Sunday, June 16, 2013

Cambria to Carmel to home, a farewell

It was tough to leave a house where this is the view out your master bedroom window, and the big views were from the living room and kitchen!
Gas prices in California are high and we were staying in a resort town.  Wow!  That's over a dollar a gallon higher than Park City and we pay too much.  Thankfully, we had a rental Camry which was very roomy but still sipped gas.  We were getting over 30 mpg.
One evening we drove the 30 miles to San Luis Obispo to look around and then dine with friends from Park City (part timers) Paul and Kristen.  We ate at Novo SLO, which is a wonderful restaurant.

I snapped a quick shot in Bubblegum Alley. This artistic landmark is about 100 feet long and it is completely full of stuck on gum, end-to-end and top-to-bottom.  Interesting, but disgusting.
We drove on up the coast to spend one night in Carmel before heading to the San Jose airport.  The shoreline between Big Sur and Carmel has to be one of the prettiest in the world.   Big waves, steep cliffs, blue-green water, black rocks and interesting trees all come together.

The Cyprus trees have all sorts of interesting shapes.  It amazes me that anything lives so long in such cold, salty mist.
I love all the little coves with their sandy beaches.
But among all the pretty beaches, this one may be the most impressive.  We stopped in Julia Pfeiffer Burns state park for a quick hike.  In addition to the normal scenery, we had these huge flowers blooming just below the trail.  I wish we were allowed to get down to the beach.
What you can't see in the photo above is the waterfall that is cascading down onto the beach. I would guess it is about 75 feet high and they say it flows all year.
A great trip. I think the only thing we would definitely do differently is to come in October or November instead of June.  The heavy fog that rolled in every day can happy at any time, but apparently peaks during the "June Gloom".   As you can see from all the trip's pictures, we had enough sunshine to see everything we wanted.

Now we settle in for the incredible Park City summer.  No more planned travel for a few months.

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