Sunday, November 11, 2012

Travels With Lacey--The Big Stone and Moonstone


After the auto museum, we headed further north up the coast.  We wandered through Solvang, the Danish village/tourist trap, thankfully off season and a weekday.  Then it was off through a million miles of vineyards, looking for Route 1 and the coast.  Murro Bay called to us, we stopped to admire "the rock" and walk along the boardwalk.  Discovering the local Chamber of Commerce, we interrupted a woman trying to close up (early, I noted).  She was kind enough to invite us in, way too kind it turned out...  I think we were the only tourists in weeks...  wow, she went on and on about the local area...  finally recommending Moonstone Drive up the road in Cambria.  So off we went seeking lodging for the night closer to our San Simeon destination the next morning.


Yep, this is what we found on Moonstone Drive...  a wonderful mile of inns, motels, restaurants, and some homes, all facing stunning views of the Pacific.  And, off season, we got a decent rate on a beautiful room at the Sea Otter Inn.


After checking in, we still had light enough to explore the shoreline...  and found the tide out and the seals in.



And just to prove I was there...


That evening we dined at the Sea Chest restaurant, a very excellent seafood meal, great wine, wonderful companionship.  A special birthday evening...

The next morning was cloudy and foggy, but still clear enough to explore the boardwalk that runs the length of Moonstone Drive, with little parks on each end.


"I shall always love a purple iris..."


My buddy and his buddy...


Then it was off to the Hearst Castle...

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