Photography by Carol Moreno (unless otherwise credited)
The area has actually played an important role in the history of California beginning as the home of the Ohlone Native Americans who hunted, fished, and gathered food on and around the biologically rich Monterey Peninsula.
The town of Monterey was first established in 1770 by Father Junipero Serra as a major port for Alta California and served as the capital of California from 1777 to 1849, under Spanish and Mexican rule. Monterey was also the site of the 1846, Battle of Monterey during the Mexican-American War, when the U.S. flag was raised the over the Monterey Custom House and California was claimed by the United States.
But this visit was not to be a day steeped in the heavy history and lore of California. It was to be a day of pure fun, wonder, exploration and yummy food.