We knew there was a lot to do when we got to Morgan Hill, but we never dreamed we would be so busy.
Sunday, we drove back to Monterey taking the dogs with us. It was going to be another hot day so we thought if we took the boys we wouldn't have to worry about getting back early. It was a cool 77 degrees in Monterey. We spent the afternoon taking the 17 mile drive around the Pebble Beach peninsula. It was gorgeous-beaches, homes, and golf courses.
Monday, we visited the Monterey Aquarium and then took a walking tour around Cannery Row learning about the history of Monterey and the canning industry. It was very informative. We loved watching the seals on the beach.
Wednesday, it was back into San Francisco to spend the day at Pier 39. The America's Cup is taking place in San Francisco and the ships were out practicing. The Oracle is the defending champion. We took two boat rides, one that went out to the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz, and the other was the Rocket Boat which was probably our favorite part of the day. The boat would turn 360 degrees in the water and then go up on its side, it was lots of fun!
Thursday was July 4th. We were planning to go down Highway 1 to Big Sur. We started out and hit a traffic jam about 5 miles out of Monterey. We decided to just find a place by the beach in Monterey and watch the boats and waves. It was a great afternoon.
Friday, we visited Pinnacles National Park which was about 50 miles from us. It became a National Park in January. It is so new they still do not have the National Park sign yet. We only spent a couple of hours there as we had to be in Santa Cruz for a family cookout. Jim had contacted one of his cousin's son that live there and found out both his sisters were there as well as his other cousin Michelle and her husband. We had a wonderful time visiting with all of them!
It was back to San Francisco on Sunday to visit Golden Gate Park. The park was begun in 1870 and is similar to Central Park in New York City. We went to the De Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences. There was also a concert in the park that we listened to for several songs. We also drove over to Lombard Street so Jim could drive the car down the "crookedest street."