Saturday, November 15, 2008

Carmel & Big Sur

This is a shot looking back north towards Rocky Point.

Today we took a drive down California 1 from our camp to Big Sur. As always the scenery was spectacular. There are many superb vistas to stop and enjoy. The highway clings along the cliffs above the sea and at every wide spot there is a pull out. We went in the morning so there was very little traffic although when we came back about lunch time there were a lot more vehicles and folks on the road. I don't think I would want to be along there on a Sunday afternoon in the summer time. Probably couldn't get your lense out through the crowd to see the sites.

The temperatures were in the high 70's to low 80's although once we got back to our camp it was mid 80's here.

We drove as far down as Big Sur, and it appears that some of the hippy types that headed this way in the 60's and 70's have reproduced as there are some folks here who appear to be dressed in their grandmothers tie dyed outfits. It is still a beautiful spot where giant redwoods grow almost within sight of the arid coastal plains. Although it is known for its fog we had a beautiful clear day.

Big Sur

After turning around a Big Sur we headed back north and ate our picnic lunch on the beach in Carmel. It was a beautiful white sand beach that is open to the public. There was a steady stream of walkers both with and without their dogs traversing the sand and a small flotilla of surfers riding the waves offshore. As we left town there was bumper to bumper traffic heading in so it appears that visiting in the morning was a good choice.

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