Our Very Excellent Adventure
April 2005
Monterey, California
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We stayed two days in Monterey.  What a beautiful town.  The weather was perfect.  Sunny, breezy, comfortably warm.
A trip on the Seventeen Mile Drive took us to Pebble Beach.  The scenery was lovely, but I probably wouldn't do it again. This is a toll road ($8.50) through golf courses, including pebble beach.

 We were later able to find a real estate guide that showed some of the available houses there.  My favorite was a bit over our budget at 27 million, but there were quite a few tolerable ones in the 6-7 million range.  We decided that we didn't like the idea of gawking tourists, so probably will not buy.

The drive is very nice, but not much nicer that the free highway, so unless you plan on taking golf course pictures to make the sons-in-law jealous, it can be missed.

Note the deer on the golf course.
Deer on the Golf Course

The ocean breezes sculpt the trees.  The still standing dead trees are called Ghost Trees.  Very interesting gray shapes against the blue of the ocean and sky.
Ghost Trees
Ghost Trees

One of the fun things for a kid of any age is the tidal pools left when the tide goes out.

There are all kinds of critters to be seen.
We found quite a few with crabs, hermit crabs, anemones, mussels, and other strange things we couldn't identify.

And, of course, the birds find it easy pickings.
David at a tidal pool

tidal pool close up Heron at the tidal pool

We stopped at one of the oldest missions, San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo
a/k/a Carmel Mission, established by Father Junipero Serra in 1770.
Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo . mission cemetery

beach footprints On this beautiful day, ours were the only footprints on the sand.

We ended the day at Fort Ord.  David had lived here as a child, and we tried, unsuccessfully, to find his house.  We found many similar ones, but not the exact one.  The base was closed in 1991.  The housing is now going to be made available to government and education employees.  Row after row of barracks are closed and unused.  We were surprised at the lack of graffiti or vandalism.  It seems a shame to have so many good buildings just sitting there.unused.

One of the many vacant barracks.
abandoned barracks, Fort Ord

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