Leaving Pismo

Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
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Trip End Oct 23, 2009


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

After another sleep-in and breakfast, we packed the car and headed for Highway 1 and Big Sur, reportedly one of the best drives in the world. It would have been better to drive it from north to south, rather than south to north, as we were on the wrong side of the road for stopping easily (and you do have to stop, because the "vista points" - as they were often signposted - were so spectacular). We drove in and out of the fog and climbed mountains to find we were so high we were above the fog.

At one coastal spot, we stopped and saw something moving in the bushes. Was it a rat? Well, close I guess - it was our first squirrel. T2 was very taken with it, particularly when it was joined by all its mates. They obviously knew that tourists in cars equalled food. We found a cracker and T2 spent a happy ten minutes surrounded by the furry creatures.

At San Simeon, we gazed at Hearst Castle, high in the distance, but decided not to take a tour as it was probably not too interesting for the treasures. Our next roadside stop was at the elephant seal rookery, where at this time of year, only the young seals laze on the beach. They don't do much except occasionally flip dirt on themselves. We watched one gingerly approach the water, but he seemed to decide it was all too hard, and rolled over instead.

We continued on through more fog and arrived at our campground in Big Sur in time for dinner (a short drive of 117 miles took us about 6 hours!). The cabin was basic, with bunks for the treasures and a double bed, a picnic table and fire pit outside. The shop up the road had franks and buns, so we cooked dinner on the open fire. Roasted marshmallows on sticks (did you know you can buy a marshmallow stick for $2.50 US? - why would you bother?!) for dessert weren't a great hit, but the treasures spent much happy time just poking at the fire with their sticks.

In the morning, we met another Aussie family who had stayed the night and listened to their tips, as they had already spent two weeks travelling in the opposite direction to us and had visited many of the places we are heading to - they even stayed at our hotel in Vegas - Excalibur.
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