We have spent eight days absorbing the magnificent beauty of Pacific Grove, Monterey, and Carmel by the Sea. Since our arrival, Corky's daughter, Jill, son-in-law, Wally, and grandson, Miles have treated us to non stop entertainment!!
The people are overwhelmingly friendly with the communities giving off an air of down-home. "The Good Ole Days", held in downtown Pacific Grove was a good way to view a cross section of the community. Most interesting were the wares/crafts on display and the wafting smells of good food cooking. There was even a blue grass music band playing in the museum gardens! Our legs are becoming quickly conditioned to the hilly topography!!
The central valley is a grower's paradise with a healthy mix of vineyards and horse ranches amongst the mix. A favorite subject, food, is delectable! We've enjoyed chocolate from Cannery Row, Thai cuisine, a pancake breakfast in the park, a yummy family dungeness crab feast , homemade berry pie at Rocky Point-too many to give them all credit. I feel so incredibly deficient describing this visit. Adjectives in my vocabulary are not adequate.
The flora and fauna are lush, fragrant, and prolific; the Pacific Ocean appears powerful and majestic as viewed high above from the cliffs; the homes are quaint and costly- small cottages to sprawling estates. It is definitely an area that caters to the high end of life. Pebble Beach notoriety is that of the golf links(do you know the difference between the terms golf course and golf links?). Located within the Del Monte Forest lies an exclusive community dedicated to preserving the ecosphere. The Monterey Peninsula was discovered and mapped in 1602 by Spanish explorers. It is often referred to "as the greatest meeting of land and water in the world". The exclusive community takes a quietly respectful second place to the land, forest, and sea. One of our most memorable experience's was enjoying the sunset while sitting by the fire pits at Spanish Bay! The Scottish-style links course adjoining The Inn treats its guests to the famous bagpiper who closes the course each evening. It is a goose-bump experience!!
As previously mentioned, the area is steeped in the early Spanish influence(Spain and South America). Franciscan Missions are prevalent as the Order of Franciscan Friars came to the California wilderness to preach the Gospel of Christ. We visited the Carmel Mission-The Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo, founded June 3, 1770. The Mission has undergone several re-buildings with impressive preservation of all things original. The experience was reverent, peaceful, and informative.
Touring the world class Monterey Peninsula Aquarium can best be experienced via photography. I wonder if we retained all we learned-we spent the entire day there!! Please take time to view the photo story!!!