|Point Sur Light Station (a military installation)|
|The Ancient Town of Carmel?|
We visited a “real” English Sweet Shop, I bought some of the licorice that they had on display, Linda is not fussed on licorice so it lasts a long time, chocolate now that is another thing. We also had our morning coffee and I a slice of carrot cake and Linda a chocolate covered Donut, well if she wasn’t getting it from me she would get it from somewhere else.
|This may look as if Linda is "relieving herself" but she was only smelling the flowers|
It wasn’t far up the highway to Monterey our next stop, we popped into the public information centre (look for the sign of the i). We parked up and went in to be greeted by a wonderful lady with a nice “Morning how are you all” what can I do for you folks this morning.
Next was a visit were it all started "The Customs House" back in 1846 when a regiment of US Marines landed and threw the then owners (Mexicans) out and raised the Stars and Stripes claiming it for the USA (not only Monterey but the whole of California). It had a very nice Cacti garden attached.
We then went along the original Fisherman’s wharf watched the sea lions warming themselves in the late morning sun, which reminded us we should start looking for a place for lunch.
All the eateries were offering free tasters of clam chowder to entice the punters in from the wharf, we decided that would be our measure, so we travelled the length of the wharf tasting clam chowder, we found a one that was to our taste (they were all to our taste, but some more than others).
|Real "New England" Clam Chowder|
|The Tail of Lindas Lobster|
|My Dungeness Crab|
|The chap standing is the boss de Hôte, he visited every table and had a chat.|
|Here comes the street car|
We next jumped on one of the old street cars, this took us to the Aquarium. We hopped off and right before our eyes were the cops, not one or two but about 20, they were dressed in running costumes and others in their battle gear.
We took a few photos’ I never did get to find out what the idea was.
(I have been informed by out friend Richard that they were fund raising, I didn't see any box rattling or fund buckets a la UK!
Next it was time for the Sea Otters here they have 6 rescued Otters (various reasons, injuries, illness or orphaned), these were being put through their paces, each Otter has a mentor and each mentor puts them through various exercises, in the wild they would get this by searching for food and escaping from predators.
|Tufted Puffin and a Black Oyster Catcher|
But it was getting late and we still hadn’t a camp site for the night, so it was out and just missed a beside the Statue of the man that put Monterey on the map, John Steinbeck, we thought by going across the street we could catch another alas it doesn’t come down that side so we had to wait about 20 minutes.
|She did like her glass of white wine or two|
|The Old and The New|
|Good Bye Jucy, you served us well|
So onto the Bart and then the Metro and ended up where we started at Richard’s .