Monterey - 17 mile drive

Trip Start Nov 01, 2008
Trip End Nov 27, 2009

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Discovery Inn

Flag of United States  , California
Sunday, November 1, 2009

After our nice drive up the coastline we checked into our huge motel room with all the mod cons - a luxury we were getting used to. Carl Jr for dinner a lovely American chain establishment which all things considered wasn't too bad, a box of corona and back to the room to watch a movie.

After a sound nights sleep we drove along the 17 mile drive, it was a beautifully sunny day so perfect for viewing the rugged coastline, a colony of seals and the fab Pebble Beach golf course. We also saw Spyglass Hill golf course which I have aced on Tiger Woods but it looked a lot tougher in real life. There were lots of expensive houses with coastal views overlooking the distinctive cypress trees with the iconic lone cypress used for the pebble beach company. Once at the end of the drive you arrive at Carmel a quaint little town with lovely buildings and tree lined streets. We had lunch in a cute little bakery on the high street of fresh homemade half sandwiches and soup for a very reasonable price of $5 each. I saw a hummingbird in some foliage but it was gone before I could take a picture, doh! We drove down the road to the missionary church which was on the outskirts of the town which was very pretty but we didn't want to pay to go in, so we just ended up taking pictures of the outside and nice garden (which is only what we wanted to see anyway!). We also visited an old country estate previously lived in by Clint Eastwood (who still owns it btw) which is known as the ranch with old fashioned buildings with a few acres of farmland out front.

We just had time to visit the Monterey aquarium which is one of the must see aquariums in the country. It has a huge living kelp tank 28 feet tall with  variety of sea life, we also managed to capture a live feeding session here. The lady on reception let us pay student prices as we looked like we could get away with it which was nice of her, this lowered the cost by $10 to $52. We spent a couple of hours looking around at all the amazing sea life including cute little sea otters that liked nibbling their own butthole, seahorses, jellyfish, tuna, sardines and starfish which you were allowed to pick up. Another fast food dinner this time at Wendy's which was ropey and left us feeling quite ill.

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