Blogs from Monterey, California, United States, North America - page 5


North America » United States » California » Monterey June 8th 2013

We spent the night in the Best Western hotel in Monterey. As I mentioned yesterday, the hotel itself isn't great in terms of its decor; however the location is literally right on the beach. So much so that the sand was directly below our room balcony. After checking out of the hotel, we headed to the Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf areas of Monterey. Cannery Row is the waterfront street in the New Monterey area and has some wonderful shops and restaurants. The name 'Cannery Row' is so called because it used to be the site of a number of (now-defunct) sardine canning factories. The last cannery closed in 1973. Old wooden trolley buses are a feature of Cannery Row and look great trundling up and down the streets (see attached photo). We stopped for lunch ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey June 7th 2013

Today we travelled up the pacific coast road on the California State Route 1 from Santa Barbara to Monterey. On the journey we stopped off at a town called Solvang, which is built in the style of a Danish town (including windmills). We had ice creams and really enjoyed the day. It reminded me a little of some of the places in Germany we visited during the 4 years we lived there during my childhood. We also stopped off to see elephant seals basking on the pacific shore line. There must have been around 50 seals within a few hundred yards and was an amazing experience. There are a couple of photos of the seals included in this blog entry. On one of the photos you'll be able to see the seal flicking sand over its ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey June 6th 2013

Down to Monterey Bay Today's travels took us down to Monterey Bay with several stops on the way there and back. A quick breakfast at the hotel, camera charged, and backpack packed, we were ready for more California scenery. Our first stop off of CA1 was a visit to Seacliff State Park. The park has an old boat at the end of the pier that you could once walk on, but has now been closed. There were birds everywhere, making the old boat their sanctuary and pier & surrounding areas very dirty. I had expected more scenic beaches with a name of Seacliff, so I was disappointed when we found no actual cliffs. In fact it was not a pretty beach or park at all. I was even more disappointed in the fact that I had ... read more
Surfer at Marina State Beach
Monterey Bay

North America » United States » California » Monterey June 1st 2013

Geo: 36.5976, -121.897Monterey on a Sunny DayAnother beautiful day in Monterey. The sky was clear and there was very little fog, nothing like we have experienced before. Talked to a woman who loved my earrings and wanted to know about Santa Fe when she learned we were from there.Decided to walk down to town and spend some time at the Trailside Cafe and charge up all our equipment that needed to be charged. This is one of the downsides on non electric sites but we will prevail. Was an enjoyable walk with all the different flowers blooming along the way. of course looking at the various types of architecture was interesting as well.Got to the Trailside Cafe, found a table with two plugs nearby and were all plugged in and charging. Had lunch that was quite ... read more
Cannery Row
 Trailside Cafe
Trailside Cafe on Monterey Bay, free wi fi

North America » United States » California » Monterey May 31st 2013

Geo: 36.5976, -121.897Broke campTook Pictures at Nepenthe of Foggy CoastlineRace on to get a campsite Set up new camp at Veterans Memorial ParkWe had wanted to get to Veteran's Memorial in a timely manner because you cannot make reservations and we wanted to make sure we found a campsite. But then, there is all that beautiful scenery you pass through on the way that you must stop and take pictures of. So that is what we did and still made it before 10:00 am. We did so by Nepenthe and took pictures. This trip time got away from us and we did not make it there for even a sunset drink. The sad news was the gift shop was not open and so we didn't get to see what the latest things people really need were. ... read more
Sea Lions with Sunset glare Fisherman's Wharf
Wild Turkeys as we exited Pfeiffer Big Sur !
Wild Turkeys as we exited Pfeiffer Big Sur !

North America » United States » California » Monterey September 19th 2012

Day 13 - Marina Dunes to Monterey Bay and back, Distance Travelled - 24 miles Well today was meant to be another highlight as we were off on the high seas to find Blue and Grey whales, hopefully with the added bonus of the sight of a bloodthirsty pack of Orcas hunting them down (but of course not succeeding cos we love Whales!). Sadly it was not to be as high winds at sea cancelled the afternoons sailing although the weather looked lovely from where we were, it's been glorious sunshine all day. In the morning we headed into downtown Monterey for a bit of sightseeing and a trip to the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Sadly the town of Monterey did not appear to be in a very RV friendly mood today and the RV ... read more
It's a hard life in Monterey harbour
A lot of jelly but no ice cream
Shas tries to decide on lunch at the giant lobster tank!

North America » United States » California » Monterey September 18th 2012

Day 12 - Monterey extra pics Still having problems with photo uploader on this site changing things around, one was a photo of a sealion but had a title "sharan feels the sand in her her toes" if that got published I'd be walking to LA so here are a few extras...... read more
Wildlife under the pier..
Santa Cruz daddy!
Another Santa Cruz resident

North America » United States » California » Monterey September 18th 2012

Day 12 - San Francisco to Monterey, Distance travelled - 101 miles Almost every day we see or do something special that makes the whole hassle of organising and planning this trip in such minute detail worthwhile and today was no exception. The US highway 1 is a spectacular road and we have barely scratched the surface with another possible 300 miles of it left to do! With just a short 100 mile run down the coast from San Francisco to Monterey today, there was no need to rush and so the usual tank emptying and unhooking was completed by 10-30 and we were on the road leaving a slightly grey and chilly San Francisco behind us. Mapquest gives you three alternative routes to Monterey, blast down highway 101, travel cross country on the I17 or ... read more
Clear roads and clear skies to the south on US1
Small beaches all along the road

North America » United States » California » Monterey August 29th 2012

Tuesday 29 August 2012 Today we leave Pismo Beach to drive to Hearst Castle and then onto Monterey. It took us an hour to drive to Hearst Castle in San Simeon. The estate was formally named “La Cuesta Encantada (The Enchanted Hill) but usually called “the ranch”. Hearst Castle was owned by Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and built between 1919 - 1947 by architect Julia Morgan. Mediterranean Revival Style architecture, it took 28 years to complete and was never finished. It had 2 pools: the outdoor Neptune pool and an indoor pool known as the Roman pool which was covered with mosaics and had a diving pool. Rick we need a BIGGER pool now! In the early days they also kept many animals on the ranch including polar bears. We saw a number of zebras ... read more
Monterey near Portola Hotel

North America » United States » California » Monterey August 28th 2012

Highway 120 out of Yosemite is another long & winding road.....but early on a Saturday morning, most traffic was coming towards us, so we enjoyed a relatively smooth drive west. The road was out further along due to a rockfall, and a temporary bridge took us across to a single track road the other side of the Merced River: quite some mess, it certainly makes you appreciate how easy it is for communities to get cut off when Mother Nature decides to let rip ! We sat for 10 minutes waiting for a huge freight train to get moving at one point, then filled up with gas in Los Banos. Asked the attendant for a good recommendation for brunch, and he came straight back with "url=, up the road a short way". A cracking example of ... read more
Julia's Restaurant, Pacific Grove
Harbour exit, sea lions, seals, otters and birds
Whale Tale, courtesy of John Krzesinski, Cameraman extraordinaire!!

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