I have been seriuosly procrastinating with the last half of this road trip series. So I decided to combine the third (long!) day of the trip with the last day. I'll try to get through it all without too long of a post, stick with me.
So I left off with us arriving in Monterey. We got to our hotel around 10:00 pm and settled into our amazing room. The hotel was right on the water and in the middle of Cannery Row. It was so nice to spend the next day relaxing in the room and exploring the history of the area. The above photos are from Cannery Row. I loved being able to walk into the buildlings and think about the history. I haven't read Steinbeck's novel, but I plan to now that I have been there.
I did pretty well booking our hotel given that I only did it a couple of days before we left. The Spindrift Inn was the perfect place for us to stay two nights. The room was super cute. It had a huge canopy bed, a wood burning fireplace, Aveda bath products, a sauna, complimentary in room breakfast, complimentary wine and cheese hour in the lobby, and the charm we were lookig for. Our room overlooked Cannery Row, and from my little couch I got to people watch and relax. And they had a rooftop garden which was the perfect place to end a long day.
We spent the afternoon of day 3 at Fisherman's Warf, another historic site in Monterey. B loves fishing and boats and I (obviously) love everything nautical, so it was fun to watch the boats and the otters and even a whale from the docks.
Across from the warf is a museum that we visited to get a break from the sun and learn a little more about the history. We decided to walk back to our hotel (we took a trolly from Cannery Row to Fisherman's Warf...fun!). We spent our last night having an amazing dinner and walking around together. The next morning we planned to get up early to start the drive home. It was a great (although short) stay in Monterey and I would love to go back. I love visiting places that really try to preserve their history, and John Steinbeck's novel helped do that here. Here's to him.
(BTW, this was in the Starbucks that was conveniently located in one of the canneries).
Our fourth day was unplanned. I am torn on whether that was a good idea or not. I thought that we would head back north on 101 until we got to I-5 and we would find someone quiant to stay on our last night. That's not what happened. Once we started driving, the places that we thought would be fun to stay just looked like random places on the highway. And we kept getting closer and closer to Oregon. So about mid afternoon we decided to just head for home.
Once we had decided to drive home to see the kids we couldn't get there fast enough. This drive made me once again appreciate the beautiful area where we live.
But nothing is quite as beautiful as coming home to the waiting arms of your children.
I can't wait to take them to the places we discovered. I can't wait to create more memories.
And I can't wait to spend the next ten years with B.