Inns Of California - Salinas
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... was a bit of commotion with the other snorkelling group but we couldn't quite see what was going on. It was only after we were all back on the boat that the other snorkelling group saw a humpback whale and their leader decided to follow this humpback whale for a bit. Now that would have been something to swim with a humpback. Anyway, it was a good introduction to swimming in the deep water and at least we were better prepared when we had to do it for real in a few hours time.
... the boy's favourite breakfast. It's a really popular spot, but the worth the wait for their fantastic crepes.
It was a cloudy, breezy morning in Monterey and the ocean was choppy as we boarded our boat, the Sea Wolf, and set off in the hope of seeing some very big sea mammals. From the start we marvelled at the abundance of sea-life in the bay. Before we'd even got out of the harbour we'd seen seals, sea-lions, and sea otters. ...
... restaurants for those passing through. Politically, I'm against chain restaurants, but I like to explore regional chains and Bandana's is a good one. My cousin & family introduced me to it in St Louis, MO - they slow-smoke everything on site, so the meat is tender, smoky, and wonderful. The pulled pork still has the burnt ...
... do spot a sign saying "elephant seals", so we pull off into a car park which is fairly busy, as there is a pod of elephant seals lounging around on the nearby beach, with lots of tourists stopping to have a look. The smell is interesting! After we have stretched our legs a bit further, we climb back in the car and keep going.
The drive north is nice, albeit foggy. We stop occasionally to get photos of some nice scenery, or ...
... was living in San Francisco: Pacifica and Montara. The coast is beautiful but the fog appeared again.
At 3:15pm we started the visit to Stanford University. The tour was guided by a student and he has shown us this fantastic campus. It has 16,000 students (only 7% foreigners, 54% boys and 48% girls) and have facilities that make you want to go back to University.
We are now in ...