Monarch Butterflies ~ Honeymoon Memories

I’d like to go back to the Butterfly Inn when the Monarch Butterflies are in full residence in this part of California. Dear and I stayed there during our honeymoon in December of 1974. Bottom two photos of this collage.

In all the world, no butterflies migrate like the Monarchs of North America. They travel much farther than all other tropical butterflies, up to three thousand miles. They are the only butterflies to make such a long, two way migration every year. Amazingly, they fly in masses to the same winter roosts, often to the exact same trees. Their migration is more the type we expect from birds or whales. However, unlike birds and whales, individuals only make the round-trip once. It is their children’s grandchildren that return south the following fall.

To read more about the Monarch butterflies in California click here.


This is the Butterfly Inn in Pacific Grove, California. When Dear and I stayed there in 1974 we had a little detached 1 room cabin to stay in. It’s been upgraded since then probably a few times but as you can see it’s still pretty low key and quaint.

I’m also inspired to try to get our honeymoon shots from their slide state (negative state) to a disc state!! Has anyone done that and do you have any tips for me???

As of June 2017 Photobucket has blacked out all my photos that I had stored there and are holding them hostage. Hopefully I can update my photos on all the posts they have ruined, over 4000 of them.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

12 thoughts on “Monarch Butterflies ~ Honeymoon Memories

  1. Ahhh the Monarchs! We see them traveling south through here every September–they were a bit late this year as the warm weather seemed to linger a while. I always enjoy seeing them!

    Your honemoon spot sounds like ours, but we were in Colorado. Quaint little motel, we rented the detached cabin–low key, quiet, peaceful. The owners sent us a promotional postcard around our anniversary for several years. Alas, we drove by last year and it is gone now.

    I’d like to know about transferring slides to disc, too! My parents have TONS from our family vacations.

  2. I asked David about the slide thing. That’s how he takes all his backpacking photos. He says a photo developing place (such as Kenmore Camera) can scan them onto a disc for you.

    And the monarchs. My greatest memory is jogging in that park in Ventura with a million of them flying all around–love them!

  3. Those butterfly shots are very pretty. I have lived in CA most of my life and never heard about this place. I will have to check it out.


  4. I know you can get a scanner with a slide attachment or already attached. I’m in the same boat as you. Zillions of slides and I’m dying to tell the stories but I’m waiting for the pictures on my computer.

    The butterflies are wonderful.

  5. Yes, those butterflies are amazing. I have seen masses of them in the trees up there near Pismo Beach; that is when I first learned just how far the little creatures travel. It’s awesome.

  6. I remember a butterfly migration on the way to Clovis for the Bogs celebration (last time I saw you). There were so many butterflies we had yellow splats all over the windshield and almost couldn’t see to drive. They are prettier when they sit still.

  7. We have a little box with a mirror in it to use on our scanner for slides but it is tedious to do one at a time. Bill made the box. Copied from one at work.

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