Visiting Monterey, California Off-Season

Though tourist visit Monterey throughout the year, there is a distinct tourist season, and visiting off-season (between November and April) has its rewards. If you like to visit historic buildings and heritage gardens, springtime is a great time to visit … Continue reading

Broken down barracks of Fort Ord in the Monterey Bay

Starting in 1917 and up to the 1990’s, almost 1,500,000 military troops trained at Fort Ord.  It was a major army post, located here in the Monterey Bay, in California’s central coast. Although the post closed in 1994, many of … Continue reading

The Iceberg in Monterey County’s field of greens

A few months after immigrating to the U.S. with my mother and younger sister, I had my first job — and it included cutting into plenty of iceberg lettuce heads. I was 16 years old and my job was a … Continue reading

Giant Sequoia and Coast Redwoods — Earth’s tallest trees, and about one that traveled from the Moon to Monterey

I could barely move my legs the next day…let alone my entire body, after our first hike in a redwood forest… We had just moved to San Francisco from Germany, and decided to visit Tilden Park in the East Bay … Continue reading

On to Monterey’s Fishermans Wharf for this month’s Changing Season WordPress Photo Challenge

During March, I photographed buildings and gardens in the old downtown, historic part of Monterey, California.  For the April “Changing Seasons” WordPress Photo Challenge, I continued my walk from the Customs House Plaza to Fisherman’s Wharf, a popular tourist destination … Continue reading

Who to call if you see sick sea lion pups on the beach (in Monterey Bay or California)

You may have heard about the sick seals and sea lion pups washing up on California beaches… If you see one here on our Central Coast beach, you can call the Marine Mammal Center (in the Monterey Bay, the office … Continue reading

Historic Monterey – Photos for the Monthly Photo Challenge “The Changing Seasons”

I’m participating in a monthly photo challenge called “The Changing Seasons” to practice my photography.  My first entry were photos from author John Steinbeck’s hometown, of Oldtown Salinas. This month, I’m focusing on the historic buildings and gardens in the … Continue reading

From hunting whales to celebrating whales in Monterey Bay

Among the photographs posted the year I began my blog in 2011 were images from a beach walk that turned out to be remnants of an old pier in Moss Landing, California. We were still new to the area so … Continue reading

Celebrating Filipino-American History Month in Monterey County: The Asian Cultural Experience Pop-Up Museum

The first record of Filipinos in the continental US was during the month of October in 1587. In November, 2009,  the United States House of Representatives and Senate passed laws officially recognizing October as Filipino American History Month in the … Continue reading

Monterey Bay Birding Festival and Family Day Activities September 27th and 28th

Monterey Bay is a popular destination for tourists…but did you know it is also home to one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife sites in North America? September is the best time to see wintering shorebirds and is the … Continue reading

What grows in the rich soils of Monterey County

Note:  This is a follow-up to my earlier post, Monterey, Melons and more (that Monterey County is the only county in the United States with more than $1 BILLION annually in vegetable sales). The coast, the beautiful landscape, the Monterey … Continue reading

Monterey, melons and more…

Did you know that Monterey County is the only county in the United States with more than $1 billion — yes, that is BILLION — in annual vegetable sales?  Wow! According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) most … Continue reading

Whalefest at Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey

The Whalefest at Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey — Whale Watching Capital of the World — continues today, starting with a 10:00AM Beach Clean Up with The Wahine Project. Today, the Museum of Monterey (MoM) theater is the venue for … Continue reading

Jumbo Humboldt squid washing up on central California beaches (and one trapped at the Monterey Bay Aquarium tide pool)

This past Saturday, my daughter and grandson Gabriel found Humboldt squid stranded at the Moss Landing & Salinas River State Beach, and over the weekend, there were reports of hundreds of stranded and dead Humboldt squid in areas along the … Continue reading

Monterey Bay Birding Festival – September 13th to 16th

From the Elkhorn Slough Foundation’s latest newsletter, Slough Buzz… The eighth annual Monterey Birding Festival is fast approaching! This year the festival will be held September 13-16th at the Watsonville Civic Plaza. September marks the peak of fall migration, with … Continue reading

Annual Obon Festival at the Monterey Peninsula Buddist Temple

While the Washington D.C. area bakes in 100+ degree weather, the temperature was cool and in the 60’s today at the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple, in Seaside, California — home base for the 66th Annual Obon Festival. From the Monterey … Continue reading

City of Monterey, California celebrates ban on plastic bags

Native Leaf will be part of a community celebration on the city of Monterey’s ban of single use plastic bags, which is effective July 1, 2012. Join us for the celebration on Saturday, June 30th, from 11am to 3pm at … Continue reading

Monterey Bay and our connection to endangered leatherback sea turtles

The endangered leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is one of earth’s oldest species, and the largest reptile living on our planet. Exactly how big do these turtles get? The largest known Pacific sea turtle — found stranded on a Welsh … Continue reading

Is Monterey County ready for a tsunami?

According to the National Weather Service (NWS)….the answer is YES. Monterey County —  along with the California Counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Orange — received the designation of TsunamiReady for meeting NWS criteria, including developing a safety plan, … Continue reading

Males who get pregnant and give birth? Learn more at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

In case you live in the area and have not been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in a while, now is a great time to visit.  With much less crowds, you can relax, take in the beauty of the exhibits, … Continue reading

Best Stollen Ever (Monterey Bay…and beyond!)

Usually eaten during the Christmas season, Stollen is a German loaf shaped bread containing dried or candied fruit, nuts and spices. If you want to eat the best Stollen in the Monterey Bay area (and beyond), check out Big Sur … Continue reading

Tsunami’s Behavior: Waves grew in Monterey Bay due to bathtub effect

I started this blog in March of 2011, right around the time of the earthquakes and tsunami in Northern Japan, and posted the photo below of how a tsunami — originating 5,000 miles away — affected our own local harbors. … Continue reading