After leaving Half Moon Bay we drove south to Monterey. We drove on coastal Hwy 1, which is fairly RV friendly compared to the northern coast we had driven on a previous trip. We chose an RV park (Carmel By The River) nestled against the mountains instead of one we could had stayed in right on the ocean. Their advertisement said something about being lullabied to sleep with the sounds of a river and croaking frogs. It sounded like a nice change from the ocean – Duh! California is in a severe drought. The river was dried up and I never heard one frog, but John said he did. Oh well, we went to sleep with the sound of silence.
Isn’t it always fun to go down roads with the uneasy feeling you shouldn’t be there. The road that led to this campground was like that. It narrow down to one lane and it would be impossible for another RV to get by if you met one. There was no shoulder to pull over on, but there were a couple of pull outs so cars can get out of your way. An RV would NOT fit in these pull outs. Thank God we didn’t meet one going in or out. There was a very steep hill we had to go down that ended at the campground. On top of all that, there wasn’t good signage leading you in, which made you wonder if WAZE was taking you down the wrong road with no way in hell you could turn around. Oh the joys of RVing. All in all, the campground was nice. The sites were not as spacious as we were hoping, but we did fit in. The length was fine, but there are tall bushes between each site that just barely gave us enough room to put our slide out.
That afternoon, we took a nice drive down to Big Sur State Park. Big Sur is the southern most boundary for the redwoods. The southern redwoods are smaller and less numerous than the northern redwoods. That is due to the warmer and drier air. Also, scientists have learned from studying their growth rings that the coastal fog has decreased by 30% in the last 50 years. The redwood’s survival is at risk. There was plenty of coastal fog the day we drove to Big Sur.
The next day we drove into Monterey to go on a whale watching excursion. The weather was as near perfect as it could get. The winds were almost calm, which they said was very unusual for the bay. We saw sea lions, seals, dolphins, orcas and humpback whales. The humpbacks nor the orcas were close enough to us for great pictures. The whales were feeding down deep, so they did not stay at the surface for long periods. It was a bit of a disappointment in comparison to our whale watching excursion in Nova Scotia.
We had a late lunch on Fisherman Wharf, then explored around Monterey by car. We liked Monterey.
Our next stop will be Joshua Tree Nation Park. Stay tuned.