Tagged With "Monterey"

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Re: Visiting John Steinbeck country. 3) Cannery Row, Monterey, California

PortMoresby ·
I first visited Cannery Row in 1964, on a trip from the Bay Area in my '53 Plymouth with friends, going to the Monterey Folk Festival. We slept free on the floor of a room in the Monterey Hotel of someone we met and generally had the kind of fun kids had in the mid-'60s. At that time Cannery Row looked not unlike the photo at the top, and nothing like it does today. It's the same old story for old-timers everywhere, it ain't what it was, if you're a fan of funky, as I am. The difference, in...
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Re: Visiting John Steinbeck country. 3) Cannery Row, Monterey, California

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comment, PortMoresby. I am not fond of places badly decayed, but it would be nice to have more of the original cannery scenario still in place, instead of all the tourist traps. Agree about the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It's not to be missed, but was omitted from this piece because it didn't exist in John Steinbeck's time.
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Re: Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California. Where Gumbo Was, #74

GarryRF ·
Looks a bit like the San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf. Lots of tourist attractions to help part you from your savings. But the Sea Lions waving their fins to catch some sunlight make it all worthwhile. Yes - I know - the kids love it - but watching who gets pushed off the floating boards to make room for the big fella is absolute poetry. Then he in turn pushes another Sea Lion off. Fine explanation of the "pecking order" Looks like a great location to spend the day - and pedestrian friendly...
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Re: Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California. Where Gumbo Was, #74

DrFumblefinger ·
It's a much smaller Fisherman's Wharf than San Franciscos, and one I like a lot better. Also, crowds are much lighter and the atmosphere a little more relaxed.
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Re: Monterey Bay Aquarium: Oceans Apart

DrFumblefinger ·
There's lots of fun aquariums around the country and planet, but this is the finest aquarium I've ever visited. I'm especially fond of the jelly fish exhibits, the Kelp Forest tank, and the large tank that features animals from the ocean's depths (like the strange looking sunfish). Nicely done, Lester. thanks for sharing this.
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Re: Monterey Bay Aquarium: Oceans Apart

Travel Rob ·
Thank you Lestertheinvestor for sharing. I love aquariums and haven't been to the Monterey Bay one yet. Can't wait to see it. I know aquariums are expensive to build and maintain but I wish there was some way to keep the admission prices down .
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

GarryRF ·
Fine houses in their pristinely manicured gardens. Don't think I could even afford the taxes. I do like the areas that remain untouched by golf and the hand of fortune. I prefer the untouched to the "candy box tin" painting of nature. I've been to many places where the presence of paupers - like myself - detract from the ambiance of opulence. Even today I had a note attached to my car, that parking in a non-designated zone was being selfish. Even though they were full !
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

DrFumblefinger ·
Far be it for anyone to say you are selfish, Garry! It is one of the most expensive places to live in California, but I suspect all those drivers going through help subsidize the neighborhood more than that homeowners might want to let on. And I'm not sure most of us could afford the taxes, even if we wanted to. Being an average guy, this is just not my scene.
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

Mac ·
Breathtakingly expensive if I recall. I'm surprised that you are allowed to take photos without paying into the local coffers! :-)
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm also surprised there's no per photo toll imposed on the great unwashed masses visiting the shores of the drive, Mac!
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

Mac ·
Well, the unwashed mass did enjoy his time there.... :-)
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

GutterPup ·
The views are really pretty, but no motorcycles??
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

DrFumblefinger ·
Cars and bikes are fine, JP, but hogs aren't. The road is good enough so I suspect the home owners (much of the drive is through residential areas) don't want the noise of a big pack of motorcycles passing their gates and fine-trimmed lawns.
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Re: Put your (eight) arms around me...

PortMoresby ·
I've been to the MB Aquarium once, fantastic, but I think it's time for another visit. And I know two 7 year old girls who will want to come along. Thanks for this!
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Re: Put your (eight) arms around me...

DrFumblefinger ·
I love aquariums and (of the ones I've visited, this one's my favorite) Nice to know they're putting up this interesting exhbiit.
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Lionfish, , Monterey Bay Aquarium

DrFumblefinger ·
Lionfish, , Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Kelp Forest, Monterey Bay Aquarium

DrFumblefinger ·
Kelp Forest, Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Anenome, Monterey Bay Aquarium

DrFumblefinger ·
Anenome, Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Monterey Harbor, California

DrFumblefinger ·
Monterey Harbor, California
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Put your (eight) arms around me...

PHeymont ·
Love them, eat them or fear them...the tentacled wonders of the wold (aka squids, octopi and cuttlefish) have a new showcase of their own at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. It's one of the largest exhibits ever devoted to them, and includes...
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Monterey's Fish House, California

DrFumblefinger ·
Most of us would agree that one of the greatest pleasures of traveling is discovering new and terrific places to eat.  I often research a few possibilities in advance of a trip but while visiting Monterey recently had not done so.  Traveling...
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Visiting John Steinbeck country. 3) Cannery Row, Monterey, California

DrFumblefinger ·
  "Cannery Row...is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream." — John Steinbeck, from his novel ' Cannery Row'   Wow!    With a beautifully written introduction like that,...
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Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

DrFumblefinger ·
  There are a lot of famous road trips in the USA, like California's Pacific Coast Highway and Montana's Going to the Sun Highway .  One of the best known drives in America is scenic 17-Mile Drive (actually distance depends on how you...
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Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California. Where Gumbo Was, #74

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo was visiting historic Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, California, not far from Cannery Row.  The photos in the puzzle focused on Harbor House, a novelty shop, at the entrance to Old Fisherman's Wharf, which has a faux lighthouse...
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Monterey Bay Aquarium: Oceans Apart

Lestertheinvestor ·
  Located directly on the Monterey Bay just south of Santa Cruz is a sprawling complex of nearly 200 exhibits of more than 550 species in a 2 storey building nearly 30 years old: the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA). Started in 1978, and open to the...
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Spotted on the Road. 1958 Mercury Monterey

DrFumblefinger ·
Spotted in Calgary, this 1958 Mercury Monterey includes quad headlamps, an 383 cu in V8 engine and a multidrive three-speed automatic transmission.
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