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 70º 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.