Our second trip whale watching on Monterey Bay was on Wednesday afternoon.
Our cruise through the Panama Canal started in Fort Lauderdale and would take us to Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and finally San Francisco and then onto Monterey.
This was our room
We decided that our room was normally reserved for disabled guests given its layout and the huge walk-in shower.
The balcony was very wide and the views weren’t great!
Today’s last trip out onto Monterey Bay was to be the afternoon. We had a lay-in and then a late breakfast after 9 am. The toasted bagels with Philly cheese and strawberry jam were as good as before. While we were walking back to our room I did manage to see one of the planes coming into land over the hotel.
We left for Carmel after breakfast hoping to find somewhere to park this time. It was just a short drive US 1 after turning left out of our hotel.
We were in luck and just three blocks down on Ocean I found a 2 hour parking slot.
After exploring up and down Ocean and its cross streets we looked in some of the art galleries. The art galleries were only marginally more expensive than the clothes shops. The cars parked around us were as up market as I remembered from earlier visits.
I did find this statue on a bench by the library.
This restaurant was not particularly inviting.
We gave up and decided that Carmel was not the place it used to be for visitors. We left for Fisherman’s Wharf back in Monterey.
Lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf
Once back at Fisherman’s Wharf we had a couple of hours before our trip. The barkers were in full flow offering free samples or 10% off meals to everyone passing by.
We sat outside one of the pizza places on the wharf and shared a pepperoni pizza.
I had a local Monterey wheat beer to wash it down.
The home of the Monterey Bay Whale Watch was having an update and we watched the roof being repaired while we waited.
Further down the pier we watched fish being gutted with all the sea gulls waiting for the scraps.
Nice and low overhead, another business jet.
After paying for our trip we sat in the sun and wait for Blackfin to return from its morning trip.