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Hearst Castle    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - San Simeon CA

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The bell towers of Casa Grande through the mist

Elaine and I visited the fabled Hearst Castle today, and came away with many questions. We had visited the Vanderbilt Estate in Asheville NC a couple of years ago and we tried comparing those two magnificent estates. We discussed our reaction to both for the next half hour or so after leaving the Hearst Castle Visitor Center, but never did reach any conclusion about how to characterize the two. Fascinated by Hearst, the person, after returning home I searched for a biography of him to read on our Kindle devices. There are several available, but it was while I was reading reviews of a couple of them that I figured out a significant difference between the Hearst Castle and the Vanderbilt Estate.

Elephant seals    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - San Simeon CA

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A group of seals huddled together on the beach

Elephant Seal Viewing Area, the signs said as we were driving south on CA 1 a couple of days ago. And as we got to the area we were astounded by the view of hundreds of these seals lounging on the beach for maybe a half mile or more. At first, it looked as if they were all dead, but occasionally you could see one move a little bit. There was no room for us to pull our motorhome and toad over to park and see the seals, so we made a vow to return on a day trip to see them. Knowing we were going to also visit Hearst Castle, about six miles to the south, we knew we could do both on the same trip. Today was the day.

Morro Bay    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, October 24, 2014 - Morro Bay CA

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Morro Rock dominates the harbor

I had to look it up to learn that "morro" is the Spanish word for rounded hill or promontory. It was in 1769 that Franciscan missionary Crespi noted in his journal seeing this morro. The term morro is also common in Portuguese and Italian. But 1769 was not the first time this rock and its bay saw human activity, for there were Fillipino immigrants recorded to have arrived on a Spanish ship in 1587, almost 200 years earlier. But event THOSE people were real latecomers, for there is evidence that the Chumash Indians hunted and fished in the shadow of Morro Rock as early as 47 CENTURIES BCE (Before the Christian Era). So if all those people over all that time found this a great place to be or to settle, who am I to argue?

CA 1 in a motorhome - not for the timid!    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Morro Bay CA

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Elaine took this photo as we were entering one of the curves on CA 1

If you are at all timorous or uncertain about where the corners of your motorhome and towed vehicle are, do NOT drive CA route 1! And driving it southward is not for those who don't like to be close to edges of roadways and cliffs. For me, it was one of the more exciting and fun routes I have ever driven in our motorhomes. CA 1 is the coastal route and runs between US 101 and the coast. In some places it runs right along the coast - at one spot there were warning signs about the surf overtopping the low wall along the road. In others it runs several hundred feet above the ocean and along high cliffs, some with no guard rails or walls.

Beach at Marina Dunes; old Fort Ord    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Marina CA

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Elaine on the beach at Marina Dunes

Today was a relaxed day for us. We stayed around the house this morning; I worked on some web stuff and other things on my computer, and I even took a nap in late morning. After lunch we headed out to explore a little. Our first stop was the nearby Marina State Beach. We walked down onto the sand and walked out toward the water, watching the waves and the surf and the shore birds. We could see why there were warning signs at the top of the beach - don't wade in the surf or swim. The surf runs very strangely in this area, sometimes going at one angle on the beach, sometimes at another angle.

On our way to Monterey Bay    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - Marina CA

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Elaine feeding geese at our lunch spot in a county park in San Jose

We left Lincoln CA this morning after saying goodbye to Helene and Rod Violette and thanking them for their excellent hospitality over the last couple of days. We had earlier thought we would  head to San Francisco but have decided instead to do more ocean time and go a little further down the coast. So we will be on Monterey Bay for a couple of days, at the Marina Dunes RV Park in Marina. We arrived this afternoon and haven't done anything except for shopping for groceries at Walmart, but we will explore the dunes and shore tomorrow. We stopped for lunch today at a county park just off US 101 in San Jose. I had tried to find a place where we could pull off for lunch and got sort of trapped into the county park, but it was a good place to stop.