Woke up and got out of bed at 10ish. Threw some clothes in the laundry at the hotel, Colleen decided to hang and finish while I got a massage, which was conveniently located across the street from the hotel.
One last look at the view of Monterey
Then we headed out north to Morrow Bay which was kinda boring, so we kept on truckin to Santa Cruz. Once we arrived, we started looking for a place to stay the night. For some reason this picture did not capture how high everyone staying here had to be ;-)
We opted for a Best Western, which was probably not any different then the rest of the lodging choices we found. There were three rules you had to abide by and sign on two different sign in forms:
1. No smoking
2. No pets
3. No parties
Once we checked in, off to the boardwalk to check out the rides.
I totally wussed out due to the lack of shade, screaming sticky kids and general lack of interest in waiting in line to do anything. Where is my cane? We actually planned to come back later once the sun set since the rides were open until 11PM.
So we kept wandering toward the pier, and made a pitstop at what turned out to be a bowling alley. The outdoor garden area made it look like an Islands, but once you went inside it was clearly bowling. So we had a couple of Stellas and used the bathroom.
We left and hit the pier, the sea lions were really barking.
We stopped at Carniglia's for dinner, which was a bit pricey for what you get. I ordered the Ahi rare and it came out well done. I normally would have sent it back, but for some reason I didn't care and just ate it.
The best part of this place was meeting and having a long conversation with Sam from Berkeley. Very interesting guy, made his fortune in the 60s and just kinda dropped out since 1968.