Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sardines, Seals, Surfers, Scenery, and a Sea Otter.

Monterey and beyond, CA

One of the things on my bucket list to drive HWY 1 through the Big Sur. Imagine my dismay that, due to some major storm damage, that a big chunk of that drive is closed. The bridge over Pfeiffer Canyon has had to be demolished and will be rebuilt over the next 6 months. Another reason to come back here to the West.

Our day started in Cannery Row of Monterey where we walked around for about 30 minutes looking at the waterfront and some of the old sardine canning factories that are now transformed into restaurants, hotels and boutiques

The ocean side of Cannery Row

Converted into Hotels and Condos. I wonder if you can still smell the sardines.

Cannery Row Monument

We carried on south down HWY1 stopping to take a few photos here and there. The ocean views are spectacular.

A part of the beach is closed off because of seals and calves who are protected.

We then went on to Lover's Point where we watched a sea otter fishing and some surfers.

Sea otter floating on his back. I think he was eating mussels or something because he kept diving  and coming up.

Lots of wild flowers

In Carmel
I thought I had taken a lot more photos of Carmel, but if I did, I lost them.

Unfortunately we missed Point Lobos all because I did not do my homework before we came on this trip. Yet another excuse to come back.

But we did see some other very beautiful spots along the coast


Bixby Bridge

Bixby Bridge from the other side

Too soon we had to turn back as gas was getting low and it was getting late. Another place to come back to!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

On a mission to a Mission

San Juan Bautista State Park
March 27th, 2017

A friend suggested we go and check out the Mission and State Park in San Juan Bautista. So a quick drive over there and we found free parking in the cute little historic town. We paid the $3 fee to go into the State Park area where there are several buildings. To quote from the State Park page 

"The park includes several structures built in the 1800s. The four main historic museums are the Plaza Hotel, the House/Plaza Hall, the Plaza Stables, and the Castro-Breen Adobe. Many of the interiors are furnished vignettes or colorful and informative exhibits that help create a unique learning environment for people of all ages. The park also features a blacksmith shop, the historic jail, and an early American settler’s cabin."

The mission

The stables

Outside the Zanetta House

The Zanetta House

The Mission

Right on the San Andreas fault

Gate to the graveyard

Inside the mission

I wonder how many people have walked on these flagstones. In the front of the mission church

The altar

Looking down the aisle.

The entry door

Holy water at the door

Side door

The verandah of the mission buildings
Thanks for following along. I am going to make a separate post of the State Park museum area. Stay tuned.