Monterey in January (139)

We ventured to the Monterey area in January and explored from Moss Landing to Carmel to Big Sur.

Weather was great at the Moss Landing KOA Express. It’s a short walk from the Marina to the beach.

The first day was a walk along Pacific Grove. It was spectacular as ever. And after walking up an appetite, we had a great lunch at Red House Cafe, a place we highly recommend.

The next day we decided to drive down the PCH to Big Sur. It is one of the most beautiful drives one earth, and today it didn’t disappoint.

First, we stopped by Carmel for some delicious pastries to enjoy on the drive. We’ve been watching the Great British Baking Show, so we really enjoyed the great variety of pastries at Carmel Bakery, the oldest business in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Today was all about the journey, more than the destination. We drive, pull over and take photos, then repeat.

These must be very happy cows.

The famous Bixby Bridge (built in 1932) was looking fabulous. Unfortunately, a wildfire burned in the area the following week. I was surprised as the ground seemed very wet.

We’d love to visit this naval base and lighthouse at Point Sur State Historic Park sometime. Unfortunately it was closed to the public this visit.

On the way home we stopped by Carmel and the Hog’s Breath Inn. Years ago it was owned by Clint Eastwood.

The patio was great, but unfortunately the food was just OK.

After lunch, we took a walk on Carmel beach at the end of Ocean Avenue.

To your right is the Pebble Beach Golf Course. I might take up golfing if I could play here every day. 🙂

Lucy had fun at the beach, too. But it was time to leave before the weekend crowds, with another memorable and enjoyable visit to Monterey in the books.

Al & Deb

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