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North America » United States » California » Monterey November 26th 2011

Saturday 26th Nov at 5.48pm Got up early and grabbed breakfast then wandered through town and down to Fishermans Wharf where I just about managed to catch the boat for my Whale Watching trip. We were told that a grey whale had been spotted in the bay area and so we spent 30mins or so staring at the ocean looking intently for spray or disturbances of the water. The anticipation was too muc! Unfortunatley, there were none and so, disappointed, we headed out to sea. Shortly afterwards, we came across a pod of 20 or so Rizo Dolphins. They were fantastic, some had young, others played with kelp in their tails. After snapping a few hundred shots, we headed further out to sea. The swell was substancial, so much so that a guy on board asked ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey November 25th 2011

Friday 25th Nov at 8.35pm Got a shuttle bus to the airport and picked up my rental car, a Mitsubishi eclipse. It may not be the fastest, sexiest convertible in the world but in garish white it's my very cool ride from San Francisco to LA. I squeeze my oversized luggage into the cramped boot space and immediately get stumped by the automatic transmission. When I eventually work out how to get it out of 'Park' and into 'Drive' I'm off...very, very slowly. The attendant on the way out, after seeing smoke coming from the exhaustI gives me some very helpful advice. Apparently you only use the break when you need to? I guess I'm just used to using both feet when driving but in true American style they can add driving to the long list ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey October 6th 2011

No early start today, as it's not too long a drive for us today and we head down the coast to Monterey. Once we hit the coast line the scenery is amazing! We arrive at Monterey and it reminds me of a little seaside village were one would go to retire, is just beautiful, we visit the Aquarium, very nice & interesting, the heavens decide to open up and we have around a 30 minute downpour, we don't care because this is a lovely town. We head to our Motel and again Steve you have done well with our accommodation and it's lovely. We have a relax and head to the beach for some sunset photos and its beautiful here on the coast. We head back to town for some dinner at this lovely restaurant over ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Monterey September 29th 2011

On October 3, 2011 I will be traveling, on a one-way ticket, to Istanbul, Turkey. When I tell people this fact, I’m met, more often than not, with a wide-eyed stare and the question, “What’s your plan there?” This is my answer. My plan is to make no plan. In my experience, plans exist only to be frustrated, and frustration is not an emotion I take to well. That being said, I have developed the faintest trace of an outline, in the form of a three-pronged campaign. Stage 1: The Middle East. After a month or two of traveling through Turkey, I’ll head south. Reluctantly, but necessarily, avoiding Syria, I’ll hit up Lebanon, Jordan and Israel before crossing over into Egypt to fulfill my childhood dream of climbing the pyramids. The next part is hazy, but ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey September 10th 2011

I started today at the Steinbeck Center in Salinas. Salinas itself is the hub of the Salinas Valley. John Steinbeck wrote novels based on the lives of migrant workers in the valley, and became famous. Like most high school students, I had to read the Grapes of Wrath, which I hated. Later in life I discovered his non-fiction work like Travels With Charlie. I enjoyed this book a great deal, and it partly inspired my own road trip. John Steinbeck The center exhibits describe each of Steinbeck’s most important novels. They way... read more
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North America » United States » California » Monterey August 27th 2011

Here it is - the last day of the big trip! It's been better even than I expected it would be. San Francisco has been great - need to come back here to do some more exploring. Yesterday we did the Golden gate bridge (in the fog!); Union Square; Haight street (very bohemian and hippy, right up my street...); and of course the trams! In the evening went to Alcatraz, which was fabulous - really eerie in the fog; got some great photos. Apparently, it's always foggy in the Bay area in summer - ah well, never mind. Today we drove down the coast through San Jose (do you know the way?); past silicon valley (1st silicon chip invented); to Monterey, a lovely place, made famous by John steinbeck's novels. Bought a copy of Cannery Row ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey August 13th 2011

We are back on the Pacific Coast. Funny enough, this also means we are back to the morning fog...which turns into blue sky sometimes only way after 3pm! Our base for the next few days is Marina, few miles North of Monterey. Monterey hotels are sadly far away from being cheap. As we have our little Mustang, it's not really an issue as we are mobile. Our first stop had to be the beach. The hotel is only 10 minutes from it, so we had a light salad lunch before walking straight to the cold Ocean. Marina beach is simply beautiful...but it stinks, and it stinks bird poo, solid! The ocean is also cold, really cold, not really a place to lay your beach towel and enjoy some tanning...not this time for sure! so guess what, ... read more
The water is cold...and the air stink the bird poo...but we have fun...
Mission at Carmel
Monterey Peninsula

North America » United States » California » Monterey July 11th 2011

So much here is familiar. We know a lot of the TV programs (a lot of them from South American TV). Many of the shops and retail chains are very normal. Fashions. Cars. Freeways. Language – after a fashion. Even prices are similar to Australia, although a lot higher than we have been used to more recently. And just that little easier with such a strong Aus$. At the same time it is all just a little strange. But, while we have some 8 lane freeways in Australia, around LA they seem to be the norm. And they don't stop at 8. Sure, we have fast food chains but 10 or even 20 outlets within easy walking distance of each other? So many shops, so many cars, so many people. Such big SUVs. Such massive servings ... read more
Bridge and fog, Big Sur
Santa Barbara Wharf local
Just one more, promise

North America » United States » California » Monterey July 3rd 2011

At around 7.45am, Mark and I headed down to the lobby and met the 5 new members of our Tour. Todd had told the rest of the ‘carry-overs’ not to meet up until 8am and to not interrupt him as he did his introduction with the newbies. When Todd finished, Mark and I started introducing ourselves to Steve, Zack, Annabel, Joanna and Kristina, but not before breaking a strap pin of my watch when trying to put my very heavy rucksack down again. Who needs a watch anyway when you are on a trip like this? I kept saying that I didn’t really want to keep a track of time when on the Tour, so now I couldn’t! Eventually the rest of the group (and G and Graham) showed up and we quickly headed outside to ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey June 24th 2011

Today the weather was very average, so after breakfast we spent the morning at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Most of it was quite similar to Kelly Tarlton's but they had a really cool jellyfish display, which we took lots of photos of. We saw the penguins getting fed, and a pretty cute sea otter! We were hoping the weather would clear in the afternoon, but it just got worse so we spent most of the afternoon planning our driving routes and booking accommodation for the next couple of weeks. The lounge in the hostel was awesome so we hung out in there for the afternoon and met a nice guy from Switzerland. I was feeling really ill, which was my own fault because I ate too many sour snakes, so I crawled into bed and went ... read more
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