Are You in Need of Rainy Day Activities?
Checking the weather report today 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 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 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 just follow these 11 rainy day activities to make the most of a rain-filled holiday.
So Many Rainy Day Activities to select
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 led to possibly the worst drought conditions California has experienced in 500 years, according to B. Lynn Ingram, professor of earth and planetary sciences at the University of California Berkeley. As a result, Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for California and has asked Sea Ranch and all the rest of California to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by 20 percent. The NASA photo below shows the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California where much of our stored water comes from is abnormally low for this time of year, as can be seen in this image comparing 2013 to 2014.
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.
|A welcome bottle of wine and small bag of locally roasted coffee greats every visitor at Abalone Bay|
2. Snuggle and Cuddle and make it Romantic
- Click on the gas fireplace,
- Turn the lights down low,
- Put on a romantic tune found in our CD basket or
- Slip in a romantic movie from the selection we have on hand or perhaps one from DirecTV’s movie channels.
- Take out a warm cozy throw and wrap it around you and…
3. Read a good book
If you did not pack a vacation novel then please help yourselves to one of ours in the bookcase. We also have books on the history and development of Sea Ranch as well as everything you need to know about Abalone.
|The everything you ever wanted to know about
Abalone book available at Abalone Bay
4. Solve a jigsaw puzzle, play a game
Select from a great assortment of jigsaw puzzles and make it a team activity.
|One of our many puzzles available to challenge you|
Or challenge a loved one in a game of Scrabble, chess, or another of the games we have stored for you in the bookcase. And if the lights go out we have you covered with plenty of battery operated candles.
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
|Chocolate chip cookies on a rainy day–yum!|
6. Surf the internet
Plug in 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.
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!
7. Take a walk in the rain
With 40 miles of trails along 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.
Go to one of the many beaches close by and explore the tide pools to search for crabs and seashells and maybe to greet a harbor seal watching you watching it.
8. Then take another walk to enjoy the rainbow
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.
|Gualala Arts Center|
10. Take in a movie
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 fund raising 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. Climb to the top of the tower once again and 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 10:00am to 3:30pm everyday in Winter and until 4:30 between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. The lighthouse is closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day Only.
|Point Arena Lighthouse|
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.
I’ll toast to that!