Cruising the Coast of California

Trip Start Aug 26, 2007
Trip End Sep 11, 2007

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Monday, September 3, 2007

We were up quite early this morning and since breakfast was included with our rate - we had breakfast at the hotel.  The front desk clerk had told us the night before that it was a great breakfast and he was right.  It wasn't that large or that fancy - but the highlight - at least for me - was the fresh fruit.  Sharon - brace yourself - I think we had the very best strawberries ever.  Not only were they 100% red to the base of the stem - but they had a flavor that I have never experienced.  They were sweet - but not too sweet and the taste was out of this world.  I do not know what variety they were - but I doubt that I will ever taste anything like it again.  Even the Japanese Strawberries that we tried in Singapore that were selling for the equivalent of $2.00 per berry, didn't compare - and they were supposed to be the best in the world.  They also had bowls of huge red raspberries, plums, peaches, blueberries....the list goes on - but the strawberries were the highlight!  They also had an egg station and waffle station - thick cut bacon and I do believe that all of the items were fresh and homemade.  We needed this energy for our drive today as we were heading out on Coastal Highway 1 - all the way to Big Sur and then into Monterey.  There were a few warnings - narrow, curvy roads - use caution - etc.  I was a little nervous at first - thinking that I wouldn't be able to enjoy the views as the driver - but after we started out and I realized that this was NOTHING compared to the driving that we do on a daily basis in Costa Rica it was very enjoyable and beautiful.  We drove for 6 hours to go a little over 200 miles.  We had a little over one hour of stopping time - spread out between the many different vista points.  When we reached Big Sur - we then stopped to have lunch/dinner (As it was after 5 p.m. by the time we reached the restaurant).  There isn't too much to report on as far as the drive went - you will see it all in the photos.  We drove by Heart Castle - but since we weren't sure on the timing of the drive and we had such a distance to drive - we didn't make a reservation - and we just admired it from afar.  We stopped to see the Elephant Seals on the beach - we saw some Zebras too - but by the time we realized that that was what they were it was too late to turn around.  We saw beautiful coastline and we saw those 'Happy California Cows' - grazing on green grass between the road and the ocean.  We can see why they are happier than those in the Midwest!  As we arrived in Big Sur we found the restaurant we had looked into before our trip started - along the river - back in a National Park - it was very nice - we sat outside along the river and had a nice (very late lunch) dinner.  Then we were in Carmel and Monterey before we knew it.  We will be here for two nights before heading on....
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jrcassiday on

Did you visit the famous waterbed factory in Big Sur?

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