with Monica Hudson of California Legacy Tours
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Purchase tickets at the latest by 8:00 AM the day of the tour.
Duration 1.5 hours, $25.00 per person, min. 2 people
Meet at San Carlos Beach at the corner of Reeside & Cannery Row
Next to the Sanctuary sculpture
Join Monica on a walk along Cannery Row, made world famous by John Steinbeck in his 1945 novel of that name. Our walking tour spans the time from Monterey Bay’s early Chinese population to John Steinbeck and his stories of the heyday of the sardine canning industry, to the National Marine Sanctuary of today. Wonderful glimpses of Monterey Bay provide an opportunity to watch, and talk about, the sea otter, harbor seal, sea lion and whales, as well as the seasonally changing birds.
Walk in the footsteps of John Steinbeck who spent some of his formative years on the Monterey Peninsula. Our tour will focus on the places where friends who inspired his writings lived and played, such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Ed Rickets, Mac and the Boys, Pelon and Johnny Garcia. The last home on the Monterey Peninsula which John Steinbeck inhabited is still standing and the jail, where some of his friends spent many a “dry and sober” night, is not far from it. Many of John’s “hang-outs” are gone, but we will seek out the spots along Monterey’s shoreline which John Steinbeck immortalized in his book Cannery Row, which made that Street world famous. We will explore what John Steinbeck saw it in the 1930’s, when the Canneries were going full steam. The canneries, the tanks and boilers, railroad tracks, stink and noise are gone, but the vision he conjured up is still palpable. Our walk will lead us to Doc’s Lab, Wing Chong’s market and the La Ida and you will see, in your mind’s eye, the “girls” stop by to get some advice from Doc. The tour will end at Doc’s Lab, just a few steps from the Monterey Bay Aquarium which is in the location of the Hovden cannery, the last working cannery on the Cannery Row.
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