Coyotes, eagles and seals
Aug 03, 2013
Aug 18, 2013
. we arrived in Monterey about 1.30pm and checked into our motel. we're in a convenient location for the harbour and walked into town for the afternoon. first port of call was to book a whale watching trip. humpback whales can be seen off the coast, so fingers crossed we'll see them tomorrow morning on our trip. we then rented a surrey, and cycled around the cannery and fisherman's wharf areas. good fun for an hour. seals and pelicans are everywhere around the harbour area and can make a fair racket when they want. monterey used to be a big fish processing centre and cannery row was where all the canning took place. today the old processing buildings house restaurants and shops. fisherman's wharf is much the same but is still a pier with working fishing and pleasure boats.
after a quick dinner at one of the local seafood restaurants we walked back to the motel.
a quick dip in the pool before bed time.
our drive today took us due west of sequoia and back to the coast. the drive took about 4 hours and was a complete change from yesterday's arm exercises. once we'd left the foothills of the sierra nevada we drove for at least 100 miles without making a single turn; a completely straight road. we passed through the san joaquin valley for the last time, this time instead of fruit and nut trees it was the salad region. tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, a kale like crop amongst the many we saw. the tomato fields went on for mile after mile. huge tracts of tomato plants. we saw truck loads of them being taken away from the fields and some pretty big machinery scooping them up from the ground. our westward route then took us through an area with a different crop; oil. passing through the appropriately named town of Oilfields, we saw lots of 'nodding donkey' oil well pumps. you could smell oil in the air too. route 198 then took us across the remote area of mustang ridge where we happened to see loads of eagle-like birds in the sky and at one point, as we rounded a corner, a coyote skulked across the field in front of us