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North America » United States » California » Monterey April 14th 2016

Geo: 36.6002, -121.895Made a decision to stay at Veteran's Memorial for another night because Pfiefer Big Sur campground could possibly be full and just drive the Big Sur coast and come back to already set up camp. There is also the price difference; Veteran's $30 and Big Sur $78.Got a croissant and coffee at Peets and then drove over to the Coast Guard pier to check things out. It was so very sad; there was a seal dying on the shore with fishing twine wrapped around his neck. Evidently someone had called so see if it could be saved.T The traffic was not horrible and so we were able to pull off and look at the view Stopped at our favorite place to check and see if we can see any condors flying around and check ... read more
Julia Pfiefer Park
Julia Pfiefer State
 Big Sur coastline

North America » United States » California » Monterey April 13th 2016

Geo: 36.5976, -121.897Slept late for us.........8 am! Fixed coffee and then headed down to town to shop for groceries and do some thrift store shopping. There is always something we need to buy, Robert got a windbreaker and Laura a sweater. Really do not have room to put much more in our bags and we really have everything we need.Drove down the street along the waterfront and saw there were wooden barricades up and people standing around looking down at the water. Found a parking place and joined the crowd at the wooden barricade. It is calving season for the harbor seals and the barricade is to protect the babies and mother's from humans and dogs I am sure!Was interesting to watch the young seals and their mother swimming in the ocean and then head to ... read more
harbor at Monterey
beach scene
love these trees

North America » United States » California » Monterey September 5th 2015

Geo: 36.5976, -121.897After Wine Trolley, we headed over to our Beach House to check in. I had rented one off VRBO for a fairly affordable price (I had everyone chip in for costs). It was gorgeous, right on the beach. The owner gave us a keypad code to get in so we didn't even need to check in with anyone actually. We hid the bride in a bedroom while we decorated as fast as we could. I brought all kinds of stuff. I'm an overplanner- I can't help myself. I put way too much effort into the weekend. I forgot in general that drunk girls just like to drink, cuddle and take selfies. I didn't need to go the extra mile with decorations and food the way I did. Still- it was a fun Pinterest experience! ... read more
Beach House Decor
Beach House Decor
Photo Booth!

North America » United States » California » Monterey July 26th 2015

The first day of our Pacific Highway road trip began with collecting our Ford Escape from the rental company, trying not to get conned by all their hidden extras! We made a quick stop at the Golden Gate vista point to snap some photo's of the bridge fading into the fog before joining Highway 1and heading to Half Moon Bay for breakfast. With no entries in Lonely Planet, I relied on Trip Advisor for a highly recommended little spot at the local airport. With only a small sign outside advertising coffee, 3 Zero is a hidden gem. It is situated in the old airport terminal building and serves up traditional American breakfasts. The airport is still functional and you can watch small aircraft take off and land as you eat and if there are none scheduled, ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Monterey February 4th 2015

Day 3 We're staying in Hilton Garden Inn in Monterey - looks like a great place. We are spending 3 nights in Monterey, which is the longest we ever really spend anywhere! From here we are wanting to spend time in Monterey, Carmel, San Jose and Santa Cruz. The first full day will be spent between Monterey and Carmel. We've been to both these places before in 2011 and really enjoyed it! Last time in Monterey we never made it to Monterey but is definitely going to get visited on this trip. It gets great reviews and the pictures and videos look great! Other places to visit in Monterey are: > Sunset beach > Cannery Row > Fisherman's Wharf > Moss Landing > China Cove All great places to spend time in Monterey! Carmel In nearby ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey October 23rd 2014

Geo: 36.5979, -121.874Super weather here in Monterey, not like the foggy conditions we used to get! Forecast is to stay this way until we leave on Sat for Palm Springs with Bob and Connie.On Wed Dwayne, Bob and I played golf at the Bayonet course in Fort Ord. This used to be an Army base but is now all civilian - a product of the peace dividend after 1989. The course has been renovated and now is as good as any I have played. They've cleared out the pine needles in the rough and thinned out and pruned the trees. There's plenty of elevation changes and no two fairways are parallel to each other. Many of the holes have views of Monterey Bay - it was beautiful! I found the greens fast and tough to read ... read more
Bayonet/Black Horse Clubhouse
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Herrmann Hall, NPS

North America » United States » California » Monterey September 24th 2014

From Yosemite we headed to the Californian coast. The landscape was surprisingly mountainous on the way right up to the coastal area. We rented a house in Cambria which was in a fantastic location with sea views and was a short walk from a boardwalk which led right along the coast. The temperatures were much more comfortable here but we were engulfed in sea mist a couple of times during our stay. It is a very rugged coastline with very little touristy development. Cambria itself is a quaint seaside town with very arty shops and a few good coffee and eating places. During our stay we visited the Madonna Inn, a hotel with themed rooms and a very OTT, tacky interior. It actually has nothing to do with the singer Madonna but it reflected her image ... read more
Cambria boardwalk
Terrace on rented house
We watched humming birds through the window

North America » United States » California » Monterey September 13th 2014

Pour bien commencer la journée, il faut prendre un bon petit déjeuner ! Direction Burger King et son breakfast typique. Ensuite nous allons récupérer notre splendide voiture pour nous diriger vers San Jose et son Wallmart afin de faire quelques courses. Nos emplettes terminées, nous prenons la direction vers Monterey et son bord de mer en passant par la montagne. On perd plus de 10 degrés en l’espace de quelques minutes. Ca ne servait à rien de prendre une décapotable !! ;) En fin d’après-midi on s’arrête sur la plage pour apercevoir des loups de mers et des oiseaux. Une journée qui fut rapide. Steph... read more
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North America » United States » California » Monterey August 19th 2014

Vannacht op een saaie campground geslapen, gewoon een grote betonnen parkeerplaats met wat picknicktafels maar met bijzondere achtergrondgeluiden, namelijk de zeeleeuwen!!! En daar liggen er hier heel veel van, trossen tegelijk liggen over elkaar heen, geweldig leuk om te zien al snauwen ze er heel wat af. Vanmiddag kaarten gekocht voor een whalewatching cruise morgenochtend,we moeten al om 9.15 in monterey zijn en gaan dan op pad... het is het hoogseizoen van de humpbackwhale maar ze zien hier ook vaak orca's, verschillende soorten dolfijnen, we zijn heel benieuwd en ik heb er heel veel zin in. Vanmiddag een nieuwe spijkerbroek en een mooi warm vest gekocht omdat het fris is op de boot. Het is hier erg bewolkt, de temperatuur is hier veel lager dan in het binnenland. BBQen lukt niet vanavond, dus voor het eerst ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey August 6th 2014

It was with some regret we left Evergreen lodge, aware of how much more there was to see in Yosemite but still very much looking forward to the rest of our trip. We started out early enough but came on a traffic jam due to road traffic accident - ?fatal. It didnt look like it was going to clear so we got the Garmin to come up with a new route. After about 5 miles of pure dirt track which I had continued down reassured by the two fresh sets of tyre tracks I found a dead end and realised the second set of tracks was the first one returning. Nevermind, it was the best bit of off-roading I've ever done. So we joined the back of the queue just as things got going. The route ... read more
Beaten to the pool
Marine mist heading to Big Sur




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