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


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

North America » United States » California » Monterey September 5th 2010

08/08/10 Today we drove along the Coastal Highway 101 towards San Francisco. The hills and scenery was very dry and brown. The coastline was very rugged and rocky, and every now and then opened out into a bay with large, rugged, golden sandy beaches (such as Monterey Bay). Along the way we saw giant elephant seals and in the carpark there were squirrels sitting on peoples laps and eating peanuts. We stopped at Big Spur campground which was crazy busy with holiday makers and where we managed to get the last site. At $45 USD for a site it was the most expensive so far. The campground was a proper American campground, it was in the forest with pine trees, logs, fire pits and a river. 09/08/10 We carried on along the Coastal Highway and ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey August 31st 2010

This day began with a short drive to Pacific Grove for breakfast. We then drove to Monterey and went to the most incredible aquarium. Without a doubt the best aquarium I've ever been in and every one I've been in since has been incomparable. There was a huge amount of sea creatures including,starfish,seahorses,sharks,jellyfish,penguins,stingrays and loads loads more. The aquarium is so big they allow you to have your hand stamped so you can go out and come back later the same day. We took a lunch break and found ourselves once again in a Ghiradelli's chocolate shop,once again eating ice-cream sundaes. We then returned to look at the rest of the aquarium which was very well laid out and a must-see in Monterey. We then headed back to our hotel in Carmel after stopping at a ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey August 3rd 2010

Had a lovely breakfast again and then packed up all our stuff. Ended up paying $98 for the three days parking, not sure if that was cheaper than the transfers from the airport. We headed out for the Golden gate park. Went via some beautiful old houses, reminded us of the film - Pacific Heights. It was a beautiful park. Went in the conservatory which had some beautiful flowers and spectacular carnivorous plants. Went to the Japanese tea garden which was really pretty, lots of wizened old trees, ponds, bridges and pagodas. Got back to the car and continued on our journey - destination Monteray. Went on the scenic route Highway 1 which was a lovely drive but took longer. Stopped at a Safeway near Santa Cruz and bought some lunch and then made the wrong ... read more

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