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Jun 20, 2014 - journey up Pacific Coast Hwy 1 to Monterey and Carmel

Left Santa Barbara.. travelling to Monterey peninsula slowly up hwy 1 I must say if anyone ever has a chance, the pacific coast highway ranks up there ....the raw beauty of the coast, the cliffs, beaches, hairpin turns on cliffs .....just incredible ! Never realized how full of mountains California is...crazy We spent 6 hours traveling up stopping at random spots. We encountered the beach town of Pismo Beach...anyone been here? Apparently a famous beach town, so much fun to walk at pier, great lunch and Teresa claims the best clam chowder...

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May 4, 2014 - Oceano to Monterey

After leaving the morning ocean fog behind, we drove through beautiful mountains and farmland. I was surprised to see some oil refining and derricks up in this agricultural area of California. It is very green and lush, and we could see why, as we crossed over the snaking Salinas River many times along highway 101. There were lots of vineyards, Orchards (maybe avocado) and then some low growing purple produce. We saw a sign by some low growing silvery plants that said “pimentos”. I wish more farmers would put signs up saying what their...

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Apr 26, 2014 - Monterey, CA

Hello Everyone, Today we continued our drive up the California Pacific Coast Highway, Rt 1 from Big Sur towards Monterey! Of course the scenery was spectacular, and the drive less scary as I am getting used to hilly twists and turns with no room for adjustment hauling an RV… Our first grand sight was the famous Bixby Bridge. We stopped several times to take it in from multiple vantage points and then after crossing over it, stopped for some close-up pictures! From there it was on to Monterey and all of its charm! We stayed at the Monterey...

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Apr 25, 2014 - Big Sur & Monterey, CA

Left Cambria, CA and the nice cottage we had for the night and headed north along the coast to the Big Sur Area via Rt 1, The Cabrillo Highway. Beautiful coastal views along the way and we soon came across Piedras Blancas beach where there are many sea lions hanging out on the beach. Great to see them and watch them squabble over their spaces but talk about stink! At first, approaching them, I thought of wet dog but as I got closer it got quite unpleasant and I didn't care to hang around a long time watching them. Geeeezzzz!! Although it...

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2014 Southwest Trip

Apr 14, 2014 - April 13 - Day 10

Northward! As we sadly depart Coronado we realize that we are running low on gas. We find a station with the cheap stuff selling for $4.99 a gallon! We decide we can hang on a little longer until we find a more reasonable price. By pure coincidence we have planned this leg of the trip on the perfect day - passing through Los Angeles at 9:30 on a Sunday morning proves to be a relatively easy task and we hit no traffic at all! As we exit LA the radio plays Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" which greatly motivates us as it lists some of the exit...

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Mar 23, 2014 - Monterey March 2014

Stayed at Marina Dunes RV Park. This was our first trip in the trailer. Weather was great! Took a walk on the beach. Then went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Wednesday. Spent all day there with Allison and Caitlyn. Caitlyn had a ball looking and touching all the sea life. We took a short beak for lunch at Bubba Gumps restaurant. YUMMY! Marina Dunes is a clean park, all the facilities were great. only problem was the location was too close to the highway. We could hear the traffic all night!

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Jean's Travels

Mar 10, 2014 - Monterey

A day trip to Monterey, CA: We went here to visit: Monterey Bay Aquarium Fisherman's Wharf While at Fisherman's Wharf, We ate Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl at: Old Fisherman's Grotto We did not visit the: Hopkins Marine Station We did not Tour Monterey but here is some history: Monterey, CA We will do a more in-depth tour of the area in a couple years when we tour more of California.

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Jan 14, 2014 - Monterey CA

Continuing on northward, driving on Route 1 mostly right along the coast, toward Monterey on January 14. The drive on Route 1 winding up and down the hills and dales, curving sharply towards and away from the wa ter. Wow! what beautiful views. Driving it in a car is enough of a challenge requiring alertness, but driving a 35-foot motor coach is definitely a skill. Pete was the star driver, even finding some spots big enough to pull over for longer views, lunch, and photos. Even so, he said once was enough and we would not be returning...

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Jun 7, 2013 - Monterey, CA - Monterey Pines FamCamp

It was an uneventful 178 miles from Groveland to Monterey, CA. The first 10 miles was a trip down that 7-8% downgrade I mentioned earlier and the last 10 miles was on traffic laden CA 1, better known as the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). The 158 miles in between was down one mountain range and then across lots of farm land in the valley before crossing another small range between the valley and the coast. While in the valley we did manage to find a great fruit stand and we loaded up on great-tasting cherries, blackberries, blueberries, plums...

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Apr 11, 2013 - The City by the Bay - San Francisco

Days 35-38 of the Big Trip On April 8, we drove from Monterey to Freemont, CA, where we would be staying for our time in the Bay Area. The Elks Lodge, has a very nice RV area, with electric and water and we were set. On the 9th, Clark had to fly to Portland, for a VA hearing, so the Andersons and I had a catch-up day. On the 10th, we certainly made up for the lack of activity the day before. We were up and going, early. Freemont has a BART station, which was only about five minutes from the Elks Lodge and we were on the 9:07 train for San...

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Apr 7, 2013 - Monterey Bike Ride

Before we went to church, Clark put the bikes on the back of the car, so we would be prepared to do a bike ride along the trail through Monterey. We attended a great church service and left church to find a good parking spot at an entrance to the bike path. The path was busy with walkers and bikers, so it was challenging to ride - felt like we were on an obstacle course. We'd stop frequently and take at look at what was around us. Because the path was right on the edge of the bay, we had good views of boats and sea life. We rode for about...

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Apr 6, 2013 - Monterey Aquarium

A very strong suggestion would be not to visit the Monterey Aquarium on a weekend. I've never seen so many babies and toddlers who would rather be anywhere else, but where they were. There were hundreds of people, which made it hard to view a lot of the exhibits. But, we waited our turn and saw almost everything. The place is amazing. Everywhere one turns, there is something new and wonderful to see. My favorite exhibit is still the jelly fish, with a close second being the sea horses. The volunteers were always helpful. Several were...

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