It’s true. The Path of History in Monterey is free and this is not. But you get what you pay for, and as others have pointed out in the reviews of the Path of History, there are just some things that a human guide can provide that a self-guided tour can’t give you.
But this is a review of the waterfront tour. To start, what you will *not* get on this tour is the kind of ‘guide’ we’ve all had at one time or another--you know, the kind that has given the spiel so many times that any interest in the subject matter and audience (if it ever existed) is long gone, and whatever minimal content there is gets delivered in a monotone. We’ve all taken one of those awful tours.
This is not that. This is the exact opposite of that. Tim is a fisheries historian and author who takes people on tours. That makes him a very special kind of tour guide--the expert kind--the kind you don’t run into all that often. But what really sets Tim apart from an average or even good guide is that he has both the expert’s depth of knowledge AND an engaging presentation. Tim not only tells us about the fisheries, the canneries, the life blood of the region at one time, but he brings the history and the people to life in a surprisingly personal way.
There is a lot of standing required on the (approx 2 hr) tour, and there are stairs, but there are also opportunities for sitting and resting and taking bathroom breaks.
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