Blogs from Monterey, California, United States, North America - page 4


North America » United States » California » Monterey May 30th 2014

After a late night last night we started the day slowly and arrived in Monterey around midday. After all the snowy mountains, lakes and spectacular scenery today we were doing something completely different. . We had been given 2 tickets for the aquarium there. As we love snorkelling we were looking forward to seeing things at close quarters. The aquarium didn't disappoint us, on the first floor was a huge tank with fish of all sizes including Hammerhead shark and huge Tuna fish. On the floor above was the same tank so you could see the varieties that tended to swim near the surface. We then discovered there was a floor below where we could see the bottom feeders. In addition to the big tank there were smaller tanks filled with tropical fish, squid, and cuttle ... read more
Bat Ray
Leopard shark
Jelly fish

North America » United States » California » Monterey May 22nd 2014

Geo: 36.5976, -121.897Up and went down to the harbor to see what we could see. Went to the Deli again for breakfast but owner was not in a very good mood because he came and told Robert he did not like our cords spread out everywhere and we could leave, so we did.Decided to rent bikes...had looked at renting kayaks but they were sit on top and there was a breeze and so decided the bikes would be the better option. It was a beautiful day to ride and we headed up toward Lover's Point stopping along the way to enjoy the view.One of the interesting things we saw while we were bicycling were the fishing boats that were out in the bay. They seemed to be crowded together but seemed to be working out ok. ... read more
Cannery Row to Lovers Point
Cannery Row to Lovers Point
Cannery Row to Lovers Point

North America » United States » California » Monterey May 21st 2014

Geo: 36.5976, -121.897There is so much to see when you are in Monterey. Of course you can have a wonderful time just walking around checking out the sights and sounds of Monterey. One of the things we enjoyed this time was the Farmers Market the evening we arrived. Of course there are always the seals and sea lions to be found down in the harbor area and a trip to Monterey is not complete without checking them out! We also always walk down Fisherman's Wharf which seems to be mainly tourist shops with some eatery in between and the whale watching tours at the end. It is a still fun to walk down and check out the sea lions on their platform at the end.Got up the next morning and decided to catch up on some ... read more
Veteran's Memorial Park of Monterey
Day Hike from Veteran's Memorial Park of Monterey
Day Hike from Veteran's Memorial Park of Monterey

North America » United States » California » Monterey February 9th 2014

And The Challenges Of International Driving Now I'm not going to sugar coat this.... driving on the right side of the road is exhausting!! Not so much physically but mentally it drains you. It should be said that I really enjoy long distance driving. The open road, music cranked, nothing but possibilities in front. But when having to constantly think for hours on end it can get a bit much. You see, it's not just the constant reminder you need to give yourself to stay right... it's the little things too. The fact that because you're in a left hand drive you continuously hit the door as you automatically go to change gears... that you find yourself glancing up and to the left only to find the rear view mirror is not where you're use to ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey November 24th 2013

As we drove towards Monterey and our hotel for two nights it was still light so we made a snap decision and continued on to do the 17-mile scenic drive around Pebble Beach taking in the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. The drive took us through dramatic landscapes overlooking the sea as well as imposing residences with their own outlooks. Luckily we saw a most dramatic sunset as we headed for the hotel. The next day (Saturday) we visited the 18th century Carmel Mission founded by Franciscan monk Father Junipero Serra originally from Mallorca. Although the Mission fell into ruin dedicated followers built it up again to the structure it is today. The Mission includes not only small museums documenting this rebuilding campaign but also well the beautifully maintained grounds with gorgeous examples of Monterey cypress. ... read more
Cannery Row Monterey
Church at Carmel mission
Day's catch of rock cod- using spears

North America » United States » California » Monterey October 15th 2013

A particularly early start to the day, up at 4:30 am as we were to be picked up by a neighbour to take us to the airport for our 8:00 am flight to San Francisco. I had heard it raining during the night and as well as it being pitch dark, it was still raining heavy when it was time to leave. Just getting our cases and us into their car was a mission.The traffic was relatively heavy, what with it raining, being peak morning traffic on a working day, and it was traffic for the twin cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Despite all this we arrived in plenty of time which was just as well as we tried going through security in several places and each time we were turned away and sent off ... read more
More pumpkins
Pigeon Point Lighthouse

North America » United States » California » Monterey September 9th 2013

Woke up to our last morning in Groveland. Joe made us another fantastic breakfast. Deer family of up to 10 outside the bedroom window, Baron fed them some fruit. We set off at about 10.00am for a long drive to Monterey. Felt really sad leaving Groveland, loved its quirkiness. Joe and the Cabin was like a home from home. Baron read all the directions to Monterey from a map, (no sat nav for us). We made it to Monterey, both in one piece at about 3pm. (Total 5 hours drive) We had a quick lunch at Sly Mcflys, and then a wander round the little coastal town and looked for somewhere to stay. Eventually found the The Clement Hotel by Intercontinental, on the beach. Amazing views. We went downstairs to the outside bar area to make ... read more
Deer woke us up..
Baron giving the Deer breakfast

North America » United States » California » Monterey September 3rd 2013

“YOU’RE IN THE ARMY NOW…… You’re not behind the plow, You’re digging a ditch, You son of a bitch, You’re in the army now” I joined the army on the buddy system with my best friend Mark B Thobe at the Induction Center in Los Angeles on September 12, 1967. The President of the United States was Lyndon Baines Johnson from Texas. He was the most corrupt Democrat who ever lived. His wife, Lady Bird, was a major stockholder in the Bell Aircraft Corporation. Bell was the company that manufactured combat helicopters for the army. The war in Vietnam had been steadily increasing since the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed by Congress. On August 4, 1965 communist North Vietnamese gunboats had attacked one of our destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin and it led to ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey June 15th 2013

Monterey, Carmel and 17 Mile Drive Brrrr, where has the sun gone. We knew that San Francisco could be a little misty and therefore sometimes a bit chilly but today, as well as no sun at all, there was also a rather icy wind. We were told, later, that the cold day we had had was perfectly normal but we find that a bit hard to believe. The exotic flowers which grow here would just not survive long in these temperatures. Warning for anyone visiting – be sure to bring something warm to wear in case you get one of these cold days too. Wearing slightly more clothes than of late (so glad that I packed that jacket at the last minute) we drove out of San Francisco. No last sight of the bridge as it ... read more
Clam Chowder picnic style at Cannery Row. Yum.
Cannery Row Monterey
Start of 17 mile drive

North America » United States » California » Monterey June 13th 2013

June 13 My travels began yesterday with a rather uneventful flight down to Seattle and my typical bad night's sleep in a decent hotel the night before a flight. I did, however, meet a man on the plane. A teacher/administrator who did three years in Emmonak! We swapped "living in the bush" stories much of the flight. Of course, we discovered all over again that Alaska is really just one big village. Today was all nerves and fidgets as I got into the Prius I was smooth talked into upgrading to. The flight to San Francisco was great - packed plane - but a good flight. I couldn't believe how far it is out to the rental car lot! And the mass amount of humanity sitting and standing and waiting in the lines! It only took ... read more

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