I found the starting point for the walk in a store near the Wharf without much trouble, got my map and was on my way. Uh oh, off to a rough start as many of these walks are in urban areas, and shortly I found myself at a very busy four way stop. On my own I would have probably turned around right here and headed for the hills! To make it worse, a huge bus came flying by and then an ambulance going code 3! Oh yeah, there were lights, but I was still scared to death!
Finally I got across the road and continued up the hill. This was a new part of town to me and the location of the Monterey Peninsula College. A trail off the street leading down to the Forum Bridge was not on my route, but I had to check it out anyway and found this wonderful old tree.
On past the college into the Iris Canyon Greenbelt there was a collection of cars parked along the road. I asked a guy what was interesting here, and he said nothing, we park here to avoid the parking fees at the college! It was a hot day for Monterey, not much shade in this area.
Next up was the Museum at the edge of a beautiful old residential area.
The walk instructions were easy to follow, but another uh oh, PG&E had a street closed. I could see pretty gardens and thought surely I could get past the workers since I was walking.
Nope, couldn't get past the truck, so back up the hill and making a LONG detour!
Back on track, the Virgin Mary was waiting for me......
....at the San Carlos Church (the former Royal Presidio Chapel and the oldest building in Monterey).
I had to chuckle at the paradox, just down the street (and only slightly off my Volksmarch route) was a Trader Joe's and, hallelujah, a Peet's Coffee. My water had run out a couple miles ago; did I mention it was HOT for Monterey?
One more stop before Peet's at the Robert Lewis Stevenson House. No time to tour inside, but I did enjoy the beautiful walled garden.
Fortified with iced coffee walking along downtown streets, I was soon at the Monterey Institute and then Bernie's old apartment building! How fun!
Taking extra time again, I visited the State Park gardens.
The 10K route is not meant to take 3 hours! My meter at the Wharf was no doubt close to running out, so I hurried back to the Rav. Arriving at Borg's in Pacific Grove a sail boat was just passing Lover's Point.
The Volksmarch was really fun; I'm looking forward to doing more!
(Note: There are four walks in this area: The Historic Monterey and Lover's Point, both with same start near the Wharf; one in Carmel; and another at Pt Lobos).