Are You in Need of Rainy Day Activities?
Checking the weather report it looks like we just might be blessed with some rain in the coming days 🤗!
For those of us counting on the rain to nourish our plants, help squash the threat of fire, and provide sufficient water to refill our hot tubs, we are doing the happy dance.
But what if that blessed rain happens to fall while you have booked a week at Abalone Bay 😳?
Don’t worry, be happy!
Don’t let rainy days at Abalone Bay get you down! You need not fret or let the rain spoil your dream vacation at the coast. Instead, put your feet up and choose among these 11 rainy day activities to make the most of a rain-filled holiday.
So Many Rainy Day Activities to select
1. Celebrate the rain!
That’s right, celebrate! This is our favorite of all the rainy day activities.
Luckily for many vacationers, rainy days at Sea Ranch and much of California have been far and few between. But unfortunately, this has also led to possibly the worst drought conditions California has experienced causing tremendous fires across the state.
Celebrating the rain doesn’t mean you can forget to continue to conserve water.
In fact, Sea Ranch and all the rest of California continue to voluntarily reduce our water consumption by 20 percent.
As can be seen in the NASA photos below that show the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California where much of our stored water comes, our snowpack is abnormally low for this time of year. The images below compare the snowpack from March 3, 2006, to March 30, 2021.
So take a glass and fill it with the complimentary wine we set out for you upon your arrival and as you watch the meadow grasses turn from dusty brown to a luscious green, toast to Sea Ranch’s good luck for having a bit of that sorely needed and nourishing wetness.
2. Snuggle and Cuddle and make it Romantic
- Turn the lights down low,
- Put on a romantic tune found in our TV’s Music Apps
- Select a romantic movie whether its a DVD or from the TV networks, Netflix, or other available apps
- Take out a warm cozy throw and wrap it around you and then…
3. Read a good book
If you did not pack a vacation novel then please help yourselves to one of ours in the bookcase.
Pictured above is our copy of Sea Ranch~”The blazing saga of a proud California dynasty, battling ruthless enemies to survive, consumed by secret passions from within” 💕.
We also have books on the history and development of Sea Ranch as well as everything you need to know about Abalone.
4. Solve a jigsaw puzzle, play a game
Select from a great assortment of jigsaw puzzles and make it a team activity as you enjoy the newly added game room
Or challenge a loved one in a game of Scrabble, chess, or another of the games we have stored for you in the game room. And if the lights go out we have you covered with plenty of battery-operated candles.
Note~ The photo above was taken prior to our remodel. Pictured is my husband, Jorge, and me enjoying a candle-lit game of Scrabble. That fireplace is now a picture window to the wonderful view of the ocean.
Added to Abalone Bay is our new game room enjoyed by Jorge and our son, Andy. We really enjoy the fact that the tops of the two leather ottomans can flip over to provide a wooden tray perfect for a rowdy dice game, chess, or a couple of drinks.
5. Bake a rainy day treat
Abalone Bay’s well-equipped kitchen has just about every cooking appliance and tool need for a rainy day bake-a-thon. We also have cookbooks including some for children if needed. Gualala Market or Surf Market are great resources for any missing ingredients needed to make those chocolate chip or snickerdoodle cookies. Click here to find recipes for Toll House chocolate chip cookies.
6. Surf the internet
Plugin your computer or iPad or other electronic device using our free WiFi then explore the world wide web. Or perhaps Skype with your friends and relatives sharing what a terrific place Abalone Bay is. Abalone Bay provides multiple locations perfect for working or studying remotely with internet strength of up to 1 Gig. Our internet service offers the fastest connection available with over 900 Mbps upload and download speeds (average speeds are around 920 Mbps). But we must also add we warn against any illegal downloading during your stay.
Jorge’s favorite remote work location is at the desk strategically placed for stealing a moment to check for whales or deer passing by.
Jorge also enjoys using the Laptop Stand, our Minder by obVus Solutions.
Game Room workplace options
The game room with its sliding barn door provides a table with four chairs plus a wheeled computer tray table that can be moved to other locations in the house. Pictured below is an early photo of the game room prior to artwork and the addition of skylights along the far wall.
7. Jump into the hot tub
Why not jump into the hot tub while it’s raining? You’ll be wet anyway and this way you’ll be toasty warm while doing it!
And now the run back into the house is a bit shorter! You’ll enjoy the added access to the courtyard and hot tub with the addition of a sliding glass door into the principal bedroom above a small deck and staircase where the blank wall and plants are shown in this earlier photo ( newer photos to come).
7. Take a walk in the rain
With 40 miles of trails in the Sea Ranch including the coastal bluff trail that is right outside Abalone Bay, what better way to enjoy the rain than to take a walk in it? Get lost in the dream-like ethereal presence of the coastal views. Breathe in deep the wonderful smells of the moist meadow and the salty ocean spray splashing up in the air. Listen to the crashing of the waves upon the rocks below as it breaks the hush around it.
But do be careful in case the rain includes lightning. I was at the house last year and was lucky to witness the electrical storm captured by Paul Kozal dancing across the horizon.
8. Then take another walk to enjoy the rainbow
This remarkable double rainbow was viewed from Abalone Bay’s front yard.
9. Visit Gualala and the Gualala Arts Center
Gualala’s community arts organization, located in Gualala, California, is dedicated to promoting public interest and participation in the arts since 1961. Here you can find art exhibits, workshops & classes, classical & popular music performances, theater, lectures and much more. Visit their Events Calendar for a complete listing of events, exhibits, and festivals.
10. Watch a movie in historical Point Arena Theater
If you find there are no movies to your liking on TV or in our DVD collection, then drive about 15 minutes north to Point Arena and catch a movie at the Arena Theater. Built next to the burned remains of Scott’s Opera House, Arena Theater opened in 1929 as a vaudeville playhouse. In 1930 it was equipped for showing motion pictures, however after many years of service to the community, in 1995 it was condemned for structural shortcomings. The non-profit community group, Arena Renaissance Company, rallied to the cause of earth-quake retrofitting by rewiring and otherwise restoring all aspects of the building to modern standards. In 1997, through the tremendous fundraising efforts and coordination by ARC, our community of builders, organizers, artists, generous financial contributors, and volunteer workers of all skill levels, rebuilt the theater into the extraordinary gem it is today.
11. Tour the Point Arena Lighthouse
A little further north you will love visiting the Point Arena Lighthouse. Climb to the top of the tallest Pacific Coast lighthouse as keeps have done for over 100 years. Then be sure to access the balcony for one of the best views on the entire Pacific Coast. Admission includes access to the renovated Fog Signal Building – the new home of the First Order Fresnel lens and a trip to the top of the tower. The hours for the Point Arena Lighthouse and Store are 10:00 am to 3:30 pm every day in Winter and until 4:30 between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. The lighthouse is closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day Only.
Above it all, just simply enjoy the rain
No matter which of these rainy day activities you select during your visit to Abalone Bay be sure to be thankful that it is indeed raining, and with luck, our California drought will be relieved.