The next morning, we started our day by driving around Monterey Bay's Cannery Row.
We then proceeded to Pebble Beach's 17-mile drive on the Monterey Peninsula. The 17-mile drive is the main road of a gated community, with an entrance fee of $9.75 per car. The nice thing is that the toll can be applied to any purchase at a local restaurant or store within the community (which we didn't do as we had planned to do brunch somewhere else ... see details below).
We were greeted with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean.
We also loved seeing the abundance of wildlife. Here is the Brandt's Cormorant.
Included in the toll fee is a map highlighting each scenic point and some background info. The road itself has a marker guiding you along (as there are some confusing turns), and each scenic point has a clear sign (btw, the bird is real and happened to be posing on the Bird Rock sign for my camera :) ).
This was one of my favourite stops because of all the birds and California Sea Lions.
If I played golf, this would probably be the place to be.
I have always had a fascination for artists painting nature.
With scenery like this, I would do the same if I was so artistically inclined!
Another favourite of this drive was the Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees.
One of the more famous points, The Lone Cypress.
Other views at that stop.
Last pictures of the 17-mile drive, The Ghost Tree.
We moved along to brunch at Katy's Place in Carmel, CA, per recommendation from our friends, J&M, for the best eggs benedict.
It was a really cute breakfast/brunch spot.
We were definitely impressed with the food! Here's the delicious French Toast with mixed berries.
And their specialty, Eggs Benedict (this is the Irish Benedict), was really good.
Next up, California Road Trippin' pt 5 ...
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Our first view of Santa Cruz was lovely and peaceful (that's the Santa Cruz Lighthouse in the background).
I wish I could be this lady and spending an afternoon relaxing and reading by the water.
We then hopped over to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. I was here in Santa Cruz more than 5 years ago for training, and it seemed like nothing had changed.
Welcome to America, land of DEEP FRIED EVERYTHING! I wonder if they still had Twinkies at this point or just didn't change the sign (though, seems like Twinkies is now back in production!) ...
People enjoying the beach on a holiday weekend.
View of the Boardwalk from the Santa Cruz Wharf.
I love, love, love, marine life. Here's some Sea Lions lazing on the dock.
And others in the water.
What a beautiful sunset over Lighthouse Point Park.
And, what a cute little town this is.
Even has weekly Salsa dancing by the water!
Known for their Monterey Style Clam Chowder, we chose Old Fisherman's Grotto as our dinner spot. We snagged a table by the water and got to observe Jellyfish floating around.
Here's the star of the night - their famous Clam Chowder (which is a lot bigger than it looks ... or rather, it was massive!)
My entree ... Calamari.
And Grape S' ... Seared Ahi Tuna.
Next up ... California Road Trippin' pt 4 ...