Do You Know The Way To San Jose

Friday evening the Monterey Bay Aquarium hosted an after hours wine tasting event for members, so early in the morning we set out north to play tourist on the way.

First, I had a little detour north of SLO to revisit what I’ve been told is an old Mercury mine. Years ago in high school I had a marine biology teacher who crafted a photo scavenger hunt for extra credit that extended up and down the coast and featured geological sites among other things. This was one of them, and I try to stop in time to time, but to get there you pretty much commit to having to drive far up the 101 to turn around.


Further up the way is Mission San Miguel, which I hadn’t been to since the California missions unit we all do in the 4th grade.


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Further up the way is the next in line at Soledad, which is…the smallest, I think? Anyway, the docent seemed surprised to actually see anyone since it’s quite off the beaten path.


And, after seeing a billboard for the Winchester Mystery House I decided to do a little detour to San Jose since I hadn’t done it in over a decade. I ended up getting a private tour since it was pretty quite on an early Friday afternoon. Worth it!


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