Friday, April 18, 2008

Central Coast Wine Tour-Day 6-Move to Monterey

We started the day with a great breakfast prepared by Dona & Shari. It was their famous omelet in a bag. Ron set up a outdoor burner with a big pot of boiling water. Dona & Shari put out all of the fixins for a great omelet, then everyone put the ingredients they liked into a ziploc bag. Into the water the bags went, 10 minutes later we had great omelets. The ladies also fixed bacon, sausage, and pancakes. What a great way to start a travel day. Thanks ladies.
It's only a 2 hour drive up to San Juan Bautista and our next RV park, Betabel Resort. It was a great location right off Hwy 101, and a short drive to the Monterey area. On the drive up we were amazed at many fields where they were growing all kind of lettuce & vegetables. Oh, and a few vineyards.
After we checked in and got everything setup, we drove to the town of San Juan Bautista to visit the mission.

We took the tour of the old mission. It was established in 1797. It was pretty basic, but they're trying to restore it. It's named after John the Baptist, and the main church is very historic. They are continuing to restore as funds are available. Mass is still conducted every Sunday.

We also walked around the historic town and the restored plaza which is a California State Park. It included a barn with interesting historic carriages including a horse drawn Hearst.

We went back to the motorhomes for Happy Hour, but we were to tired to cook. So we asked at the resort for a good Mexican Restaurant and they recommended Jardines de San Juan.
It was started in 1977 by Manual & Alice Santana. Manual was a gardener, artist, and a great cook. Many of his original recipes are still used today. It was to cold to sit outside but they had a very nice garden room with views of the patio. We all ordered different entrees, but they were brought at the same time hot and delicious. It was a great way to end the day.
Tomorrow we're off to Monterey and the 17 mile drive.

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