We drove from the High Sierra to the coast in just a few hours. Watching the landscape change dramatically as we descended was the perfect way to pass time on the short drive. As soon as we caught the first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean, we stopped for a walk on the beach. Check out the cows on the beach in the second photo down. Maybe happy cows really do come from California?!
We camped for a night in beautiful Big Sur. Big Sur is a laid back kind of place that just oozes with that California feel that we were looking for. This was one place that was recommended to us many times when talking to other travelers. The Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park was a great place to spend the night. It was pretty pricey for a tent site at $35 per night. During our first night there (we planned to stay three), an unidentified animal managed to gnaw through the side of our tent! That was enough to make me check out early, folks.
The change in location turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as we scored a great Hotwire deal on the Hyatt for just $80 a night. It ended up being a perfect place to just relax and explore the seaside towns of Monterey and Pacific Grove. The hotel was pure luxury…ahhh! We spent our time there in the cute shops and restaurants and on the beach.
One of my favorite experiences in Monterey was eating at an amazing Mexican spot called Mi Tierra. We pulled up to the place after putting it into the GPS and discovered it was actually in a Mexican grocery store. Talk about authentic! The food was amazing – some of the best we had on the entire trip! They even had Mexican Cokes in glass bottles. Delicious.
Up next, a mini post for a mini excursion in San Francisco.