Kingdom on a Hill - Hearst Castle
Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
81Trip End Dec 10, 2008
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We went back to Hearst Castle and boarded a bus at the office that winded it's way miles & miles up the mountain (glad I wasn't driving) and we arrived at this 'Enchanted Castle'. This was the private residence of Mr W.R. Hearst (a newspaper magnate - owning 50-60% of the newspapers at that time). It was a palace in every sense of the word, that was built primarily to 'show' his many art collections (some 300 of them)
This story was one I could write so much about - how his upbringing influenced his decisions, his need to share what he had, his passion (and I mean passion!), - His uncompromising attention to detail was incredible and just inspiring.
A real highlight of our trip.
We then headed up towards Santa Cruz area along the coast. This was stunning scenery, but the roads were narrow and windy and so from that point of view it was quite a hard trip. In hindsight we would have allowed a lot more time for this trip, although we stopped often we would have liked to have rested and enjoyed the scenery even more, some special moments along the way, like feeding the squirrels etc.
We arrived tired and happy at Watsonville KAO Campground, close to Monterey Bay (about 20 mins from Santa Cruz).