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Jul292014

Humpback whales in our faces at Moss Landing beach

This week locals have been talking about how the humpback whales are close to shore and more visible around Monterey Bay than anyone remembers. Yesterday, for the second time this past week, we set up our chairs on the beach and watched the whale show. The humpback whales in our faces at Moss Landing beach…

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Jan202013

Moss Landing, Elkhorn Slough and Sea Otters

Saturday was one of those January days around the Monterey Bay when the 74 degree air temperature and clear skies rival the best days in summer here on the Central Coast of California. An errand took me around Monterey Bay 45 miles on Highway 1 to Santa Cruz yesterday. Highway 1 runs along the coastline,…

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Jul182022

About Loyalty Traveler

Ric Garrido is owner-writer of Loyalty Traveler. Loyalty Traveler has been my travel writing business since April 2006. Loyalty Traveler blog is primarily about hotel loyalty program travel opportunities and destinations. Frequent flyer programs are covered to a smaller extent. In 2022 this blog focuses on earning hotel points and miles through travel or simply buying them when offered at…

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Jan152020

Unlucky 13? Not when Point Lobos whale spotting.

Gray whale migration is swimming south this January past the Monterey Peninsula of California’s Central Coast. I walked from Highway 1 into Point Lobos State Reserve around 11:40am and after a little more than a mile walk through the Monterey pine forest, reached the ocean view around 12 noon. In sight of the sea the…

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Aug062019

Monterey-Carmel-Big Sur-Santa Cruz

Monterey Allegiant Airlines Monterey’s cheapest flights for tiny packers (May 15, 2019) Monterey in May means seal pups and humpback whales (May 3, 2019) Monterey Bay where the wild things still live (Nov 2, 2018) Monterey Jazz Festival Hotel Reward Nights challenge across loyalty programs (Sep 11, 2018) Monterey or North Wales marine mammal sightings.…

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Jun092019

Loyalty Traveler Travels

This is a collection of posts from countries and states, cities, hotels, airports, parks and museums where I have traveled on Loyalty Traveler trips over the past decade. My trip reports focus on cost of travel, hotel and flight reviews and destination descriptions and impressions. Cost of air and hotel travel in 2018. My 2018…

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May032019

Monterey in May means seal pups and humpback whales

Plentiful sunshine is a gift of Monterey in May. These are the weeks before peak summer tourism season days really ramp up and makes driving Highway 1 south to Carmel and Big Sur a drag for local residents. And these are the weeks before the peak summer fog days of June, July and August settle…

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Nov022018

Monterey Bay where the wild things still live

Environmental tourism is a major draw of Monterey Bay for visitors from around the world. I meet people from many states and countries when I am out and about viewing and photographing wildlife in the area. Recent science news stories indicate 60% of the world’s mammals have been wiped out since 1970. That is around…

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Aug172017

Come see cars, whales and otters in Monterey this week

August is here, which means car week on the Monterey Peninsula during the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’elegance. Tens of thousands of tourists descend on Monterey for this August event. Honestly, I did not even know Concours d’elegance was happening this week in my hometown until I found myself breaking up a race car rally…

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Oct082016

Loyalty Traveler Travels

This is a collection of posts from countries and states, cities, hotels, airports, parks and museums where I have traveled on Loyalty Traveler trips in the past few years. September 2016 London – Slovakia – Austria trip report, September 2016 Slovakia on my mind My late summer trip Kosice, Slovakia to Salzburg, Austria Hotel Review Holiday…

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