Author John Steinbeck, if he were alive today and thinking back on his novel Cannery Row, would appreciate the irony that the sardines have had quixotic ups and downs in their population levels off his beloved Monterey Bay in California.
Monterey-Carmel-Big Sur attract visitors with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Path of History Walk, Carmel Mission, 17-Mile Drive, Carmel shops, Point Lobos, and the Big Sur coast drive.
California's Monterey area is an exciting place at which to discover the early Spanish-Mexican story of California, both at the Carmel Mission and at the Monterey Presidio.
California's "other" redwood country, especially Bag Basin State Park, is almost as enticing as the huge parks in far northern California.
For more than 30 years my four sisters and I, accompanied by our parents, spouses, significant others, and children, gathered for an annual summer family reunion.
John Steinbeck's house in Salinas and the National Steinbeck Center two blocks away acquaint a traveler with the life and novels of this literary icon, who wrote the classics, The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row.
Nature travel options in the Monterey-Carmel-Big Sur region are a major attraction in the region, ranging from a visit to the Aquarium to a walk in Point Lobos.