Carmel to San Simeon

I’m writing this note from the Sands Hotel in San Simeon, near Hearst Castle. We had a very nice drive down today, with bright sunny weather and little traffic. Our first bit of good luck was the easy sailing through the Monterey area; the AT&T golf tournament at Pebble Beach had the potential to cause major traffic problems. After grabbing some bagels in Carmel we were ready for the highlight of the drive: the 90 miles from Carmel to San Simeon, hugging the cliffs of Big Sur the whole way. Along the way we saw some elephant seals and then spent a couple of hours touring Hearst Castle.

Big Sur
Big Sur

It was a beautiful day, sunny, bright and warm. Above are a couple of photos from the Big Sur area.

Elephant Seals
Elephant Seals
Elephant Seals
There were hundreds of elephant seals near San Simeon.

Hearst Castle
near pool Neptune Pool
Neptune Pool
garden walk main house
patio overlooking Pacific ocean
pool under tennis courts
A variety of images from Hearst Castle.

Zebras near Hearst Castle
There are semi-wild zebras in the area!

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