"Seaside Life" Monterey by mikehanneman
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We made a detour because my wife wanted to go on a whale watching expedition. It happened to be at Monterey, California.
We rolled into the city around dusk. I wish I had done the Mapquest. It was hard finding the hotel after a 6 hour drive from Sequoia National Park. There are just too many cars and people in California.
By the way, I thought California was supposed to be on the cutting edge helping out the environment. I had some pop and beer cans. I asked the guy at the hotel where the redemption center was. He said it was located a couple of cities away - hey California - wake up!! I guess it's OK for the homeless people to reap the benefits of the 10 cent deposits.
We spent around 4 hours heading out to sea and back. There were around 20 whales, although it was a bit hard to see them. I didn't get too close and they didn't do any breaching.
I was a bit disappointed in Monterey. It seemed crowded with a lot of young punks hanging out, walking and driving around downtown. If it wasn't for the Pacific Ocean, I wouldn't recommend this city to anybody.
There was a marine layer of fog near the city and it as cold in June.
- Pros:Great Ocean/Marine Activities
- Cons:Expensive, too many people - wild young people too, overrated
- In a nutshell:Has potential - I won't be back
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