7 miles down the road from Moss Landing we made our basecamp in Marina Dunes for a week while we explore Monterey, Pebble Beach, and Carmel with a trip back to Moss Landing for some whale watching.
Monterey is where we explored Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf. We had lunch at Lou Lou's on the pier and picked up a couple Dungeness Crabs at the local fish market to have for dinner along with the abundance of artichokes we procured earlier.
We took the "17-Mile Drive" in Carmel. It is one of most scenic drives in America. WOW! We made many stops along the route and enjoyed a fab lunch at "Roy's" (Roy Yamaguchi—celebrity chef, James Beard Award winner and the father of Hawaiian-fusion cuisine) in the iconic Inn At Spanish Bay right on the famed Pebble Beach Golf Course.
Blue Ocean Whale Watching out of Moss Landing Harbor is located in the heart of the Monterey Bay. It's the closest starting point to the nutrient-rich Monterey Submarine Canyon in the middle of the 'Bight'. We saw 3 Humpback Whales and 3 Migrating Gray Whales along with an Elephant Sea Lion trying to save his catch of a small shark from the circling sea gulls and a black foot Albatross, which has a wing span of almost 7 ft. The following are pics from our trip, some taken by Ron and some by the documenting photographer on board our boat called "High Spirits"! Kate, a marine biologist, was very knowledgeable and shared fascinating information about the many amazing sights.
After our amazing Whale Watching experience, we decided to celebrate and take a jaunt up the road about 25 miles to Capitola and The Shadowbrook Restaurant on St. Patty's Day at the recommendation of one of our fellow RVers. Upon arrival you take a Cable Car ride down the hill to the restaurant along the river. It was a memorable location and meal.