“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.” — John Steinbeck, opening sentence, Cannery Row (1945).
Our day started beautifully bright and blue-skied as we headed toward Monterey. We decided to begin our adventure by stopping at Cannery Row – an oceanfront street that at one time was lined with sardine canning factories.
Back in the 1940s, John Steinbeck wrote a book called Cannery Row about the people who lived on a fictional street called Cannery Row during the Depression. No one had to guess that he was writing about Ocean View Avenue in Monterey. He then wrote a sequel called Sweet Thursday about the street. Later,the street was renamed in honor of the books.
Today Cannery Row is an area of hotels, shops and restaurants and also the Monterey Bay Aquarium. My goal in going there was not sardines, but a pair of sandals.
Packing for a week in Alaska (with two conferences, meaning fairly nice clothes) and a week in central California (with another good outfit needed) was a challenge. Especially when everything had to be put in one suitcase. I didn’t do too badly, but messed up on shoes – thus the sandal hunt.
So we wandered around and found an outlet mall just off Cannery Row (in an old factory, I’m sure) and I found a pair of $74.00 sandals for $15.00. Thereafter we referred to them as the $74.00 sandals. As in when I would be walking across a wet and sandy beach. “Well, this is doing the $74.00 sandals a lot of good.”
(I’m sure that sandal part is of great interest to anyone reading this.)
Anyhow the morning was still beautifully bright and blue-skied – except for the marine layer. You will hear about and see a lot of the marine layer the next few days. That’s what the cloudiness is on many of the pictures – the marine layer didn’t lift until late afternoon, and sometimes not even then.