Sunday, November 14, 2010

Carmel, Big Sur and The Hearst Castle

Today we traveled to Carmel by the Sea, through Big Sur on the coast highway, and toured The Hearst Castle.  Along the way we passed some great coast scenery and an elephant seal rookery that had hundreds of elephant seals.  Some of these seals were over 10 feet long and over a 1000 pounds.  One of the volunteers said that the really big adults weighed up to 5000 pounds.  We took the Hearst Castle tour and it was great.  You get to see how the top 1% of the top 2% of the other half live.  It's beautiful.  Look at the pictures and they still don't do it justice.

A travel note.  If you want to drive the coast highway, don't bother going north of San Francisco.  The coast highway from Monterey to San Simeon has all the pretty places you would want to see and you would save one entire day.

Nonette on the beach at Carmel.  We looked for Clint but never saw him.

The following are from the drive through Big Sur

 The best looking gas station I have ever seen.

Hearst Castle

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