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Apr 16, 2017 - San Simeon, CA

We arrived in San Simeon on April 16 after checking into the camp ground we left to explore. We drove along the Pacific coast, happy we had traveled from Sea to shining Sea. The following day we went to the Ragged Point Inn, then to see the Elephant Seals they were truly amazing. This is the time of year when they beach, have their babies, and add a layer of skin. They were endangered in the 50s. The first baby was born in 1954. The population in 2015 was over 200 thousand. April 18 we went to Hearst Castle took the tour it was great, I was...

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Apr 8, 2016 - Hearst Castle

When George Hearst came to the west to find his fortune during the California gold rush, he was one of the fortunate few who did. Among the countless things his earnings allowed him to purchase was a huge chunk of the central California coast. At one point he owned 45 miles of coastline. He purchased the beautiful, green, rolling hillsides for a cattle ranch and the land was ranched until his death. William Randolph Hearst, his sole heir, asked his mother if they could build some permanent buildings on the land. Until that point family...

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Jan 28, 2016 - The Hearst Castle

Today we rode up to San Simeon and the home of William Randolf Hearst. It's difficult to think of what to say about the place. The site is breath-taking. The amount of money spent creating this "house" is mind boggling. We definitely need to win the lottery..........several time. We traveled a couple miles further up along the coast to an elephant seal rookery. This is a cove along the shore where elephant seals come every winter to mate, give birth, and spend the Winter. We expected to see a large group of seals, we did not expect to see...

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Jan 25, 2016 - The Enchanted Hill

Today we took a drive over to San Simeon to tour the Hearst Castle, the home of Mr William Randolph Hearst. It is located off Highway 1 and was a beautiful drive over through rolling green hills and numerous wineries.The house was started in 1919 and not completed till 1947.The Estate is filled with art and antiques from Hearst's vast collection. After his death the home and some of the land was turned over by the family to be maintained by the California state parks.It is quite impressive! After leaving the estate we continued to drive...

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May 11, 2015 - San Simeon State Park

Left Bakersfield and drove to San Simeon State Park. We stayed up on the hill. Several spots are big enough for our RV. No hookups, but the dump station was open and fresh water to fill RV was available. Good satelite signal and pretty good AT&T and Verizon signal.

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Mar 6, 2015 - San Simeon

We turned the corner of Santa Cruz wharf and there were hundred's of sea lions. They were playing and sunbathing in the water. Just before we got to San Simeon we saw elephant seals they were huge and had really weird noses. They were scooping sand over themselves and fighting with the other seals. Love Georgia

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Apr 18, 2014 - Ocean Front

What a night. Staying in a motel right along the beach. We decided to eat at the motel restaurant. What a mistake for me! Bad fish gave me a bad case of food poison. Was up all night sick. There's no way anyone got any sleep...except Cherie, she sleeps through anything. Today was a tourist day. Visited the Hearst Castle. William Randolph Hearst... newspaper publisher and grandfather to Patty. David looked everywhere for her. Visited with the elephant seals molting on the beach. There must have been thousands! Awesome day. Back at the motel...

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West on 2 Wheels X4

Apr 17, 2014 - Ocean Views

Left the California desert behind in the dust. Traveled through the farm region in the southern San Joaquin valley. Saw citrus groves, onion and garlic fields, strawberry plants, dairy farms, and even grape vineyards. Then moved onto higher ground and solar farms replaced the plants thanks to abundant sunshine. Beautiful ride through the hills before we hit the coast. Temperature today dropped from a high of 86 to 58 degrees over the course of only about 50 miles. Coastal fog in the hills here is reminiscent of the Smokies. Found a local...

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West on 2 Wheels X4

Jun 25, 2013 - Hearst Castle Start of 2013 Summer Trip

>>Today was the first major stop on our summer trip, we will spend six days in Paso Robles in a very nice RV Park (Wine Country RV). Our plan here includes seeing friends, seeing more of the California coast and visiting Moro Bay, Pismo Beach, a winery tour and what ever else we can find to do. Today we toured Hearst Castle, Wow what a great place to visit. I would suggest that anyone interested look up the entire Hearst Castle story on line, because I could never do it justice in this journal, but the...

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Jun 23, 2013 - Hearst Castle

Today’s drive was our least favorite of the whole trip. We headed west towards the coast across vast farm lands and barren hills. We were amazed at how brown everything is. There was no green in sight at some points. It was a relief to finally reach the coast and see waves crashing against the rocks. The fog had rolled in, making it seem almost eerie. We drove along the coast for a while and then took a tour of the Hearst Castle. Our tour was of the Grand Rooms and was magnificent! It was easy to picture the formal dinners that were served...

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Jun 17, 2013 - The Hearst Castle and Our Short Tour of Big Sur

Arrived at the Hearst Castle about 9:45 AM and bought tickets for the 10:20 AM Grand Rooms Tour. Hung around for a bit. The DW checked the gift shop and I checked the wine, beef and olive oil. Hearst Ranch sells all three. The property was a huge cattle ranch before W. R. Hearst decided to build his summer home . His father had originally bought the property and at one point owned 250 000 acres. The ranch is still a working ranch and they sell their products locally. Ar 10:20 we boarded a bus for the 15 minute ride to the top of the hill...

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Jun 16, 2013 - Headed North to Hearst Castle

Happy Fathers' Day to all of you who are fathers. Up early and out of the campground by 8:80 AM. We want to get to the next park early because we don't have a reservation. Beautiful drive along the coast. Stopped at Morro Bay State Park and the attendant phone ahead to San Simeon State Park which is only 5 miles from Hearst Castle. No problem the had sites available. Away we went and arrived at the park about 1:00 PM. Set up on a site and only paid $20/night. We are staying here for two nights as we want to give ourselves the whole day to...

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