Coastal Adventure: Days 2 & 3

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Day 2 is when things got really good. We started out with a run on the beach in Monterey that morphed into a bountiful seashell collecting mission. It’s amazing when you live at altitude, how much stronger you feel at sea level. I felt like I could run forever, even in the soft sand.

Around 11, we were finally able to check into the campground, sneaking in right as people were leaving from the previous night, and ended up getting the nicest site in the campground to set up home base. The rest of the day was spent driving down Highway 1 through Big Sur, with lots of stops for photos, beach exploration and looking out for sealife. I was hoping to spot some whales, but no luck.

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Beach

After a nice dinner back at camp, we threw in the towel for the day and hit the sack. I’ve got to say that it’s well worth investing in a nice tent if you’re going to be camping on the coast, it was super foggy and moist all night, and while we woke up nice and dry, a lot of our neighbors were looking pretty soggy and miserable.

On Day 3 we went down to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is always a great time. We saw the sea otters, the jellyfish, octopus, sharks and a whole bunch of crazy alien looking creatures. It’s pretty incredible that we share our planet with these creatures, who go about their little ocean lives every day, just like we go about our silly little lives on land. Amazing.

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We capped off the morning with a great lunch at a little fish market in town. I love seafood, and living in the mountains can be a tough place to do that, so it’s always a treat to get something fresh that doesn’t cost $35 a pound. We parked right next to a dope looking print shop called the Cypress Press, with an old letterpress setup in the display window. I would have loved to have stopped in to say hello and check out the shop, but it was Sunday afternoon and unfortunately they weren’t open… Next time I’m in town, I’ll be popping in for sure.

We then started to make our way back up the coast into Santa Cruz, where we did a quick spin through town, before heading home, along with the rest of San Jose. Between heavy traffic and brutal freeway detours, it was quite the journey to get home, but well worth the effort.

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