Pacific Coast Highway

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Beautiful views, don't buy anything
We started out on our drive up the Pacific Coast Highway towards Carmel, California.

The PCH is a very beautiful drive, but if you are in a hurry, forget it. Lots of winding roads and very heavy traffic. We stopped for some refreshments at Ragged Point. Here's a tip, stop for the wonderful views this area provides, but make sure you fill up your gas tank **before** you get here. If you look at the photo carefully, it says $4.19 for unleaded. The prices in the mini-mart were outrageous too, $3 for a Coke, $2.50 for candy bars. A coffee will set you back about $5 also. There is no competition, but still that is highway robbery!

We stopped briefly in Carmel, California to see the mission there. Two tour buses pulled up at the same time as we did, so we decided not to take the tour. Drove on to Monterey, California for lunch on Cannery Row. This historic waterfront district was once the heart of a thriving sardine-packing industry, a time immortalized in John Steinbeck's novel, Cannery Row.

Took some photos of the waterfront and also of the very friendly and tame squirrels begging for scraps.

Next stop San Francisco! (OK, Fremont, but close enough)


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Beautiful views, dont buy anything
Beautiful views, don't buy anything
$4.19 for gasoline!! (OK, a year f…
$4.19 for gasoline!! (OK, a year …
The historic Mission San Carlosin …
The historic Mission San Carlosin…
Cannery Row in Monterey
Cannery Row in Monterey
Beachfront in Monterey
Beachfront in Monterey
More beach in Monterey
More beach in Monterey
Isnt he cute? Rabies and all...do…
Isn't he cute? Rabies and all...d…
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