Blogs from Monterey, California, United States, North America - page 9


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

North America » United States » California » Monterey August 1st 2010

On leaving Yosemite National Park very late, we stayed the night in Madera in suburban California. All of a sudden the world was a busier place again. Before heading back into San Francisco, we stopped for a couple of nights in quaint Monterey and checked out pretty Carmel-on-Sea, where Clint Eastwood used to be mayor. Seeing the Pacific again meant that it was almost time to go home and appropriately, the only clouds we'd seen in 4 weeks appeared on our last day in Monterey. Driving in through the greater San Francisco Bay area gave us a proper idea of just how big a city San Fran really is and it took us a long time to reach the rental depot to drop off our trusty Chevy Big Boy. Maybe we were subconsciously just driving slower, ... read more
Incredible fish at the Monterey aquarium!
Another incredible fish!
Photographing my favourite city, San Francisco

North America » United States » California » Monterey July 22nd 2010

MONTEREY, Calif. – I’m back to one of my favorite places in the whole world – the Monterey Peninsula and the PCH south. It was reasonably warm when I left Redding this morning and I realized I needed to get to the coast before it got insanely hot in the Central Valley. Gassing on the south side of Redding, I confirmed what I had suspected, since my left in-ear monitor worked fine yesterday. The problem is in the right-angle connector between my extension wire and the GPS unit. That’s a huge relief since I initially worried that I was doomed to ride the rest of the way home with only the right speaker functioning. Garmin routed me around the east and south side of the San Francisco Bay area, which involved several miles on I-680. I ... read more
Cafe Kevah at Nepenthe
Cafe Kevah at Nepenthe
Cafe Kevah at Nepenthe

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

For a quick Fourth of July weekend getaway, Shea and I decided to skip town for a visit up to Monterey. After a long day in the office, I picked up our rental car at 4pm and by 5:30 we were on the road along with the thousands of others escaping for a three day weekend. We didn't arrive into Monterey until about 11:30 and immediately checked into the Comfort Inn. Initially, we had some confusion finding our hotel as there were 2 Comfort Inn's on the same street and within close proximity to each other. Eventually we found the correct one, checked in, dropped off our bags, and went out to find an open place for a late dinner. After settling on Denny's, we went straight back to the hotel to call it a night. ... read more
Kelp Forest
Monterey Canning Co.

North America » United States » California » Monterey April 26th 2010

I got up in the morning, ate a breakfast of cheese and fruit then decided to look for a place to rent kayaks at my friend (also met through LOTRO) Matt's recommendation. Headed down to cannery row and found a place right by the breakwater, Adventures By the Sea, $30 all day deal, I went out for a few hours and pretty much decided I wanted to go as far as I was allowed which was to the big point on Monterey bay - the northern most part of that land area, so probably about a 7 mile trip total, casual. I stopped for a while pretty often and let myself drift back southeast taking pictures of sea lions and relaxing enjoying the scenery. The area was actually called the Sea Otter Preserve something or other ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey March 14th 2010

We moved on to Monterey, CA and went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This is a beautiful aquarium built right at the edge of the bay with one huge three story tank in the middle. The viewing areas on each of the three floors offer different views of sea life. There are many other smaller tanks and areas that feature jelly fish, sea horses, starfish, anemoies, sharks, and smaller fish. The lobby areas on two floors have replicas of the Killer Whales and the Grey Whales hanging from the ceiling. They are very impressive. We had a lovely sunny lunch at the Aquarium restaurant right on the waterfront watching the sea birds on the rocks.... read more
sand dollars
??? Crabs
A Pike

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

How wonderful to meet up with Al and Lou in LA after a long flight and four films later!! I left on Tuesday afternoon and arrived on Tuesday morning , this international date line thing is doing my head in! But no rest for me , we took off in our hired 4 wheel drive - Al was conned into taking a much bigger car than we needed , they said we needed more luggage space - can you believe it! We headed for Santa Monica and it was like Blackpool , and it rained , and Al was driving, and it took us ages to get there , LA is a devil to navigate , few road signs and no sat nav. But still we had a grand late lunch and what made Lou's day ... read more
Eagles eat your heart out!
Drinking the night away!
Brunch on the terrace

North America » United States » California » Monterey December 27th 2009

I just had another amazing day filled with adventures and great personal isights into life. I was somewhat disturbed to find that it rained over night and the day looked gloomy and damp. However, as soon as I got on the road at 8 AM, the sky got brighter and I knew that I am off to a great start. My first stop was in Cambria to get some gas. I was amazed what a nice little charming town Cambria was--I would not mind to return to it in the future. My second stop was a Whale Watcher Cafe where I had breakfast. Next I checked out a couple campsites where I stayed before and noticed that the fee is only $22 as opposed to $35 in the summer. My third stop was at Camaldoli Hermitage--a ... read more
Morro Bay
The Seals
The Sanctuary

North America » United States » California » Monterey November 1st 2009

EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK: OUR SUMMER IN CARMEL, AMAZON.COM The square mile incorporated city of Carmel-by-the-Sea, in addition to the 120 galleries and art studios, also claims two stage theaters, the internationally acclaimed Bach Festival, the equally renowned Shakespeare Festival, a music society, and an annual art festival among its more prominent cultural events. This focus on the arts is not a recent Chamber of Commerce effort to boost tourism. Unlike other California real estate developments around the turn of the 19th Century, from the onset Carmel was a settlement of artists. The original inspiration for developing Carmel came from the neighboring town of Pacific Grove. In that small seaside community during the 1880’s, a group of people representing the Methodist Church established a summer retreat. A retreat that attracted adherents to the Chautauqua Movement, a ... read more

North America » United States » California » Monterey October 7th 2009

Left Monterey at 1830 on Monday. No wind at all so we motored all night to Morro Bay. The bar was calm so we motored in and picked up mooring balls at the Morro Bay Yacht Club. Nice seafood dinner ashore. We find we are in need of additional fuel filters - Echo is eating them up, so we are waiting today for them to arrive. Plan to push on to Avila (Port San Louis) soon. All of us are happy and healthy. No drama yet. Bonnie, Dick, Brian, Karla and Dave... read more

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