Saturday, June 20, 2015

Monterey Bae...I mean, Bay.

We wanted to see the Pacific Ocean and what better way than to travel south along California's Pacific Coast Highway 1. We had a destination which was the beautiful Monterey Bay and a charming little town, Carmel by the Sea.

jet lagged.

Monterey Bay was simply beautiful. We walked the famous streets of Cannery Row, an area known for canning sardines. John Steinbeck wrote a book about the once known Ocean View Avenue, later named "Cannery Row" after his 1945 publication.

Sadly, we missed out on the Aquarium in Monterey but we did get a chance to spot some wild sea lions sunbathing on the shore. It was our first sighting of sea lions which made a certain someone (Asha) prettttttty happy.

After visiting a few shops, we relaxed by the ocean but felt the water would be a little too cold to dip our feet in. The average temperature is 55 degrees. We were chicken and decided to marvel the view instead.

We thought our little visit in Monterey was over, but nope, our tour guide kept us going. Next we rode along the famous 17-Mile drive, a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. We, of course, made stops on the way, learning in awe about Bird Rock (how the heck did those sea lions get up there?!), the price to play at Pebble Beach Resort and the Lone Cypress, one of the most photographed trees in North America.

Before heading home, we walked through Carmel by the Sea, a cute little town sprinkled with boutique shops (Asha's heaven), beautiful architecture and ice cream. We can't forget about the ice cream.

Next up, Napa and Sonoma Valley! Stay tuned for the next blog.

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