We spent two more days in Monterey, which is famous for beautiful scenery, tourist attractions (and former industrial areas) of Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and nearby Pebble Beach.
We spent one day just wandering around. We stopped at the city’s visitor’s center. We drove though Cannery Row where the locations of former sardine canneries are now shops, restaurants and the Monterey Aquarium. We had lunch at Alvarado Street Brewery located on the street of the same name. We walked the dogs along the bay.
At the beach we saw two people putting flowers on a marker. We spotted a women wearing a T-shirt that said "It's a John Denver thing. You wouldn't understand." She told us that every year at this time, a group cleans the section of beach near where John Denver crashed his plane and died in October 1997.
I'd always heard that Denver's plane crashed because it ran out of fuel. That's true, but the actual story is more complicated. Denver was flying an amateur-built experimental aircraft. The fuel tank switch was in an awkward position behind the pilot's left shoulder instead of the usual spot between the pilots legs. Denver knew that, but per the National Transportation Safety Board report, the odd position forced Denver "to turn in his seat to locate the handle. This action ... likely caused him to inadvertently apply the right rudder, resulting in loss of aircraft control." I also read that the mechanic where Denver took off (at the Monterey Airport which was very close our RV park) asked Denver if he wanted to refuel the plane, as the two tanks were at one quarter and one half full. Denver said no because he was going on a short flight.
Anyway, so sad.
|The lovely Golden State Theatre across from the brew pub where we had lunch on Alvarado Street. It was built in 1926, then neglected and later the restored. Some of the upcoming acts include Paul McCartney and Rosanne Cash.|
|John Denver's plane crashed just to the right of the rocks in the rear of this photo of Monterey Bay.|
|Local artists set up their easels along the Monterey coast line. That white thing to the right of the easel is a an attached garbage bag flapping in the wind. It was a breezy but beautiful day.|
|While on the scenic 17 Mile Drive we stopped at the Pebble Beach Golf course and took this photo from the clubhouse. It seemed like there were golf courses at every turn of the drive, but I read that there are actually four on 17 Mile Drive.|
|Called the "Lone Cypress," a drawing of the tree to the right is the trademark for Pebble Beach Golf Resort. It may be as old as 250 years, was once scarred by fire, and has been held in place by cables of 65 years.|