6427 Miles: A Tour of America by Car

By Gerard Forgnone

Day 3

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Monterey Bay, CA

My sister Cindy and I went out to Marina Beach, to relive some old times.  Our family rode dune buggies, dug clams, and fished from this beach from the mid-50's until the mid-70's.  It was fun to see the beach again!  Note again, the fog in the distance.  It's supposed to be warm in California!  Not here.

Here's a look inland of the places where we rode dune buggies.  Looks about the same as it did way back when.

I found this little toy not far from where the pic above was taken.  He talks, in Darth Vader voice: "The Force is strong with this one."  "Luke, I am your father!"   And he breathes heavy.  His name is Charlie Crocker, after one of the Big Four Central Pacific railroad barons.  He's now the Mounty mascot, and he lives on the cable for the iPod.  If I disconnect the iPod cable from the car, Charlie falls down, so it looks like the iPod cable is staying in!

When Cindy and I finished at the beach, we went back to the WalMart parking lot where we'd left her car, and right next to the spot I had left earlier was the Mounty's twin!  Double vision!

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