Monterey and Santa Cruz

Trip Start Jul 11, 2013
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Trip End Jul 28, 2013


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Monday, July 15, 2013

The weather was rubbish to start the day. It was cloudy and not very warm, we all wore our jeans or leggings!

We went to Cannery Row in Monterey. In the 1920s millions and millions of sardines were caught in Monterey and put in cans for sending round the World. In the 1940s, the fish disappeared and all the canning factories closed down. They were left to go derelict until they were renovated in the 1970s. The famous author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas and wrote books based on this area including Cannery Row.

Now Cannery Row is shops and an Aquarium. We wandered round the shops but didn't buy anything!

We left Monterey and drove up the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is a lovely old seaside town and has an old-fashioned boardwalk (like a pier in England). The weather had got much nicer and was now hot and sunny! We went on a number of rides including the Giant Dipper, swings, cable car and an old carousel.

The Giant Dipper is a historic wooden roller coaster. It took 47 days to build at a cost of $50,000. It opened on May 17, 1924. With a height of 70 feet and a speed of 55 miles per hour, it is one of the most popular wooden roller coasters in the world and is the 5th oldest coaster left standing in America. It was fun and made me scream! Daddy squashed his sunglasses.

We went to Outback Steakhouse for dinner.

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