Monday 1 July
Began the long road trip to Monterey taking the scenic route. After a few hours we stopped off in Santa Barbara and ate breakfast at the Santa Barbara Roasting Company. Had a warmed ham & cheese croissant which was large and filling and an iced vanilla creme with whipped cream on top. Yum. So full! You never go hungry in the US.
Continued the trip till we reached Pismo Beach. It seems like it’s covered in fog but it’s the mist of the sea. We walked along the pier and took in the views. Surprisingly, towards the end of the pier looking back, it seems much clearer. It’s a bit chilly around here but there’s still people in the beach.
Headed to Mo’s Smokehouse BBQ and had a sampler of ribs, chicken,shredded chicken, potato salad, corn muffin, and baked beans for USD$20.47 which I shared. Very tender ribs and the shredded chicken was delicious. Heaps of food.
Continued our journey taking in the beautiful scenes. Stopped by Hearst San Simeon National Park. We were by the sea and watched the nearby elephant seals bathing on the beach. A few cute squirrels nearby too.
More driving with a few short stops along the way, winding through the mountains on the narrow road. We also took the longer route via the coastline to go through the Big Sur.
After setting off around 7am we reached Monterey Bay just after 6pm.
We headed out to dinner to a Japanese restaurant called Crystal Fish. I had a combination set of sashimi and chicken katsu for USD$20 after tips and tax. The meal also came with miso soup, rice, and salad. Delicious meal.
Feeling like something sweet but the creperie was closed so we dropped by Baskin Robbins. I had a scoop of gold medal (gooey caramel, vanilla and chocolate mixed together) in a waffle cone. Yum!
Long day but it was something very different. It was great to enjoy the scenic views of the coastline and stop into a couple of the towns along the way.