A Flat Tire Makes the Day More Interesting!

Trip Start Apr 25, 2014
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Trip End Jun 01, 2014


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Sunday, May 11, 2014

We woke up to a beautiful, sunny CA day! We loaded up Vincent for a drive up Hwy 1 from Morro Bay to Monterey. If you've never driven part of Hwy 1, immediately add it to your to-do list. It is such a beautiful stretch of road....the sky, the surf, the rocks & the winding road through the foothills.

Our first stop was on Moonstone Beach. We got out to walk down on the rocks along the water. Much to our zoology loving son, Hunter, we got to see a Mother Sea Lion & her pup playing in the water not too far from us. Then, they came out of the water onto some rocks so the pup could grab a morning snack. 

Our next stop was Elephant Seal beach. There is a rookery of an estimated 20,000 elephant seals along a 6 mile stretch of Hwy 1. A large portion congregate on one beach. During May, the female seals & adolescent males spend a month on the beach shedding their winter coat. They fast during the month & use the sand for sunscreen. It's really quite an amazing site!

Hwy 1 has very little development & large sections are National Forest & State Parks. So bathrooms are few & far between. We did decide that a view of the Pacific makes even a Porta Potty seem better! As we were driving around lunch time, Steven noticed a strange noise & quickly pulled over. Vincent decided we needed a little excitement in the day. It was provided by a flat tire! But God was certainly watching over us since it happened at a low speed & in a section where we could easily pull over & have room to safely change a tire. There are large sections of Hwy with no shoulder on either side. So Steven set to work getting our tire changed & making sure the van was safe to continue. While my amazing husband worked hard, The kids & I had a snack & enjoyed an incredibly, beautiful view of the Pacific. But most important, we stayed out of the mechanic's way!

We got back on the road and soaked in the coastline views as we continued to Monterey, our home for a couple of nights. Since it was Mother's Day, I got to pick dinner. As we neared civilization & got a cell signal again, I fired up Google for recommended seafood restaurants in Monterey. I found one called The Fish Hopper in Cannery Row in Monterey & made an on-line reservation. 45 minutes later we were at our table overlooking the Pacific ordering delicious seafood. Technology really is the best sometimes!

After dinner, we explored Cannery Row a little & then headed for our hotel. It was definitely a Mother's Day to remember but at the end of the day all that mattered was I got to spend it with my 5 favorite people. 
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