Feeling Misty in Monterey

Trip Start Sep 06, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Cyprus Gardens Motel

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

On Thursday for the first time we experienced the fog or sea mist for which San Francisco is so famous. As we left the city we were aware of  a light covering but, by the time we hit coastal road Highway 1, it was enveloping the coastal views we had hoped to see.  We ploughed on hoping all the time that the fog might lift.  However, despite the occasionally beautiful eeriness that it lent certain sights, such as Pillar Point Bay and Pigeon Point Lighthouse, by the time we reached Santa Cruz, we were resigned to the greyness. 

We had arranged to stay the night with an old school friend who lives in Morgan Hill, half way between Santa Cruz and San Jose - and happily beyond the curtain of fog clinging to the coast -we were delighted to see the sun again!   On the way, we detoured to see an old Spanish mission house called San Juan Bautista, set around a beautiful square with amazing views towards the valley beyond

The next morning  we set off back towards the coast towards Monterey and, before long, we were once again swallowed up by the ubiquitous coastal fog.  We hadn't booked ahead so we spent some time looking for a motel and the children were happy to jump in the (unheated) pool as soon as we’d unpacked.  

The next day we’d planned to get to the famous Monterey Aquarium early but after breakfast Steve’s false tooth fell out – again…  Those who attended our leaving drinks will attest that this is not a pretty sight so we set about trying to find a dentist open on a Saturday who could cement the little darling back into place. 

Half a day later, the deed was done and we were finally able to go to the Aquarium.  This was really very good – we can certainly recommend it.  Lots of interactive stuff for the children to get involved in and we spent a good 4 hours there watching the seals and penguins being fed, learning about the secret life of sea horses, feeling sea anemone hugs, stroking bat rays and star fish and learning about the importance of the kelp forests that line the Californian coast.  We’d almost shaken off that Misty Monterey feeling…!

Next, we take the world famous Big Sur drive down the coast towards Hearst Castle.
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mfjulien on

Message 1 from Malvoie
Just to say that we are delighted to receive your e-mails and reports on your TravelPod. They are really excellent and amusing. Sorry to hear about Steve's tooth falling out again. All is well here at La Malvoie with fantastic weather, clear skies and still more than 23 degrees. Anne-Lise & Terry have now arrived and so we shall be very busy all week. Bonne continuation!! Lots of Love from Mum & Dad xxx

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