Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn, Monterey, CA
After several long days of driving, we wanted to go somewhere nearby and relaxing. Monterey, CA fit the bill.
First things first, though. Our hotel in Folsom was situated very close to (if not in) an outlet mall. I had a gift card to use, so we spent more time than we'd intended shopping.
Even with a late start, we took the long way around to avoid city traffic. We had a quick picnic at San Luis Recreation Area.
See the white caps on the reservoir? Yeah. It was windy. So windy, we decided to eat in the car after four rescue missions for the lid to the cooler.
Back on the road to Monterey, we stumbled upon a fruitstand hyping cherries. We're total suckers for cherries, even if southern California's aren't that great. They were <strong>$6</strong> a container! Oy. We bought them anyway.
Imagine our ire when a few miles down the road (and several fruit-stands later) we came upon one selling them for $1 a basket! We stopped, bought those, and they were better! Lesson learned.
A short while later we were at Monterey and driving around the peninsula.
We got almost to <a href="http://www.ci.pg.ca.us/lighthouse/default.htm">Point Pinos Lighthouse</a> before turning around to find our hotel.