Since I got to go to Pyramid last weekend with the boys I took Debra to Monterey for the weekend. We stopped for lunch at my long time SJ fave.
Swell was pounding due to recent storms.
Friday night dinner was at Cafe Santa Lucia an odd German/Italian restaurant in old town. Killer Schnitzel and red cabbage. Saturday morning we ate breakfast at Googies in Marina (KILLER!) and parked by the Naval Language Center and unloaded the bikes. I just picked up a 2003 Klein Q Carbon Race to replace the one stolen a couple of years back. We rode 10 miles plus to Pebble Beach stopping frequently at the various beaches and overlooks. Pretty spectacular stretch of coast. Caught a convenient bike friendly bus back to the aquarium as our legs were toast.
Dinner Saturday night was at Sardine Factory. The Stellmans drove down from Scotts Valley and joined us. Good times.
Sunday morning I contemplated running for home and fishing a half day on the delta but decided to hike Pinnacles instead. We stopped in Hollister for breakfast at Country Rose on San Benito Ave. Great food and huge plates. When we hit the Pinnacles turnoff we shifted gears and veered left towards New Idria and Panoche. EPIC drive.
I did a bit of research today. In that area is the New Idria mine, an abandoned Cinnabar (mercury) mine with ghost town abandoned works and buildings. Watch out for hantavirus! Also nearby is the Dallas Mine famous for Benitoite and Neptunite. There is also collecting at the Panoche hills site for many fossils suspended in the shale dikes on the cliff faces. 3 miles from hwy 5 is a site known as Area 54 where the orchard rock dumps are. Lots of Jasper, agate and other goodies in fist to melon size boulders for the cutter. I am headed back to this area real soon for a few days of exploring and collecting. Probably camp at the Hot Springs.