Monterey, CA and Big Sur

We spent the last few days just north of Monterey, at the Marina Dunes RV Park. The park is small and next to Hwy 101, so we had a bit of road noise, but the location was great. It was across the street from a beautiful beach and only 10 minutes from Monterey and Carmel.

We enjoyed walking across the street, sitting on the beach and catching a beautiful sunset.

The Monterey Aquarium had been on my bucket list for quite some time, as numerous people have recommended it. I’m glad I finally took the time to visit it, as it is fabulous. Our first stop was the fish feeding show.

Our favorite exhibit was the Jellyfish.

After visiting the Aquarium we strolled through Cannery Row, where we came upon the monument below. Author John Steinbeck is at the top of the rock, with friend and marine biologist Ed Ricketts toward the bottom. The other individuals represent those who once worked in the bustling canning industry on the row.

We then stopped by the Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove. This lighthouse has been active since 1855.

In the evening we made our way to Carmel Beach for sunset.

Once the sun set we walked up the street and had a romantic dinner at Carmel Bouchee. We had visited this restaurant 6 years ago, shortly after we became engaged.

We were fortunate to have one day where there was little wind and clear skies. We took advantage of it and spent the day traveling along Hwy 1 from Carmel to McWay Falls, in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Here are some pictures I captured along our way.

Bixby Bridge

McWay Falls
At the far upper right corner you can see Rocky Point Restaurant, where we enjoyed lunch.
The day ended with a beautiful sunset.

We are now on our way to Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately, it looks like we might get a lot of rain during our stay. More on that later……

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8 Responses to Monterey, CA and Big Sur

  1. Darcy Pino

    So…you liked our Point Pinos lighthouse??? HAHA. Just kidding… You guys are sure taking advantage of everything life has to offer which is a wonderful way to live. Your adventures are teaching tools I hope you know that! We will follow your footsteps. HA… One day! For the time being, my duty lies on making sure my dad stays happy until his last breath. I’m so grateful for having the opportunity to do it all… Your photography is wonderful and so much fun to look at. Continue to enjoy and be safe. Love you guys.

    • Kelly

      LOL Darcy. There was a familiarity about the lighthouse which I could not pinpoint until I saw your comment. It was the name! So funny. We are thoroughly enjoying our travels and recognize how fortunate we are to have the opportunity. Many things could occur to change that. I’m sure your father appreciates all that you do for him, especially during this time period. I’m glad you have each other. There will be plenty of opportunity in the future to travel.

  2. Wow…. Your photos are just gorgeous. What a stunningly beautiful part of the coast. We haven’t made it up there yet, but seeing all these? I can’t wait!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Laura. I appreciate your comment. The Big Sur area is absolutely stunningly beautiful. I hope you make it up there one day. I think you will love it. There are lots of opportunities for hiking, sightseeing and photography.

  3. Cathy kling

    We loved that area!
    So beautiful.
    Loved your post card perfect views.

    • Kelly

      Thanks Cathy. I think the scenery is so spectacular in Big Sur that it is difficult to get a bad photograph. I just love this area.

  4. Janet Cosby

    Breathtaking and stunning!!!

  5. Karen Mig

    What a beautiful part of the country, and your photos are wonderful! Love the jellyfish as well as the coastline. Enjoy!

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