A long road to nowhere... and getting nauseous on the way!
Carmel-by-the-Sea Travel Blog› entry 2 of 7 › view all entries
December 24th, 2007 – by: jenn79
After a lovely wood fire in our fireplace last night, today Charles and I set out for Cambria to see Hearst Castle. Since the online ticket booking would have added a $11 surcharge to each of the $20 tickets, we decided to go there and buy the tickets at the window when we arrived. But being the holiday season, there were lots of people there when we arrived and the entire day's worth of tours were SOLD OUT. Uggg..
We drove over 2 hours just to see the Hearst Castle movie.. absolute ridiculousness. The more annoying part was that they were in fact filling up empty spaces on the tour, but would not take count of who went early and then freeing up *their* seats. So basically we had no shot, even though we tried in vain twice to sneak onto a tour =)
So my advice here is to reserve spaces on the tours.
It's approximately 90 miles from Carmel to Cambria, and about 50-70 miles of it are very sharp windy roads. I thought I was going to pass out from nausea. So if you go, take lots of time to get there, and stop frequently at the many scenic shoulders provided, get some air and take some pictures!
We stopped by a known elephant seal lookout on the way home. There was an educator who was answering questions here for free, it was great.
It was really chilly so we left and went to Safeway to get some hiking food for tomorrow as well as ice cream and attempt to find ingredients for S'mores. Sadly, they were fresh out of graham crackers, so we're using digestives instead! I'll let you know how they taste when we make our next fire and roast the marshmallows!
We came back to our room and the firewood was reset and old ashes were cleaned out for us.
We're not sure what to do tomorrow since it's Christmas. I think we'll try out Point Lobos for a hike or wander around the actual town of Carmel (we're in Carmel Heights - better views but less stuff!) We're considering whale watching or kayaking the day afterwards, despite the fact that we don't know how to swim. =) Heck, I'll do anything as long as it doesn't involve 50 miles of winding roads - barf!!
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