I did take long walks on Asilomar Beach, my very favorite beach in the area. Part of the beach is on Asilomar State Park land, but a major part is on private Pebble Beach Corporation and dog friendly. It is extremely hard to keep Tara out of the water, I don't even try. She enjoys it so much.
One evening we walked down to the Monterey Wharf #1 and watched to sea otters, kayakers, and tourist boats come and go. We enjoyed samples of clam chowder which various restaurants offer as enticements to their restaurant. My favorite place is on Wharf #2 which is where the commercial fishing boats come in but it also the place of my favorite restaurant, the Sand Bar, which is a local favorite and serves the best melt in your mouth calamari appetizer which I always order as my main entree.
Of course a visit to the Monterey Peninsula is never complete without a trip to the world renown Monterey Bay Aquarium. Entrance fees are a little pricey, but well worth it. Fortunately, my family has been an aquarium member since it opened and we usually get a few guest passes which makes our stay pleasant as we don't feel like we have to stay all day and get our money's worth. The best time to go is very early in the morning or late in the day. We went early, 9:30, and were done and ready to leave by 12:00 when it was getting really crowded.
Of course the whole reason for our week in Monterey was to celebrate Mom's birthday. I had arranged for a low key open reception /birthday celebration at Canterbury Woods on Saturday. Mom has been a resident in this life care institution since she and dad moved in in 1988. I think she is one of one or two residents who have lived there over 25 years. Wow! How those senior citizens like to party and enjoy champagne and cake. I think there was over 60 attending and most of the cake and champagne was gone!
On Sunday, my brother's family, all his daughters, grandchildren, as well as and two of my sons took mom out for Pizza. Pizza you say? Surly grandma deserves more than Pizza. Not so. Pizza and beer is one of her favorite foods. She usually can't wait until she has a visitor to take her out for Pizza and beer! The International Cuisine in down town Pacific Grove did a wonderful job of accommodating my whole family (there were 19) for pizza beer. It is a family venue and casual. They do serve other things such as a killer clam chowder and calamari . Great place for an informal gathering.
Alas,our time has ended inMonterey for the time being and we are heading back to the heat. Next stop will be Chico. Hot. Hot. Hot. Its suppose to be in the triple digits! If there are no hook ups at the Elks Lodge we'll probably move on but are hoping to stay through the crazy 4th of July weekend as we didn't plan ahead. All the cooler places are full.