Day 9 Historic Monterey - Sardines & Architect
Trip Start Aug 30, 2012
15Trip End Sep 15, 2012
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Originally we had planned to only stay 2 nights in Monterey ad then move on but
1) there was a lot we wanted to see in monterey, and
2) Hotel has a washing machine and dryer for guests for a small charge (about £1.25), which is a big relief as we had packed very light and Neil was running out of shirts...
So we decided to say an extra night. Fortunately the washing machine was close to the hotel pool so we were able to take a swim whilst the machine did it's work, though the sun was shining (about 20C) it was very windy today which made it feel cooler than that. After doing these domestic chores we decided to do a history walk in monterey.Monterey State Parks so we were able to visit. We also saw the oldest government building in California where the American flag was raised in 1846 to lay claim to 600,000 square miles of Pacific coastline and the oldest California church (1749) to still be in use today.
Cannery Row 1945 which is based around this area and characters who worked here. It was then made into a film in 1982 so there is a lot of reference to Steinbeck in this area. monterey had become the 'Sardine Capital of the World'. Divers played an key part in this because they had to maintain the underwater pipes that pumped the sardines from the hoppers to the factories. Many of them died during this and we found a memorial to them on the shoreline (see album).
We found a few interesting cars in monterey too. It is also close to the Mazda Laguna Seca Racetrack. Outside one of the hotels was a Racetrack Safety Car and a Ferrari. Inside one of the many souvenir stores we found an American Shelby which was available to win by raffle (current retail price c.$33,000. Carroll Shelby was a racing car driver who first raced in 1932 but went on to manufacture racing cars.
Back into town for dinner in a Italian restaurant, avoiding the 3 British pubs we had found in this interesting town and the pub quiz that one of them was running. Very cold in the evening despite the hot daytime temperatures.