Jun 15, 2013
From Santa Cruz I headed south along Hwy 1 which runs as close to the Pacific as you can get. It was another great scenic drive. I stopped in a state park just off the highway and got the very last tent site under the big bridge above. Several other ocean state camp sites were full. The Pacific clearly attracts the crowds. I intended to drive all the way to the KOA in San Luis Obispo a further 80 miles south but got lucky. My tent was just 200 feet from the ocean. Everybody was down at the beach enjoying the sunset at 7 pm sharp. By 7.30 it's semi-dark, and at 8 pm completely dark. The next morning, Friday, I got up and continued my scenic drive south along Hwy 1. I passed the Hearst Castle and should maybe have gone in to see it but didn't. But I did stop to see the elephans seals lying on the beach. In 1992 the species was thought be extinct but now after careful cultivation there are more than 15,000 of them. At Cambria I turned left away from the Pacific and began my long trek towards Yosemite National Park to the northeast. The park was too far away to get there in one day, so I stopped in a small town called Visalia (the founder, Mr. Vise, named it after himself in 1852). Later today I will hopefully be inside Yosemite, and hopefully I'll find a nice campground with sites available.