We spent today in beautiful Carmel, CA and the surrounding area. We visited the Carmel Mission (first four pictures), which was founded by Junipero Serra in 1770, making it the 2nd of the 21 missions that were built by Spanish Franciscans. San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission is it official name and it considered the most authentically restored Franciscan mission.
We spent the next several hours on the scenic 17-mile drive through Pebble Beach, CA and Pacific Grove. Much of the road runs right by the Pacific and we continued to be enamored with how beautiful the coast is (next two pictures). We stopped by Bird Rock so Leslie could watch the wildlife (next two pictures). There were all kinds of cormorants, as well as, harbor seals and California sea lions. There are several golf courses along the drive, the most famous one being Pebble Beach (next picture). Leslie does not golf and does not watch golf, but she recognized the 18th hole, so you know it is famous. We also stopped by The Lone Cyprus (next picture) which is the symbol of Pebble Beach.
We were going to go shopping at the Carmel-By-The-Sea shops, but clearly we are not in the income range to be shopping there, so we finished the day on Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, CA. We reminisced some since we were there with our four children a few years ago and watched the seal lions that live under the wharf.