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Jun 9, 2011 - Kayak Monterey Bay

Monterey Canyon, one of the largest underwater canyons in the world,begins in Monterey Bay. The canyon is a very deep area in the center of the Bay and therefore allows the largest of the sea mammals to approach close to land. The Bay is a natural marine sanctuary and home to many species of marine mammals. Sea otters, harbor seals,and bottle nose dolphins are prominent. It is also the migratory path of Gray and Humpback whales. It is a breeding site for elephant seals. Many species of fish, sharks,mollusks such as abalone and squid,birds...

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Jun 8, 2011 - Bike 17.5 Mile Pebble Beach

We began the famous 17.5 Mile Bike Route at the north end in Pacific Grove. It is just south of the the famed Monterey Aquarium. The bike path follows the scenic road through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach and hugs the Pacific Coast. It twists and winds through magnificent vistas of the ocean. Several famed golf courses line the road, Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill, Poppy Hill, and of course, Pebble Beach. The homes lining the road are spectacular mansions-homes of the rich and famous. The landscaping and views have been the subject of many...

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Jun 7, 2011 - Kayak Elkhorn Slough

The Elkhorn Slough is a 17 mile long tidal slough and estuary on Monterey Bay. It harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay. It provides a much needed habitat for plants and animals including more than 340 species of birds. There are more than 5000 acres contained herein. Many have worked hard to return the area to marshland after a century or more of drainage and dyke construction to provide farmland. Touring this area today by kayak demonstrates the vital role the slough plays in developing a...

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Jun 6, 2011 - Point Lobos State Reserve & Carmel

We drove 20 miles south to Point Lobos State Reserve. This Reserve is probably one of the most photogenic areas of the California Coast. It is the nature's color palette at its grandest scale. The diversity of the flowers,coastal rock formations,seascape and trees make it a special jewel. Birds and seals are in abundance and the deer roam the forest meadows as those meadows work their way to the rolling coastal hills to the east. It is a landscape artists dream. We hiked 5 miles through this paradise. Point Lobos was once the site of a...

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Jun 5, 2011 - Monterey Bay Aquarium

Our event today was a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Check out the aquarium's website at montereybayaquarium.org for a sample of the experience one can have when visiting this special landmark. It is certainly the best we have visited. Today was World Ocean Day and crowds flocked the museum. The exhibits are so dynamic and fascinating. The amount of individual interaction is a special feature. One can experience the feel of many sea creatures while a volunteer explains the organism. Especially cool was the seahorse exhibit. This sea...

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Jun 4, 2011 - Morro Bay to Moss Landing,CA

We left Morro Bay at 9AM and arrived at Moss Landing KOA at noon. It was pouring rain when we left and the drive was somewhat difficult as we were buffeted by strong cross winds on the flat areas. The rain made a mess of the roads and we arrived with a thick coating of sand and mud. It was very peaceful and scenic driving through the endless acres of vegetable farms. Everything from romaine lettuce to artichokes and garlic was right outside our window. We felt like stopping on the shoulder and grabbing a few. This is the heartland of farm...

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May 13, 2011 - Moss Landing

Due to a landslide the road through Big Sur was closed. That meant that we had to backtrack to below Cambria, take Hwy 46 over the hills to Hwy 101 at Pasa Robles and then farther north drive back over the hills to the coast. The main reason to get back to the coast was that we had our main forwarded to gen del at the Capitola post office. Our mail is sent from FB, priority, on Wednesday and we pick it up on Friday usually at some small town with a zip code that we can we get from the internet. Back to the trip. We got to the coast around...

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THERE WE ARE

Sep 6, 2010 - Sana Cruz & Moss Landing

On Monday we left to go down to Santa Cruz. The weather couldn't have been nicer: warm and sunny. Getting out of the city also couldn't have been easier. We are again traveling along Hwy 1. Our first stop was an old lighthouse that still works, sorry no pictures of it, but is in need of repair. From the walkway, we saw sea lions sunning themselves. Later at the beach we watched surf boarders, hang gliders and people enjoying the beach. We ate lunch and relaxed in the sun. We made it to Santa Cruz and visited the wharf. It hasn't changed in...

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Jun 26, 2010 - Elkhorn Slough

Elkhorn Slough is one of California's largest wetlands. The reserve winds inland 7 miles and provides an important feeding,breeding, and resting place for a fantastic variety of wildlife. As we launched our kayaks we immediately encountered at least a hundred harbor seals lying about the docks and sandy banks of the estuary. The cool wind cast a chop and a chill upon the water as we paddled about the harbor. We then encountered schools of much smaller and very cute and playful sea otters. They love to float outstretched upon their backs and...

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Jun 21, 2010 - Morro Bay to Moss Landing

We reluctantly left our very scenic Morro Bay and drove the 138 miles to Moss Landing. We took Rt. 46 across the mountain toward the east and joined 101North. California 1 is too curvy and narrow to negotiate in an RV north of Cambria. Rt.46 is especially scenic is it makes the 2000 ft climb through the rolling brown hills. The many wineries of Paso Robles line the road and beckon visitation. The tasting rooms are often giant old mansions or modern new structures with elaborate gardens that overlook the vineyards.We passed Peachy...

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Jun 16, 2010 - Pebble Beach Golf Course

Rick did a little cleaning up of the RV this morning and then headed to the golf course. Saw Tom Watson, Lee Westwood, Eells and some others. Phil Michelson's 40th birthday today, so he was playing at Cypress today. Hope he wins! No Tiger to be seen. We stayed around all afternoon and got home at 7:00. Tomorrow is our first day volunteering. We are ready for a challenge. Gorgeous day today ---- sunny all day, but chilly. Like 62 high for the day, so jackets we were wearing

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Jun 15, 2010 - Hearst Castle & Carmel

We got a late start but headed down famous Highway #1 toward the Hearst Castle. It was 100 miles away and it took 3 hrs on the windy roads. Very beautiful highway -- mostly next to the ocean and through the Big Sur area. We got to the Castle around 1 and got on a Tour of the Castle which is quite a place. Wm Randolph Hearst spent soooo much money on the interior decorating which he had shipped from abroad going back to the 12th century for some pieces. It is quite elaborate and the pools were wonderful. We went to the pools, part of main...

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