Holiday Inn Express Santa Cruz
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Business Services
- Fitness/Health center
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... br> Before it began to get dark we walked along the pier to take photos and see the sea lions which lie around on the wooden supports of the pier towards the far end. The intention was to eat at the Ideal Bar and Grill again as the served fresh lobster on Wednesdays. Unfortunately by the time we got there they had just run out of lobster but the fish dishes that we all had were still excellent.
By now it was dark so we returned to the roller ...
... re overseen on an official tour, which requires reservations in advance and costs 7 bucks a person, plus 10 dollars admission. We asked the park ranger at the gate if California had a 5 day pass we could buy to get in the parks like in Oregon. The woman was very short and abrupt. She said "NO!". She said we could buy the 200 dollar season pass if we wanted. I find it disconcerting that the state employees we encountered at the prison ...
... tiny little surf museum there. It was nothing that exciting but had a lot of historical paper cuttings of major events, boards of images and facts of how surfing has changed over the generations and best of all some old boards that you probably couldn't even imagine trying to surf on now. Anyway it passed some time! The surf had also got a lot bigger overnight and the waves were huge, well huge for me, 6-8 foot.
We then drove to a place called 'Mystery Spot' which is ...
... because Clint Eastwood was its mayor for some time). It was a pretty drive and were off the highway and bypasses Salinas. Into Monterey , find our lodgings then dinner at the old fisherman's wharf after a walk along the water front. Lovely end to the day. Monterey Bay harbour is just full of boats, thousands of them of all different shapes and sizes. I do not think we have seen so many in one place at one time.
A drive to Point Lobos ...
... back from the beach has no curb and guttering and amost seem to be scattered in gardens.
Stayed at Monterey which still has a more working class character reflecting its fish cannery heritage. Walked down Cannery Lane, named after Steinbeck’s book. He was born in a town nearby and lived in Monterey for much of his life, which he used in his books, The sardine canneries closed in the 1950s due to over fishing.
As it was ...