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More Adventures from the California Coast

From Morro Bay to San Francisco

sunny 25 °C

The adventure continues…Took off from Morro Bay on Sunday morning to drive to Monterey along the famous Pacific Coast Highway Big Sur section. The day didn’t start promisingly with fog shrouding Morro Bay for the entire morning. This did not look good for the drive considered one oif the most scenic in the world. Still, we took off and after 20 kms, the fog cleared and the sun and blue skies erupted! The reason for this drive being so popular soon became obvious. The highway hugs the coastline tightly offering stunning views all along the coast with rugged cliffs, sheer drops and beautiful blue water. We’d drive a around one corner, see a spectacular view, get out, take photos, get back in the car, drive around another corner and repeat the process. A 2 hour drive becomes a 6 hour drive very easily. The road is a mongrel to drive with lots of tight turns and twists. The guys driving RVs and motorhomes are very brave!

Pulled into Monterey about 8pm, and slept well, I can tell you! Woke up to another foggy morning determined to see all that Monterey had to offer for the day. Went to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was pretty dear but worth the visit. The day before they had beat their best ever attendance record by 3000 people! Thankfully, it wasn’t that busy when we visited but still good crowds. Lots of exhibits and displays and informative talks. We then wandered along the tourist area called Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. The water was sensational and the sunshine and blue skies shoed off the famous Monterey Bay to the full. It truly is a special place with seals and sea otters happily swimming about kayakers. We loved it!

Drove to San Francisco today. Stopped into Santa Cruz. Again, a very foggy start to the day gave way to a sunny day. Santa Cruz has an old-fashioned boardwalk (something which was quite common in American coastal holiday towns many years ago) with an amusement park and lots of rides. Urangan pier may be OK but the Santa Cruz pier has shops and restaurants all the way up to the end (you can drive up there, too) offering great views of the amusement park and a tremendous point break where some really good surfers were showing their stuff. The kids had a swim although they started to turn blue as the water was very cold! Silly youngsters.

Arrived in San Fran about 5:30pm (ah, the joys of peak hour). We’re staying in a hostel right on San Francisco Bay. It’s a bit like school camp and we’re enjoying the different experience as the place is really close to Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Anyway, time to hit the sack. Thanks for all your comments and we love to hear from everyone back home!! Hope all is well with all of you!!

Posted by The Robbos 21:43 Archived in Uzbekistan Tagged to drive seattle

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HELLO ROBINSONS, I am quite exhausted reading your experieces .
Some of the names and places I have only heard in books or . movies.
Your descriptions make it so real. All is well here
Love to all. Grandma B. XXXX.

by Chisholm40

Hi everyone, another great chapter of the big adventure. Hope the driving around California doesn't wear you all out. As I recall from a long time back it was pretty scary (and I was just the passenger). Keep the good times rolling, love Nana.

by Fran Robinson

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