A milestone birthday is special, so Denise’s 65th was celebrated with a mystery trip. It entailed plane travel with a transfer in Los Angeles and a long rented car ride. Only during the drive there did Monterey Bay become known as the destination. We stayed 3 nights at the Portola Hotel located next to Fisherman’s Wharf and less then a mile from the Aquarium and Cannery Row. We also took in the 17 Mile Drive to enjoy the ocean and the rugged coast.