Dawn Walks in Monterey - Making Jetlag Work in My Favor for a 'Bleisure' Travel Experience

I was lucky enough to visit Monterey, California recently for a conference and indulged in a bit of 'bleisure' travel while I was there.  For those that don't know, bleisure travel is the practice of taking some time on a business trip for fun activities.  There is an 8 hour time zone difference between California and Dublin so I worked the jetlag to my advantage for my bleisure pursuits.  I was typically up at 5 am everyday and by the time I was dressed and ready to go, the sun was just coming up.  There are some fantastic trails along the coast in Monterey and each morning I'd walk for 60-90 minutes to explore these gorgeous surroundings.  
Cypress and Beach at Asilomar
It was so peaceful and relaxing to listen to the waves crash onto the beach and see shorebirds running up and down trying to dislodge a snack from the sand.
Birds and Crashing Surf
Apparently, I wasn't the only one with a bit of leisure on the mind.  Someone had been busy creating this beautiful sandcastle on the beach.
Sandcastles on the beach
My favorite part about these morning walks was definitely the birdwatching opportunities.  Before the sun ascended over the horizon, it was really quiet with not much happening but as soon as the sun came up, the beach and brush was alight with activity.  Amazing!
Birds in Monterey
This map shows gives a good sense of the ground covered on these walks.
Name

#DrJSabbatical,40,Adriatics,4,Africa,13,Americas,53,Argentina,7,Asia,36,Asia Pacific,25,AUNZ,20,Australia,12,Austria,2,Baltics,6,Barcelona,1,Belfast,1,Belgium,13,Berlin,2,Best of,287,Beyond Dublin,23,Big Island,4,Bologna,3,Boston,2,Brazil,1,Bruges,2,Brussels,3,Bucharest,2,Budapest,2,Buffalo,3,California,20,Cambodia,6,Canary Islands,2,Canterbury,2,Cape Town,1,Cardiff,1,Central Europe,42,Chile,7,China,6,Christmas Market,4,Commute Chronicles,4,Copenhagen,2,Cork,4,Costa Brava,3,Croatia,1,Cyprus,1,Czech Republic,4,Denmark,2,Dresden,1,Dublin,62,Dublin_Archive,32,Dusseldorf,1,Eastern Europe,25,Edinburgh,6,El Calafate,1,England,20,Eruption,1,Essen,1,Estonia,1,Europe,139,Europe_Archive,24,Evora,1,Faro,1,Faversham,1,Featured,4,Financial District,2,Finland,3,Fisherman's Wharf,2,Flanders,1,Florida,3,Food,1,France,13,Frankfurt,1,Fringe Festival,2,Galway,2,Gdansk,1,Georgian Dublin,1,Germany,15,Girona,1,Granada,1,Greece,2,Greece and Cyprus,3,Guest Posts,1,Guiness Storehouse,1,Hamburg,1,Hangzhou,1,Hanoi,3,Hawaii,5,HCMC,2,Helsinki,1,Ho Chi Minh City,2,Hobart,1,Hoi An,2,Honolulu,1,Hungary,1,Hurling,1,Hyderabad,2,Iceland,4,India,5,Ireland,89,Ireland_Archive,33,IRELAND_REMIX,1,Italy,11,Itinerary,3,Jackson Square,1,Japan,10,Kaunas,1,Kilkenny,1,Kiluaea,1,Kona,1,Krakow,7,Kuala Lumpur,1,Kyoto,1,Languedoc,2,Lanzarote,2,Las Fallas,1,Latvia,3,Leinster,1,Leipzig,1,Liechtenstein,1,Lima,1,Limerick,1,Lisbon,1,Lithuania,2,Liverpool,1,Ljubljana,1,Lloret de Mar,1,London,12,Los Angeles,2,Louisiana,1,Lucerne,1,Machu Picchu,1,Madeira,3,Malaga,1,Malaysia,1,Mallorca,1,Malta,1,Marrakech,1,Marrakesh,1,Marseille,1,Massachusetts,2,Med,48,Mendoza,1,Menton,1,Miami,1,Modena,2,Monaco,1,Monte Carlo,1,Montenegro,1,Montpellier,1,Morocco,1,Muenster,1,Munich,1,Munster,1,NA_Archive,3,Naples,1,Netherlands,2,New Orleans,1,New Year 2011,1,New Years Eve 2010,1,New York,10,New Zealand,8,Nice,2,Nob Hill,2,Noe Valley,1,Nordics,12,Norrkoping,1,North America,61,North Beach,2,Northern Ireland,2,Nuremberg,2,Oahu,1,Oakland,1,Ollantaytambo,1,On The Road,1,Osaka,1,Outer Sunset,1,Palafrugell,1,Palma,1,Paris,1,Parma,2,Patagonia,3,Pennsylvania,6,Perth,1,Peru,5,Philadelphia,4,Pingyao,1,Piran,1,Pittsburgh,5,Poland,14,Porto,1,Portugal,7,Potrero Hill,1,Prague,3,Puerto Natales,2,Punta Arenas,1,Queensland,1,Recent,53,Regensburg,1,Reykjavik,1,Riga,2,Rio de Janeiro,1,Rochester,1,Romania,3,Rotterdam,1,Rovinj,1,Rugby,1,Russia,2,Russian Hill,2,San Francisco,10,San Sebastian,1,Santiago,1,Scandinavia,5,Scotland,8,Seattle,3,Segovia,1,Seoul,2,Seville,1,SF - Further Afield,17,SF_Archive,7,Sicily,3,Siem Reap,2,Singapore,2,Sligo,3,Slovakia,1,Slovenia,2,South Africa,2,South America,18,South Beach,1,South Korea,2,Spain,17,SPWC,3,St. Petersburg,2,Stockholm,2,Strasbourg,1,Street Performance,1,Stuttgart,1,Sweden,3,Switzerland,11,Sydney,3,Tallinn,1,Tasmania,4,TBEX,1,Telegraph Hill,1,Temple Bar,1,Texas,3,Thailand,1,Thames Festival,1,The Mission,1,ThisIsAthens,1,Tipperary,1,Tokyo,2,Torres del Paine,1,Transylvania,1,Trieste,1,Uganda,10,UK,31,Union Square,2,United States,70,Uruguay,1,Valencia,1,Valparaiso,1,Vienna,1,Vietnam,9,Vilnius,1,Volcano,1,Waikiki,1,Wales,2,Walking,1,Warsaw,2,Washington,3,Waterford,1,Western Australia,1,Westfield,1,Where's Wally?,1,Whitsundays,1,Wicklow,2,World Record,1,Wroclaw,2,WWI,1,Xi'an,2,Zurich,6,
ltr
item
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: Dawn Walks in Monterey - Making Jetlag Work in My Favor for a 'Bleisure' Travel Experience
Dawn Walks in Monterey - Making Jetlag Work in My Favor for a 'Bleisure' Travel Experience
Learn how to make jetlag work in your favor on a morning walk in Monterey County, California. A photo-rich post written by travel blogger, Jennifer (aka Dr. J) from Sidewalk Safari.
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RbNDGzozlhk/VGjVxW_H_qI/AAAAAAAA-Ro/x3PzEqt4qbc/s1600/bay%2Barea%2Bbirdwatching%2Bblog%2Bpost12.jpg
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RbNDGzozlhk/VGjVxW_H_qI/AAAAAAAA-Ro/x3PzEqt4qbc/s72-c/bay%2Barea%2Bbirdwatching%2Bblog%2Bpost12.jpg
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog
https://www.sidewalksafari.com/2014/12/bleisure-walks-in-monterey.html
https://www.sidewalksafari.com/
https://www.sidewalksafari.com/
https://www.sidewalksafari.com/2014/12/bleisure-walks-in-monterey.html
true
2802498442123035908
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read more Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy