Before we left for Monterey I had the job of researching the cheapest way to get there, the people who you ask are normally useless; they just say the best way to get around is to have a car blah blah blah!! However I found the 3 public buses that eventually got us there, it took about 3 hours but it was unbelievably cheap and went without a hitch! We stayed in a private room in a motel because it was cheaper than a hostel plus we also got free breakfast. I think them 3 nights alone I must of gained a stone in weight because all we ever ate was microwave meals since that was the only equipment at our disposal and breakfast didn't really help either because that was just muffins, brownies and croissants.
We spent the first day grabbing our microwavable meals from a real supermarket............SAFEWAY!! I've never been so happy to see home brand products haha We spent most our time here walking around sussing the place out, Lou took us on a nice historical walk through the city. Monterey struck us as a small town full of wealth and it just oozed history. This is the part where I would normally tell you something interesting about Monterey but I can't remember anything sorry. It was another coastal town and as we walked down by the beach we came across another pier one that resembles fisherman's wharf of san Francisco; fresh sea foods stalls all competing for your business, small chocolatiers showing off their home made sweets and a great big huge colony of sea lions, you can hear them a mile off. There was also whale watching tours which I never really give a second thought to but Louise suggested it and I thought why not, never seen a whale before, let's do it! Unfortunately we had left it too late to coincide with the departure times but we might get the chance to do it elsewhere. We spent that evening just walking up the coast line watching all the seals and sea lions basking in the sun as they perched themselves on the rocks jutting out the water.
That evening we had a remarkable break through, we had been trying to fit in a trip to Yosemite at some point but never could afford the transport however as we constantly think up plan B, plan C etc I came across a hot car deal on the internet; 4 days car rental @ $10 per day......score only down point was it was from San Jose and were in Monterey .....damn!!!!! Its normally $40 per day, you still have insurance etc to pay but it still works out a hell of a lot cheaper!! In this travelling game you have to be prepared to change plans in the blink of an eye, so we wasted no time, we booked it and managed to find an express bus to take us to San Jose the very next morning..............."Do you know the way to San Jose???" in that same night we also managed to book 2 nights accommodation in a small village just outside of Yosemite!!
Yosemite here we come!!!!
Love Adam and Louise xx