Warm breeze running through the touch of my fingers, sun gently smiles down, with the sound of waves, quietly roaming in the background like a cat purring on the luke warm tarmac pavement.
That is the state of my vacation when I am at Monterey.
Since the 1800s, as railroad has developed to the areas of current Cannery Row, Monterey, lavish spa resorts has been built one after another. It was only in 1902 when companies from here and Japan started fish cannery factories by the ocean. The cannery business was especially boosted during World War I and World War II with what looked like a never ending supply of sardine fish right at the bay. Every morning cannery workers are called to their duties by the sound of whistles. There were no labor laws and unions that insured worker’s rights. So the workers often leave their post until all the fishes caught that day has been canned and ready to be sold.
Perhaps all dreams come to an end. After World War II, Sardines were nowhere to be found around Monterey Bay. Without the supply, business closed one after another, and Cannery Row enters into one of the darkest periods of its history.
But alas! In the late 1950s-1960s, a new wave of brave young investors came. This time they built restaurants and high end bars to entertain guests coming to the spa resorts. As the town flourishes once again and Monterey Bay Aquarium was built in 1984, Cannery Row was reborn into a tourist attraction.
To some people Cannery Row can be too “touristy.” After going back again this year and spent good 2 hours walking around, I recommend Cannery Row for anyone visiting Monterey. Not because of the tourist attractions it has, but the beautiful sceneries you can find by going down several “alley way” stairs to the beach. Please, enjoy the delightful discoveries of the new and historic Cannery Row I have found.