : Every six months we have office event, where we either go on outing or to eat out. This time around there were grand plans to go to Catalina island for a day long trip.  Catalina island is in Pacific ocean and is around 32 miles from the Newport Coast. There are many cruises which do these trips and they leave from either Newport beach or Long beach. As Newport beach was close to us, we were to assemble there and take the ferry. We had to board 8:00 am cruise and we left home at around 7:00 am. We had done the carpool and we reached there around 7:30 am and parked at the private lot. The parking is quite costly, but there is a discount with Catalina ferry ticket. I think it cost us around $15 for the day. The pier from where the ferry goes is close by and on reaching there we found a huge line. After looking for them, we finally found our group and waited in line.

Once boarded we were off to the island. This was my first experience of going to an island. The Cruise was quite big, it had 2 decks. We went to the upper deck for great views. It was very windy and chilly, but we still spent the whole journey there only. As the ship pulls out, you start leaving behind the mainland and on one hand you can see the fading coastline with its buildings and on other you can see only the large blue ocean all around. The journey takes around an hour and you do enjoy every bit of it. As you get deeper into the ocean, you are greeted by the whales and you can see so many of them, seeing to join you. Soon you start approaching the island and you start seeing large hills adorned with dense forest, surrounded by clear blue water. Its a sight which held’s your breath. As you get closer, you see some settlements and the pier and beach on the front.

The island is quite big and only limited section is accessible for outsiders. We off boarded and took up some benches on the coast line. Event organizers had brought in Sandwiches and soft drinks and we had those for lunch. The weather was quite nice, it was bit cold, but skies were clear. Once lunch done, the group split into 2. Some people had opted for parasailing (including me) and some for the golf cart tours. So we moved to the waiting area and after 15- 20 mins of wait, were informed that we are ready to board. So we go into this small boat, there were around 10 people from our group and 3-4 others.

The boat took us into the ocean for a mile or so and then prepared for parasailing. So they have this parachute, which is attached to the rope, which in turn is attached to the boat. 2 people take the turn. First they get you in the safety jacket and then they tie the parachute hose around your waist. You then sit on the boats hood and as the parachute fills with air it stars lifting up and they would release the attached string slowly as you go up. They release you up for a good distance and then the boat goes around, giving you great views of the surroundings. I have done this before, but it was on the beach sand, tied to the jeep, not in the middle for water. This was more fun and it was so peaceful at the top. You can literally go into meditation mode, so serene it is up here. We also spotted some dolphins and you get good view of the island and the ocean. All it lasts is 5 mins and then they start unwinding the string, till you land on the boat. Just before you get on boat, they would lower you so you touch the water :), I would like to do it again 🙂

So we were back to the pier and it was around 1:00 pm now. We still had a lot of time in our hand, as we were to pick the 4:30 pm ferry back to mainland. Also at this time our group dispersed, some went to restaurant, the golf cart group was no where to be seen, so it was me and one of my colleague. So we were thinking what to do, I wanted to do kayaking, but my colleague wanted to go biking. We might have spent 30 – 45 mins haggling over it. Now there was no point of doing Kayaking alone, so I also went along and we rented bikes for couple of hours and it was $10 per bike.

The bikes were OK, but I had hard time riding them. I don’t know when was the last time I had rode a bike, at least a decade earlier if not more 🙂 . Steep slopes didn’t help either, but we still went around the small town for some time. We rode through lanes and by lanes of town and it was really nice. The other guy was doing great, but I sure was struggling. So finally I protested and we turned around and decided to go the other direction, on the road which was running parallel to the coast. It was one of the most memorable moment in my life, when I rode the bike along the coast, blue pristine water on my left and high hills on right. I could have gone for ever. It was awesome. Would love to do it every morning!

On the way we saw couple of our colleagues doing the scuba diving and we pulled on the side to have look. There were some nice vista points and perfect weather aided it further. We then decided to go back and search for the cart crew. After looking for some time, we found them near the town, who were into I don’t know which lap count:). We gave back the bikes (1 hour earlier) and hoped onto the golf cart. You can go around the marked road which might be around 3-4 miles and loop back to town. It goes uphill, through zigzag ghat and then downhill to descend on the town. It had some nice views especially when you reach on top of the hill and get unrestricted view of ocean. Really serene away from any hustle and bustle. So we had best of all, parasailing as well as cart and then dropped back the cart.

Slowly all had started to assemble and in half and hour or so almost all were in except there are always some out-liars 😉 We lined up for the cruise which had already docked in and once boarded were off to our homes. On the ride back also we took the upper deck. The weather was bit warm than morning, but we had drizzles along the way and it was quite nice. We were quite tired, especially after the bike ride and so cool breeze and rain was welcome! After a while we could see the coastline and we started approaching it quickly. I really like the coast contours you get to see so far from the ocean, where the land and water forms different shapes. You could see and recognize many places like Huntington, Laguna, Newport etc .Under the evening sun, it was quite a sight and we reached the deck around 6:00 pm.We bid our good byes and got the car from the lot and headed home. I reached mine at around 7:00 pm and that concluded one of the best trips I have been to. Would definitely take G and Ar some day.

PS: From the time I got to the island, I saw many vehicles there and was wondering how they get these here. On dong some inquiry, came to know that there is a long wait (which goes on for years) to get the permit to get the car here on a ferry. Now that is something !

Diveagar Beach (Part 2)

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12-Feb-2017 : From parking we headed towards the many stalls which were lined across the beach. The beach is fairly well maintained, but has lot of haphazard stalls and vendors. We 1st decided to have tea, which we had skipped while leaving the resort. We placed the order and were waiting when many vendors para trooped upon us and stared asking us to use their rides/services etc. Just to get break from others we deiced to go for the truck ride and others dispersed. The guy was ready with the truck and so we had to leave our tea and I, G and Ar boarded one and Baba, Aai and R the other.

The truck is a miniature version of the real one and you seat on the front as a bike rider, with a bike like handle steering and then there are passenger seats. The owner also rides with you (he stands on the side bar). You just control the steering. It has only one speed and breaks are controlled by him. We drove across the beach and back. The journey lasts some 5-7 minutes and charges are around 200/- per ride. It was fun ride, with nice views and gentle breeze and G also got to drive it on our return journey. The other truck was driven by R.

Once we were back we had our cold chai 🙂  and then decided to go for the next ride. We could see in distance some rubber boats and scooters etc, so we decided to head there. We also wanted to enjoy the beach, so we all took out our footwear and walked our way through the sea water. Water was bit warm, but walking on sand and water on a beach is relaxing and refreshing at the same time. We may have walked a quarter to half a km to reach the hub.We all first decided to go for the rubber boat ride which is like a small dingy.

The charges were 400/- per ride and we put our footwear’s and other stuff on an abandoned boat near by and headed towards the sea as the boat is anchored in the waters. The boat has 2 rows of seating and the boatman stands at the tail. The boat runs on diesel and navigated using mechanical controls. Somehow I luckily ended on the 2nd row with Aai and Baba. G, Ar and R were on the front row. This was to balance the weights. I felt lucky enough soon after as the boat started. As the boat zoomed through water, the ones in front row got a good splash :). We sitting behind were quite cozy and were having fun. We had instructed the boatman to take it slow, but still it was lot of fun and we had great time. The ride lasts hardly 3-4 minutes, but is like a ocean water rafting.

Once done, we wanted to go for water scooter ride, in which I, G and R were interested. Others decided to take the Tonga on the way back. Unfortunately due to the ride restrictions G couldn’t do the ride and on the last minute she also boarded the Tonga. The ride was for 350/- for 2. So you and other person take front and back seats and the driver sits between you, who has the controls. This ride is real fun and the scooter is real fast. He also rides the waves which gives you a rush. They first take you in the deep waters and then turn around and bring you back.  I lost my cap to the winds and the driver was nice enough to turn around to get it, he had a perfect timing to get near and pick it up. We were all completely drenched by the time we got back.

We then headed back towards the family, on foot 🙂 It was a nice walk and as we closed by we realized something was wrong. Apparently they had picked up our luggage from the boat and loaded onto the Tonga, but the bag was now missing (This we came to know thanks to the pics we had clicked which showed the bag last visible on the Tonga). Baba and G were heading towards the Tonga to check for the bag, when we just arrived. They were back in sometime, without the bag. We all were bit disappointed, the bag didn’t had anything valuable, but it had our food and other stuff 😦 . As we had almost given up, I and the Tongawalla at the same time saw something afar on beach near the water. It looked like a big lump and we soon realized it was the bag. So it all came together, the bag was in the Tonga and on the ride it fell off and no one realized (it wont have made any noise on its fall in water and sand) and there it was still lying, without someone bothering with it 🙂

Tongawalla was nice enough to offer me the ride to get it (I got the Tonga ride as well !!). We picked the bag and were back. We offered some money, but he politely refused. It was a lucky break to get the bag back. We then headed to make inquiries on the para sailing. It was 300/- per ride and we booked 2, one for Baba and R and one for me and G. I had done this before, but it was first for G. So she was bit reluctant at the start, but anyways joined in. So you are attached to the parachute, which is connected by rope to a Jeep. As the Jeep starts moving, you are lifted up and the parachute opens and you start floating in the air and as the Jeep stops, slowly you are brought down.We had a great ride and the view from top and the peace you get there is just amazing. Really worth it!

We were all quite tired and we sat down for a nice narial pani. Baba and R had vada pav as well. The Sun was closing on the horizon and it was lovely sight. We would have liked to sat through the sunset, but we wanted to have some rest as well and so started back. We were back to the resort by 7:00 pm. We decided to see and take darshan at the Utteshwar mandir which was next to where we were staying. Its a very old and nice temple built with red stone. There are so many deep mals which were wonderful and I have not seen so many of them at one place. What a sight it would be when all lighten up!

We were back in our rooms and took some rest. Ar was having lot of fun running up and down the stairs which was connecting our rooms in the villa. We gave the order for dinner and the staff promised to get some good food for Baba from outside. The Dinner was ready by 8:30 pm and we again chose the same cottage where we had had lunch. The food was ok, but we enjoyed the setting. The gulabjamun at he end, summed the day for us. We really had lot of sweet memories from today and we had a early rise and long day tomorrow in front of us. We completed the resort formalities as we were going to move early tomorrow.

Before going to sleep, we had couple of games of cards and then off to sleep, with alarm set at 5:30 am for tomorrow.

PS: One interesting event from the scooter ride was, before we were about to embark the rider asked us if we have any phones on us and when I pulled out 3 smartphones, he was like the ride is of 350/- and this guys is carrying 3 phones in his pocket to get them ruined in water :). So I handed it over to his side kick and all the ride I was thinking what if for 350/- ride this guy makes run for my phones 😉 To add to it, when we were back and my phones collected R pulls out his water drenched phone and says I was testing if the IPhone is truly water proof.  I was like .. really !! 🙂

Diveagar Beach (Part 1)

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12-Feb-2017 : The day started early for us. We got ready, had tea. Today was Baba’s B’Day and we were going to be on the move whole day. So all the wishes and gifts were attended to in the morning and we were waiting for the car to arrive. The cab service was given 8:00 am time and he arrived around that time. We loaded the stuff in the car and we are on our way.

The route we were going to take was Chandani Chowk -> Paud -> Mulshi -> Tamhini ghat to descend onto Konkan. We had not had full breakfast and had planned to take break on the way. The weather was good with light traffic and the road was ok. We took break just before the start of the ghat at Kamath’s on the banks of Mulshi back waters. We had garma garam vada/idli sambar and tea. Our tummy’s full we were on our way to negotiate the ghat. Tamhini ghat is big and has many Topsy curvy turns, which I enjoy though not G. This route during monsoon is really beautiful, but now in late in the winter also was quite good. We felt refreshed breaking away from the city cruising through fresh cool breeze. We had passed the ghat and were on the plains around 10:30 am and were making good progress and then Ar throwed up. The ghat was too much for her and we having our breakfast just before we stared on this route didn’t help either. After cleaning up and taking some break we started back.

We took diversion to Bhagad MIDC, the road here turning into 4 lane smooth road and once it was behind us we were back to 2 lane road, but still the roads were better than we were expecting. From here we took the route Mangaon -> Mhasala -> Diveagar. We reached Diveagar around 1:00 pm. Now was the interesting part of booking the hotel. We had not pre booked and there were many household options where people has converted there house into a lodging/boarding and restaurant, which didn’t appeal to Aai. Earlier we had got reference for one cottage resort “The Agerra” and we decided to check with them. We had their number and called them to check for availability and after confirming they gave us the landmark of Uttareshwar temple, so we started searching for that. After checking with the locals and some wild guess we arrived near Uttareshwar temple and “The Agerra” was just besides it, they sharing the same wall.

We had arrived at our destination around 1:30 pm and we quickly off boarded. They have 5-6 cottages and there are 2 rooms one on top of other. Currently there was only 1 room available in a cottage and they told us the upper level would be available in some time. We got the room and got refreshed. The resort was small but had great surroundings and was so peaceful. The property and surrounding properties, all had lush green tree cover. They had couple of sit-out areas, where you could spend the entire day. They had a small garden where they had could of canopies, chairs underneath, then there was a swing and a small children’s play area. A really nice place.

There was only one issue and a big one, that it did not had the food which Baba wanted and they promised to get it ordered from outside but didn’t deliver. That was quite bad, that too on Baba’s birthday. But Baba insisted that it was fine and he would do with the stuff we had brought. So with heavy heart we placed our order which was regular punjabi fare. We decided to sit under the canopy for lunch and we enjoyed the whole experience, though the food was average. After lunch, Ar played for some time on slides and sea-saw etc and Aai and G also had some fun time on swing. Then we headed for the rooms and took some rest. We decided to head out in the evening for the beach which was near by.

We might have rested for hardly 40- 45 mins and it was already time to get ready and go to the beach. We did some inquiries and they told us to go to Exotica beach which has lot of water sports activities as well. We headed towards the Exotica beach, we were helped by the locals on the direction. The by lanes of this town are really small, but it keeps an old world charm. We might have traveled 4-5 mins and we could see the sea on our right through dense coconut trees. The beach is very long and is really nice and lifts your spirits immediately. We reached the parking spot which is on the beach itself :(.