Super 8 Santa Cruz/Boardwalk West
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... and I wanted to go on the original wooden roller-coaster that has been there for years but queues were ridiculous!
The next day the sun was out and it was a beautiful hot day so we packed up the beach gear and off we went. Dan wanted to visit a couple of famous surf locations first, called 'Steamer Lane' and 'The Hook', which were right next to each other and only a little drive down the road. They were both packed with surfers and spectators. We hung out for a while and ...
... winter coats during August. In then takes us two hours of motoring up highway one, we stop once to watch a pod of dolphins out in the ocean, but the scenery is stunning. We get to Monterrey for 5.30 and realise that why our hotel is so busy is due to car show and auction, it means that all of the hotels in town are massively sold out, the car park is full of exotic European cars and makes our GMC seem very basic in comparison, we like ...
... Mel Gibson and his daughter as we messed around swimming, relaxing in the hot tub and generally enjoying a lovely sunny California afternoon and evening.
In the evening we were joined for dinner by our friends from home Patricia, Stephen and their son George. We ate in The Lodge in Carmel Valley. A very pleasant night was had by all; the boys played Uno and the grown ups drank wine. We all ate well before everyone headed off to bed.
The return journey was via San Simeon and and Moonstone Beach (very windy and rocky)then ready to relax. There is another music group playing tonight so we hope they will be as good.
Update - they were good musicians but played no songs we knew so we did not stay till stumps this time.
Next morning we headed further north, through the wine and olive area of Paso Robles, also stopping at the Estrella War Birds museum ...
... every 10 seconds – which it still does today.
In 1871 an audible fog signal went into operation
Where does the name come from: in June 1853 the clipper ship carrier Pigeon run aground 500 ft offshore from here – this ship was launched in January 1853 in Boston – she went around Cape Horn and came into a fog and headed towards shore in hope to catch sight of land