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May 2, 2009

Vacation Day 1: Monterey

One advantage to living to close to California is that when we’re planning our vacations, there are a lot of destinations to choose from all within a one-day drive. We certainly have our favorite places that we keep returning to, like Southern California because we were both born there and have family there, and Sacramento because we can be there with less than three hours in the car. But there are still a few places left in the Golden State that we haven’t been to yet, and once in a while we get the urge to check one off our list.

This year it was the Monterey Bay that fell onto our radar, and we wanted to go there to see what the place was like. I haven’t been there since I was young, and Viola I think has never been there. Plus it’s on the coast, and making a trip to the beach is always a welcome part of our trips. So we planned to spend a few days in Monterey this Spring Break, to get a sense of the town and see the main sights.

*I Love You* Monterey Beach Resort
The first night we had scarcely dropped off our bags before we hit the beach.

Monterey Beach Resort
This was just steps from our hotel room, and we immediately started splashing around in the waves.

Monterey Beach Resort
Our hotel the next morning. Even at the beach you need a pool.

Phone Home
Phone home?

Monterey Pier
Next to the Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf is Wharf #2.

Monterey Pier
Sammy checks out the water.

Monterey
A rusty fishing boat in the marina.

Live Crab!
Live crab!

Monterey Harbor
Monterey Yacht Club

Monterey Fisherman's Wharf
A panorama view of the Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf.

Monterey Fisherman's Wharf

Monterey Fisherman's Wharf

Monterey Fisherman's Wharf

Monterey Fisherman's Wharf
The Fisherman’s Wharf is now a tourist area, nearly every inch covered with restaurants and gift shops. You could cobble together an entire meal from the free samples of clam chowder that everyone gives out here. Sightseeing boats also leave from the wharf.

Sammy and the Bird
The bird man of Monterey hangs out at the wharf, his dozen exotic birds available for pictures.

Monterey Fisherman's Wharf
Jack looks out over the marina.

Point Pinos Lighthouse
Just west of Monterey is the Point Pinos lighthouse.

Point Pinos Lighthouse
The lighthouse was built here in 1855, and is the oldest light in California.

Coming Through the Rye

Dennis the Menace Playground
Also in Monterey is the Dennis the Menace Playground, part of El Estero Park.

Dennis the Menace Playground

Dennis the Menace Playground
This locomotive was donated to the park in the 1950s, and ever since has been climbed on probably by millions of children.

Monterey Harbor
One last look at the Monterey Marina.

Coloring

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