Boys Big Sur day and Liz's secret rendevouz
Trip Start Jan 16, 2007
42Trip End May 18, 2007
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The lure of twisting roads and high bridges was calling the lads, at the same time as telling Liz to pass and spend a quiet non-nervewracking day in Carmel. We set off after breakfast heading south from Carmel on Highway 1 and the first port of call was The Point Lobos State Reserve which we had read about the night before. There are a number of areas along the coast that are designated as 'State Reserves' which charge an entry fee - anything from 5 to 10 dollars - and when you enter you realise the value. They are totally preserved areas with pretty much no amenities, just completely unspoilt coastal areas with magnificent views and wildlife. As we walked around some of the trails we came across a small beach that had a good number of seals and seal pups - again good viewing without being intrusive to them. We spent a good couple of hours before deciding to move on - there's a lot of coast to see
Our next stop was at one of the famous bridges along this stretch of road - the whole road was built back in the '30's using convict labour. The bridges span huge ravines and you are able to step to the very edge of huge drops and look over, with no fencing or anything to stop you. We held hands tight at this stage - not sure who was more nervous!
We carried on and crossed the most famous bridge - The Bixby Bridge - with regular stops to take in the view and get yet more photo's. We rounded Point Sur and then took in another state reserve by the name of Pfeiffer Beach - it involved using a very narrow twisting road for 2 miles and another fee before parking. You then had to walk through a fairly wooded area before coming out on to an amazing beach where the Pacific was crashing in against huge rocks either side of a semi-circular bay - not bad but have they seen Lulworth Cove?? The whole area was superb and the camera finally gave out on battery power after constant snapping. Josh was able to run on the sand dunes whilst Ian took in the ocean - not literally - although Josh later did his best by slipping off some small rocks to soak trainers and socks under water - all part of a good day out.
We had travelled about 40-50 miles and decided to turn back, although you can push on another 40 or so to do the whole thing. We somehow managed to squeeze another couple of pic's out of the camera and then motored back to Carmel to regale Liz with our stories of the day. We also noticed that just down the road was a mission building - one of three dating back to the 1700's in this area of California - so we all took a drive to take a look. Unfortunately it was getting late and the mission was closed but we managed a couple more pic's and the whole building and gardens looked very beautiful and totally in keeping with Carmel which Liz will write about next
THE SECRET MEETING
My turn now! I do hope you have all managed to look at the few pictures of Carmel on the web album. They don't do it justice, the place is so tranquil and serene. The town is just beautiful with all the streets planted with flowers...oh I have already told you about that, sorry but its just I want you to know how lovely it is. They have even kept the old laws with no street lamps in the streets or house numbers on the front of houses or fences, it makes the whole place easier on the eye. Well done Carmel!
As Ian mentioned I really didn't fancy a day being driven along a road where my side of the car was looking down cliffs to the sea! I have had my fair share of white knuckle rides on the trip so far. With the lads safely out of the way I put my plan into action, me and Clint were to have a spot of lunch in one of the many elegant restaurants in town followed by a walk on the beach and maybe some shopping in the boutiques, but guess what..he stood me up!!! Now I like older blokes but you're pushing it punk, I thought!
Needless to say I had a great time anyway with a very invigorating and windswept walk on the beach (alone) The Pacific ocean is fantastic, such a great colour and very loud, quite mesmerising. After that I did indeed visit the boutiques and could have spent a fortune just on Katie (our Granddaughter) alone! I came away empty handed unfortunately, lucky Clint didn't show he really would have needed a fist full of dollars!!