Welcome to Monterrey, CA. This city is amazingly gorgeous!
First things first, we left Ocean Mesa and headed north. We were actually staying in Marina, CA, which is about 8 miles north of Monterrey. So we hitched up the home and squeezed it out of our spot and off we went. Due to pulling the camper we weren’t able to take Hwy 1 but we were not disappointed by the views.Vineyards, vineyards and more vineyards!Over the hills, these grapes were growing and I was thirsty….haha.
Once we got through wine country, the hilltop scenery changed….wow! Of course I had to get a picture of the animal warning sign. This one was a bear….yikes!
We didn’t see any but I made sure to look for them with the windows up and doors locked!
Once we got into Marina, we found our campground, Marina Dunes.I have mixed feelings about this campground. I loved the location, the trail to the beach and our site was ok, but some of the other amenities were lacking..I am being nice when I say that.
Once we pulled into a tight registration lane, I go in the office to check in. The girl behind the counter wasn’t unfriendly but she wasn’t going out of her way to even tell me how to get to our site. Checking into a campground, for me, is like going to someones house. I need to be shown around a bit, tell me where the bathrooms are and make me feel like I am welcomed.
We decided not to cook tonight but before we can eat Max needs to stretch his legs. I hadn’t been told where to take him so I look on the map and at the bottom of the page it says, “Please take your pet off property.” Ok, so I get him on the leash and we go outside and a lady is walking by with her dog. God is so good about sending people my way at the right time. I ask her where she takes her dog and she directs me to the beach.
We get to the trail,and we walk….and then we walked some more….until, finally! WE ARE THERE!!! Max was so happy! I think the trail was about 1/4 of a mile long and the sand was thick and deep!The drool length is amazing after he works hard. (This was the side he was snake bit on so we think its kind of droopy and helps with the stringyness.)
After our 1/2 mile walk to the beach and back, we were starving!
We decided not to cook but to head on into Monterey for some seafood. I found a little place called Hula’s.
I love the all the boats.
We got to Hula’s and had to park on the street, which was ok because it wasn’t very busy for a Sunday evening. We go in and we score a seat outside.
We decided after looking at the menu, that we wanted to try several things.
For dinner we decided to share the Blackened Ahi Steak Sandwich.It was so good! Then I ordered Jamaican Johnny Cakes for dessert. This was like a sweet bread with little bits of banana, which made it healthy! Wow!! This was a great place to eat!
Not a bad parking spot if I do say so.
Walking further down the street we found this small square.
Notice the seagull on John Steinbeck’s head? Those birds are huge!! I don’t really like birds anyways and those beefy gulls flying over head were scary!
Anyways, we bought some souvenirs, walked off our dinner, and headed back to our home by the sea.
We have some great things planned this week…I can’t wait to share them with y’all.
Next adventure….Pebble Beach!!!