San Francisco

San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776 by Spanish colonists. It is named for the Italian saint St. Francis of Assisi. The city grew rapidly during the California Gold Rush Days of 1849. It’s a great but hilly walking city. Continue reading

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium was founded in 1984, is non-profit and open to the public. It’s located on Cannery Row in Monterey and the site was a former sardine cannery. The aquarium utilizes the ocean by using pipes to pump in and circulate fresh ocean water. There are over 600 species of animals and plants on display. They don’t house any animals except sea otters which are rescued through it’s Sea Otter Program.  Continue reading

Carmel by the Sea

Walking around Carmel by the Sea is like stepping into a fairy tail. It’s kind of hard to describe our first impression of this town. It’s a very unique, wonderful place. One of the first cottages we noticed was the Cottage of Sweets. Cottages like these are commonplace. The best way to describe it is walking into a story book.  Continue reading

Montreal

This summer we had the pleasure of going to Montreal which is the second most populated city in Canada after Toronto. It was originally named “Ville-Marie” after Mount Royal (the three peaked hill) in the center of the city. It’s located on the Island of Montreal which is an island between the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. It is the second most populated river island in the world after Zhongshan Dao in China. It is also known as the Hochelaga Archipelago or the Montreal Islands. Continue reading

Sombrio Beach

All the elements were in our favor: fog, mist, drizzle. There was a magic about Sombrio the day we visited. Continue reading

China Beach

China Beach is a short little hike of first-growth forest Sitka spruce, Douglas fir and western red cedar. After Mystic we had some time remaining so we opted to check out China as well.

It’s about a 15-20 minute leading to the beach. Continue reading