Big Sur, Monterey and San Francisco
We left SB and drove up the 101 towards Monterey, Big Sur and the coastal highway. The coastal drive is slow but beautiful!
Our first major stop was the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, on the Big Sur coast.
As you can see from the photos, this is a magical place. Here is a short video as well.
We capped off a beautiful day with a delicious dinner at Julia's in Pacific Grove and then a sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Earlier this year we saw a beautiful sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean in FL, what a nice companion experience.
The next day brought cloudy skies but our day was brightened by a 3 hour guided kayaking adventure in Monterey Bay. We saw (and smelled) seals, saw and (heard) sea lions, and were treated to a playful otter.
After spending the morning paddling, we went back down the coast to another magical place - Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Again we were treated to stunning views of water, surf and rocky coast with lots of wildlife. We decided to eat dinner at Julia's again because it was so good!
On Sunday we checked out the famous Pebble Beach 17 mile drive and then headed up to Palo Alto to visit Marcy, Levent and baby Derin. Thanks to Levent we enjoyed a deliciously prepared lunch and spent some time catching up.