2013 USA Pacific Northwest travel blog

Monterey, CA - Monterey Pines RV Park - site 37

Monterey, CA - Monterey Pines RV Park - site 37, another view

Groveland to Monterey, CA 0 - our route 178 miles

Groveland to Monterey, CA 1 - a shot of the 15% Old...

Groveland to Monterey, CA 2 - not much in the foothills but...

Groveland to Monterey, CA 3

Groveland to Monterey, CA 4

Groveland to Monterey, CA 5 - down in the valley now and...

Groveland to Monterey, CA 6 - lots of farmland in the valley

Groveland to Monterey, CA 7 - and water canals

Groveland to Monterey, CA 8 - a Best Western with a medieval...

Groveland to Monterey, CA 9 - the San Luis Reservoir as we...

Groveland to Monterey, CA 10 - some of the power distribution at...

Groveland to Monterey, CA 11 - up, up we go

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Groveland to Monterey, CA 13 - another shot of the reservoir from...

Groveland to Monterey, CA 14 - down and down we go

Groveland to Monterey, CA 15 - the landscape is a little different...

Groveland to Monterey, CA 16

Groveland to Monterey, CA 17 - lots of veggies being grown in...

Groveland to Monterey, CA 18

Groveland to Monterey, CA 19 - we think this is cabbage but...

Groveland to Monterey, CA 20 - not sure if that is fog...

Groveland to Monterey, CA 21 - hang gliders riding the currents off...

Groveland to Monterey, CA 22 - they caused quite a traffic jam...

Groveland to Monterey, CA 23 - they are colorful

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Big Sur Trip 1 - a little cloudy as we start our...

Big Sur Trip 2

Big Sur Trip 3 - the eroded cliffs along the PCH

Big Sur Trip 4 - Sea Lions at the Point Lobo State...

Big Sur Trip 5 - one of the views from Point Lobo

Big Sur Trip 6 - a heron sitting on a log in...

Big Sur Trip 7 - the museum at Whaler's Cove on Point...

Big Sur Trip 8

Big Sur Trip 9

Big Sur Trip 10

Big Sur Trip 11 - the sun is coming out and the...

Big Sur Trip 12

Big Sur Trip 13

Big Sur Trip 14 - one of the many small beaches

Big Sur Trip 15

Big Sur Trip 16 - the Point Sur State Historic Park

Big Sur Trip 17

Big Sur Trip 18 - the lighthouse on Pt Sur, in continuous...

Big Sur Trip 19 - some of the cattle on Big Sur...

Big Sur Trip 20 - getting cloudy again

Big Sur Trip 21 - some yucca in bloom along the waterfall...

Big Sur Trip 22

Big Sur Trip 23 - from the point at the end of...

Big Sur Trip 24 - the little beach and the waterfall

Big Sur Trip 25 - the falls - not much water but...

Big Sur Trip 26 - the view is a little different heading...

Big Sur Trip 27

17 Mile Drive 1 - The first theater in California

17 Mile Drive 2 - Monterey Bay from atop one of the...

17 Mile Drive 3 - one of the beaches in Monterey

17 Mile Drive 4 - Bird Island, whose name is obvious, covered...

17 Mile Drive 5 - the trees take on an eerie shape...

17 Mile Drive 6

17 Mile Drive 7

17 Mile Drive 8

17 Mile Drive 9

17 Mile Drive 10 - squirrel or rat??

17 Mile Drive 11

17 Mile Drive 12 - now there's a green you don't want...

17 Mile Drive 13 - yeah, I could survive in this Pebble...

17 Mile Drive 14 - this herd crossed just in front of...

17 Mile Drive 15 - now that's a Bougainvillea!

17 Mile Drive 16 - the Lone Cypress - a 250 year...

Carmel Scenic Drive 1 - lots of flowers everywhere

Carmel Scenic Drive 2 - lots of shops in Carmel

Carmel Scenic Drive 3

Carmel Scenic Drive 4

Carmel Scenic Drive 5 - lots of very nice homes on the...

Carmel Scenic Drive 6 - some with peculiar shapes

Carmel Scenic Drive 7

Carmel Scenic Drive 8 - Carmel Mission - the second oldest mission...

Carmel Scenic Drive 9

Carmel Scenic Drive 10 - some gorgious flowers in the courtyard

Carmel Scenic Drive 11

Carmel Scenic Drive 12

Carmel Scenic Drive 13

Carmel Scenic Drive 14

Carmel Scenic Drive 15 - inside the basilica

Carmel Scenic Drive 16 - a very worn floor

Carmel Scenic Drive 17 - the school

Carmel Scenic Drive 18

Carmel Scenic Drive 19 - another pretty Bougainvillia

Carmel Scenic Drive 20

Carmel Scenic Drive 21 - the kitchen

Carmel Scenic Drive 22 - one of the guest rooms


It was an uneventful 178 miles from Groveland to Monterey, CA. The first 10 miles was a trip down that 7-8% downgrade I mentioned earlier and the last 10 miles was on traffic laden CA 1, better known as the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). The 158 miles in between was down one mountain range and then across lots of farm land in the valley before crossing another small range between the valley and the coast. While in the valley we did manage to find a great fruit stand and we loaded up on great-tasting cherries, blackberries, blueberries, plums and tomatoes.

We are staying at the Monterey Pines RV Park near the Navy Post-Graduate School. The park is located on the golf course property and we have a full hookup back-in site with only 30 amps which should suffice since we need more heat than air conditioning! The highs never reached 70ยบ the whole time we were here. The satellite was an easy lock and we have great Verizon for a change. As a side amenity, we have managed to collect nine golf balls on our site during the week - don't know if it is a hard course or bad golfers.

Monday we headed south down the PCH to Julia Pfeifer State Park which is a little south of Big Sur. It was a nice trip down the coast with great sights all the way. We stopped at Point Lobo State Reserve where we did a couple of short hikes and saw the sea lions on an island about a half-mile off the point. I included a picture but you will have a tough time seeing them at that distance.

We then stayed on the PCH on down past Big Sur to the state park for a hike under the PCH out to another point to see the McWay Falls which was a tad disappointing after seeing Yosemite Falls!! It was a pleasant hike though and Doris' back is improving with every hike.

Tuesday was shopping day as we were starting to run low since we hadn't replenished much since leaving in April. We found a Safeway and a Wal-Mart so were able to fill the larder back up.

Wednesday we drove the 17 mile scenic drive through Monterey and the scenic drive through Carmel By The Sea as well. The 17 Mile Drive is a route through Monterey that goes up to the top of the hills down to the beaches and includes the famous Pebble Beach. It was still cloudy when we were on top of the hills or that picture would have been much better. When it's gray outside, the water and the sky kind of blend together from a distance.

The scenic drive through Carmel took us through the business district with all of its little shops, through the beach area with all its very nice homes, to the Carmel Mission which is the second oldest mission in upper California, being founded in 1770. All in all it was a very relaxing day with no hurry on both drives.

Thursday and Friday we stayed at the RV park and caught up on a bunch of household chores. Doris did the laundry (10 loads) and cleaned the Mothership insides, including mopping the floors. I worked on the outside, getting the bugs off the front, the Yosemite Pines dust off the whole exterior, greasing the steps, and repairing our tow cable to Libby's lighting.

Tomorrow we head for Bodega Bay, CA a few miles north of San Francisco for a five-night stay.

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