On Tuesday we drove about ten miles south along the coast to do some hiking. Garrapata State Park hugs the coastline there and has numerous foot paths leading to the cliffs overlooking the Pacific. Pam found a web site of a local photographer who gives a great description of where to hike and where to see great views of the coastline.
Most of the views were accessible via a path to the cliff, then a steep climb down to the sea. As typical along the Pacific, a coastal fog hugged the coast, making for a dark, cool day. Just over the coastal hills to the east we could see blue sky.
After hiking from the highway to the coastline we were treated to some great views of the ocean.
The web site we were using as a guide describe the hike down the cliff as treacherous, but young, nimble hikers like us found them to be barely a challenge.
At the bottom of the cliff pictured above we found a ravine with a beautiful, small waterfall.
As you travel down Route 1, you cross a bridge over a ravine. From the highway you can’t see the bridge so you have no idea of it’s elevation or the concrete arch design. In the picture below look at the far end of the bridge. That path you see going under the bridge and to the right is what will be our next hike.
On the ride home we stopped for a visit in the small town of Carmel by the Sea. You may know the name from it’s former mayor, Clint Eastwood. And where would any good tourist stop when visiting Clint’s city? You guessed it, a cheese shop!
This is a great little cheese store with a huge variety of cheeses. They have a great sales gimmick: let the patron taste any cheese they want. After tasting many types of cheese, we bought a chunk of every one we sampled! The use of sampling as a sales technique should be made illegal and banned, especially from cheese shops.
As we predicted in an earlier blog, we have been very busy since we arrived in Monterey. Man, this retirement thing is hard work! Tomorrow we are off to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. More on that later . . .