Carmel - Point Lobos, Big Sur, 17-mile drive

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday May 18th

We started the day off early today.  Some of the places we wanted to visit today the RV wasn't allowed, so we drove into Monterey to get a rental car.  They gave us another HHR (black this time).  Luckily in Monterey there are public lots you can park RVs, so we parked the RV in a public lot in Monterey and left it and Nash for the morning.

We made our way back south down Route 1 (PCH).  We went to the Point Lobos State Reserve.  It was a good thing we got a rental and also left nash, cause neither the RV or Nash were allowed on the grounds (nash couldn't even be in the car).  Point Lobos is a state park on the coast with a bunch of trails and alot of wildlife.  The guard at the gate directed us to the best place to start.  We headed to the Cannery point and parked the car.  In the parking lot there were a bunch of people getting scuba gear on and had boats there to go diving in the coves.  So we began our hike, and immediately we saw a bunch of seals on the shore and in the water.  The reserve was pretty undeveloped and was really nice to be hiking in what felt very rural.
When we got to the next little cove there were two ottors swimming around in the seaweed.  It made my day, all I wanted to see was an otter. From there we hiked out to the end of the trail and then back to the car.  On our way back to the car, and as the morning progressed, we could see that the park was getting more people coming in.

We drove out to another parking lot to hike a couple different trails.  We began by hiking the cypress grove trail. Once we got past the trailhead there was a deer on the trail just munching on some bushes. Jen got some good pictures of her before she finally realized we were there and there were people coming on the trail the other way.  As we continued down the trail we caught another doe and two fawns hanging out on the knoll above us.  We hiked this trail, which was a loop back to the parking lot and picked up another trailhead there.  We hiked out to sea lion point, which was mentioned to be a good spot to see whales.  We saw none, but did see a ton of seals.
After we got back to the car we headed out.

We continued further south on Route 1 towards Big Sur, since we missed it yesterday.  We drove the coast until we crossed the Bixby Creek Bridge then headed back North.  We could have done this drive in the RV, but it was made much easier with a smaller car. The PCH is a very windy and hilly road.

As we drove back north into Carmel we drove the 17-mile drive.  This is a toll road that loops through Pebble beach and the surrounding Del Monte forest.  We entered at the Pacific Grove Gate and continued so we would be driving on the outer edge of the coast. There were a bunch of places to pull over and take pictures as well as narratives to describe the areas.  We eventually reached Pebble Beach golf course and parked.  We wandered the grounds briefly, saw the 18th hole and the lodge.  We finished the 17 mile drive, then drove back through Carmel and to Monterey to continue our busy day.
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