A Travellerspoint blog

November 10, 2010

More of the coast today and another campsite right on the ocean in Smith River. Will we ever get tired of the amazing vista's around every corner?

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November 9, 2010

Today we drove the California Coast road. We learnt a very important lesson. If it says to slow to 15 and that the road narrows, you really do need to slow to 15 and the road really is going to narrow. Don was concerned about scraping the paint off the side of the motor home on a number of occassions. We stopped and had a lovely lunch in a place called Mendocino. We felt Grandma's presence with us. Medocino was used as Cabot Cove, Maine in that old TV show 'Murder She Wrote', one of Grandma's favorites. Last year when we were in Alberta Beach sitting in the old Alberta Beach hotel we called up Grandma and told her where we were and what we were doing. Both Don and I wished we could have called her today to tell her where we were and what we were doing. She would have loved it. We found a great campsite right on the beach in Westport.

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November 8, 2010

We had to stop in at Santa Cruz to walk out on their 1/2 mile long wooden boardwalk. There was shops and restaurants at the end of the pier but unfortunately we were between breakfast and lunch. We did take lots of pictures back towards their amusement park. Remember one of the pictures Rose put on display in her cabin in the movie Titanic, the one on the beach (I think she might even be on a horse) with the wooden roller coaster behind her? I think it was taken here. We had a lovely sunny drive today and are seeing some pretty impressive scenery. We stopped and had lunch overlooking a beach where there was a bunch of kite surfers. Those guys are nuts!

Across the Golden Gate Bridge and then back on to Highway One along the coast. For the first time I felt car sick today. This stretch of the road is very windy and hilly. I think Don didn't get much past 20 M.P.H. the entire stretch of road. We kept pulling over for cars to go past us as well. We had hoped to make it as far as Sonoma Coast State Beach but it was starting to get dark so we have stopped for the night in a place called Olema. We are camped in a lovely forest with a stream running right behind the Motorhome. The town is so small it didn't even make my BCAA Tour Book, my bible when I'm traveling. I read about all the towns we are going through and by doing that we have found some unusual things to stop and look at.

All for today. Time to cook dinner. I'm going to try and attached a couple of our Monarch Butterfly pictures.

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November 7, 2010

We felt like we were back in England with Pru and Henry touring National Trust Homes. Hearst Castle is amazing and they do a good job of touring you through part of it. I say part cause there are 5 different tours and each tour does a different part of the castle. We saw most of the main large rooms and saw a movie on the making of the Castle itself. The place is full of antiques. Most of the rooms were built around things he had bought in Europe and had shipped and then installed. For instance two different wood ceilings, one in the dining room and the other in the main sitting room, and choir lofts running around the perimeter of the main sitting room. All very ornate and very beautiful. Natalie would have gone nuts as there was statuary everywhere you looked. Statues are her favorite things to photograph. We would have loved to tour more but as we had already spent the entire morning there including the extra hour we gained from daylight savings time, we left and will leave other parts of the castle for another time.

While we were touring the castle a very thick fog bank moved in over the entire coast line. We had a foggy rainy drive to our next stop. If you were up high you couldn't see much but as you got lower the views became spectacular. Made it as far as Moss Landing.

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November 6, 2010

We are following Highway One along the coast heading home. We stopped at several vista points to enjoy the scenery and take pictures. We did go in to the town of Morrow Bay just to see Morrow Rock which is a dome-shaped volcanic peak that rises some 578 feet. It has beaches on both sides of it and you can actually drive right out to the base of it. Lots of surfers. We are definitely in California. We made it all the way to Hearst Castle and managed to get tickets for one of the tours the next morning. We camped overnight at Hearst San Simeon State Park which is the closest camp ground to the Castle itself. The Castle sits on top of a hill overlooking the ocean and is surrounded by a huge cattle ranch. Would you believe they had Zebra out crazing with the cows. A pretty funny site to see. Zebra meat must be a delicacy.

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