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Spring Valley , California
May 2, 2003
Quick tips/suggestions :
Take it slow and enjoy the scenery. We stopped alongside the road and saw quite a few deer and other wild life. After the 17 mile drive we continued on to Hurst Castle.
From journal Monterey & more!!!
Grand Prairie, Texas
July 16, 2001
Parts of the drive is through the trees, but you can see several multi-million dollar homes, but part of the drive is along the ocean. This is my favorite part of the whole drive.
It gets its name because the whole trip is 17 miles around in a circle. There are three entrances: Pacific Grove, Carmel, or off Hwy 1.
As the winding road approaches the coast, turbulent surf, twisted cypress trees and herds of sunbathing sea lions swing into view. Cypress Point, a promontory with spectacular views, is the best place to view harbor seals. In the spring, they come ashore to have their pups.
What else is there besides nature? How about golf courses: Pebble Beach, Spyglass, Cypress Point and the Links at Spanish Bay. On these golf courses you usually see herds of deer either laying down or eating. They are somewhat tame, but it is best to leave them alone for nature.
Don't forget to look for the Sea Otters in the water. They usually sleep in the Kelp floating off shore.
From journal Weekend Getaway to Monterey Bay
May 28, 2002
Moss Beach is famous for the variety of sea moss that swirls in the waters. Point Joe is within easy walking distance of Moss Beach. This craggy area caused many a shipwreck in the late nineteenth century.
If you'd like, keep walking an easy nature trail to Bird Rock, or hop back in the car and drive. There are telescopes here with which you can scan the sea for seals and whales.
You need to drive to Cypress Point Lookout, which is a turn-off from the main road. Everyone will appreciate the fortitude of the cyprus trees that grow along the coast. The Lone Cypress is immediately recognizable on an outcrop. It is the Pebble Beach logo.
When the main road turns away from the coast, you will come across the Lodge. If you haven't already eaten at a picnic table along the way, you can stop here to eat, shop, and further explore the area.
Behind the Lodge is Stillwater Cove, a section of beach that is covered in the gray, green, pink, and blue pebbles from which Pebble Beach got its name.
While swimming at the beaches along the 17 mile drive is not appropriate in the swift, cold waters, a walk to view wildlife is always fun. Some water sports are available for the truly athletic-- surfing and kayaking--but bring a wetsuit! The water is freezing. Golf is the main sport of the area, but horseback riding is a great diversion, too.
Next stop, CARMEL!
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