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USA - Monterey Big Sur and the California Coast

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After picking up a new battery for the car (yes two jump starts in two weeks wasn't a good sign) we drove back out to the coast we arrived in Monterey, a holiday destination to many San Franciscans, and home to the famous Pebble Beach golf course situated on the edge of the ocean. Along with the golf course there is a scenic 17-mile drive with great views over the coastline and some Sea Lions, Cormorants and Elk along the way.


Big Sur National Park was our next stop, a beautiful part of the Californian coast, where green hills drop down to cliffs with the open ocean below. We camped in a gorgeous National Campground in Big Sur and then made our way further south. This time of year there is often a haze over the coastline and we were lucky it lifted at times for us to enjoy the view and see the beautiful road we were travelling along. Piedras Blancas is a protected beach for Elephant Seals, which are slowly regaining their numbers after being close to extinction in the 1990’s. They are massive and the males usually grow up to 5 meters long weighing over 2 tonne!

We made our way further down the coast and camped on the beach that evening, it was a peaceful way to fall asleep listening to the waves.


Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in USA Tagged coast california sur big monterey

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