Blogs from Monterey, California, United States, North America


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

North America » United States » California » Monterey February 19th 2018

Today, up at 7 am. It’s earlier than the people in the room downstairs would like us to get up, which they deal with by banging on the ceiling while we try to pack. It is time to hit the road, heading south along the coast to Monterey. The old man goes to pick up the hire car (twice because he forgets his passport first time). So we’re running late and by the time he returns, check-out time has passed and I’m sitting in the street surrounded by bags keeping my distance from the abusive tramp. The hire car is enormous, a Nissan Rogue. I feel like a proper American (apart from the fact that I need an interpreter to buy chicken). We drive down Route 1, which varies between a multi lane highway and a ... read more
Santa Cruz picnic
Carmel 17 Mile Scenic Drive
Carmel harbour seals

North America » United States » California » Monterey July 26th 2017

Here we are, the first stop of the ultimate road's going to be long...and it's going to be full of new places! First, a little disclaimer. This is the first trip for Tanya to the States...and if I'm correct, I must have been to something like 18 of the different this trip will be about sharing places I love with my love one...and pinning few places on the map that I really want to visit...for the first time. The two flights were a total of 23 hours in the air...on Emirates, on packed flights, but not overbooked ones...meaning, we had an exit row each time, but could forget about any chance of an upgrade. Champagne it was, but only in the lounge in Dubai! We fly into San Francisco....I know that if we wanted ... read more
Monterey Bay aquarium...
18th hole at Pebble Beach!
The toy and the lady...

North America » United States » California » Monterey April 7th 2017

Geo: 36.5976, -121.897We always enjoy our time in Monterey. So much time can be spent just walking or biking the waterfront area and stopping to enjoy the seals, otters and other wildlife you see. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a world class place and would be recommended to anyone who has never been there. There are kayak rentals, whale watching boats and many other activities for those who wish to do so. We did two excursions to Point Lobos and Big Sur while we were in the Monterey area. Monterey is of course a great place to enjoy fresh seafood and other excellent meals as well as all the shopping you could hope for!We also enjoy walking Fisherman's Wharf and checking out all the shops and restaurants and of course great people watching! One of the ... read more
Monterey Harbor wildlife
Monterey Harbor wildlife
Monetery Harbor

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