Monterey Oceanside Inn
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Clean and comfortable
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Today we explored Monterey. Wildlife watching, interspersed with lunch and a drink or two at various establishments. Then thanks to a hotel receptionist who has no concept of walking distances, a 5 mile hike to the mall, it was however interesting and good exercise for ...
... up and down hills, meaning a slow drive, but it's nothing compared to nz windy roads. It's just long, like 100 km of windy road, but not sharp corners, easy driving.
We stopped for lunch at a lookout point and were lucky to see a Condor swooping overhead endlessly. After our picnic, we felt we had really had enough of the road, but there is no way out, you just have to keep going.
Our stop for the night ...
... we were either a little underwhelmed or not in the mood. It was also very crowded. Additionally, we all had more exciting things lined up for the afternoon (to be covered later!) Still, we saw a feeding display of the big fish in the "open sea" area, some crabs, some lobsters and a huge octopus, and some otters. Plenty of interactive toys for the kids. Headed off after a couple of hours (you're supposed to spend at least half a day there), and found lunch at Louie ...
... highly recommend. Santa Cruz itself seemed just how we would imagine a Californian town; a bit bohemian, loads of shops, no high-rise buildings (that we saw), independent shops, cafes and bars along the main streets. There is also a pier and theme park at the beach which we drove past - and subsequently wished we could have had longer there! It looked like there was loads more to see. After leaving Santa Cruz we drove up to San Francisco, with a couple of stops on the way. One ...
... a functioning lighthouse, guiding boats through the Golden Gate since 1870. - around 1500 inmates, including Al Capone and Robert 'Birdman' Stroud, served time during this period; they were all sent there because they were considered too dangerous for mainland penitentiaries - there are no confirmed successful escapes to the mainland. 3 men escaped but are presumed to have drowned in the bay, 1 man escaped but was found half-dead and clinging to a rock under ...