April 3, 2001
Aside from being littered with people on this particular Sunday - tourists, fishermen, people enjoying a nice day on the beach - Cannery Row is full of all kinds of shops, where you can buy anything from souvenirs and gifts to jewelry to a few pounds of cod.
And food, don't forget the food. Everyone had the best clam chowder on the pier - or so they said. And to prove it, they gave out free samples to everyone who wanted one. Other types of seafood were available - calamari, shrimp cocktail - and I'm sure you could even get a hot dog if you didn't want something that once swam.
Cannery Row is also a good place to catch boats for fishing expeditions or tours of the bay. One doesn't need to do that to see, perhaps, the neatest thing - the groups of California sea lions that hang out along the piers and boats, watching the world go by.
Again, since this whole road trip lasted but three days, there was little time for anything else in Monterey - the aquarium, Seventeen Mile Drive, and so on. Cannery Row is just the tip of the iceberg of things to see and do in Monterey/Carmel.
From journal Bay Area road trip