West Coast - Cambria to Pescadero
Pescadero Travel Blog› entry 9 of 30 › view all entries
Breakfast was a real pleasant affair, round the table in the hostel with the staff and other guests with the log burner going (not that it was needed). After a good feed we set off back onto Route 1.
Having heard about Hearst Castle from a family friend we stopped off with the intention of visiting the 'castle' but once we were there having gone into the visitors center and seeing the castle from afar we decided not to as to looked more like a stately home than a castle as such. Must be another cross Atlantic cultural difference. There was however allot of condors flying around which was cool.
Back on the road we stopped at Piedras Blancas to look at the sea lions and seals lounging on the beach.
The weather was amazing and the views of the coastline were even better, I love the ruggedness of the cliffs with the waves crashing onto rocks below. Some of the most beautiful coastline I've ever seen.
The next detour was to Julia Pfeffer Burns State Park, a short walk from the car park back under the highway leads you to the amazing McWay waterfall and views of a in assessable secluded beach. On our return to the car we encountered our first dangerous bit of wildlife....a snake!
We picked up lunch from a Deli in Big Sur, the worlds biggest sandwiches (I will never get used to the size of everything over there!) and headed onto Bixby Creek Bridge, the most photographed part of Route 1 (apparently).
We cracked on after lunch to reach our next stop off, Santa Cruz. This is one laid back town, Pacific Avenue with all it's surf shops and street art, has a great atmosphere about it.
Our accommodation for the night was the youth hostel at Pigeon Point, it was amazing. Despite the wind picking up the views were amazing and it was so quiet. We had a nice gentle walk on the beach and in the coves where we saw Dolphins swimming off the shore and hundreds of Pelicans swooping down to fish. A hidden bonus at the hostel is the hot tub, it's fenced off so you have total privacy with only the views of the ocean in front of you. You have to book it and we managed to get the sunset slot. It was brilliant, I've seen the sun set but never over the ocean, one of the highlights of the trip.
Afterwards we drove into Pescradero, a strange little town, and managed to find a place to eat. A petrol station come Mexican, odd combination but seemed to work. The Taco's were actually very good.