Our first time at 17 mile drive

Pebble Beach Travel Blog

 › entry 1 of 8 › view all entries
Us at Point Joe

Our very first excursion in our new state of residence ended us up at 17 mile drive. We entered at Hwy 1 and Rte 68 which took us through the residental part of the Del Monte Forest with gorgeous mansions and winding roads by golf courses and dark forests. The architecture can only be described as "close to nature". Fences are mostly made of untreated wood so they blend in with their surroundings. We followed the dashed red line markers on the road not to get lost. I believe we may have taken a few wrong turns at first because places started to look familiar, but no worry. We were not in any sort of rush. Benji was taking a long overdue nap in the back of the car, and we were just enjoying a little break from the drama which resulted from moving cross country and 3 time zones. :p 

Our first stop was at Spanish Bay.

Panoramic view of Spanish Bay
We had to stick close to the car where the precious cargo was sleeping, but having a moment to ourselves, hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed our first real view of the Pacific Ocean. We noticed a bunch of Tesla cars on the beach. Turns out there's a Tesla dealership in Monterey and they are a lot more common here than they were in Virginia. 

Next stop was Point Joe. Mostly interesting because of the golf course that is right up against the rugged coastline, and a speck of land where I assume they were hiding one of their golf holes. Expecting Junior to wake up if we lingered too long we continued driving soon. 

Next noteworthy spot was Bird Rock. Large parking area and rest rooms at this vista point.

Looking at the ocean from the Lone Cypress view point
We saw lots of really small squirrels but fat gophers around. They were surprisingly quick, so I didn't get a good picture of them with my phone. The big camera died and its charger was in a moving truck somewhere between Virginia and California at this point. Bird Rock, aptly named as you can see, was where I would have expected to see some seals, but none were around. 

We continued driving down the road that got very narrow on the way to the Lone Cypress. Reminded me about of the Scottish Highlands, minus the sheep. :p 

We arrived at the Lone Cypress viewpoint and Benji joined the fun. He was awake and grumpy and needed a fresh diaper. He did not enjoy the cool breeze on his bottom, but we managed to go about it quickly. The joys of parenthood! At first he was not impressed with the place at all.

Benji's first time in the sand in California
He was still waking up and looking around, but then he saw the Cypress and started pointing "tree!" "tree!". Even he knew it was a very special tree. The brochure states that this tree has been hanging on to its spot for over 250 years. In recent years manmade supports are helping it survive. Ben enjoyed climbing up and down the steps to the extended viewing area, which was a little more comfortable for us because we could let him run freely away from the road. On a overcast day this place was not too busy, but I imagine this may be different on weekends and holidays. 

Ben was not happy when we packed him back into the car, so we decided to cut our journey short, and head back toward a beach where he could run in the sand. We backtracked about 5 minutes to a point between the seal matting area and Bird Rock where no cars were parked. Had the whole little cove to ourselves. Ben LOVED IT. No surprise there. We decided we would take his shoes and socks off despite the chilly temperatures. Did not slow him down one bit. He even stepped into the water when a smaller wave rolled in. 

Afterwards we headed back to our temporary lodgings through Pacific Grove, which we intend to explore more later. 

missandrea81 says:
Oh, I will!! This was definitely my first time to the Pacific. I've been to the Indian ocean (Maldives), and Andaman Sea (Phuket, Thailand), but never the Pacific before this.
Posted on: Aug 23, 2016
Sunflower300 says:
Precious cargo... :)
I just saw a Tesler yesterday.
Was that really your first real view of the Pacific? Next time wave to me, I'm on the opposite shore. :)
How exciting!!
Posted on: Aug 19, 2016
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Us at Point Joe
Us at Point Joe
Panoramic view of Spanish Bay
Panoramic view of Spanish Bay
Looking at the ocean from the Lone…
Looking at the ocean from the Lon…
Benjis first time in the sand in …
Benji's first time in the sand in…
Spanish Bay
Spanish Bay
Spanish Bay
Spanish Bay
Spanish Bay
Spanish Bay
Near Point Joe
Near Point Joe
Near Point Joe
Near Point Joe
Near Point Joe
Near Point Joe
Some info on Point Joe
Some info on Point Joe
About the coast line
About the coast line
The Links at Spanish Bay golf cour…
The Links at Spanish Bay golf cou…
Look at that rugged coast line
Look at that rugged coast line
More vistas between Point Joe and …
More vistas between Point Joe and…
The restless sea
The restless sea
Always a little different view
Always a little different view
Bird Rock - aptly named
Bird Rock - aptly named
The beach by Bird Rock
The beach by Bird Rock
An English cottage style house alo…
An English cottage style house al…
A typical Del Monte Forest road
A typical Del Monte Forest road
A little dirt over the roof and th…
A little dirt over the roof and t…
There it is! The most photographed…
There it is! The most photographe…
Around Lone Cypress view point
Around Lone Cypress view point
Around Lone Cypress view point
Around Lone Cypress view point
Around Lone Cypress view point
Around Lone Cypress view point
Around Lone Cypress view point
Around Lone Cypress view point
Around Lone Cypress view point
Around Lone Cypress view point
Around Lone Cypress view point
Around Lone Cypress view point
This is a tiny spot between Seal R…
This is a tiny spot between Seal …
Waves!!
Waves!!
All to yourselves
All to yourselves
Trying to find some seals, but the…
Trying to find some seals, but th…
Lets test the water, shall we?
Let's test the water, shall we?
Brrrrrrrrrr
Brrrrrrrrrr
I did it... but brrrrrr
I did it... but brrrrrr
Pebble Beach
photo by: missandrea81