But not quite yet
03.05.2011 - 03.05.2011 25 °C
We didn't travel far today as Mrs M's back was playing-up which necessitated a visit to a chiropractor, luckily we were able to locate one who was free only a couple of minutes away from where we were staying (actually it was astounding, to me, how many chiropractors were in, maybe, a 5 mile radius. Anyways, the back is better and we managed to get to Monterey and the all too familiar Pacific Ocean.
We did the 17-Mile Drive which is drive (duh!) around the Monterey peninsula - like many things here (National Parks, State Parks) you have to pay a fee ($9.50). Fortunately the road has excellent signage and markings - otherwise it would be very confusing with it's twists and turns. The road starts out as a bit of a yawn - unless you like hill roads with pine trees (or similar) on either side - but that all changes when you get down to the coast. Not far offshore are a couple of small islands - these are covered with seals, sea lions and birds. There are large rocks on the banks leading down to the beach where a number of squirrels are living. I have seen squirrels in a number of places in my travels but never by the sea - maybe I need to get out more.
As well as otters and deer, the peninsula is home to four golf courses as well as some affluent (or mortgaged-to-the-eye-balls) people judging by the impressive homes that we were able to see (many more are obscured by walls or gates or trees).
Tomorrow will see us meander down the coast towards Los Angeles.