Visiting my cousin who is driving up from Los Angeles and plan on spending a few days in Carmel. OK, what to avoid, what to see. Restaurants? How far from San Fran?
See - Monterey Bay Aquarium, lovely place. The beach in Carmel By The Sea, not warm but so beautiful.
Avoid - the 17 Mile Drive, at least during summer or holiday weekends, when the traffic crawls along at 10 MPH. And Monterey Fisherman's Wharf, meh.
Other than that, what do you like? Shopping, museums, hiking, scenery, beaches, restaurants, sea kayaking, diving? I'm planning a trip to that area myself.
If you're into old-fashioned seaside amusement parks, check out the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The rides are only open on weekends after summer is over, but some of the other stuff is open year-round. There's also the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas if that interests you. Carmel is a quaint little town to walk around in.
If you're driving from LA and want to go up the coast (CA-1 vs. US-101), there's Hearst Castle and Big Sur.
Depending on traffic, it's probably about 2.5-3 hours to SF from Monterey. (It's about 120 miles, but there's always traffic.)
"Oh my God. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it ... You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
We are switching to the new platform for The DataLounge this weekend. All of our mobile users have been using it for over a week and all first time users have been using it for about a month - which adds up to well over one million users. So we're ready to end this phase of the testing and move everybody to the new site. (more)
And yes, we've changed the look and some of how it operates.
Yes, we know you just *hate* it in well in advance.
Yes, we know we suck.
Yes, we are the biggest suckers that ever sucked.
But it was time for a change and with the huge shift to mobile it was long overdue. We've taken this opportunity not only to update the look but also make major changes under the hood (or "bonnet" if you're either British or pretentious or both). And we have to prepare for 2016 - a presidential election year where we can normally expect to see a 60% jump in traffic (yes, we've seen 5 presidential elections so far…Christ we're old).
The site has a bunch - nay, plethora - of new features which will make the site more usable: better search, the ability to ignore posters and threads, see link previews, to pick up a thread where you left off, spam and malware filtering and more.
If you want you can go explore and see for yourself, Click here.
And while running the tests we've noticed two interesting reactions to the new system - people are spending more time on the site and more people that come stay around longer and look at more stuff. Both good things. Yay!
Possibly we've not slain all the dragons and there will be issues that come up during the switchover. There's a help button in the lower right hand corner of the page which you can use to send us bug reports.
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