Category Archives: California

The 17-Mile Drive to Pebble Beach and Carmel

The 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach is a loop. We only drove from the gate in Pacific Grove to the gate at Carmel which was about 8 miles. From the Carmel Gate the drive heads east to the Highway 1 … Continue reading

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Spanish Bay on the Monterey Peninsula

Some people say it’s the most scenic drive in the country. Some say the world. So we thought that on the fourth and final day of our four-day Monterey Weekend that we would check out this 17-Mile Drive and see … Continue reading

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Monterey’s Top Attraction: The Monterey Bay Aquarium

We checked the weather forecast for our four-day weekend in Monterey last December and discovered that Sunday would be the gloomiest day with the most chance of rain. And so we planned our outdoor activities for other days and reserved … Continue reading

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Our Pacific Grove Walk

Pacific Grove is a quaint little town that sits on top of the Monterey Peninsula about 100 miles south of San Francisco. The town is noted for its scenic coast which is painted purple-pink when the ice plant is in … Continue reading

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Monterey’s Cannery Row

The central California coastline of Monterey Bay stretches for about 44 miles from Santa Cruz in the north to Pacific Grove in the south. The last six tenths of a mile of the road that runs along the city of … Continue reading

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MM 209: Our Annual Parade

My wife and I live in an unincorporated area of Alameda County, California called Castro Valley.¬†Every year we have a parade down our main street (Castro Valley Boulevard) to celebrate the opening of the local rodeo. And every year one … Continue reading

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MM 199 Telephone Theme

The San Francisco 49ers, my favorite football team, made it to the Super Bowl five years ago and my wife and I hosted a family Super Bowl Party. It was getting close to the end of the game and most … Continue reading

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MM 198 More Photos of Santa Clara

I selected another photo from our trip to Santa Clara a couple of weeks ago for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge. We came across this building shortly after our visit to Mission Santa Clara when we continued our tour of … Continue reading

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MM 197 Missions in Monochrome: Mission Santa Clara

Our granddaughter Lia is currently in the fourth grade and is studying California Missions. Her brother Tyler is a high school sophomore who has been receiving lots of inquiries from colleges all over the country because of his recent high … Continue reading

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MM 4-20 White Mountains Bristlecone Pines

We drove to the Owens Valley in eastern California one day in 1987 and then continued on to the White Mountains east of the valley to see some of the oldest living things on earth: bristlecone pine trees. One of … Continue reading

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