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Sep 22, 2018 - John Steinbeck Day

Only absolute item on the agenda for today was the National Steinbeck Center in downtown Salinas so it was only a few minutes drive. Since it only opened at 10 had a rather leisurely start to the day. Slept in until 8, had breakfast, then researched some tours for Bonnie and I at Lake Powell. Arrived at the museum around 10:30. There weren’t a lot of artifacts (although the truck he used in “Travels w/ Charley” was there) but rather displays built around his most popular books w/ lots of quotes and video clips from the books that had been...

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Sep 21, 2018 - Aaand...Roll 'Em

Smooth sailing going into Monterey this morning. I’ve had parking nirvana the last couple of days. An all day garage for just $7. Even parked in the same spot both days just to feel some familiarity. The general public is not permitted on the ground of the Presidio of Monterey which houses the Army’s Defense Languages Institute. However, there is a park and small museum outside the gates that provides a history of Monterey. The museum was supposed to open at 10 but when I got there it was still closed. So I walked around the park for a...

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Sep 20, 2018 - Watching Whales & Cannery Row

Wishful thinking on the traffic. Certainly not as bad as San Fran but not smooth sailing either. Was hoping the whale watching tour I wanted to take hadn’t sold out and that I would make it by the 9 AM departure. Rolled up to the boarding area about 8:45. Was talking to the lady organizing boarding about tickets who indicated I would need to check w/ the ticket booth to see if they were sold out. Before I could do so a lady in line said she had extra tickets from the tour she organized and I could have one for $40. Since the regular price...

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Sep 19, 2018 - "Somewhere Near Salinas Lord..."

While I liked San Francisco, I was kind of glad to head out this morning, hoping I might be leaving the traffic problems behind for a week or so until I hit LA. Took me nearly 2 hours to go the 60 miles to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. This place is bizarre. Sarah Winchester was the heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune when her husband died at age 43. She had also lost an infant child 15 years prior. Apparently in her grief, she consulted a psychic who told her the spirits of all the people killed by Winchester rifles were...

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Mar 21, 2016 - Pebble Beach / Salinas CA

Our plans today will be a drive to the Monterey Peninsula, home to Pebble Beach. We have been told about the “17 Mile Drive”. The 17-Mile Drive is a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula in California, much of which hugs the Pacific coastline and passes famous golf courses, mansions and scenic attractions, including the Lone Cypress, Bird Rock and the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees. The drive serves as the main road through the gated community of Pebble Beach. Inside this...

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2016 Westward HO

Mar 20, 2016 - Pebble Beach / Salinas CA

We got an early start this morning around 9:30 am heading north to our next stop of Salinas California at the local KOA. We drove US 101 which takes us thru the Salinas Valley which is located between the Santa Lucia Mountain Range and the Diablo Mountain Range. The Salinas Valley is one of the major valleys and most productive agricultural regions in California. Agriculture dominates the economy of the valley. Promoters call the Salinas Valley "the Salad Bowl of the World" for the production of lettuce, broccoli, peppers and numerous other...

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2016 Westward HO

May 12, 2015 - First day on the road

Well, here we are in Salinas at the Elks Lodge. Ain't fancy, but electric and water and we are good. Just here overnight, then on to Petaluma. We stopped at the rest stop north of Paso Robles, Camp Roberts Rest Area. We were about 30 minutes ahead of the Sedlaks, so were sitting at a bench waiting. While waiting, a tour bus full of Chinese tourists pulled in. They ran straight for the "potties", then on the way back to the bus, one lovely young ladies stopped and asked us if they could take our photos! Unusual, but wanting to appear...

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Canadian Tour-2015

Feb 10, 2015 - In the garden basket of the Salinas Valley

We departed the Napa Valley late this morning, taking the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay Area on I-680 south. Traffic mid-day was busy and not overwhelming in any way. Near San Jose, we veered onto US 101 south toward the Monterey Bay area. Around Morgan Hill, Bev called ahead to the Elks in Monterey to see if they had a space for us. No such luck. The AT&T Pro Am is going on this week and everything is more than busy. So she called the Elks in nearby Salinas and they assured us they would indeed have space. It's located right across...

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Dream On

Aug 15, 2014 - RM and Gooding auction previews

We met up with our friend (and tour guide) from Calgay, Neil, and went and previewed the Goodings and RM auctions. Gooding provided nice glossy brochures for the entry free, but with RM we got nothing which was a little disappointing. The cars, however, were stunning. They were staged inside and outside in the sunshine. Very impressive. This is the pack from Gooding. The next task we had was to get back to Selinas, pick up the QP, get it washed and over to Concorso for early placement. We found a pressure washer facility and Rich & Ash...

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Aug 14, 2014 - Laguna Seca and Bonhams auction

Well Thursday started early as we wanted to get out to Laguna Seca to watch the Concourse D'Elegance cars do their parade laps at 9am. Luckily our hotel in Salinas is only 20min away from Laguna so we managed to get there in time. As Thursday was practice day and not officially part of the 3 day pass, entry to the circuit was free! They only charged to get into the paddock, which was a reasonable $20. Maserati had a large display to celebrate 100 years. We then walked the paddock and saw a Ferrari 250 GTO just parked there! The most...

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Aug 13, 2014 - Salinas

So after a fun time in Vegas, we all packed up and headed south again in the QP. Richard decided to take the back seat and have a little snooze as he was a little behind on sleep, so we pressed on for Salinas. As we left Vegas we came across a Solar plant that Ash later discovered was the largest in the world, which we can quite believe at it was huge. We then came across a huge wind farm and then a massive group of nodding donkeys, so they obviously like to embrace all forms of energy in California! We made really good time and made the...

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Apr 26, 2014 - Pebble Beach, Carmel, Salinas

We were headed towards Carmel when we saw a sign for Pebble Beach. We both thought that it had to be “the” Pebble Beach we were thinking and it was along a 17 mile scenic tour route so we figured it had to be interesting. Kind of surprised we had to pay $10 toll to use the road, but that was okay. The homes along the route were beautiful, as we suspected they would be. The ones that were located on the ocean were either behind gates or facing towards the ocean but you could see they were million dollar views. We finally found ourselves at...

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2014 Southwest Trip

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