History Humor

On one of our hikes along the shore on our semi-vacation, we saw a sign that mentioned that many years ago Monterey was a large fishing town and sardine canning area (and therefore would have stunk pretty badly) and Pacific Grove had been a religious retreat. This gave rise to a local saying at the time:

“Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey-by-the-Smell, and Pacific Grove-by-God!”

Not surprisingly, as Monterey stated packing in and pickling tourists rather than sardines, it now prefers to be known as “Monterey-by-the-Bay”.

Wildlife was everywhere. A colony of large harbor seals sunned themselves on the beach only a few blocks from where we stayed. It was fun watching them.

Anyway, we’re back home after a truly delightful semi-vacation. We loved it so much that we’ve already made two more sets of reservations to stay in the same place later this year and early next year.


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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4 Responses to History Humor

  1. Did you take any pictures??

    • russtowne says:

      Yes, we took a few shots using my iPad. I may be able to post some this weekend. The operative word, is “may”. I’ve only tried to do so once before and ended up needing help and still had “issues”, but I plan to attempt to do so.

  2. bulldog says:

    Diana ask the very question I want to … where’s the pics….??

    • russtowne says:

      Due to nagging by Diana and bulldog, err, I mean “polular deamd” I just included six phots in a new post. They won’t win any awards, but they are photos.


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