Monterey Surf Inn
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... seen before in an aquarium, like massive yellowfin tuna. Also saw cuttlefish, and squid and massive octopus! Also live coral...which we don't see much back home. It was truly amazing! I've decided sea otters are now my favourite animals...super cute!! They were all holding each other's tiny paws! We then walked up and down the streets looking at the cute shops. Stopping at a candy store and finding a massive packet ...
Back on the bus to the visitors centre for lunch and then on the road again. Travelling close to the Pacific on a 2 lane road with mountains on our right hand. Stopped to see male elephant seals where they beach themselves for a month to malt and they don't eat during this time.
... we went out for a special dinner at the Fish Hopper restaurant with a lovely view out on Monterey bay. The Sea otters were diving for their dinner in the giant kelp beds. I had the Sand Dabs, a local Sardine like fish for dinner, with a Clos du Bois North Californian C******nay.
We could see the fishing boats on the bay and the sun set on the dunes and later the lights of Monterey.
... coffee, so we went into Starbucks and sat in the sun next to Forrest Gump's bench and enjoyed that. Cannery Row is appealing. There is a strong John Steinbeck theme, with shops, wax works, cafes and statues dedicated to him. Cannery Row featured prominently in two of John Steinbeck's most famous novels, Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday. He lived close by so he has been claimed as a local hero. ...
... on Wednesday, and thanks to the friendliness of the locals - and probably their eye for an inflated tourist charge - she had it replaced within an hour by the best and most attractive (male) dentist she has ever had. The plan for the next new days, after Monterey, is to head inland to Yosemite National Park, then to Las Vegas by Friday night, via Death Valley. Inevitable cliches, but California is proving to be incredible and we are so lucky to be able to enjoy it ...