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... just outside the present day location of the diner in 1958. There was even a small memorial stone outside.
We headed on towards Monterey Bay and were soon on route one. As we got closer the signs began to look familiar from all the years ago when I lived here in 1984. I could see a sign for 17th Ave where I used to live from the freeway and we were soon turning off to head towards the main Santa Cruz beach.
We arrived at ...
... a former warden came up with the museum idea) is sitting behind the counter and welcomes us in.
The museum itself is fascinating. They have all matters of tools and weapons used by the guards throughout the years, an actual size prison cell that you can stand in, and a scale replica of the gas chamber used there for many years. They had a huge collection of shanks, crafts by inmates, guns used by the guards, historic items....if ...
... 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 ...
... party in the central courtyard. It was a lovely place to wander around with clear Spanish influences on the architecture and design. There were several mini museums and each was dedicated to someone who had donated money to their cause, and the buildings had been renovated and expanded many times. There was also a native american burial site.
After this we decided to go to make our way most of the way ...
Pacific Coast Highway 2
Mar 20 – Mar 25
Veterans Memorial Park: After a long day driving and exploring we arrived in Monterey and found a nice partly sunny campground: and most amazing: it's affordable and it has free showers… wow are we still in California?
Monterey Exploring by bike:
Wharfs: we stopped at 3 different wharfs: ...