San Juan Bautista, CA
Apr 27, 2010
April 24, 2010
It was very foggy when we got up this morning. The fog did not lift until we were about 50 miles north of Paso Robles. As we drove along the valley we again saw many vineyards and vegetables growing along the highway. Many of the fields were filled with workers who were harvesting the crops along with machinery that assisted in getting the material to the packing houses. All of a sudden John saw a sign that said Camp Roberts. This is the place that his Dad was for basic training for WWII. It is now deserted and the barracks are in a state of disrepair. Unfortunately because of the road conditions it was not possible to stop and get a picture of the buildings in the field that one could see from the road.
We arrived at Betabel RV Park at San Juan Bautista. Wow it is something else with all paved sights, dog exercise area, pool, two club houses etc. The really neat thing is that it is only $34/night which is less than most of the camps we have been in, and with more amenities. Also, one can wash their RV at their site. Ours sure needs it after all the rain we have gone through.
April 25, 2010
Today dawned bright and sunny. It was 49 in the AM but got up to 80 in the PM. We headed for the coast and again saw large fields of vegetables, fruit trees (Cherry) and noted that many of the fields had packing houses near them for Dole, Del Monte and Giant.
Upon arriving on the coast we drove south toward Monterey, Pebble Beach, and Carmel. The coast was just beautiful. The tide was coming in and the waves hitting the rocks off shore made spectacular waves. We toured fisherman’s wharf and the Cannery area (now full of shops) in Monterey. We drove about the town to see the houses etc. Many are large and grand with great landscaping.
We took a 17 mile toll road thru Pebble Beach. Man the houses were huge, the scenery great, and the golf courses plentiful. We saw seals sunning themselves, birds flying everywhere and huge homes along the Golf Courses. The area was getting ready for the US Open and large white tents were being erected on the course. There was a large area of old Monterey Cypress. The trees looked similar to the cypress of Florida but with heavier and rougher bark.
Our last stop today was Carmel. Carmel is a quaint town with more dollars in real estate than we care to imagine. The shore was gorgeous and something to always remembers. There was a race or walk or something in the town and we got stuck in a mess of traffic. CA 1 a major coastal road was closed. What a mess. After getting out of the traffic, we headed north back to camp full of sights, sounds and smells of the sea.
April 26, 2010
The day dawned clear and cool. The sun began to warm the air and by mid day it was nice and warm. The first stop of the day was the Mission at San Juan Bautista. The mission was built in 1797 and was the 15th of the 21 missions built along the Camino Real Trail. It is one of the largest with three aisles and 36 rooms. It is built on a bluff and over looks a large valley full of farm land. The town itself, which has the same name as the mission, is very quaint with many little shops along the main street.
We then drove to Santa Cruz. We took CA 152 which is a beautiful drive through the mountains. The road is narrow and curvy with large trees overhanging the road like a tunnel. This is not a rode for an RV. It reminded us of the roads in the Smokey Mountains. Over the mountain was Watsonville, which was a bigger town then we imagined. Again, more fields of crops and small towns on our way north on CA 1. We arrived at Santa Cruz and went down to the sea. There is a Boardwalk there. It is really an amusement park with two roller coasters and other types of rides and shops to sell tourists stuff. We drove around the area and then headed back to the coach. We took a different highway back and drove between the coastal mountains in a valley, that in addition to vegetable and fruit farms, had cattle grazing on the hillsides.
We stopped in a town near the camp called Gilroy. We got Famous Dave’s BBQ and took it back to the coach for dinner. Then it was time to do some domestic chores like laundry and washing the coach. Tomorrow is a down day to finish up domestic duties and get ready to head for Folsom to visit friends.