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Trip Report Trip Report: Dec. 28 & 29, 2011 in Monterey

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We generally go down to Pacific Grove to stay with a friend and celebrate the New Year together. This year he was not home but let us use his house for a brief escape from urban San Francisco.

We left on a Tuesday morning, intending to have an early lunch at the Flying Fish Grill in Half Moon Bay, but it’s closed on Tuesdays. We drove on to Davenport and had lunch at the http://davenportroadhouse.com/ which gets good reviews but which we find fairly standard and not as good as it used to be. After lunch we drove to Monterey where we picked up sardines on the commercial fishing pier for $1 a pound and Gulf of Mexico shrimp for $6 a pound. From there we drove to our friend’s house. We dropped of our bag and put the fish in the refrigerator and then drove to the Asilomar Beach to enjoy the sunset (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mksfca/6656103407/in/set-72157624512998387 ). Back to the house for a meal of fried sardines and salad.

The next day we went to the Monterey Aquarium when it first opened. The entrance fee is quite stiff: $55.90 for two seniors. The exhibits are visually stunning, but we feel that they lack information. The jelly fish in the different tanks must come from different locations, but there is not even a map to indicate where they reside. We feel that like the SF Academy of Sciences, there is a dumbing down of exhibits. Nonetheless, we spent the entire morning there, and then had a late lunch in a tourist establishment up the street from the aquarium. We then visited to the Carmel Mission and ended our day wandering around Carmel. Dinner was shrimp & pasta cooked at home.

On our last day we left the Monterey Peninsula and drove to San Juan Bautista to visit the mission and have a late al fresco lunch at one of the Mexican restaurants. From there we drove home.

These pictures, up to the Santa Cruz are of the Monterey Peninsula taken at different times and of San Juan Bautista: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mksfca/sets/72157624512998387/show/with/4853785842

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