Having lived on the Monterey Peninsula for 27 years, I have been fortunate to soak up a great deal of the fascinating history to be found here. As I have long been interested in pirate history I was intrigued to discover that Monterey Bay actually boasts quite an impressive pirate history of its own-- particularly for a West Coast locale. I have written two books that emphasize the Peninsula's illustrious and colorful past: Nueva California Vol. I and II, and Pirates & Rogues of Monterey Bay. I was also privileged to have an up-close-and-personal experience of Carmel Mission history working with the Carmel Mission Art and Inventory Team from 2006 to 2008. I have also donated Pirate Era artifacts to the Stanton Museum in Monterey.