This morning we went over to the Salinas River State Beach to look at a trail we could see from the road. It looked like it might be good for the mountain bikes. The first half mile or so was hard packed sand, but after that it turned into loose dunes sand. So no mountain biking for us. We did get to see the ocean again, which is always good.
The Salinas River is over there as well. It's a marshy area, full of birds. That is a flock of pelicans coming in for a landing.
There were many species in the water. It's a lovely walk, even though it's short.
We headed out to look for the trail head of a paved cycling trail that goes into the defunct Fort Ord. After finding it, and some possible parking places we headed back. The trail is sort of frustrating, in that there are no parking areas - probably due to a desire to not have cars in the old army base.
I like this row of trees, they look skeletal.
We stopped at a farm stand for veggies. Prices are weird. Avocados as big as my hand are $1. The small ones are $1.79. We got an entire stalk of Brussels Sprouts for $4, and a honey dew melon for $1. Strawberries, which are grown here are about the same price as the grocery store. Almonds are $5 a pound, which seems high. Anyway, I must now learn to cook the sprouts, I've never eaten them before.
After lunch we drove to Monterey. We wanted to see what had happened with Cannery Row. But first we had to look at the ocean some more.
Look on the right, those are harbor seals.
Cannery Row was what we expected. Restaurants and tee shirt shops. Also ice cream.
They had some kiosks talking about the history of the wharf. This is a picture of a fishing boat. The fishermen are up to their knees in fish that have come up in the nets. Jim used to fish in Alaska when he was in high school. Standing in fish up to his knees was a powerful motivator for him to go to college.
After Monterey, we went to our new favorite fish market for giant shrimp (12-13 count) and crab meat. This is the best crab we've eaten ever.