I started today with a 6 mile run from Fishermans Wharf along the Coastal path past Pacific Grove and then back to my car parked at the Wharf. It was a beautiful run and I even managed to get some good inclines in. I realized when I was running that I am so lucky to be able to run in so many different places with some amazing views. Again I saw Sea Lions, Otters and Harbor Seals. They seem to live quite comfortably pretty close to mankind which surprised me, but I am sure they are well protected.
After I'd taken a shower back at the house and had breakfast I set off to do the "17 mile drive". Essentially it's a drive around the estate that houses Pebble Beach golf course (along with some others) and a large part of the drive is along the coast. The weather had been great in Monterey when I did my run, but as I approached the turn off for the famous drive it became really foggy which is odd since it's only 8 miles away from Monterey. My name was at the gate as promised by my bar lady friend, so entrance was free and I drove into this huge estate expecting to see some spectacular views, after all, Trip Advisor comments for this attraction were really good.
Well what a disappointment, even allowing for the fact the weather was not that great. I would have been bummed if I had paid the $10 to get in. Apart from the privilege of looking up rich peoples driveways for most of the route, the coastal views were no more spectacular than those I saw on Route 1 and at Point Lobos yesterday. I decided just to head straight to the golf house of Pebble Beach to have a look around, after all this is an iconic golf course.
I left Pebble Beach and drove back to Monterey I wanted a French Crepe for lunch as I had seen a place highly recommended on Yelp, I was not disappointed, I ordered the ham, cheese and egg crepe and ate it fast it was so delicious :).
On the afternoons agenda was a visit to the Monterey Aquarium which is one of the best in the US. The Airbnb hosts had given me a discounted pass so I got in for $20 rather than the usual $39 and this was money well spent. The aquarium was extremely well organized and did a great job of blending education and fun. Unfortunately for me it was also over run with children (well it's the school holidays) and I was so grateful I was not visiting on the weekend, that must be a nightmare! The Jellyfish exhibit was amazing, I took loads of photos as set against the blue backdrop they looked spectacular and very graceful. It was also fun to see the otters underwater playing and being fed. Some of the tanks were extremely large and housed sharks, large fish like tuna and Sun Fish.
Today felt like a really long day, I think traveling around and moving from place to place is quite tiring. Tomorrow I have a pretty long drive to Yosemite.