The Monterey Beach Hotel stands prominently along Monterey Bay on May 4, our first day in town. As you can see, the strand is pretty empty this time of day. That's why we're here! Photo by Glenn.
Roni enjoys the sea breeze while Ben keeps his eyes to the sand in search of beach treasures. Photo by Glenn.
Ben is framed by one of the weep holes in the hotel's wave wall. The tide is just starting to come in. Photo by Glenn.
Here is our campsite along the beach. Roni picked up three folding camp chairs especially for this trip. Nothing to do but relax. Photo by Glenn.
Ben lets the wind do the work as he plays with the buddle soap we brought with us. The wind lofted the bubbles four stories over the hotel's roof. Photo by Glenn.
Look, I found a dollar! A sand dollar, that is. And it was in one piece, too. Photo by Glenn.
Roni soaks up the sun along with a summer romance novel. Photo by Glenn.
Even Glenn has a smile on his face this Tuesday. This sure beats work. Photo by Roni.
Ben poses alongside the sand castle he and Dad constructed. The moat in the middle was inteded to be functional, as the waves were starting to encroach on our camp. Photo by Glenn.
One of the little shore birds that were in abundance along the bay. We chased this guy a long way to get this shot. Photo by Glenn.
A photo hardly does justice to the acres of purple flowers carpeting the shoreline in Pacific Grove, one of our first stops Wednesday on Day 2 of our adventure. Photo by Roni.
Ben shops for postcards in one of the gift shops on Fisherman's Wharf. Taking after his dad. Photo by Glenn.
Ben and Roni watch the sea lions play in the shallows near the marina. It's about time for our clam chowder lunch. Photo by Glenn.
Glenn offers some flight instruction to Ben as they play with a large foam glider on the beach near the hotel. The plane met an untimely demise in stiff winds the following day. Photo by Roni.
Self-portrait time. That's Ben playing in the surf in the background. Man, the large crowds at this place are just driving us nuts. <g> Photo by Glenn.
A typically gorgeous California sunset casts a gentle light over the fishing boats and pleasure craft returning from a day on Monterey Bay. Photo by Glenn.
The last rays of Wednesday's sunlight create a dramatic backdrop for this portrait of Roni and Ben taken on the hotel's third floor balcony. Photo by Glenn.
All this relaxation is enough to wear out anyone. Ben is out for the night after a full day. Photo by Glenn.
Thursday afternoon finds us at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and the entrance to the Pfeiffer Falls trail. Ben and Mom check out the directional signs. Photo by Glenn.
Glenn enjoys the view from one of the foot bridges on our hike. Photo by Roni.
Some of the burned-out redwoods along the trail are large enough to swallow a kid whole. Ben discovers how much fun it is to explore the cave-like formations. Photo by Glenn.
Now it's Roni's turn for a bridge shot. We must have crossed five bridges on this half-mile hike. Photo by Glenn.
Our intrepid hiker takes a break on a rock in front of Pfeiffer Falls. Reaching the end of the trail is its own reward. Photo by Roni.
Just me and my shadow... Looking down from the third floor, it appears that Ben is helping nature wear down the sand while at the same time wearing down himself. Photo by Glenn.
Thursday turned cool and windy, which is evident from the sand drifts that stretched across our beach. The temperature dip didn't stop Ben from playing in the surf. Photo by Glenn.
Our final night in the hotel, so it was now or never for some night photography. This 8-second shot is looking southwest at the Monterey skyline. Photo by Glenn.
The black sea pounds away at our beach on Thursday night. We could hear the waves from our room on the other side of the hotel. Photo by Glenn.
Just thought this shot was cool. What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming was still gallantly streaming 24/7 outside the hotel, illuminated by a powerful footlight. Photo by Glenn.
This is Sly McFly's Refueling Station, where we ate lunch Friday on Cannery Row. Photo by Glenn.
The thrill of victory... Ben celebrates after hitting the 10,000-point hole in a game of skee ball. Photo by Glenn.
Back at home, brother Sean joined Glenn for his first taste of Saturday night dirt track racing at the Antioch Speedway. Photo by Glenn.
The dirt modifieds round turn 4 during early heat races May 8 at the speedway. Photo by Glenn.
Welcome to our cluttered garage. Roni (barely visible in the far middle of this shot) wonders where to begin as she surveys the mess in preparation for Oakley's semiannual cleanup day. We barely scratched the surface. Photo by Glenn.
Ben has a little trouble extinguishing the candles on his birthday cake May 2. Hey, he's hit the big one-oh, and that takes a lot of lung power. Photo by Glenn.
Is that a look of pure joy or what? Ben celebrates as he receives the Megaman Gameboy Advance game he really wanted for his birthday. Photo by Glenn.