Friday September 30, 2011
Hearty breakfast at our place (Sue’s personal chef was called into action) and we were off to explore Monterey.
This was artichoke country, stretching all the way to our place in the sand dunes.
We walked around the cannery row area and had our first sighting of seals and sea otters. We had some very excited kids, as well as Ryan and Tegan.
John Steinbeck wrote a novel Cannery Row and they call this area Steinbeck Country
Shots of Cannery Row
We drove a 17 mile private road to Carmel through some beautiful country, with very expensive golf courses and houses along the coastline.
The golf courses were magnificent including Pebble Beach
A seal colony on a rock not far off shore. They were making a lot of noise.
Getting a better look at their antics
The guys were enamoured with the squirrels we came across
The guys taking it in
We walked around Carmel, which was a very cute town, with some big brand stores servicing the well heeled locals. We lunched in a swiss cafe, which got the 2 thumbs up rating from us all.
When picking up some supplies I spotted the Hosties Twinkees, a fabled thing of my youth, only seen in comic books with sea dragons and xray specs. I was educated with the importance of these sweet morsels when I watched the documentary Zombieland.
We had pre-booked all of our accommodation except for the following night, as we were unsure where we would like to stop. Our plan was to research from our Monterey accommodation, but without an internet connect, that proved difficult. I txt’ed the owner of the property asked about the interntet password as I could see a wireless network, and he txt back saying only dialup (if you brought a modem) or cell access. Hmmm, doesn’t meet the “internet” indicated on the accommodation, but any how, that meant a diversion to a neighbouring town to get some starbucks and use their wireless.
After consulting tripadvisor’s ratings and hit a couple of no’s before securing our accommodation.
We went for a walk on the beach for a while, and I returned later to get some sunset shots.
Tegan leading the charge to the beach
One of the shots I grabbed whilst chilling out (literally in tshirt and shorts) at sunset
A really nice day, and ready to hit the Big Sur in the morning and on to Santa Barbara overnight.