Four miles north of Johnson City Texas, the Exotic Resort Zoo is a fun place to stop for a couple hours. Sitting on nearly 140 acres of land, the park allows close contact with several kinds of animals as you ride though the many open-space enclosures.
Unlike some animal parks, like the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch outside San Antonio, you don’t drive your car through this one. The park offers guided tours in a tractor-pulled tram that can hold a couple dozen people. The tour takes you through the whole park with frequent stops to allow you to feed the animals.
If you’re planning a trip to the Monterey area in California, you’ll have plenty to do to fill your time. This area has some of the most beautiful coastline to explore as well as other fun things to occupy your time. We took a trip here in April 2014 and it was the perfect time. All the flowers were in bloom, the daytime temperatures were nice and cool, and there was plenty of sunshine. We spent four days here and saw the following things…
When it comes time to take a vacation, many people believe that you have to go to some exotic, and often far away, location to find something worthy of seeing. They don’t want to “waste” their vacation time going somewhere boring and, as a result, often end up spending quite a bit of money, and time, getting there and back. Often there is plenty to see and do close to home that many people don’t even consider. The next time you have some vacation time, try taking a vacation to the town you live in.
I’ve been to many aquariums over the years including some of the larger ones like Sea World and the one in Disney’s Epcot, so it takes a little bit more to impress me. The aquarium in Monterey California was definitely worth a visit and, with almost 2 million visitors per year, a great deal of other people obviously feel the same way.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located on the north side of the Monterey peninsula along Cannery Row. It sits on the site of the former Hovden Cannery, a sardine cannery that was built in 1916 but was demolished in 1980 after closing many years before when the sardine fishing industry collapsed.
The Lone Cypress
We just got back from a 5-day trip to Monterey California. We had beautiful weather, sunny, cool and breezy, and all the flowers were in bloom making for a wonderful time to visit the area. One of the many things we made sure to include in our stay was a day spent seeing the beautiful, world famous drive called 17-Mile Drive.
The road, which is actually called 17-Mile Drive, is a loop that winds around the Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove areas of the Monterey peninsula with more than half of it hugging the coast for some spectacular views and scenery. Whether the road is actually 17 miles long or not, I don’t know, but I’ll take their word for it.
The Pebble Beach Corporation owns the majority of the 17-Mile Drive and the road passes famous sights such as The Lone Cypress (see picture above), Seal Rock, Bird Rock and China Rock, lots of beautiful coastline, a few restaurants, mansions, at least four golf courses (including the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Course), and the Del Monte forest. Along the route there are several places you can park to see the sights, and picnic areas if you want to eat some lunch while you’re there.
Since we’ve decided to start doing some extensive traveling abroad, I’ve been reading and gathering information and tips from fellow travelers on the many travel blogs out there.
It always amuses me when so many seasoned travelers tell you to “not dress like a tourist” so you “don’t look like a tourist” thereby increasing the probability that you could be the target of pickpockets, scams, or street crime.