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Trip Start Dec 29, 2011
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Last night it rained so hard last night you could hardly hear yourself think! And WINDY - wow - the motorhome was shaking. Woke up this morning to gray skies and soon heard rain on the roof again. But by 9:30, the sun was trying to peek through so we had a quick breakfast and headed out.

Today we did the walking tour of Old Monterey - The Path of History... Armed with a map and a brochure, we headed downtown for a parking spot. Managed to find a free two hour spot right near the street we needed. Had to run back to the car for my rain jacket as it started to drizzle again and then began to rain in earnest. We ducked under cover for a couple of minutes but the cloudburst was soon over and the skies began to clear. Didn't see rain again all day!

The walking tour was somewhat interesting with stops at several old adobe buildings that had been homes, stores, a courthouse, the town hall, a jail and California's first movie theatre. Monterey went through several incarnations from a remote Spanish outpost to a Mexican farming community to US Statehood. (It was the capital of California at one time and one of the buildings was the site of the signing of the state constitution.) Unfortunately, Old Monterey is a state park and due to cutbacks, many of the sites were closed up, with little information available beyond the very limited amount in the brochure. There were a couple of places open that were managed by the city and therefore still staffed - by vounteers, I think - who were happy to share their knowledge. The town hall was very nicely done with original stuff under glass and other "props" placed about the place to give it a feeling of authenticity.

We ended our tour down at Fisherman's Wharf where there were displays, music and people milling about. Today was Whale Days and there were lots of activities going on. Couldn't figure out if they were anti or pro whaling but we weren't that interested in getting in the middle of it to find out. We headed back to the car, having almost exhausted our two free hours of parking, and headed to Pacific Grove where we had a tee time.

Got to the golf course around 12:30 or so and got the twilight rate - good deal...$20 - now that IS the poor man's Pebble Beach! The course was lovely despite the wind. The first nine was kind of a park course with lots of trees and more deer than you could count! Then the back nine crossed the road to the ocean side where the scenery was stunning. I'd like to blame the wind for all my bad shots but I think it was more just chipping off the rust. We played in just over three hours so it was a quick round. Very long holes from the reds - hardly any advantage at all. There were two par fives that were over 500 yards and two par threes that were close to 200. Add in the wind and it made some of the holes rather long!

By the time we left the golf course and headed back to the motorhome, it was close to 4:30. Suddenly Roy remembered that we had wanted to drive down the coast to Big Sur,  during our stay in Monterey. We had about an hour's sunlight left so we thought we'd give it a go, or at least go a ways so we could see how the road might be tomorrow for the motorhome ...Got several miles down the coast and saw some great crashing waves but decided we didn't want to have to drive back in the dark. It only took about ten minutes of driving for Roy to decide we are NOT taking that route tomorrow. The road is windy and narrow and there is a lot of traffic - not ideal conditions for rookie motorhomers. So - we'll see the very southernmost bits of Big Sur, when we head north to Hearst Castle from Morro Bay, our destination tomorrow. We'll be taking the inland route which is a little farther to drive because we go inland a ways but probably not much longer time wise because of better roads.
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