Day 30 - Monterey - California

Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
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Trip End Nov 19, 2012


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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Today's first stop was at Point Pedras Blancas to see a colony of enormous elephant seals frolicking in the water and lazing in the sun on the beach. They migrate to the coves and beaches in this area each year for shelter during the winter, and for a bit of hanky panky as their mating season runs from December through to January. They are quite the sight with the girls weighing in around 1600 pounds (725kg), whilst the boys can weigh up to 5000 pounds (2,267kg).

After watching these guys loll about for a bit we then headed to nearby Hearst Castle. This place was built by William Randolph Hurst, who was filthy rich (family money) and was involved in publishing, politics and movies. He was married and had five children with his wife, but then he took up with actor Marion Davis in the mid 1920s. His wife left him, but refused to divorce him. But being unable to marry didn't stop William and Marion living in sin together at Hearst Castle (they called it the ranch at San Simeon). With her knowledge of the acting world and his of business and politics they used the ranch to mix and mingle with the stars and the country's brightest minds, bringing the two groups together quite frequently. They would often have up to 30 guests stay over a weekend. What a nice life a few $s can bring. It's quite the sight to take it all one, very glitzy.

You could spend a week looking around Hearst Castle, but alas as we didn't have a week we pushed on.

We went through the beautiful Big Sur portion of the coast road lined with Californian redwoods. It is very peaceful and serene in this part of the world. However there were a lot of roadworks being done over night so we didn't stay there as the serenity would have disappeared at dusk when the road work machines started up, what a bummer, still nice to know we've seen some of it.

So with that out of the picture for our night's stay we headed to Monterey.

After a day of winding roads we thought our legs could do with a stretch and walked through downtown Monterey and stumbled on a 1950s car show, complete with Californian retro rock band, so hung out there for a few tunes for a while. Then we wandered along the wharf and had more delicious fresh seafood for dinner at Crabby Jim's.

A long and busy day, but all fantastic, great to see this part of the coast.
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