Ahh, picturesque Monterey. This was one of my favorites places from our trip. Monterey is about 2 hours south of San Francisco and breathtaking. Jay and I woke up early Tuesday morning and filled up with food at First Awakenings, a cute hideaway café.
Pigeons don’t have manners.
After brunch, we walked through Cannery Row. Cannery Row, which was made famous by John Steinbeck, used to be the epicenter of the sardine-canning industry in the first half of the 20th century.
The next item on our itinerary was to drive the scenic 17-mile drive, which takes you down the coast through Pebble Beach and ends at Carmel.
California squirrels take time to enjoy the view. Lucky.
One of the stops on the drive was the iconic Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach Company’s trademark symbol. The tree is more than 250 years old – yikes – and is actually reinforced with wire supports to keep it from falling.
The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Probably Jay’s highlight from the trip. ;)
The 18th hole. Incredible. I don’t play golf, but I would learn if I could play here!
The drive ended at Carmel-by-the-Sea, another charming coastal town. We drove to see the San Carlos de Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, a Spanish colonial mission that was originally established in 1769.
After the mission, it was time to drive to our destination for the evening, San Simeon. San Simeon is two hours and 90 miles of beautiful raw coastal highway from Carmel.
As if the views weren’t enough, there was an elephant seal hangout spot on the way.
These guys weigh between 2,000 to 6,600 pounds. They should be called sequoia seals.
I miss California!