Monterey, CA (113)

Before Thanksgiving, we squeezed a trip in to the coast, driving to the Monterey coast for a few days. Deb always adds great seasonal touches to the motorhome.

We stayed again at the Moss Landing KOA Express. It’s a small, clean park with good management. It is close quartered, but we like that it is close to the dunes, good restaurants, and is surrounded on three sides by the marina.

It’s likely you will hear the sea lions from your RV, and just outside the campground, will likely see a few of these sea otters.

Otters playing in Moss Landing Marina

You can also take a morning walk on this trail between Moss Landing Beach and the Old Salinas River. It’s one of my favorites because of the peaceful setting and the wildlife.

Moss Landing Beach (river side)

We like the comfortable feeling to the small town. Here’s the bed and breakfast owned by the same folks that run the Elkhorn Slough Safari.

Captain’s Inn at Moss Landing, CA

Of course we had to put the kayak in the slough for a paddle.

Kayakers on Elkhorn Slough

Here’s a short 1 minute video of what you might see while kayaking on the Elkhorn Slough.

We spent the next day at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. The last time we were here we got to the entrance and the ranger told us that no dogs were allowed to enter the park, so we went to Ribera Beach instead. This time, Lucy stayed in the RV so we could explore the coastline.

First we walked down the coast to China Cove, then we traced our steps back to the Cypress Grove Trail. The natural beauty is astounding.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Point Lobos Headland Cove

This picturesque area is a great subject for a landscape painting.

Point Lobos South Shore Trail

Hmm, I think he got the color just right. 🙂

The Cypress Grove Trail winds up the hill to some beautiful vistas.

Point Lobos Sea Lion Point
Point Lobos Sea Lion Cove

At the top, you pass some pelicans who have made their home on the cliff.

There are a LOT of pelicans roosting here.

Point Lobos Headland Cove

Note that even the treetops are full of pelicans! For a moment, you may feel like you are in a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s, The Birds!

Looking across the cove is just beautiful. We sat here for a long time, watching the waves roll in and break on the rocks.

The next day we ventured into Monterey for a bike ride from Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey to Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove.

First, we took a detour to Crepes of Brittany! for lunch on their outdoor patio.

Crepes of Brittany!, Monterey CA
French onion soup at Crepes of Brittany

The ride to Pacific Grove is one of our favorites.

Another end to a great RV trip to the Monterey area.

There is so much more to do here, however, so if you want more ideas of things to do and places to eat, here are some previous posts of trips to the area.

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  1. Very nice thanks for sharing. I particularly liked the Pt Lobos feature. Would loved to see overall location map showing Moss Landing to Pt Lobos goid for those not familiar with Monterey coast. This is a great quick getaway for Bay Area folks. Thanks 👍

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