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Oct 8, 2017 - Visit to Point Lobos State Park

October 8 – Visit to Point Lobos State Park Martha got us up early so we could leave at 8 AM for the state park just south of Carmel and get ahead of the crowds. At Point Lobos State Park, there were level paths out to the cliffs of the coast line where we could view sea lions sunning themselves on a near rocky island and watch and hear the 10’ waves as they hit the rocks and beaches. I did not have my telephoto lens/camera along so the photos of the sea lions taken with my wide angle lens are not sharp. We also viewed hundreds of pelicans...

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Oct 7, 2017 - Travel to Big Sur, California

October 7 – Travel to Big Sur, California Our Saturday travel south 4 hours around San Francisco was on good highways littered with all kinds of debris. I suppose that the highway medians are not mowed so trash is not an issue but it sure looks like no one cares. The ‘No Litter’ signs with a $1,000 penalty seems to have no effect. Again, the view for most of the arid distance was of dead grass on the hillsides and tan dust. It seems that all of area south of Willits, the Anderson Valley and all around San Francisco is a tinderbox. We can...

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Jun 19, 2015 - Highway 1 (part #1)

Nous remontons maintenant vers la côte Californienne en passant par Santa Monica. À plus de 3500km de Chicago, point de départ de la Route 66, celle-ci se termine par un promontoire sur l`océan à Palisades Park. Magnifique grande roue fonctionnant à l`énergie solaire près du quai. Nous continuons vers Malibu et Santa Barbara magnifique littoral. Le premier densément peuplé en célébrité et le second caractérisé par des bâtiments en stuc blanc aux toits rouge. Nous nous arrêtons à Océano pour les belles plages un peu plus tranquilles. (Avila...

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Jun 11, 2015 - Big Sur, CA

Wish we had more time at Big Sur. It is big!!! We only spent one night but I got in a couple of hikes. State Parks in California are $40 a night. That is expensive in camping terms and most of them don't have electric. Had to buy gas before we left the Big Sur area but at $4.99 a gallon we chanced it and made it to Carmel. It was $3.40 there. The picture Mike posted is at a waterfall. If you look closely, you can see it. I was expecting more but I guess the drought has taken its toll on the waterfall as well. We stopped at Hearst Castle,...

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Takin the Slow Road

Apr 22, 2014 - Big Sur - California's Rt 1

Hello Everyone, Today we made it up the famous California coastline following Route 1 – the Pacific Coast Highway! This is one of the most twisty, hilly coastline drives I have ever seen! Very few RV’s were on the road, and now I know why. On the one side going South is a sheer cliff, and on the North side is a vertical wall with signs saying ‘Falling Rock’. And, to make it even more fun, there was a fog bank that obscured my vision as well! We made it to Big Sur Campground, and it is beautiful! There are enormous California Redwood trees...

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Mar 29, 2014 - Big Sur

The drive along the Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur was beyond what we imagined. The views were gorgeous and beyond what we can put into words or show in pictures. We were so excited to stop and check out the sea lions that were sunning and flapping cool sand over their bodies. We loved the fresh smell of the ocean, trees and flowers. The road was a journey of twists and turns, at times with speed limits only 15-20 mph. As you wind around each turn, you see a different view and angle from before. The only downfall was a bit of dizzying car...

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Our Great Escape

Jul 19, 2013 - 7/7-8 Plaskett Creek, Big Sur Coastline, CA

Sunday, 7/7 - This campground is right across the highway from the Pacific Ocean. : ) Arrived to find that the drinking water is not potable! Have to boil it and Brita filter it. Just one of those things. The campsites are plenty big here, and pretty shady. Slightly on a slant, but hey, we're camping, right? Monday, 7/8 - our one day here. We walked across the street and out to the cliffs over the ocean. So many different kinds of plants, so many different colored rocks, so many wildflowers growing out of the rocks. Later on we drove to an...

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Aug 9, 2012 - Monterey, CA

Today we are heading back to Monterey with our bikes. After lunch we took a nice bike ride along Monterey Bay. We stopped to watch the seals and sea otters playing in the Bay. It is hard to tell the sea otters from the seaweed because they are similar in color, then you see their heads bobbing and diving. Part of the trail goes through a grove of eucalyptus trees, the smell is overwhelming. After the ride we went to the Cannery, another shopping area in Monterey. It used to actually be where the fish was canned back in the early 1900’s, but...

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Aug 8, 2012 - Big Sur, CA

Today we are driving down Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway. This highway skirts the Santa Lucia Mountains and is narrow and winding in many spots, but always the view of the Pacific Ocean. There are spots where it is so foggy you can’t see too much and then in a few miles it is completely clear. As the sun gets higher more of the fog burns off – the scenery is spectacular. There are a lot of turn-outs, but most are high above the ocean so there is really no beach access, just enjoying the vistas. Of course, there is the ever present...

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Jun 20, 2012 - Big Sur, c'est ésotérique

Enfin un peu de chaleur sur Big Sur. Il fait 21C. Vous me direz que ce n'est pas terrible mais c'est toujours mieux que les 14-15C des autres jours. La côte est vraiment resplendissante sous un soleil radieux. Aujourd'hui nous restons aux alentours du camping, on va jusqu'à Julia Pfeiffer SP d'un côté et jusqu'au Bixby bridge de l'autre, donc peu de route. Au Julia Pfeiffer SP, on prend un petit sentier qui nous mène à une petite chûte (un filet d'eau) qui se jette dans la mer et aux ruines de la maison de Julia Pfeiffer qui datait du début...

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Jun 19, 2012 - Monterey et Peeble Beach

Aujourd'hui nous allons vers le nord pour visiter la ville de Monterey et faire la 17 miles road de Peeble Beach et voir la petite agglomération de Carmel. Départ tôt le matin car nous ne voulons pas revenir aussi tard qu'hier. Notre premier arrêt se fera à l'aquarium de Monterey qui est situé dans une vieille cannerie de sardine et ses entrepôts qui se trouvent au bord de la mer. Franchement, l'adaptation des bâtiments est fort bien réussie et les bassins d'eau sont souvent sur 2 étages. A peine entrés, nous allons voir une présentation...

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Jun 18, 2012 - Highway 1, magnifique

Notre camping est situé dans le fond de la vallée où coule la rivière Big Sur parmi des Redwoods ce qui donne qu'on voit le soleil que pendant l'après-midi. C'est aussi assez frais, la température joue autour de 14-15C. Si vous pensez qu'il fait toujours chaud en Californie, vous vous trompez royalement. Nous partons pour faire un bout de la sauvage Highway 1 qui est nichée entre la montagne et la mer. Cependant, on n'est pas souvent au niveau de la mer car on monte jusqu'à 250 métres parfois pour redescendre à nouveau. C'est une superbe...

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