Thursday, August 26, 2010
Dune Fine Get high as the kites (or hang-gliders, in this case) on the dunes in Marina State Park. With ample areas to explore, wander, beachcomb, nap and snuggle, this place has it all. Except cures for cottonmouth, so bring what you’ll need.
Hitting the Peak You can set up at the first turnout at Jack’s Peak Park in Monterey without paying to enter the park. Let the panoramas of Monterey Bay and forests of pine gently needle the mind, or duck along trails that tumble through ridges and vistas. A hit for hits.
Dockside Drag Camp out underneath Fish Hopper in Monterey at low tide, and feel like one of Steinbeck’s characters as you scramble among the rocks and tide pools under the boardwalk. Emerge and float among the tourists. Then stumble a half block to…
Seeing Double While the Mirror Maze on Cannery Row would trip the old master switch without THC, the medicinal helps numb a nose sore from running into the tunnel of reflection that’s actually a mirrored wall. Then it’s off to the IMAX to blow the motherboard all over again.
Skyline Smoke A clear night from the top floor of the Oldtown Salinas Parking Garage will leave you all alone to gaze off towards Fremont Peak. Wander down to catch the last showing of Maya Cinema’s 3D collection: Alice in Wonderland? Cue the Cheshire grins and crazy eyes. Or mix medicines at Monterey Coast Brewery.
Shoreline Zoom To reach the hideout inexplicably dubbed “Zooms” by Carmelites and locals, duck through the brush to the right of the Ocean Avenue turnout and tap the beauty of the white-sand sanctuary with few of the passersby.
Groovy Gravestones The hip way to be deep and dark. With ocean views, grazing deer and the distant whack of golf balls, the Pacific Grove Cemetary is a historic resting place and a nice little pocket of morose surrounded by beauty and happiness.