Monterey and Carmel

This hotel in Monterey (a 14 room Rodeway Inn) barely has in room web access, but I seem to be able to keep a connection just long enough to write something.

Today, we left Yosemite and drove to Monterey, which is on the coast of California. It’s about 190 miles south of San Francisco. We took the famous 17 mile drive that goes around Pebble Beach. There were many amazing views along the road. We also enjoyed looking at the golf courses and houses that border the sea.
Pebble Beach

Later, we ventured into Carmel, where we looked at the quaint town and enjoyed sticking our toes into the beach at Carmel by the Sea.

Dinner was at the Thaihawaiian Bistro, a hole in the wall restaurant highly recommended to us by two of my coworkers. All our food was outstanding and the prices were good. It’s probably the best table service food we’ve had so far on the trip.

After dinner, we explored Cannery Row, which is the heart of Monterey. Cannery Row was made famous by John Steinbeck, who lived here for several years and wrote a well known novel about life on cannery row. Sadly, not much remains of the original canneries. The sardine population disappeared in 1946, and the last cannery closed in 1960. Today, few of the cannery buildings survive.

Tomorrow morning, we’re heading south to San Simeon for beautiful scenery and a tour of the Hirst Castle.