the delicate floor bailey is standing on is made entirely of whale vertebrae. the bone was cut into diamond patterns which give the sidewalk an irreplaceable and unique look.
it is now illegal to kill whales in the united states but in the mid 1800's, monterey had a busy whaling industry.
close-up of the above plaque.
bailey: "look at all the beautiful flowers."
bailey: "hey where'd all the pretty flowers go? mommy stuck me in this scary tree for a picture! help!"
bailey: "oh, i like it here much better. look at me. i am queen of the flower mountain!"
historic old monterey sign under a camino real bell. el camino real is the "road that linked the missions, pueblos, and presidios in early california". there are hundreds of bells up and down highway 101, which "follows the general route of the original trail."
here is one of the bells we passed on hwy 101.
until we meet again my friends-