As it was getting late in the afternoon Tuesday we decided not to stop in Monterey or tour the shops in Cannery Row. John had heard that the 17-Mile Drive along the coast of Monterey had some very beautiful scenic vistas of the ocean and something not to be missed. We did find out, upon entering the drive, that this is a gated area with a small entrance fee required. It was worth it. At the gate we received a brochure which pointed out points of interest along the way where we could stop. At one of those stops we were able to see, with the aid of a telescope, a large rock out in the ocean covered with birds and seal lions. Actually we were aware of their presence without the aid of a telescope because of the stench and noise! This area is home to many shorebirds, harbor seals and sea lions. It is a National Marine Sanctuary. At one of the overlooks we could see down into a very pure white sandy beach. Supposedly it is an irresistible place for harbor seals to bear their pups starting in April. At many of the stops we noted that the coastline was quite rocky with waves rising very high as they crash into the shore. Quite awesome to view.