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Trip Start Oct 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 01, 2011

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Monday, October 11, 2010

What a nice drive down to Santa Cruz. Of course we had some stops inbetween including the famous Monte Carlo which is Ray's favorite bar in all of Sacramento (for reasons unknown). No, really it's a corner bar with strange people and Ray fits in perfectly in a way. Next it was a stop at the Dead Fish for a fishwich of heaven and some amber beers. What a great place this is and the food servings are huge! It's Ray's new favorite restaurant so we are on a roll. The waiter tells us about this place called Nantucket that is right on the water below where we are so we hit it up for a beer and it's just okay. The prices were more expensive than the latter and it was really rundown. It could be better with a coat of paint and some umbrellas for the tables outside.

So we arrive to the Coastview Inn in Santa Cruz and the accomodations are okay with a view of the ocean. The town was dead on a Wednesday night and so was the Boardwalk. What a shame since Ray really wanted to ride the Giant Dipper, an old wooden roller coaster from the early 1900's. We still had a beer and walked the walk. What a nice evening for a stroll so we headed towards the rock formations since the tide was low and walked on the other side. Raymie and Bee had never been on this side of the rock and look!...there was a lighthouse with sailboats going out instead of coming in at dusk. That's not usually so we walked the 1/2 mile there to find out it was a sailing group doing who-knows-what on the windy night.

There was a restaurant on the other side so after another mile of walking, we reach the two-story Nest Restaurant. Just in time for Happy Hour and all the Wednesday night specials! Why leave here when it's so much fun with music, dancing and cheap drinks! The cab ride back was great but we weren't ready to stop drinking yet but it was Wednesday and everything was dead/closed. Let's jump in the ocean! We got halfway down and realized it was freezing outside and even more freezing in the ocean and we should get a cab downtown to see for ourselves if everything was closed. Before we made it out, we passed out. Good thing cause the mimosas the next day may not have been so good otherwise.

After a nice walk on the Wharf we made our way to Monterey and the Hotel Abrego. The hotel had just been remodeled and the rooms were terrific! We headed to Carmel and found the entrace to Pebble Beach which we didn't realize was a private community and it was almost $10 just to drive in and look around! We did see Pebble Beach Golf Coarse and had a drink at the Lodge where the Hungarian bartender had been there for some 25 years as well as place our feet on the course.

Dan recommended A.W. Schucks (aw schucks) in Carmel to us for oysters and man!, they were awesome! (expensive yet awesome) The bartender was very talktative but we couldn't stay there all night so we headed back to Monterey. We had okay Mexican food that gave us a belly ache and retreated back to the hotel bar to finsih watching the baseball playoffs. It was way to quiet before we arrived and the guests were happy to have the sound on too once we insisted we couldn't watch the game in silence. (there was no music or anything) Ray talked the manager into keeping the pool open late for us and Bee completed a dive for the first time, after belly-flopping multiple times. Yay!

Raymie needed to study before our upcoming trip to Tahoe so Ray and I took a walk on the Path of History throughout downtown Monterey. We saw everything we could (since all the museums were closed during History Weekend for some odd reason) including Fisherman's Wharf where we had multiple tastings of clam chowder. After a couple of hours, we swooped up Raymie and went to Cannery Row where the famous aquarium is and after trying to sneak in for 10 minutes we gave up and continued walking around. We strolled through many restuarants trying to find a place for lunch when we ended up the Cannery Brewery that had only been open for 3 months. Great tap room with Maker's Mark on tap and the only place in the world with Patron on tap. Yummy Beer Cheese soup. yay!
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