Hearst Castle

Trip Start Jul 06, 2013
Trip End Jul 13, 2013

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

We were up for an early start today for the 3 hour drive to Hearst Castle.  We were on the road at 8:15 and were happy to find that the ride only took 2.5 hours - thanks Mary Jane.  Heidii had already been to Hearst Castle and Mary Jane's husband, Bill will be flying out to California on Saturday for a vacation with MJ, so she will wait to see the attraction with him.  Therefore, the five of us dropped them off in a little seaside town, Cambria, to explore while we made the short drive up to the castle.  As we were getting the car parked a sudden profanity was exclaimed by Rita - oh dear - she lost a crown - not a good thing to happen on vacation! However, she will not let this inconvenience slow her down!

We parked the car and entered the Welcome Center, where we watched a 40 minute movie about William Randolph Hearst and the history behind the building of the castle. Now we were ready to see it.  Buses brought you up to the grounds, while listening to audio with more information about the attraction. We had a short tour through the downstairs of the house and then were given time to explore the grounds on our own.  The entire place was amazing!  The grounds were gorgeous, with flowers everywhere.  The outdoor pool was larger than anything I had ever seen - with beautiful Carrera marble statues everywhere.  

After viewing the tennis courts and the Roman Bath, aka indoor pool, we hopped back on the bus down to the Welcome Center to head back to Cambria to pick up our shoppers.  By this time it was 2:00 and we were starving.  Heidi and Mary Jane had found a quaint little restaurant with a foreign flair (Robins) and we had a wonderful relaxing meal.  Also, we were very happy to hear that Chere's surgery went well. Dr. Budden's (Jonelle's husband) presence and support was very much appreciated and everyone in Baton Rouge wanted to know how Jonelle got so lucky. We certainly know the answer to that! 

Before piling back into Ms. Goldy for the 2.5 hour ride back to Carmel, we strolled through the town, browsing through some of the cute shops. We stopped for a short, cool and windy walk on the Boardwalk getting another view of the  Pacific Ocean and were joined by many little California Beach Squirrels scurrying around in the sand.   Then, it was time to head back to Carmel,  singing along with Rod Stewart and the Jersey Boys as we rolled down the highway.  Nancy, our Carmel Chef, whipped up a few grilled cheese sandwiches which hit the spot with a little wine and after dinner drinks on the patio before retiring to bed about midnight.  Another fabulous day of making memories in California!
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mammiegaga on

Sounds like you are having a blast !! Isn't the Hearst Castle amazing ? I have stayed in Cambria before :) Glad you are having so much fun !!


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