As we mentioned in an earlier blog, we lived in Northern California for a year in an area which later became Silicon Valley. At the time, Jerry was assigned to a Training with Industry (TWI) position at Control Data Corporation. It turned out, the TWI was somewhat of a disaster from Monday to Friday, but we made the best of it by visiting the sights of San Francisco and Northern California, including National and State Parks.
One of our favorite locations to visit was Point Lobos State Reserve which is located south of Carmel and north of the Big Sur. This area was about a 90 minute drive from our townhouse in Cupertino. It was a stunning location featuring crashing waves, islands that were covered with seals, families of otters swimming on their backs in inlets where they were lazily cracking shells and eating the contents, sea creatures like urchins and starfish lying in pools of water left from higher tides. We hiked through the area and admired the various sights. We visited Point Lobos a number of times during our year in the area, and have been back at least twice since that extended visit.
In conjunction with our visits to Point Lobos, we visited Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey, and one visit to Pebble Beach and 17-mile drive.