|Mural in Monterey|
Regardless, I knew that there were beautiful places to the South so I made a reservation at the NGIS on the Monterey Naval Base and we headed out on Saturday morning after my 15 mile long run with J. By the way, our average pace was 8:34 and for the first 11 miles, we were 8:14-8:36. Yeah! By the end of training, I'm hoping to be able to cruise at about 8:20 and with our training plan, I think that's a reasonable target.
SMS and I hit the road. Our first stop was Santa Cruz since shortly after we started driving, SMS said, "We should start thinking about lunch soon." I'm working on my wife skills (level: advanced beginner) and I now know that this means, "We need to eat. Preferably now. Maybe soon but this is not preferred."
|NGIS/Hotel Del Monte Ballroom|
|Old Sardine Factory|
|Sunset, Picture Idea from SMS|
The menu was extensive and looked amazing. Other people's food also looked amazing so I think this restaurant is a pretty solid choice if you're ever in Monterey. We also passed a French Bistro that I would like to try in the future but at least on a Saturday, reservations are a must.
Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel. We thought about seeing the Hunger Games movie, but I haven't seen Mockingjay, Part I yet so that was out. It was a really relaxing evening and we decided that the next day, we were going to head out to Pinnacles National Park for a hike!