Stanislaus County Day Trippin' - Monterey/Carmel
One of the great things about living here in Stanislaus county in the Central Valley of California is the location. We are right in the middle of the northern part of the state. To the east are the Sierra Nevada Mountains and to the west is the Coast Range and the Pacific Ocean.
It seems like the ocean is always calling us to make that quick trip "over the hill." Yesterday was one of those days. After taking care of some business in the morning we headed west in the afternoon. Our destination on this trip was the Monterey/Carmel area. It's right at a two hour drive away from us. We do this quite often in the summer time when it can be triple digits here and 40 degrees cooler there.
Our destination this time in Carmel was the Carmel River State beach. Carmel River State Beach is a mile long white sand beach. It also features a lagoon (just before the Carmel River empties into the Pacific) and a bird sanctuary. It's also very near the famous Mission Ranch Hotel and Restaurant which is owned by the former mayor of Carmel Mr. Clint Eastwood. (That's another post)
This still being January it was a bit blustery and cool but very invigorating. There would be no sun bathing today. The water here in this part of the state is always pretty cold so we kept our toes out of it this time. The walk along the beach and the fresh ocean air was very nice.
After spending some time on the beach we headed back to Monterey (it's right next door to Carmel) for dinner. That is one of the great things about the Monterey/Carmel area, the food! There are countless restaurants in the area. You will find some of the freshest seafood in the world. There are also countless other types of cuisine to enjoy here. Our dinner this night would be at the Monterey Fish House. But that will be another post (coming soon!)