Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It Happened in Monterey

My wife wanted to spend her vacation in Monterey. So as my birthday gift to her we traveled north on Wednesday, Aug. 5. We arrived at the Best Western Ramona just a little after 1 pm only to be informed that check-in time is actually 3 pm. We were surprised because the confirmation of our reservation clearly stated that check-in time is 1 pm. After some spirited discussions about their check-in policy, we were finally allowed to go to our room.

We rested for about an hour and then proceeded to a park that had a stream (or estero). Aside from a few Brewer's Blackbirds and a variety of gulls - all in different stages of maturity -- there wasn't much to see there.

We then went to the Fisherman's Wharf where there were tons of people!

There were some interesting things to see at the wharf (aside from the tempting food offered by the local restaurants) - like this jellyfish:

and Harbor Seals:

And of course, what would a wharf be without boats...even colorful ones:

There were a few birds, too, like this Black Turnstone:

..and Brandt's Cormorants:

We then bade goodbye to Rappa's as we headed back to the hotel.

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