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At Monterey

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Hi it’s Giaan,
After Morro Bay we headed off to Monterey. To get to Monterey you have to go along a part of the highway called Big Sur. Big Sur is long and windy but it has got spectacular views along the coastline. Our accommodation was in Seaside and it was called Sandcastle Inn.Sandcastle Inn didn’t have a pool but it did give you a continental breakfast every morning.
On Monday we went to the Monterey Aquarium. We saw the charming penguins swim around majestically as they got fed. There were even seahorses that could camouflage with the plant that was in their tank. There also was a Great White Shark but it was just baby. The otters were just soooooooo cute. We didn’t only see the otters in the aquarium but we also saw them in the wild. There were some jellyfish as well that blobbed about in their tanks. I didn’t have a favourite part of the aquarium because I enjoyed it all. For lunch we went to a lovely restaurant called The Sandbar.
You had to ring a bell to announce you wanted to come in. The burger they gave me was huge and I could barely finish it all. Mum and I spotted some markets and spent time there browsing and buying stuff.
In San Francisco at the moment. Having a great time. Will write about it soon. Thanks for all your comments. Please keep me updated on what's happening at home.

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More Adventures from the California Coast

From Morro Bay to San Francisco

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The adventure continues…Took off from Morro Bay on Sunday morning to drive to Monterey along the famous Pacific Coast Highway Big Sur section. The day didn’t start promisingly with fog shrouding Morro Bay for the entire morning. This did not look good for the drive considered one oif the most scenic in the world. Still, we took off and after 20 kms, the fog cleared and the sun and blue skies erupted! The reason for this drive being so popular soon became obvious. The highway hugs the coastline tightly offering stunning views all along the coast with rugged cliffs, sheer drops and beautiful blue water. We’d drive a around one corner, see a spectacular view, get out, take photos, get back in the car, drive around another corner and repeat the process. A 2 hour drive becomes a 6 hour drive very easily. The road is a mongrel to drive with lots of tight turns and twists. The guys driving RVs and motorhomes are very brave!

Pulled into Monterey about 8pm, and slept well, I can tell you! Woke up to another foggy morning determined to see all that Monterey had to offer for the day. Went to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was pretty dear but worth the visit. The day before they had beat their best ever attendance record by 3000 people! Thankfully, it wasn’t that busy when we visited but still good crowds. Lots of exhibits and displays and informative talks. We then wandered along the tourist area called Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. The water was sensational and the sunshine and blue skies shoed off the famous Monterey Bay to the full. It truly is a special place with seals and sea otters happily swimming about kayakers. We loved it!

Drove to San Francisco today. Stopped into Santa Cruz. Again, a very foggy start to the day gave way to a sunny day. Santa Cruz has an old-fashioned boardwalk (something which was quite common in American coastal holiday towns many years ago) with an amusement park and lots of rides. Urangan pier may be OK but the Santa Cruz pier has shops and restaurants all the way up to the end (you can drive up there, too) offering great views of the amusement park and a tremendous point break where some really good surfers were showing their stuff. The kids had a swim although they started to turn blue as the water was very cold! Silly youngsters.

Arrived in San Fran about 5:30pm (ah, the joys of peak hour). We’re staying in a hostel right on San Francisco Bay. It’s a bit like school camp and we’re enjoying the different experience as the place is really close to Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Anyway, time to hit the sack. Thanks for all your comments and we love to hear from everyone back home!! Hope all is well with all of you!!

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THE ANGUS REPORT

The best rides @ Disneyland and the rest..

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Its Angus here, as we have just left Morro Bay and arrived at Monterey I've decided to summarise my top 6 rides in Disneyland.

1 Splash Mountain. Splash Mountain is a flume ride that includes riding along in a log/boat in amongst singing happy cartoon characters from The Brer Rabbit series that are all happy singing and dancing along to a merry tune when suddenly, after two smaller drops (one in the dark and one in the light) the ride turns dark and eerie music starts to play. You get to the top of a giant hill and you can see all over the park. Then you go down a very steep 50 ft (how many metres is this?) drop under heap of thorns. We have a photo of the giant drop in the photo gallery.

2. California Screamin. California Screamin is high speed rollercoaster that includes upside down manoeuvres and sudden drops and stops. At first I was undecided as to whether to go on California Screamin or not. I loved the other rollercoasters, like Big Thunder Mountain, but California Screamin was the biggest one. Eventually I decided to go on it because Mum was saying that it was great fun. After I went on it the first time I went on the rollercoaster a few more times because I loved it.

3. Space Mountain. Space Mountain is a rollercoaster in the pitch black but with shining sparkling lights everywhere in sight. You go down sudden drops and sharps corners when you are least expecting it. We went on Space Mountain 9 times in which 3 were repeatedly ridden. Space Mountain was the best ride in Tomorrow land, a section of rides and eateries in Disneyland.

4.Soarin over California. Soarin over California is a ride that involves sitting in a chair when you get raised up over a balcony with a massive screen in front of you. I’ll explain it as best I can but you will have to check out the link to really understand. The screen in from of you starts moving and it actually feels like you are flying over Californian icons. e.g Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Monterey Bay.
As I said you’ll have to check out the link.

5. Indiana Jones Adventure. In Indiana Jones Adventure you are in a 4 wheel drive sort of carriage with 3 rows. You travel around underground in a temple like surrounding when snakes jump out at you and surprise you. My favourite part is when it looks like a gigantic boulder is rolling towards you. It was great fun.

6. Star Tours. Star Tours is a ride where you are seated in a room like inside a spaceship when a screen opens up in front of you. The room is actually rocking in comparison to the screen. Like Soarin over California you will have to check out the link because the ride is hard to explain because of the screen. There are lots of different episodes in which you are ‘flying to the furthest reaches of the galaxy.’
These are my favourite rides at Disneyland and California Adventure. On Tuesday I will have all of the links on the blog. I will blog again this week. Thanks heaps for the comments – it’s great to know people are reading.

P.S Happy Birthday for the 1st of September Uncle Marty from all the Robbos.
Angus

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Come to Morro Bay

A lovely coastal town

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Had the day in Morro Bay. Great chance to recharge the batteries after the hectic pace of Disneyland. It's a lovely little town on the California central coast about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A huge rock dominates the view towards the sea from the town. This thing is BIG. The town has a great little harbour (reminded me of Laureton on the NSW central coast) on one side of the big rock and a good surf beach on the other side, Currently, they've been experiencing southern swells (apparently from some weather system off New Zealand) and getting 10-12' waves! Gnarly but the surfers are stoked, dude! The swell is just dying down now but the beach looked pretty busy today. Even though for us it felt like Winter, there were still plenty of people "sunning" themselves and swimming. The weather has been strange to us but n othing different for the locals. This big fog bank hugs the coast really tightly. You can see the blue sky inland and the locals tell us that it would be hot and sunny 20 miles away but cold and windy on the coast.

There were also some local markets in the main street. The produce is sensational!! Some of the best strawberries and peaches we've ever tasted. There was a thing called a Fruity Grenade which is like a combination of a plum and an apricot. it tasted fantastic. Guacomole dips, fresh orange juice, locally made corn chips - this place has us all drooling! We even bought some basil and lime lemonade from an organic farm near Malibu. Different but good! Bananas are selling at the local shops for about $2.50 a kilo. A good sight cheaper than they were selling for in Australia before we left.

The kids and Lesley want to get up early tomorrow to feed the squirrels (see Giaan's blog entry) and then the driving begins again...
Oh, yeah...Robbo's birthday was a bit of mix-up and looks like he's been ripped off for Father's Day. In the US, it's celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in JUNE!! Is there no justice??

Will write more from Monterey!! Thanks for reading and all comments have been gratefully read.

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From Giaan...

Report from Morro Bay

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Hi, it's Giaan again...
Today, I accidentally woke nearly everyone up. By that time it was almost brekky so we showered and went downstairs to the continental breakfast that awaited us. for breakfast, I ate 3 tiny waffles that I made myself, half a bowl of cereal and a danish. After brekky, I played snakes and ladders with Angus. Then we played Dominoes. At about 10:40, Mum and Dad and us kids went for a walk to the shops to get stuff for our trip.
We then went for a big walk to Morro Rock. There was a restaurant there where we could actually pat these big fish (sheephead fish). They were happy to be patted like dogs and were ginormous!!We went to the other side of Morro Rock where there was surf. Among the rock walls there were lots of squirrels playing. They came right up to us and we'll have photos tomorrow.

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