Adventure along the Monterey Bay

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We three, my daughter, granddaughter and me, were lowered down from our hovercraft and landed right in the middle of a big field of brussel sprouts. This region is known for its  contribution to feeding the world.

We took in the surrounding area overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The day was waning and the sun began to set low in the sky. We wanted to get to our Sunset Cottage to watch the sunset. So we boarded our hovercraft and zipped along the coast to the entrance of Sunset State Park. We found the cottage among other homes that sit above the ocean.

Once inside, we got settled. The cottage was well stocked for our comfort and convenience. The decor was reminiscent of a seaside cottage done in blues with shells and wood fixtures with a feeling fishermen were due home any minute.

We  went outside to take pictures and watch the sunset. We found a path leading down to the beach. On the beach, you can see the whole Monterey Bay all the way up the coast to the Santa Cruz area, down to and past Monterey. The sand between your toes and the sea air….so intoxicating!

With an ocean view from every window and the ambiance of the cottage,  we were given the feeling of being transformed to an enchanted place.  This atmosphere made our dinner and beverages taste marvelous.

We played board games and listened to the high tide pounding on the sand and then a ssssssss sound. So peaceful. We were very cozy and slept well.

So romantic! A perfect rendezvous for lovers.

(Feel free to use your preferred mode of transportation) 🙂

Early the next morning, we headed to the Kayak Connection to take our first kayak trip. We were a little apprehensive, not really knowing what to expect. The guide that would be accompanying us, made our deer in the head light feeling evaporate as she explained every detail to keep us safe and to enjoy our trip. We were decked out with gear to keep us safe and dry.

We were exploring the Elkhorn Slough. We saw jelly fish, sea otters, sea lions, pelicans and many more exciting life that live in the slough.  It was just like being at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but we were right there in the water with these creatures. It was exciting! The guide answered all our questions and gave us great information about the area and the wildlife that hang out there. The owners, Jess and Dave Grigsby, are fantastic and so accommodating.

A jetty separates the slough from the Pacific Ocean. You can drive out on the jetty and walk to the ocean. We highly recommend this great outdoor activity to add a bit of adventure and to take in the beauty of the area.

Now, we are very hungry with all the exercise of rowing and fresh air, so we headed to Phil’s Fish Market. The servings are ample, very fresh and yummy. The fishing boats come into the harbor and unload their catch. Can’t get much fresher than that.

Their menu has something for everyone, from clam chowder to bouillabaisse to hamburgers and of course, fish and chips. There are delectable desserts to choose from.  That is, if you still have room after your meal.  There is an open bar and you order at the counter and they deliver your meal. There are individual tables and long tables with benches. It feels more like a family meal and you may meet someone from around the world.

Check out the memorabilia on the walls that tell about the origin of the area and restaurant. The restaurant sits right in the
middle of the harbor and just a few steps from the sea.

Hope we wet your appetite for adventuring along the Monterey Bay.

Sunset Cottage, 84 Sunset Dr., Watsonville,Ca.  Can be found on airbnb.com

Kayak Connection, 2370 Hwy. 1, Moss Landing, Ca 95039 (831-724-5692)

Phil’s Fish Market, 7600 Sandholdt Rd., Moss Landing, Ca. 95039 (831-633-2152)

Broaden your horizons daily….Keep Smiling….

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