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Jul 25, 2014 - Carmel to Cambria on the Pacific Coast Highway 1

On Saturday we set off along the Pacific Coast Highway – what an experience! The sea was covered in fog but when we were high up we looked out over the clouds – it was like being in an aeroplane! This was not the white-knuckle ride I thought it was going to be and we both enjoyed it. Shortly before we arrived at our destination – Cambria, we saw a sign for ‘elephant seals’ so we pulled over and walked along the beach to see dozens of enormous elephant seals. There was a guide there, just chatting to people and telling them about the seals....

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Apr 24, 2014 - Cambria, CA & Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle, in San Simeon, designed by Julia Morgan and built for William Randolph Hearst on land that William Randolph Hearst’s family owned when he was a youngster. Julia and William Randolph worked closely together for the construction of this estate for decades. Hearst never thought twice about tearing down huge sections of the steel reinforced concrete sections of the castle and replacing them with another design concept he had thought of. Miss Julia was always on her toes with Hearst’s re-designs. Construction began in 1919, and...

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2014 Southwest Trip

Oct 15, 2012 - Home Again

We arrived back on Marathon Drive late Monday afternoon. It was an uneventful trip home, after a wonderful week on the Pacific shore. Had dinner at Peggy Sue's Diner last night, which is just outside of Barstow. It's filled with memorabilia from the 1950ies. A fun place and good food. Hope you enjoyed our photos and reading about our adventures.

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Oct 13, 2012 - Fiscalini Ranch

We spent most of our last full day in Cambria exploring Fiscalini Ranch, which is a 100 acre preserve on the south side of town. The land was originally a cattle ranch, owned by the Fiscalini family for over 100 years. In the 1990ies, the ranch was closed and a number of real estate developers tried to secure the land. Finally, Friends of the Ranch were able to garner sufficient resources to purchase the property and transform it into the preserve that exists today. It's a wonderful resource for Cambria, with walking trails along a rocky...

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Oct 12, 2012 - Driving Big Sur

Today we drove the length of Big Sur, starting in Cambria and ending at Nepenthe, a little south of Monterey. It was misting a little when we left, but, as the day unfolded, the weather got better and better. It's a beautiful drive in any weather, but by noon the sun was out. Besides the 100+ pull-offs for "photo-ops", we made two major stops along the way. The first was at the Camaldoli Monastery, located high above coastal Highway #1. This is a beautiful, quiet, and peaceful place. A place for spiritualism and reflection. The setting is...

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Oct 11, 2012 - Sebastion's at San Simeon

Today we had lunch at Sebastion's, a funky little restaurant on the beach at San Simeon. The eatery, along with s local winery, is housed in an old building erected in 1852, initially serving as a whaling house. The building is just below the Hearst Castle, and it still houses the community post office. The food was good, the wine even better! And the place exudes history, charm, and character! Located nearby is farm equipment from the San Simeon Estate, as well as the one-room school house that William Randolph Hearst, Sr., attended as a...

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Oct 10, 2012 - Scarecrow Festival

Jean and Alison (our sister-in-law and niece) arrived yesterday. Today, we had lunch on the docks at Morro Bay, enjoying a nice sunny afternoon. Morro Rock, which sits on the beach at Moro Bay, is huge! Ali thinks it's bigger than Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach. We are staying in Cambria, which is in the midst of its Annual Scarecrow Festival. This event is fun to see. Approximately 200 scarecrows are set up all over town (i.e., in peoples' yards, on trails and walks, in front of businesses, etc.). All are colorful and fun....some are really...

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Oct 9, 2012 - Piedras Blancas

Today we spent touring Piedras Blancas, a really interesting light house/station established on the California coast in 1875. Standing 100 feet tall, it served as an active lighthouse until the 1970ies, when it was finally discontinued. Although it is missing its lens/top (lost in a 1948 earthquake), the structure and support buildings are still well preserved and in very good shape (and a new top is "on order"). It's located on a spit of land extending into the Pacific, about 10 miles north of San Simeon. The location is beautiful and,...

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Oct 8, 2012 - Moonstone Beach

Our rental house in Cambria is located on Moonstone Beach, so named for the smooth, white, translucent, stones that can be found along its shore. A wooden boardwalk follows the beach for about two miles. It's a beautiful walkway! There are stretches of sand, rock outcroppings, tide pools, pelicans, etc. We encountered a young eagle, perched on a ledge, very close to the walkway, who showed no fear of humans.

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Oct 7, 2012 - The Pacific At Last

We made it! We are in Cambria, on the southern end of Big Sur. The sun was out as we crossed California and we once again enjoyed the "golden hills." Our rental house in Cambria is great, with wonderful views looking north, south, and west. We are right on the boardwalk, which runs for about 2 miles along the ocean. Sunsets here are outstanding. We are looking forward to a good week.

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Oct 6, 2011 - Monterey to Cambria

Today dawned with rain forecast, very heavy at times. Disappointing as it was we donned the wet weather gear and hopped on the bikes to go downtown to Cannery Row in Monterey. We all had a steep learning curve on how slippery the white lines and road markings are and soon learnt to ride the best lines to miss most of them. The USA are the world’s leaders in road paint consumption or at least that’s what it seemed like. After wandering around Cannery Row for an hour or so, hitting the local Starbucks for a coffee it was obvious the rain was...

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Apr 5, 2008 - San Simeon State Park

San Simeon Sate Park Just south of the Hurst Castle proved to be one our favorite places. So much so we will probably return to this spot anytime we feel the need to get "grounded". We were fortunate to meet the Campground Hosts, Mike and his wife Imkelia who have become friends and we could never thank them enough for the kindness and guidance. This is the spot were several Plein Air paintings were done, we did our first "primitive-boon-dock" - 11 days and then felt secure enough in our RV abilities to move on up the coast.

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