Econo Lodge Monterey Fairgrounds
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... cheap accommodation and are able to cook some decent food in the kitchen.
It was only 1pm so we thought we would make the most of the day and visit the Aquarium. It had rave reviews and is said to be one of the best in the world, so us being marine lovers it was high on our list of to-dos. The Aquarium sat right on the waterfront at the end of Cannery Row, which was another must do for another day, and only a few minutes walk from the hostel. It cost $80 for us both ...
... salmon pieces with their paws.
After watching them being fed, it reminded me that it was a long time since I'd had breakfast, so we made our way to a cafe, where I had a cup of clam chowder. I do like this dish!
The penguins being fed was a bit of a disappointment, as there were no seats, just the steps and few actual seats. The seals and ...
... foggy and cooler- missing the warm.
Late night having Italian and creeps for pudding so a bit of a sleep in. The queue for the Monterey Aquarium was ginormous. Maybe we are getting a bit weary but all agreed to move on without too much heartbreak. There followed a series of anti-climaxes- "Lovers Leap" can't see the attraction, "17 Mile Drive" apart from one lovely Pacific Beach utterly mediocre and as private land ...
... fields with irrigation booms that circle them for a
Before we left Idaho we had one last treat: a jet boat ride again on the never ending Snake River through part of Hells Canyon which took us down and then back up a class four rapid. Class five is deemed life threatening. The canyon walls in some parts rise a mile above the water.
Our next experience was ...
... highway and found some matches so we could cook our breakfast, next to the sea while we waited for the fog to lift. We made our way to Monterey slowly, stopping at the famous McWay waterfall at Big Sur, then going to Pfeiffer beach which has purple sand, as well as normal coloured sand, and having a photo opportunity at bixby bridge before spending some time exploring point Lobos, a nature reserve with marine mammals and birds and more tide pooling.