Blogs from Monterey, California, United States, North America - page 14


North America » United States » California » Monterey July 21st 2008

Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea The Lonely Planet guide to California intones the following about Monterey “John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row immortalised the sardine-canning business that Monterey lived on for the first half of the 20th century. He describes Cannery Row as ‘a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream’. Predictions that over fishing could decimate the business were ignored when the catch reached a peak of 250,000 tons in 1945. Just 5 years later figures plummeted to 33,000 tons and by 1951 most of the sardine canneries had closed, many of them mysteriously catching fire. Today Cannery Row is mostly a touristy nightmare of chain restaurants and souvenir shops. There are a few exceptional places worth making time for, such as the aquarium, but mostly this ... read more
Sea Otters

North America » United States » California » Monterey July 20th 2008

Leaving San Francisco No time for breakfast today! We woke and packed in a whirlwind before hiking to Hertz en masse to claim our hire car. And what a car it was! A silver automatic Lincoln Town Car with a steering column shift. Woo! Driving on the wrong side of the road in a foreign city, without directions, in a car as long as the A team lying head to toe, with the same handling characteristics as a giant Chorizo! Good job the SatNav (that we said we didn’t want and hadn’t paid for) worked. Final thoughts on San Francisco Well, without knowing what to call it for short (Cisco? San Fran? Not Frisco!) . It would probably have seemed more ‘eclectic’ if the tourism hadn’t taken over. Still, it’s obvious that a lot a ‘free ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey June 6th 2008

Our day began in LA with multiple car repairs in the jewish quarter. (we had been the victims of a hit and run in flagstaff which left us crawling over the passenger seat to drive for about a week). As well as an oil change seeing as how we'd driven nearly 4000 miles at this point. We didn't get out of LA until around 2 pm, and continued along our scenic drive on pacific coast highway. It was beautiful until the sun set and we were still climbing treacherous winding roads, cliffs on one side ocean on the other. When we arrived in Monterey we were happy to be alive, put on planet earth and passed out. The next morning Leigh (sea otter enthusiast) wanted to go to the Monterey aquarium while the other 3 girls ... read more
pacific ocean
bike ride stop

North America » United States » California » Monterey June 3rd 2008

After reading so many of Steinbeck’s novels it is finally realized to me to be driving through the Salinas Valley. The clouds are low and giant towers—not skyscrapers, not complexes, but giant storage cylinders—disappear into them. The air smells sometimes of growing strawberries and sometimes of burning deadwood. Sunlight is diffused evenly over all the visible earth as if we are trapped in the outer fold of some giant paper lantern. The array of sand and sage and dead grass and sparse trees is comparable to Idaho’s foothills, but there is still a nearness to the ocean emanating from the flora that is palpable on the wind. And when we breach that final hill and see the water stretching to the end of the earth every observation of the land is lost to the vastness of ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey May 21st 2008

After being at Pt. Lobos for only a short period of time, one quickly realizes the beauty and character of this place is found nowhere else on earth. Endemic species abound in California, and Pt. Lobos is no exception. Like a microcosm of the unique character that comprises the California Floristic Province, this biological hotspot is teeming with diversity. Speckeled Granite cliffs inhabited by Cormorants; Lichens that cover the conifer forest like icing; Harbor Seals swimming through a kelp forest. We find three keystone species here that are cherished throughout the world- The Monterey Pine, Southern Sea Otter and Monterey Cypress. Lets start with the Monterey Pine, Pinus radiata. What could possibly make this pine stand out over all the others 115 species of Pine? After all, there is a lot of competition: The 4000 year ... read more
Monterey Pine forest, Pinus radiata
Where the forest meets the sea
The Caribe, Whalers Cove

North America » United States » California » Monterey May 13th 2008

Today we left the relatively isolated Big Sur area to go to the Monterey Peninsula. It was a beautiful drive, more sheer cliffs and rugged coastline and more traffic as we got closer to Carmel. Our first stop was Lobos Point, which is a wildlife refuge and supposed to be beautiful. We were refused entry because no dogs are allowed. It was a disappointment, but what can you do? We traveled on to Pacific Grove Marine Park. Pacific Grove is north of Carmel not as touristy a town and full of old Victorian homes. I liked the area. We walked the park’s seaside path for awhile at Lover’s Point (named after the lovers of Jesus) and admired the purple flowers and sea view. Then Frank’s camcorder battery went on the fritz, so we had to cut ... read more
Pacific Grove
Mission San Carlos Borrameo del Carmelo
The Mission

North America » United States » California » Monterey February 25th 2008

posted by Onaxthiel: Monterey is a very nice place to wake up. This was the day that we planned on seeing Big Sur, which was a requested stop for us to make for an old social studies teacher of ours. As she was an exceptional teacher, and doesn't think think she will have the opportunity to make the drive herself, we decide to see some of the area for her. Really, the scenery begins getting impressive already at Monterey. Our first stop was at an old Spanish mission just off highway one. The monastery looks like it would have been a good site to explore, but they didn't plan on opening up until about forty five minutes after our arrival, so we decided to keep heading south. Nearby is a state park with the largest ... read more
the largest grains of sand on a beach I have ever seen
The finest peice of real estate we saw near Big Sur
Flower in the park

North America » United States » California » Monterey January 15th 2008

Jodi drove me south down the Pacific Highway on Sunday January 6th. We stopped in Monterey to check out the aquarium and then headed another hour south to Big Sur where I checked into Esalen for my 5 day yoga workshop.... read more
april and jodi
Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay

North America » United States » California » Monterey January 7th 2008

We celebrated New Years at First Night Monterey, downtown, which to our delight is only a few blocks from our Christmas-light-bedecked-doorstep. We ran into good friends while watching truly wonderful performances by talented local artists at various locations, then we all convened on the Plaza downtown...where the main stage was and the soon to be count-down was to occur. I ate samosas from India's Clay Oven booth, and Raj, the owner and my friend and Massage client, offered me some steaming chai, which was warm, sweet and thoughtful. After a week with my family visiting us here in Monterey for a fabulously magical Christmas and spontaneous wedding of my Mother, Karen and her love, Chris, another few days down in LA area celebrating my grandparents 50th with my entire extended family, a raucously fun and bonding ... read more
Midnight Love

North America » United States » California » Monterey October 19th 2007

We cracked. We are in a hotel right now. The Seaside Inn... We were driving from Yosemite and it got too dark and there were no nice brown signs on the side of the highway for camping. so we are in our first hotel. Since we last "blogged," we have travelled down the coast. We saw the Redwoods in northern California and they were HUGE. Then we headed towards San Francisco. We stayed with Allison's friends Mary and Jim Shiff in their cute home in Sebastopol, CA. We spent several nights in the area, exploring the little towns near Sebastopol as well as exploring San Francisco with Allison's camp friend, Allie Doak. We did all the regular tourist activities: Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, etc. We also had a great experience at our ... read more

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