07.26 & 27.13 - Monterey and Gizdich Farm

by Kelly July. 28, 2013 1819 views

After Hearst and Big Sur, we finally pulled into Monterey by late afternoon. We headed right down to Portola Plaza to meet up with my friend Dave from FSU and his girlfriend Sarah for dinner on Fisherman's Wharf. Yes, tourist trap, but yes, still had some good seafood, and everyone was giving out free samples of clam chowder, so it all wasn't really that bad - and there were cute seals (as opposed to stinky, fat seals). After a nice dinner of sandabs (a local fish), macadamia crusted halibut, and complimentary desserts (cannolis, tres leches, cheesecake, and chocolate pie - and all with a side of dry ice), we rolled ourselves out to one of Dave and Sarah's favorite taverns downtown.

On Saturday we hit up 17 mile drive for our long marathon training run. Here is how it went:

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Seventeen mile drive is the infamously rich road hosting Pebble Beach golf course among several others I can't remember (I don't follow golf). It costs $10 just to drive on it. But if you run it or bike it, it's free, so we ran it. The first 5 miles or so we followed windy roads along the coast before turning a little further inland and battling traffic along narrow side roads, uphill. This wasn't so pleasant, but before we knew it we were back in the sweet smelling, sandy forest imagining how much the houses were worth along our way. We made it 14.59 miles in decent time, but didn't capture any pictures as I was too lazy to carry my camera that far.

Afterwards we grabbed a quick breakfast back up in Monterey and headed home. But an impromptu text from my friend Lizzy in the area nudged us to Gizdich Farms in Watsonville, home of just about every commercial berry you find in the grocery store coming from Driscoll. We stopped for a very berry pie featuring blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and olallieberries.

Finally, we made it back to Oakland, but we couldn't help ourselves to make a trip up to Patalluma to visit with John's Aunt and Uncle and cousins while we had the rental car. We ended the night with fireside smores under the stars near Napa valley - a possibly perfect ending to any day.

In sum, 686 miles driven. Many sights a seen. Friends a visited with. Good memories made.

Monterey as the fog rolls in

Non-elephant seals

Picture taken as driving (we were running late), raspberry farms in Watsonville

Piece of olallieberry pie

More of the golden hillside on the drive

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