InterContinental The Clement Monterey
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Schweren Herzens haben wir heute morgen San Francisco verlassen - wir
kommen wieder - irgendwann - das ist sicher. Da das Wetter einfach super
genial ist, die Nebelbank ist weit auf dem Meer draussen, sind wir
direkt der Küste entlang gefahren, auf dem berühmten Highway 1. Was für
eine tolle Strecke. Der stetig wehende Wind hat …
... were fish glistening close to the surface and some even flying out of the water. Every now and then, a big orca mouth would come straight out of the water. It was really something to see. The next group we noticed was one or two in the pod were performing great tail slaps, 5, 6, 7, 8 times in a row. Then they seemed to disappear. Again, very exciting to watch.
Monterey is nice – spread out since I was last ...
... returned to the ocean. Human interaction is minimised and disguised with black gowns and large black masks so that the sea otters don't get attached to humans. It's an odd sight - a baby sea otter appearing to be groomed and fed by darth vader!
After the sea otter tour we sat and watched a film Project White Shark - debunking the myths on these much maligned creatures. It was narrated live by an aquarium zoologist and was really entertaining and educational. ...
... home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team. On the freeway we drove past the suburban middle-class high-density housing which inspired the 1960s song Little Boxes, little boxes made of tricky tacky, little boxes all the same (I remember singing this song at school!) Apparently these houses sell for around 600-700k now. The Pacific Coast Highway is said to offer some of the best ocean views in the world. Today was what we would call overcast, the locals call it high fog, ...
... after I drop you off.”
Our five-day, 2,400 mile drive to CA is long and boring. Our sightseeing is done on the freeways, most striking is the St. Louis Arch, which we circle around, and enjoy from every angle. We stop long enough for photos in my favorite Grand Canyon, the stunningly colorful Painted Desert, and the Petrified Forest. After I drop-off Mooch, I head over to visit ...