Monterey, CA: 8:10 p.m.
This morning we enjoyed the advantages of our campsite and hiked some of the nearby trails. It has been overcast and chilly, but it was nice to get our blood pumping and climb some of the hills. Then we continued the drive up Hwy 1 for a short distance trying to reach Monterey. We ended up going a little too far and driving up and down one particular street in Seaside, trying to find a place to eat and a grocery store. It was really a bit ridiculous because we went to a local grocery, decided it was too expensive, tried Costco instead, realized you had to be a member to shop at Costco, and finally succeeded in buying some necessities in Albertsons. We loaded up the cooler only to realize we had forgotten ice and had to go back.
We also had reached the end of the planned portion of our trip, so we wandered aimlessly for a bit wondering where we should go, what we should do, and where we should sleep. That was a little frightening and we laughed nervously about driving all the way to Seattle for lack of a better plan. Finally, though, like a glorious beacon from heaven we were inexplicably drawn to the Visitors Center. We're back on track! No worries! We spent over 2 hours at the Monterey Aquarium where I learned that tunas are huge and anchovies can open their mouths really frighteningly wide. There was a new otter exhibit, but I was kind of snooty about that one, seeing as I'd already seen an otter in the wild. Oh, and the penguins...it was great.
We also found a campsite (at Laguna Seca which is apparently a famous race track) and a wireless Internet connection, so we're back on track planning for the rest of the trip.
I'm particularly excited about tomorrow, which if all goes well, will include some whale watching and then the short jaunt up to San Francisco, in the direction of Sausalito and Muir Woods.