A road trip
23 September 2011 | Santa Cruz
Once we arrived in the Santa Cruz, and Monterey was a trip to the Monterey aquarium. Now to attend to the transportation issue. We have been using either our legs to get us a round, or public transportation, the buses!! With that in mind we contacted the local Santa Cruz MTA (Mass Transit Authority) to find a route schedule for our trip to the Aquarium. This turned out to be a little bit more complicated than we thought. This trip was going to required a bus from the marina, then a transfer to the bus to Watsonville. There we have to jump to the Monterey MTA for a bus to some point, where we catch another bus to Monterey. This was going to take approximately 3 ½ hours to make the one way trip., and $12.00 each. Now it is time for Plan “B” a rental car. We are always pretty conscious of our budget, but with a total of $24.00 and and 7 hours to take the bus, versus $39.99 to rent a car...well it was a no brainer.
We made our trip to the aquarium, which we will cover in another post, made a stop, although a short one to the Elk Horn Slough Bird Refuge, and did some shopping since we had a car to transport our purchases
The Elk Horn Slough was awesome, and I could see hanging around there for days, but that really blow our “get down the coast to warmer weather” schedule. I did get to add two new birds to my Life List, a Cedar Peewee and the White Tailed Kite.
This was my first time behind the wheel, of a car, in over 5 months. We pulled out of the rental lot, went a few blocks and merged right on to the freeway. OH MY GAWD!!! after 2000 miles at 5 knots! 65 MPH seems like you are going warp speed! I had a little adjusting to do. But after a few minutes we were just fine. On the way back, we got caught in our first full on traffic jam in as many months, so we had to add a picture...so see above!! I know you have all seen traffic jams...but this was unusual for us!!
Once we got to the boat, we discovered that the two things we bought were both either broken or wrong, so instead of having the day to play, we will now have to run around in our now un-returned rental car and get these things replaced!!
By the way, did I mention that we are still fogged in.....yup nice thick fog, that has not relented!!