Howard Johnson Inn Salinas
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... Mexican cuisine. Offered as a topping or side, cooked into a stew, or incorporated into traditional Mexican dishes, the green chile is quite possibly my favorite thing about the whole state. Everything should be smothered in green chile (and often is)...love it. Every major meal in the area featured them to one extent or ...
... grunge to be seen, which I hadn't expected. It was still enjoyable to walk the street knowing Steinbeck had perhaps taken those same routes. We had a taste of clam chowder as the temperatures cooled. We were wearing shorts so we jumped in every other store to warm up. After a few more gift purchases, it was back south on Highway 1 to Big Sur with multiple stops along the way for photo ops.
Highway 1 is an absolutely stunning stretch to drive. The ...
... to pre-purchase tickets online. In my case, it wasn't necessary. That said, the only tour that caught my eye was just over an hour long, and given the time I finally arrived it would have had me in Monterey a little too late for my liking. So in the end, I skipped the tour (as there is no option to just go up and wander the grounds), and browsed through the gift shop instead.
Further up the PCH, not even a ten minute drive north ...
... and was now at the top. We knew this because he was talking to his mum on a walkie talkie to them. Dom Jolly whipped out a huge telescopic lens and shouted, "there he is, he's wavin'" We spoke to them for a bit and it turns out that the top of Vernal Falls is another 25 min climb up approx 600 steps. We still had to walk back and so, I made a collective decision to make our way back. This would mean we could be on the Road by 12.00pm and head for our ...
... were going to drop off an edge, I was hanging on to the door handle and the cup holder in the centre console and at times yelling (you're only supposed to be doing 25) at Martin for going too fast, it felt like a roller coaster.
Stopped for lunch at Nepenthe http://www.nepenthebigsur.com/ great food, great views and don't forget the gift shop. We saw a couple of woodpeckers while we were having lunch, even saw them pecking away.