Super Bowl weekend getaway to the Monterey Peninsula
Itching for a change of scenery, my family and I made an impromptu trip to the Monterey Peninsula last weekend. My wife and I first met in Monterey while we were both in college, so it holds a special place in our heart. And I'm happy that we have passed our love of the Monterey Peninsula on to our daughters.
|Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey|
Sunday being Super Bowl LV, we expected uncrowded streets and beaches. But other people must have had the same idea, because we were definitely not the only visitors. Still, we made it work, stayed away from larger groups of people, and enjoyed the spectacular scenery.
|Near Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey|
I took a lot of photos (no surprise) and will share them in a series of smaller posts in the weeks to come. This is a sneak peek.
The Monterey Peninsula juts out into the Pacific Ocean, with Monterey Bay on the northeast and Carmel Bay on the southeast. As a result, there are miles and miles of shoreline, both sandy and rocky. The three photos below were taken along 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach.
Right now, there's another attraction, at least for plant lovers: The Aloe arborescens, which has naturalized across the Monterey Peninsula, is in bloom. The photos below were taken along Ocean View Boulevard in Pacific Grove.
|Lover's Point, Pacific Grove|
|Naturalized Aloe arborescens|
|Aloe arborescens closeup|
|Aloe arborescens, variegated Agave americana, and Agave attenuata at Customs House Plaza in Monterey|
|Agave attenuata (the species as well as the cultivars 'Ray of Light' and 'Boutin Blue') at the Carmel Mission|
|Aeoniums on Scenic Road in Carmel|
|Aeoniums in a planter outside a toy store in Carmel|
|Aeoniums and ×Mangave 'Kaleidoscope' at a private residence in Carmel|
|The Lone Cypress, maybe the most photographed tree in the world, along 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. The likeness of the Lone Cypress is a registered trademark of the Pebble Beach Corporation, and photos of the tree cannot be used for commercial purposes. Legalistic overreach for sure!|
|Mission San Juan Bautista|
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