Monterey Surf Inn
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We spent today in Monterey. During the morning we walked the coastline from our condo in Pacific Grove to the Coast Guard Pier at San Carlos Beach Park. We managed to see some sea otters (none close up), a ton of harbor seals hanging out at Point Cabrillo, and piles of sea lions at the Coast Guard Pier.
The afternoon belonged to ...
... onto the sea otter tour. These amazing animals are a keystone species meaning that the whole habitat, in this case the kelp forests, depend on them. The sea otters are the main predator of sea urchins that attach to the base of the kelp and eat through their trunks detaching them from the sea bed. We got fascinating explanation of their lives and went to see the otter rescue facilities where abandoned baby sea otters are adopted by the resident aquarium otter females, ...
... street you see in some San Francisco movies. We took pictures, then walked on down the street (emphasis on DOWN). By now, Dan had to go get the car and move it to a pay lot, but while he did that, I walked to the Boudin’s (sourdough bakers) museum and demonstration room. I learned a bit about baking sourdough!
Dan and I met up at Pier 39 and had lunch at the Crab House, fish and chips, very good! Now it was time to go to the Exploritorium, a ...
... views were not as spectacular as they could have been. I thought the scenery was very similar to the New Zealand coastal scenery, particularly the rugged South Island. Monterey was historically a fishing town which specialised in the catching, processing and canning of sardines. Today the disused canneries and warehouses have been turned into shops, restaurants and an aquarium. The fog had burnt off which meant that the view of Monterey Bay was spectacular. We had a two hour stop ...
... stuck out of position, Anne and Grant could not make any headway paddling. Cynthia and Solie tied them up to their Kayaks, and they towed them home. Grant told me, "I used all the swear words I had today."
That night Cynthia made pasta and salad, which we ate with our assorted fruits, vegetables, and snacks. I went to bed with Anne and Cynthia still using the hot tub. The next day I learned they were up until 2am.