Whew, we made it :)

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A very late night in San Francisco, but we made it through our Route 1 trip!!

Yay!  It was absolutely gorgeous and so worth the extra time to go this way from LA to San Fran.

We stopped in Cambria, San Simeon and Hearst Castle.  Hearst Castle was surreal.  I cannot even begin to imagine how life was back in the 30’s and 40’s for these people who visited Hearst Castle.  We learned a ton of info about the family and the property.  It was a treat and I highly recommend a visit if you have the chance.

We then motored on to Elephant Seal Beach.  Those seals are HUGE!  It was funny to see them all lying around and tossing sand on each other.  Very cute, but I wouldn’t want to get in the way of any of them.

Then we headed to Monterey.  A very quaint town.  Fantastic seafood.  We did a walk along the fisherman’s wharf and had dinner there.  The crazy thing was that I could hear the seals very early in the morning from our hotel, which was further inland.  But it was like the birds waking you in the early morning hours, except that it was the seals yelping!

So we stayed overnight in Monterey and then headed to Carmel in the morning.  A little backtrack, about 10 minutes, but worth the visit.  Very charming town and gorgeous beach there.  The sand is so white and clean and the water was calm.  We had lunch at Hog’s Breath Inn…it was so so.

We then drove to Santa Cruz for a pit stop and then to Half Moon Bay for another pit stop.  Both beautiful beach towns, but unique in their own way.

We arrived in San Francisco around 4pm and had about 2 hours to see a few things before meeting up for dinner with the woman who owns the house in Spain where we stay.  We had never met in person before, only spoke by phone and email, so it was a treat to meet her and her husband in person after speaking for 3 years.

Headed home tomorrow 😦   🙂  We miss Coco, but could definitely stay in San Fran for a few more days.

The California coast has been spectacular!