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


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

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

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