A Weekend in Monterey

As our time in California dwindles down to less than two months, we're packing in as much sightseeing and time with friends as possible. Last weekend Jamie, her son Mason, Evelyn, and I drove three hours to the coastal town of Monterey, California. 

We visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium first and enjoyed looking at each of the animals despite the massive crowd. Evelyn declared that her favorite was the octopus, even though we spent less than five minutes in that exhibit. 

 Evie eyes the pancake with worry.

Evie eyes the pancake with worry.

The next morning we stopped by LouLou's Griddle in the Middle for hot cocoa and pancakes, which ended up being the size of hubcaps. One pancake could have easily fed all four of us! 

In an effort to burn off the hubcap sized pancakes and see the sights we rented a cycle powered surrey and biked two miles to Lover's Point where we promptly turned the surrey around and rode two miles back to meet the one hour rental deadline. The sites along the path to and from Lover's Point were so beautiful with sparkling blue water and waves crashing on rocky cliffs. At one point we stopped to watch harbor seals sunning and barking on a beach.  

The kids were itching to play at the beach, so we walked down to San Carlos Beach next, spending the next hour and a half watching the them get sopping wet and covered in sand while having an blast racing waves, poking at dead fish, and building sand castles. 

Before heading back home to Travis Air Force Base, we stopped by the Dennis the Menace park but didn't take any photos. 

 Mason's drawing

Mason's drawing

If you haven't had the pleasure of traveling with 5 year olds, here's a snippet...
Mason: (whispers something)
Evie: What? 
Mason: (whispers again)
Evie: huh?
Mason: (yells) I'm gonna draw a big ol' turd! 

On the way home the kids pooped out and fell asleep, and we talked for hours while Google Maps led us through back roads filled with strawberry and raspberry farms. We drove up and over a small mountain and doubted we'd ever see the highway again before finally merging back onto highway 101 and making our way back home just in time for bed.