Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sometimes You Have to Leave the Desert...(part 1)

...for the coast!

One of my absolute favorite places to visit, even for a night or two, is Monterey, CA. I've only been there twice, but Dave's been there a lot, and he's glad I like it! Last time we even drove the 17-mile scenic loop around Carmel...and I was brave enough to venture down to the beach alone (Dave didn't want to go) to look in tide pools before the tide came in and I got to see sea anemones for the first time, outside of an aquarium. Last time we were there, we did visit the aquarium, but this time (March 2014) we didn't.  I would have gone, but Dave gets bored fast in those kind of settings, so I kind of thought it would have been a waste of money!

I'm going to have to split this into 2 posts, because there are way too many pictures!

The reason I love it :) I've been reading books by John Steinbeck just because he mentions the place. (and he was a great author!)

Beautiful...There's part of a chapter in Cannery Row that spends a lot of time describing life in a tide pool. Sea anemones, hermit crabs,'s awesome.

Another view

Anemone not covered with water, protected with pieces of sand, rock and shell. I had to look hard to figure out what these were!

Cannery Row in Monterey was full of Sardine canneries.

2nd over from the right, 3rd down, Dave's waving.

Egret looking for fish.