Do You Know the Way to Monterey?

Trip Start Jun 17, 2014
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Trip End Aug 01, 2014


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Where I stayed
Army Lodge – Presidio of Monterey, CA
What I did
Crab House
Exploritorium
San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We still had things we wanted to see in San Francisco so we didn't actually leave town till this afternoon. We checked out of our hotel after breakfast; the hotel would let us keep our car parked there till the official checkout time, noon. 

We walked past Fisherman’s Wharf (mostly restaurants and a couple of small shops) on our way to the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park to see a 3-masted, 1886 square rigger, but the ship was off display because they were moving another display ship along the same pier and it wasn’t safe to have visitors walking along the pier.  Rats!

So we decided to walk a couple blocks to a different cable car line than we’d ridden yesterday.  It took them 45 minutes to send out the 4 cable cars that were already sitting there.  I guess they only send them out one every 15 minutes.  We rode the car up to the top of Russian Hill, then we got out at Lombard St., the crooked steep street you see in some San Francisco movies.  We took pictures, then walked on down the street (emphasis on DOWN).  By now, Dan had to go get the car and move it to a pay lot, but while he did that, I walked to the Boudin’s (sourdough bakers) museum and demonstration room.  I learned a bit about baking sourdough!

Dan and I met up at Pier 39 and had lunch at the Crab House, fish and chips, very good!  Now it was time to go to the Exploritorium, a hands-on science museum.  We decided to take the street car; it would have been faster to walk!  We learned on this trip that mass transit may be easy, but it’s not fast!  At the Exploritorium, there were several hands-on experiments we saw that we liked; we took pictures of some of them.  The only thing I didn’t like about the Exploritorium was we didn’t allow enough time to see it properly.

We finally left SF about 4:30, driving south along California state highway 1.  The Pacific Coast Highway has some amazing stretches!  We stopped at the parking lot of a roadside restaurant and took some great pictures of pelicans fishing.

We stopped and bought gas and a salad for supper at Costco (surprise!), then finally got to Monterey about 9pm.  Tomorrow we go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, supposedly rated 7th among the aquariums of the world.  It’s Dan’s favorite, and he’s wanted to take me there for years!
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