by Janet Blue on August 31, 2021

On the Road Again

As Stinky has been a model cat since returning from his walkabout, his humans have given he and Periwinkle permission to take a “real” adventure totally by themselves. In order to maximize their time together, Stinky sent Periwinkle the coordinates to set in her teleportation tunnel so they can meet at the destination of their adventure.

Stinky arrives at the locale early so he can be waiting for Periwinkle. He’s really hoping she’ll enjoy what he has planned. Stinky hardly has time to catch his breath before Periwinkle arrives in a whoosh and grabs him in a huge paw hug. Stinky returns the hug and gives Periwinkle a whisker kiss.

“Where are we Stinky? It looks very fancy!”

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

“We are at a hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California,” Stinky tells her. 

“Wow, the teleportation tunnel is so fast, I had no idea I traveled all the way from the east coast to the west,” Periwinkle tells him.

“Come on Periwinkle, it’s time to explore.” Stinky takes Periwinkle by the paw and leads her outside. “We are going to meander through town for a little while, and then I have a surprise for lunch.”

“Yeah, let’s go,” says Periwinkle and grabs Stinky’s paw.



“This sure is a cute little town, Stinky, and the hotel is gorgeous. I wish we could stay overnight,” Periwinkle tells Stinky.

“Me too, but I think it will be a while before my mom and dad let me do that,” Stinky tells her. “The hotel is the Pine Inn. My parents stayed here in 2017, which was the last time they visited. When I saw the photos on Mom’s computer, I knew I wanted to bring you here.”

“Why are we taking our photo at this other hotel?” Periwinkle asks.

“We are doing that for my mom and dad. They stayed here on their honeymoon in 1973.”

“Holy moly, Stinky, they must be very, very, very old,” Periwinkle exclaims.

Stinky laughs and replies, “They are!”

“Where to next, Stinky?

“I have secured a cute vintage T-Bird and a driver to take us to Big Sur for lunch and a drive along the coast,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

Lunch at Rocky Point



Periwinkle cannot take her eyes off the view as they head up to the restaurant after a walk along the cliffs with stops for a couple of photos. She tells Stinky how hungry she is and adds, “I sure hope they have good noms here.”

“My mom and dad say it’s super good with lots of shellfish choices,” says Stinky. He explains that not only did his mom and dad eat there in 2017 but also on their honeymoon.”

Periwinkle squeals, “That is so romantic,” and gives Stinky several whisker kisses just as the waiter comes to their table. Embarrassed, Stinky looks down at the table as the waiter hands them their menues.

The tabbies order and admire the view. When their food arrives, they eat slowly, enjoying each other’s company.

Big Sur Tour



After lunch their driver takes Stinky and Periwinkle along Highway 1 so they can enjoy the ocean views. They even have the opportunity to get out of the car and walk along the beach paw in paw. There they meet a crab. Later they climb down the cliffs to say, “hello” to a large sea lion.

“That sea lion sure was nice, Stinky. I was a little afraid he might think we were his lunch,” says Periwinkle with a giggle.

Stinky gives Periwinkle’s paw a squeeze and assures her that he will always protect her.

Much too soon their driver collects them and tells them it is time to move on to their final stop of the day.

Carmel Mission Basillica



When they pull up to the Mission, Stinky notices that Periwinkle’s eyes are as big as frisbees. She leans over and whispers,”Are we getting married, Stinky? We aren’t even engaged.”

Stinky is embarrassed and blushes. He explains to Periwinkle that he wouldn’t ask her to marry him without getting Mom Sharon’s consent. They are visiting to learn a little of its history and enjoy it’s beauty. He then tells Periwinkle that the Mission was founded in 1771 and is celebrating it’s 250th anniversary.

Hiding a tear that falls on her cheek, Periwinkle grabs Stinky’s paw and jumps out of the car. “Let’s go then,” she says.

Stinky tells Periwinkle, “The official name of the mission is Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Río Carmelo. It is one of the most authentically restored missions in California and was headed for 18 years from the time of its founding by Father (now Saint) Junipero Serra.” He shows Periwinkle where he is buried in the chapel.

The tabbies spend as much time as they can exploring the Mission and its grounds and marveling at its beauty. Much too soon, their driver fetches them explaining that he has brought their teleportation tunnels with him. They will be departing for home from this locale. Disappointed, Periwinkle and Stinky give each other lots of whisker kisses and paw hugs before entering their respective tunnels. With a final wave and a whoosh, Periwinkle is on her way to Florida and Stinky to Virginia each dreaming of the other.

The End


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Charles Huss September 1, 2021 at 11:41 am

That looked like a fun trip. How do I get one of those teleportation tunnels?
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meowmeowmans August 31, 2021 at 11:01 pm

What a wonderful date, you two! We love Carmel, too!
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da tabbies o trout towne August 31, 2021 at 2:42 pm

P & S; best hope thiz “line” bee comez invizabull on your post !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
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yur mom is gonna answerz…a questshun… witha YES ♥♥♥♥♥ and that
carz will haz canz oh fancee feast tied two de bumper 😉

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Thomas Mallory August 31, 2021 at 2:04 pm

My goodness you two have so much fun and get to travel to such interesting places. My mom and dad visited California long before I came to live with them but the only got to see San Francisco. Being a cat and not allowed to go outside anymore I really enjoy having your adventure stories read to me.


Sandee August 31, 2021 at 1:13 pm

I knew you wouldn’t be grounded forever. I’m so happy you got to go to such a fun place.

Did you know I’ve been to Rocky Point. Very good place to go.

Such a run adventure and I’m glad you were allowed to go off to someplace special.

Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Scritches all around and a hug to mom Janet and mom Sharon. ♥
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Timmy Tomcat August 31, 2021 at 1:01 pm

This was real fun trip you two thanks so much for bringing us all these great pictures and story. Our Dads he always wanted to visit Carmel by the Sea in California and we let him see the story too. What a funny crab and that fellow, the Sea Lion, was BIG. Funny he doesn’t have a mane though. Hmmm. The church is beautiful and Dad says he has seen pictures of it before and thanks you for showing it to us all. Purrs my friends!
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Ellen J Pilch August 31, 2021 at 12:55 pm

That was a fun date. I wouldn’t mind going there. XO
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Leah August 31, 2021 at 12:33 pm

Quite the romantic getaway for Stinky and Periwinkle! Interesting adventures, too!
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Seville at Nerissa's life August 31, 2021 at 10:18 am

Oh my mouses, WHAT A GREAT adventure you had! You’re super lucky your teleportation is runnin’. My flyin’ fryin’ pan teleportation device has been grounded. MOUSES!


Mango and Mom August 31, 2021 at 10:58 am

So is this Teleportation Tunnel a bit like Doctor Who?? And having gotten married in 1973?I was in the 3rd Grade!


Brian Frum August 31, 2021 at 9:43 am

That was such a fun adventure and a terrific place to see!
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Cecilia Upchurch August 31, 2021 at 9:02 am

Noelle…I cannot think of a better birthday present than having Stinky’s presence by your side for all the fun
Hugs Cecilia
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Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs August 31, 2021 at 8:20 am

Wow, Stinky, your Mom & Dad got married when petcretary graduated highschool! That makes her pretty ancient, too…LOL!

That is a beautiful town and what history it has. How sweet that you got to visit there. I bet it was exhilarating to drive along the ocean, so you could sniff all the wonderful ocean whiffies.
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Periwinkle August 31, 2021 at 8:12 am

Stinky, I really hated having to leave you. You planned such a fabulous day for us. This was a super-duper adventure made even better since your parents had been here too.

Love and whisker kisses,
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Lucy and Xena August 31, 2021 at 8:01 am

You two have some wonderful adventures. We’re just surprised that Stinky didn’t bring the fishing poles, epecially since you were going to be where there are some really big fish! For a minute there, we thought you two were gonna tie the knot. We think Periwinkle was disappointed… XOX Xena and Lucy and Chia
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Teddy August 31, 2021 at 5:34 am

Oh my what a wonderful and INTERESTING trip Stinky and Periwinkle had. Very special that it was a place that Stinky’s Mom and Dad knew quite well from their honeymoon too. I bet the seafood was yummy and those views of the ocean so relaxing. These two ALWAYS have such wonderful visits to beautiful places but the best part is being together!!

Hugs, Teddy
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Loulou August 31, 2021 at 4:15 am

Wow, what a life! Mama loved Big Sur when she lived in LA and SF and was there when the Essalen Institute was still running….ancient mama.
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