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North America » United States » California » Monterey September 23rd 2009

Day 156 (Wednesday 23/09/09, NJJ) Delicioso breakfast at hotel. After an hour or so by the pool, during which time we were entertained by John's antics shouting 'yabba dabba doo' and doing a running jump into the pool, we drove on to Monterey. When we arrived the whole area seemed shrouded in sea mist. We had lush dinner at the Black Bear Diner. Had the usual accomodation issues and then checked into a Ramada for three nights. Then some pool and jacuzzi time. After showering we went out for food, we drove passed Fisherman's Wharf and eventually stopped at Cannery Row for cocktails and very tasty food at Bubba Gumps.... read more
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North America » United States » California » Monterey September 14th 2009

On my California trip earlier this summer, I spent an afternoon at the Monterey Aquarium. Most of the pictures turned out blurry (apologies in advance) because of the lighting, but I thought I would share a few anyway.... read more
Monterey Aquarium
Monterey Aquarium
Monterey Aquarium

North America » United States » California » Monterey August 17th 2009

The highway n°1 is nice ride but apparently very frequented by the bald and the beautiful... every second car was a Porsche... now explain me why you ride such a great car on a street where you can't drive over 35 mph due to the curves and the speed limits ... I feel sorry for the poor boxster motors... We stopped in Monterey for lunch and found out the the Californian coast must be the new Côte d'Azur or Rimini with all the Frenchies and Italians squirming around. In the late afternoon we entered splendid San Francisco!! The last stop on our road.... read more
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North America » United States » California » Monterey July 28th 2009

Spotted whales and dolphis and of course loads of sea lions! ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Monterey July 20th 2009

20/07/09 Monday Day 340 After checking out of the hostel we headed only around the corner to Avis to pick up our rental car, which turned out to be a Ford Focus automatic. We were going to head north a bit but since we’re handing it back on Saturday we decided to head south instead. Getting out of San Francisco was pretty easy, again thanks to my trusty phone sat nav! First stop on the way down was Santa Cruz. We had thought about staying here but it was a bit too close to San Francisco for us to stay. We got to the boardwalk in Santa Cruz which is basically a seaside area full of shops and park rides. After some lunch we continued our journey south to Monterey where we were going to stay ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey July 19th 2009

The day started off with disappointment: all of the campgrounds between SF and Monterey were full (all but one were first-come first-serve, so this time it was not due to our lack of planning regardless of an inability to do so). Scrambling to find somewhere to sleep, we found the library in Monterey had free wireless internet and located a campground called Laguna Seca 10 minutes away near Salinas, CA. As we pull up to the campground with fingers and toes crossed, we were greeted by a very nice ranger who must have had a very strong prescription for medical marijuana informing us that there was one spot left and we could have it for 2 nights! (since we skipped one stop due to being full, we had an extra night to spend in Monterey) We ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Monterey June 8th 2009

This past weekend my parents and Jim and I drove up to Monterey to visit my daughters and their families and my brother and his family. We took off early Friday morning and had to make the obligatory stop for coffee. Of course, then two hours after that, we had to make the obligatory stop for a potty break. And so it was...We drove up Interstate 15 to I-210 and eventually met up with Interstate 5 that we took North. We stopped in Buelton for lunch and more coffee and were back on the road again. All along the way, we saw acres and acres of some sort of fruit trees. The trees appeared to be young because of the size of their trunks. When we reached Highway 46, we took that to cut across over ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey June 1st 2009

Well then! Today was once again fantastic. Jordan, Michael, and I woke up at 7 30 and rushed out to Monterey for our 18 000 ft skydiving adventure. BUT it was so foggy that we actually couldn't jump. We were all VERY disappointed, but in the end I think it was meant to be. Turns out the same company does 18 000 ft at the space center in Fla. so the 3 of us are meeting up in August and we've already paid so it's definitely something to look forward to. We went to the aquarium though, and saw lots of interesting sea life and took lots of pictures. On our 2 hour ride home we played a fun car game that kept us entertained. And that's pretty much it so far, there is still a ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Monterey April 21st 2009

We last left you in Phoenix, where, on our final day, we went to the botanical gardens, perched out on the edge of the desert. It combines all sorts of weird and wonderful plants and flowers, with even more weird and wonderful huge glass sculptures, shaped and coloured in a way to make you feel like you're walking through Wonderland. We sat under a pavilion overlooking the desert, waiting for sunset. We were hoping to see the unusually shaped cactuses silhouetted against a sky of reds and oranges, and we were not disappointed; it really was the perfect desert sunset. The following day we passed from Arizona into California, trading in cactuses for palm trees as we went. With the town of 29 Palms as our base, we explored Joshua Tree National Park, where the Mojave ... read more
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Joshua Tree National Park

North America » United States » California » Monterey March 7th 2009

We arrived in Monterey last night and are happy with our $59 a night hotel. This is a slow time of year for the area and there are good deals to be had in nice places. Our drive up started out slow with bumper to bumper traffic through L.A., but after that it was all wonderful. I loved Santa Barbara, wish we could have spent some time there. Dave, we drove through Goleta but didn't have time to look for Deckers...maybe on the way back. We were on 101 so we saw lots of agricultural areas and dark fertile soil. The migrant workers were out picking strawberries. The vineyards aren't leafed out, so they weren't the most picturesque places, but it was all interesting to me. We ate dinner last night at a very nice restaurant ... read more
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