Blogs from Monterey, California, United States, North America


North America » United States » California » Monterey January 30th 2021

Many, most of us have been stuck at home for the past year. The last time I was out of the county was last march, Scottsdale, on a road trip to Spring Training. Of course, my hero, Katy, has spent most of the year either on a beautiful Thai island or up in cool and green Chiang Mai. Me, I have been stuck at home. I had numerous trips postponed for cancelled. My cycling trip to Croatia was postponed twice. Other trips to Europe, Buenos Aires, New York, Kauai, and Seattle were also cancelled. So, what do we do about it? Dream or get upset? Normally, I would get upset. But I use the time to refine my trip, find better hotels and activities, and do more research. What do the experts say? Plan Your Next ... read more
More planes?
The travel itch

North America » United States » California » Monterey January 27th 2021

Canoeing in Monterey Bay, California Last Fall I headed out for some canoeing in Monterey Bay after some friends told me how cool it was out there. Preparing for a road trip to California (I live in Denver) can be fun and exciting. One important lesson I learned on my last trip is not to forget that my car needs some extra special attention before loading up and taking off. While I might have spent many hours on planning the destination, choosing what to pack, and taking care of the details; it's really the car that needs the extra special attention. After all, if that breaks down, that's it. Trip over. Doesn't matter if it's a brand new car, or one you've had for over a decade... take a little time now or there might be ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey January 25th 2021, a third-party visa application website for the United States Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), crunched numbers from the World Travel and Tourism Council and The World Bank to determine the countries with the greatest loss of tourism revenue in the first ten months of 2020. They are as follows: United States: $147.245 billion Spain: $46.... read more
But where am I going?

North America » United States » California » Monterey September 23rd 2019

A few nice, boring (yet memorable) photos of California from summer. Enjoy xx Marine conservation and environmental protection is key - please donate your time and money in helping protect the environment. Do your part in reducing the amount of plastic waste that may end up in our oceans. Reduce air pollution and carpool or take public transportation when possible. And opt for seasonable produce and sustainable farming practices for food. Little changes in our daily lives will make a difference. ... read more
Burning red

North America » United States » California » Monterey November 18th 2018

Well, hello there. You see that I am writing this blog from Monterey, California? How did this happen, you ask? You thought I was going to stay in Chicago forever, you say? Well, that gig sort of did not work out for me and one August morning in 2017 I realized it was finally time to go back to California. A few months later I packed up my things as the snow quietly fell and left my beloved Chicago community in January. Although I miss it dearly, I realized the best thing for me was to not look back for the time being. And I have not looked back since. Friends, I literally live in paradise. Monterey County is unlike other parts of California. It is just a wonderful enclave all to its own. The weather ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey May 31st 2018

Spent a beautiful day checking out Monterey and spent a couple nights in Salinas at our friends amazing hillside home with a view of the ocean. ... read more

" For the born traveller, traveling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding it's victim's time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort." Aldous Huxley. Having mastered the intricacies of tram and rail travel in San Francisco, it was with a degree of ease and smugness that we found our way on the Bart line to Newark where Cruise America staff eagerly awaited this motley bunch of South Africans. This was a significant milestone as our RV campers were due for collection. Now, this was not one of those car hire pick ups where a tired agent hands you the keys and waves you farewell. Having negotiated a fairly lengthy check in process, a big smack for "liabilities" loaded on credit cards, two Cruise America agents then took us through a detailed ... read more

Not such an early start needed for today's sea kayaking so we got to breakfast - muffins, bagels & fruit. We then headed back into Monterey to find Montery Bay Kayaks HQ for our 9am sea kayaking tour. After a bit of confusion as to where the car park was we got there before the store opened and stood apart from the school group who were there too. We also met the two couples who were doing the tour with us. We got in, met our guide and got into our wetsuits and had a brief "kayaking 101" briefing before getting on the water and heading out. Felt odd having un-feathered paddles but soon got used to them. Our tour was a four hour, 5.5 mile, trip through Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary​ and over to Lover's ... read more
Harbour seals
Point Lobos coast
Harbour seal suckling

Today was day we'd booked to go on an 8-hour whale watching trip with Monterey Bay Whale Watch, owned & run by marine biologist Nancy Black. We had to leave the hotel before breakfast was served so took cereal bars as well as sandwiches etc for lunch. The main aim of this all day trip was to find and follow killer whales so Nancy & crew could gather further data on them. We headed out past sea otters in the harbour and sea lions on the harbour wall towards Monterey Canyon to begin our search. We soon encountered humpback whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins and Risso's dolphins but no orcas yet.... The Sea Wolf II can apparently hold 69 passengers, but there can't have been more than 20 people on board so there was plenty of space ... read more
Humpback whale breaching
Orcas from the boat!
Sea otter vs gull

North America » United States » California » Monterey March 7th 2018

Monterey sits on one of the most beautiful stretches along the California coast and started as the capital under Spanish, Mexican, and US Military rule. It was named Monterey Bay by the Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino in 1602 and fortified by Spain in 1768, beginning the military's major role in the city's history. The US first mistakenly raised its flag over Monterey in 1842, when a US warship under Admiral Jones thought war had been declared with Mexico and took control of the Presidio for a day. Once the accident was realized, the US apologized and the ship sailed away. We officially raised the US Flag over Monterey in 1846 after U.S. Congress declared war following a Mexican skirmish with U.S. troops in Texas. To establish our permanent presence, in 1847 the US started construction of ... read more
Along 17-Mile Drive
Dunes in Fort Ord State Park
Strange Circular Waves off Joe's Point

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