Travel Days: Saturday May 27th to Monday May 29th
Stay Dates: Monday May 29th to Sunday June 4th
Travel Distance: 1,234 miles with two overnight stops at Hampton Inn in Sandy, Utah and Hampton Inn in Truckee, California
A stop along the way – Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
Hotel: Hampton Inn Monterey
- Hotel Internet: 0/5 Unusable for work
- AT&T: 5/5 No issues
- T-Mobile untested/5 Did not try to use data
- View: 0/5 View onto a walking path, watched the homeless shift camp each day
- Parking: 0/5 There were very few van compatible spaces
- Location: 2/5 No where close enough to easily walk too, convenient for an onsite
We were able to spend one day exploring Monterey. We left the van at the hotel and took an Uber over to Cannery Row with intentions to go to the aquarium. We arrived before the aquarium opened and already there was a very long line to get in. We decided to explore the area and Maccabee Beach while we waited for the aquarium to open. We came back to the aquarium and the line was even longer with tour buses showing up. With the amount of people it was not worth the $50 each to go. Instead we started walking the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.
I have seen photos of the flowering Ice Plant in the past. I had no idea it would be so pretty!
The views of the Pacific Grove Marine Gardens Park where amazing!
The weather was cool and windy. There were a lot of clouds too. This meant there were not all that many people out walking. We made our way 2.7 miles up the coast to Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove. We were able to tour the lighthouse
Point Pinos Lighthouse was lit in 1855 to guide ships on the Pacific coast of California. It is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States and even has the original third-order Fresnel lens.