Half way to LA
17.10.2011 20 °C
Today we tested out our ability to drive on the öther side of the road in the first of 2 days we have given ourselves to drive to LA. On picking up a hire car, we were surprised to be given the keys to a Ford Mustang! M was thrilled while I was nervous. As we made our way to Pacific Highway No. 1 the road narrowed and the vegetation regularly changed. Tall pampas grasses, spruce trees, gum trees, cacti kept adding to the visual delight of the drive. Fields of pumpkins as well as regular roadside sellers of pumpkins, preparing for Halloween, really caught our eye. The colors, shapes and sizes were marvellousOne of America's food bowls was to be found either side of the highway as we travelled south. Thousands of acres of vegetables were in the fields- artichokes and spinach just two of them. Our first pitstop was in Monterey-a lovely seaside town. We had lunch on the pier at Fisherman's Wharf at Loulou's and enjoyed the food and sunshine. At the end of the pier the commercial fisheries can be found and therefore the clever pelicans, seals and pacific gulls await the scraps. Despite the promise of spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean as we did this drive, for most part, the sea and roads were covered in a thick blanket of fog. This was both disappointing and surprising. Sunny in Monterey, but foggy and quite eerie in Carmel. Strange being on the beach swimming and yet visibility being poor. The town of Carmel looked picture perfect but due to limited time we didn't stop there (unfortunately). So, here we are in San Simeon, pit stopping for one night. We checked in to a gorgeous hotel-The Morgan- which is both beautiful and cheap.