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... sunset as it was clear blue skies but we were facing too far south and it was setting over some houses. It was still beautiful but nothing beats watching the sunset in the ocean over the horizon.
We walked back along the arcade walkway and dipped in and out of every single surf shop, as we always seem to do! We continued to weave in and out of the masses of people to check out the rides. It's like a bigger version of Brighton but on a nicer beach. Some of the rides looked ...
... is called their crown jewel of their parks. It was donated lock stock and barrel to them by the Hearst family. Stunning, massive, opulent, grand are just some of the descriptors available and a great way to while away the hours.
A short drive up the coast to Piedras Blancas and we saw a large colony of elephant seals, just lounging on the beach as you do when you are up to 5 metres long and weigh over a ton. Fascinating to see hundreds of them ...
... every 10 seconds – which it still does today.
In 1871 an audible fog signal went into operation
Where does the name come from: in June 1853 the clipper ship carrier Pigeon run aground 500 ft offshore from here – this ship was launched in January 1853 in Boston – she went around Cape Horn and came into a fog and headed towards shore in hope to catch sight of land
... on Wednesday, and thanks to the friendliness of the locals - and probably their eye for an inflated tourist charge - she had it replaced within an hour by the best and most attractive (male) dentist she has ever had. The plan for the next new days, after Monterey, is to head inland to Yosemite National Park, then to Las Vegas by Friday night, via Death Valley. Inevitable cliches, but California is proving to be incredible and we are so lucky to be able to enjoy it ...
... s. We walked down the street two blocks and there we were. It's so cute - the waiters all know Lilly, so they showed us to her favorite table in the corner and said, "Do you want your usual 2 pancakes with blueberries on the side and apple juice?"
We played around the house until lunch and then we went to her soccer game. Lilly is number 8 on the Silver Hawks. Cute game: 0 - ...