Thursday, May 14, 2015

Travel: California's Central Coast - Day 2 - Cambria & San Simeon

Red Chairs - Cambria, California

We awoke to a beautiful morning in Cambria. The sun intermittently poked through the grey sky. It was cool but not cold. In the afternoon the fog rolled in, lifted and then returned.

We strolled along the boardwalk across the street from our hotel. We climbed through the some of the rocky shoreline. We walked a sandy beach in a small cove. Breakfast was enjoyable. I talked about the photograph at the top, Red Chairs, in a previous post (click here).

I cannot say enough how lovely Cambria is. This quaint town, which is half on the coast and half nestled in trees on the other side of a hill from the coast, is peaceful, beautiful and interesting. It's definitely one of my favorite coastal towns in California and a great place to spend some time.
Cambria Coast - Cambria, California
Mid-morning we headed up the coast to San Simeon for a tour of Hearst Castle. This was the big thing we wanted to do on this trip and the reason that we didn't take the kids (they're too young to enjoy the tour). The next post in this series will feature Hearst Castle.

After the tour it was lunchtime, but instead of eating we pushed ourselves to visit Elephant Seal Beach just a few miles north of the castle. This is an interesting stop! There are at least hundreds, if not thousands, of elephant seals sunbathing on the sandy shore here. Occasionally you'll see one coming up out from the water or returning to the ocean. After this we made a very brief stop at the nearby Piedras Blancas lighthouse.

We enjoyed a late lunch in Cambria and then headed home. As always, California's central coast is a beautiful and fascinating place. It's typically a little less crowded than the beaches to the south, yet offers a more diverse experience.

Hearst Castle
Brilliant Bloom - Cambria, California
Ice Plant Blossom - Cambria, California
The Natural Design - Cambria, California
Boardwalk - Cambria, California
Tunnel - Cambria, California
Lone Surfer - Cambria, California
Central Pacific Coast View - San Simeon, California
Elephant Seal Friends - San Simeon, California
Elephant Seal Slumber - San Simeon, California
Piedras Blancas Lighthouse - San Simeon, California

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