18.01.2012 - 18.01.2012
Another sunny day in paradise, and a very leisurely trip down the coast from Monterey to San Luis Obispo.
We started off with a cruise down a private ($9.50 fee) road through Pebble Beach and Carmel. Stopped off at the hallowed turf and resisted the temptation for a quick 18 holes (don't have a house to mortgage for the green fees) but did splash out on a coffee.
Carmel was a very picturesque little spot, and whilst no sign of Clint or Doris (as in Day), we enjoyed a meander amongst the shops, and a tasty lunch at Club Jalapeno. (Tom and I outvoted the other contenders who, ordinarily, are less inclined to take on anything spicy. Brig is now insisting Tom and I share a room tonight.)
The drive then carried on to public roads and arguably more affordable (or is that less unaffordable?) real estate through Big Sur (couldn't find any Beach Boys CD's to provide appropriate accompaniment) and arrived here just in time to check in before dark and then join in the hotel Happy Hour (free drinks and snacks - yippee!) and a BBQ beside the pool.
We did stop for a few leg stretches down the coast, and managed to come across a few hundred elephant seals basking on one of the beaches. You will see in one of the photos - what might otherwise have passed for rocks. In fact yours truly was mocked by all passengers when first suggesting he had spotted some seals on the beach. (Something to do with crying wolf after earlier suggestions of having spotted otters - which turned out to be kelp. An easy mistake to make...)
A slightly longer road trip tomorrow down to LA, but still with plenty of time to stop and sightsee on the way.