We did eventually make it to the Monterey Peninsula, Cannery Row being our first stop. It was a now-defunct sardine cannery and the colorful locale of some of Steinbeck's novels. The buildings have been renovated and currently house up-scale shops and restaurants.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
A Drive Through Salinas Valley
It rained heavily through the morning yesterday. Our plans were to visit Monterey Peninsula. We finally started out about noon when the rain was letting up and the sun made its appearance. A lot of water had accumulated on the roadways and ditches were full. We saw a few great egrets by the side of the road. I had never seen them that close-up before, what beautiful birds! We drove into a town which we had visited last Saturday. We came here then to tour a historic mission, one of the original 21 missions started by Father Serra. I was trying to remember the name of the town when suddenly I heard roosters crowing. I laughed and said to John that off course, I should have remembered, this town (San Juan Bautista) has the chickens roaming the streets! How could I have forgotten? The roosters especially strut around everywhere in this town and crow. No one seems to mind their presence. It is like the sacred cows of India.