Scuba Divers, Sardines and Seals

Trip Start Jan 19, 2009
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Trip End Jan 18, 2010


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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Hello! After a fantastic adventure in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks we headed back to home base for a few days (thanks again Aunt Kath and Gramps and Grandma) to rest up and re-jig our camping equipment. Whilst in San Bernadino we enjoyed regular showers, it's amazing how your hygiene standards change when camping! We also got in a bit of civilisation and enjoyed Transformers 2, ha! What a fantastic and funny movie.

We then headed up in the world, literally! Up the Californian coast, through Los Padres National Forest to Monterey. California is quite a long state so we spent the night in Los Padres National Forest (Thanks again Mum and Dad for the National Parks pass, you have saved us a mint!). Our camping was on a hill next to a lovely river. We are getting super quick at putting our tent up and down! We always impress the locals.

Monterey is a beautiful and busy town. Right on the Pacific Ocean, we drove into town and even managed to find parking. Here in Monterey you can shop, walk on the boardwalk, eat and enjoy the ocean. Monterey has a Marine Conservation Area which is full of scuba divers! We were also able to see some seals sunning themselves.

Monterey used to be a fishing town that specialised in Sardines, particularly catching and canning. As a result most of the town is focused around the ocean which makes for a relaxing visit. Although we are still biased and think that Perth and Australian beaches are not rivalled here (ha ha). We wandered around the area and saw the old Cannery Row, which contains all the old canneries which have long been converted to shops and restaurants. They even have a Bubba Gump Shrimp Factory, ha ha a restaurant in memory of Forest Gump! We also saw old Fishermans Wharf and the new Marine Conservation Area. We have never seen so many Scuba Divers in our lives!

It was a very relaxing time and we are continually amazed by how diverse and beautiful California is. We hope this finds you all well. Love and peace from the sandy Bek and Jesse Train.
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Los Padres National Forest

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