Wednesday 7 December 2016
It’s my last full day in San Fran and I will be spending it down in Monterey – and Carmel.
Since I first thought about going to Monterey and even now every time I think about Monterey I get this song stuck in my head – … down in Monterey …
Pickup time was at 8.00am but as usual I was early so I ducked into a coffee shop for a cappuccino and after tasting it I really wish I had gone to Starbuck’s.
After pickup we went to a few more hotels, to the office to change buses, ended up on the original bus and then we were on our way … down to Monterey …
Leaving San Francisco
We drove along the coast road and had some absolutely stunning views, though reflections ruined quite a few of the coastline photos
Then we drove through a hill instead of all the way over it
On the other side of the tunnel we drove alongside the ocean again
We stopped at a little place called Davenport and I had better luck with coffee here
During the drive our driver, George, was talking about pumpkins and strawberries and other stuff. There is some big pumpkin festival in this area and a bit further down there road there are a lot of strawberry farms.
About midday we got to Monterey, I was expecting to park up somewhere but we just kept driving
After driving for another five minutes or so we arrived at the famous Cannery Row. There are no canneries there now but the cannery buildings have been repurposed and this area is now a tourist attraction. We had two hours to wander around here and some people chose to go to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. I chose to not to because I have been to a few aquariums before and just yesterday I saw an aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences.
Of course, there is a bust of John Steinbeck who was from this area. He wrote the book Cannery Row, among many others. I remember reading his book Of Mice and Men in high school and I loved the movie East of Eden with James Dean, from his book of the same name which I have also read.
We left Monterey and drove through Pacific Grove and more beautiful beach views
Soon we arrived at Pebble Beach, a gated community for where many rich and famous people have homes. George got out and paid what he had to pay and we then drove on the 17 Mile Drive.
We had a photo stop at Bird Rock
Bird Rock is not just home to birds
Yes, there were birds
We then drove on to Carmel which is a very picturesque town – Clint Eastwood was once the mayor of Carmel. We had about an hour or so to have a wander through the town centre
As we left the town of Carmel we drove by the Spanish mission and then headed back to San Francisco. This time it wasn’t a coastal drive but inland and past San Jose. There were some traffic issues but I was eventually dropped off about 8.00pm. I went to Burger King which was right across from where I was dropped off, ordered a large meal as well as a ton of nuggets and took it all back to my hotel. Today is the only date of the whole trip that I didn’t get to see K.
Tomorrow is my last day though my flight isn’t until the late evening.