National 9 Motel
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... ride it at night. It was even better and seemed faster in the dark. The girl on reception was really impressed that we had been on it once let alone twice!!
Back at the hotel we had a bottle of Champagne (sparkly wine) to toast Jacky`s 50th birthday (Martin and Sheila`s sister in law). Hopefully we will get cocktails tomorrow night.
After a long day we get some sleep as we move on to San Francisco tomorrow. Santa Cruz definitely deserves more time!!
... very helpful, and genuinely nice. The park employees we encountered were neither. Seems like it should be the other way around.
We wound up in Monterey in an old time 1960's hotel. It is spotless, all updated, new carpets, beds, paint, fixtures, it's like a time warp. The desk clerk is an older woman who is very cheerful and helpful. We just love the place.
Tomorrow, we poke around a little in Monterey, then off to Big Sur!
... place where the rules of gravity do not exist. It's a guided tour and most of it is all done with trickery but in any case we missed out as it was closed already!
Just as we were heading back to our motel the sun started to come out! Typical! That is it for Santa Cruz and we are continuing to head down the Coast tomorrow. It's been a cool place and love the typical seaside holiday feel to it. I would say it's only really worthwhile visiting if it's sunny though as not a whole heap else to ...
... to look at more coastal scenery, all wild and wooly with the June Gloom all of a sudden rolling in. Bird island was covered in - birds? Go figure. There were huge kelp beds which abound in this area, in fact, all along the coast which support the huge population of seals,otters and other marine life.
We then drove along the ocean boulevard on a fine sunny morning, all the way to Lovers Point (cue hearts) with the quaint period homes, ...
... 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.