Trip Start May 03, 2013
25Trip End May 25, 2013
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As we made our way to the marina area we passed through a craft market, some nice things but a bit pricey, especially some amazing photos by a local man. As you approach the marina you can hear the seals who live around the Fisherman's Wharf area next to the marina. Lots of honking and barking and other weird noises going on.
We strolled around the Fisherman's Wharf pier; it's probably a quarter of the size of the one in San Francisco but it's got the usual souvenir shops, seafood stalls and restaurants. Near the end it spurs off to the right and there's a viewing area where you can watch the seals sunbathing on a wooden platform. They seem to be fighting for space on the platform with some seals balancing themselves on the rail around the edge.
Although I loved watching the seals I had my day made when two sea otters appeared, floating on their backs eating. There are so cute.
We walked further on, it's really pleasant area with a lovely golden sandy beach cove to one side and another marina. As you look out to sea it's just possible to make out more sea otters wrapped up in the kelp. The path eventually takes you to Cannery Row, an area made famous by the author John Steinbeck. Here are shops, restaurants etc., and at the end is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was busy but we managed to look around and see everything. There's an amazing jellyfish display here.
Monterey is a really nice town, very clean and tidy and has a feeling of Amity Island about it, without the killer sharks, but who knows?
When we got back to the hotel I realised how sneaky that sea breeze had been. My arms and the backs of my legs were glowing red. Oops!