|Peter B,'s Brewpub|
|A room with a balcony? I'll take it!|
The next morning was a windy one - there were record breaking storms in the Pacific Northwest that day and the ocean was churning. But after waking up to a rainbow, I decided to talk a walk along the bay and see the waves.Mr. UR had work to do so I headed outside for a photo walk. We stayed at the Hotel Intercontinental Clement located next to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium - which was already bustling with tour buses pulling up that morning - and right on Cannery Row. I walked along the bay and up and down the street stopping to check out all the waves - and almost got soaked once! They were few people out and about - except at the aquarium. I passed the statue dedicated to those who have had a hand in shaping Monterey, including it's most famous resident John Steinbeck.( Steinbeck authored the book Cannery Row which is set among the fish canneries of Cannery Row in Monterey during the Great Depression)
|Waves crashing into the building supports|
We tossed around a few ideas for what to do that day and decided that we wanted to give kayaking a go. We called Monterey Rentals and they were limiting the rental area but were still renting that day. After lunch we went kayaking. Monterey Rentals uses sit-upon kayaks - my first time with these - and they gave us a short instruction and told us our path and off we went. (Apparently there were 25 foot gales in the ocean that day!) We saw a few harbor seals - and a gazillion sea lions. They were so loud - and funny. They were all sunning themselves on the pier and then would fall off or fall in the water on purpose - and then try to jump back up and not quite make it. Or another sea lion would take their place. Very entertaining.( And a bit intimidating - they were huge!)
|Our kayaking area|
|Those are sea lions layingon the floater dock|
After getting our share of exercise for the day, we decided it was time to drive Seventeen Mile Drive. Seventeen Mile Drive is a famous scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the peninsula. Famous landmarks included on the drive include The Lone Cypress and the renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course. You pay a fee to drive - $8.95 per vehicle - at a guard gate which lets you onto the drive. They give you a map and you follow a red-dashed line on the road so you can't get lost. It was crowded at the stops but not so crowded that there was a bottleneck. We had made this drive on our only previous visit to Monterey - and I was surprised how much I remembered. And how much I didn't! We saw a bride and groom taking wedding photos, some very large waves and a rainbow! For those keeping count, that's two rainbows in one day! And of course, the most famous thing to see on 17 Mile Drive is the Lone Cypress. Called one of the most photographed trees in North America and one of the 10 most famous in the world, the Lone Cypress is likely more than 200 years old and grows out of a the rocks along the coast. It is to Monterey what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris - a representation of this coastline.
|It was a big wave day|
|More of those big waves|
|Pebble Beach Golf Club|
|The bride and groom|
|The Lone Cypress|
|More crashing waves|
|2nd rainbow of the day|
The weather had now taken a turn and it was spitting rain. We decided to take full advantage of the fireplace in our room and have dinner in, watch some of the baseball playoffs on tv and call it a night. Our one day in Monterey was done. Next stop: Big Sur!
This post is part of a link-up with: Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox, Weekend Wanderlust Travel Blog Party and Weekend Travel Inspiration at Albom Adventures!