Quick Getaway

I was able to take a little time off from the day job last week.  We were also caught up in the vineyards and winery so had a few free days.  We gave Jaye a few days off and she was able to go visit family in southern California.  Millie stayed close to home but we also gave her a few days off as well.

Stefania and I headed down to Monterey for the Easter weekend.  It’s been a favorite getaway for us over the years.  We were lucky in having clear beautiful days.  It was chilly with highs just in the 50’s but the sun was out the entire time.  We brought down our bikes to get around in.  What a great idea.  I’ve been going to Monterey for 25 years and never brought bikes before.  Friday we rode them from downtown to the gates of 17 mile drive.

We stopped for lunch at the Cannery Row Brewing Company, which has become a favorite spot of mine.  There’s a little hidden out door sitting area with fire pits that we love.  One of the great things we about having the bikes is that it’s about a 25 minute walk from the Cannery/Aquarium area to the Downtown/Wharf area.  On bikes it’s 5 minutes and a bike trail connects the two.

Friday night we went back for dinner, beer, bourbon and cigars.  Most of the weekend revolved around beer, bourbon and cigars.  We were joined at the fire pit by two Marine Corp Captains and an army Captain who were studying at the Naval Post Graduate school.  We had a great night exchanging vineyard and winery stories for stories of goats wearing sweaters (Pakistan) and Nissans up on bamboo polls (Liberia).

I only took one picture all weekend.  Here’s the bike on the balcony of our room at the Marriot.  That’s going to be my one piece of advice for anyone visiting Monterey.  Bring your bikes.