Blogs from Monterey, California, United States, North America - page 8


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

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

We got up early this morning and drove our rented 2011 Nissan Sentra up across the Golden Gate Bridge (we had ridden across it with the tour but its something entirely different to drive it your self) and up into the mountains of California to Muir Woods where there is a Coastal Redwood forest. We ended up being so glad that we got there early since when we left the place was teaming with people and tours. We had a lovely quiet walk through the forest of these peaceful giants. Coastal Redwood's are the tallest living thing on Earth, and it is amazing to see them up close! It was interesting to see that Redwoods grow 2 ways, either from a seedling, or from a dead Redwood's root system. You can tell the two apart ... read more
Pacific Coast
A slice of a fallen Redwood

North America » United States » California » Monterey March 12th 2011

March 11, 2011 Monterey Today went by the tourist bureau in Monterey about info on the Presidio in Monterey and the elderly lady there told me that I could not visit it as it was now a Navy base and post 911 you could not visit it. So I said OK and let it go but since then I have read in the tourist info that there is a museum in It I can visit so tomorrow I will see. I often find out I know more from doing my homework than those volunteers in tourist info centers. I drove over to Cannery Row and started to park at one of the meters there but noted that they charged a quarter for just 10 minutes which adds up to $1.50 an hour and you have to ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Monterey March 9th 2011

In January, 2011, I went to California to visit my fabulous friends before heading to New Zealand, where I will be for the next several years pursuing a PhD. Here are some photos from the trip!... read more
Golden Gate Bridge
Monterey 2011
Alcatraz San Francisco 2011

North America » United States » California » Monterey February 5th 2011

17-Mile Drive At the Spanish Bay in Del Monte forest, the tuna tartar open sandwich was what some of us had for lunch. Slightly sweet crab meat spread on the top of freshly baked rustic sliced bread was followed by chopped lettuce and a few slices of bacon. Finally, the tuna tartar and micro greens topped the arrangement. Drips of extra virgin light green olive adorned the plate and added a distinct flavor to already delightful lunch. The combination of flavors woke up our palates and satisfied our hunger. Through floor-to-ceiling windows of the dining room, green golf course, The Links, with its white sand bunkers filled the view. On the other side, in some distance, waves hitting rock formations with the backdrop of Monterey Bay crescent completed the mesmerizing panoramic view. From the Monterey Bay ... read more
17 Mile Drive
17 Mile Drive
17 Mile Drive

North America » United States » California » Monterey February 5th 2011

Monterey Bay To car enthusiasts, Monterey Bay is one of the special places in Northern California. In addition to mesmerizing coast line roads, blue ocean, temperate climate, and mouth watering seafood, this place hosts many high speed and historic racing events. Laguna Seca circuit is located just a few miles west of Monterey Bay’s sand dunes off Highway 1. Due to the rolling hills and valleys that make up the region’s landscape, Laguna Seca circuit features the highly respected and challenging high speed turns, switchbacks, and hairpins. The elevation changes on the turns give the continuous 3D racing experience that is rather unique to this circuit. The famous corkscrew turn pushes not only the limit of the drivers but also to the engineering teams that build and tune the chassis, suspension, and brake. Even Avatar 3D ... read more
Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay
Cannery Row

North America » United States » California » Monterey December 25th 2010

We went down to California for the holiday season to visit family. ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey October 23rd 2010

Chillin on the highway from San Jose to Monterey....actually its from San Francisco to L.A but the former sounded much better, there's something about rhyming words that makes me internally satisfied! hmmm By the time we left San Fran it was nearing late afternoon so the group decided that if we felt safe enough we'd stop overnight in San Jose, a little over an hour and a half from the city. We settled into our cosy room, ate some not so delicous dinner and got some well needed rest for a day of adventure. We were heading for Santa Cruz, and unfortunately the weather didn't match a. our excitement to be on the road and b. the beautiful town of santa cruz. A gorgeous little seaside town with cute little shops, a good vibe and the ... read more
pretty boats
a boat in the water at monterey
monterey fishing dock

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