Mapping Pacific Grove & Monterey

Mapping the 17-mile Drive, making sure I won’t get lost (I get lost anyway, my navigator has to recalculate regularly, I don’t know what I would have done without it, most likely wouldn’t go on a road trip in the first place). 

Other vehicles one should expect to see often in the area – golf carts. There are so many golf courses in Monterey Peninsula, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was totally covered in green. Must have something to do with the local household income which is higher than the U.S. average. Rather obvious, judging by the magnificent villas, cottages and other exclusive properties. This is a golf course on Pebble Beach.

Moving towards the north to Point Pinos Lighthouse, the oldest existing lighthouse on the West Coast, still an active navigational aid today. It sits, as you may have guessed, next to another golf course (and a cemetery, but I have no photos of it).

A tired golfer taking a break.

Tranquility in the Memory Garden, Pacific House near the noisy-touristy Fisherman’s Wharf.

California’s First Theatre. Built as a lodge and tavern for sailors, it was used as a theatre in 1850 when U.S. Army officers from Colonel Stevenson’s 1st New York Volunteers produced plays as a money-making venture. Tickets sold for $5 each and first night receipts totaled $500. Now closed due to structural deficiencies, until further notice. [source]

Another sunset, another farewell. Next stop, Cambria.

July 11th, 2017

17-Mile Drive

The difference a day makes. Exploring parts of the 17 mile drive, a scenic route through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. Blue skies, calm seas, slightly higher temperatures, off with the rain jackets, sunglasses, sunscreen, still ended up with a sunburned nose, this was getting closer to the California Summer I had in mind.

Views from Restless Sea to the Bird Rock Vista Point which is teeming with wildlife in all its possible forms and sizes – some more photogenic than others.