Hi Folks, sorry about the delay, we had a few 'issues', one being the computer. This is the map of where we've been the last six days. I hope you all know to click on the pictures you want to enlarge.http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=211651657169317628289.0004a656226267e9e5f63&msa=0&ll=36.633162,-117.004395&spn=11.382131,14.611816
The route to Merced and on to Monterey is through some of California's major agricultural areas. The next two nights, 19th and 20th were spent in Monteray, where we got our laundry done and relaxed awhile.We took the "famed"
Then off down along the coast again to Cambia, and as there was so much to see, we only did 125 miles. At every view point we saw squirrels, sea gulls, cormorants, pelicans, and wild beautiful coastal scenes. At one of the viewpoints, we had a special treat of watching a large herd of elephant seals, who were sunning and sparring, just enjoying life on the beach. The fog was rollling off the sea so we had intermittant sun and fog.
Wednesday the 22nd, was same rolling fog, but at least it didn't rain and was a bit warmer. The vegetation is sub tropical and all in bloom. Jacaranda and Blue Gum trees as well as several varieties of palms. We got a large box of fresh California strawberries and stood in front of the fruit stand and all pigged out. Delicious!!!
This is the San Luis Obispo Mission built in 1772 by the Franciscans, who built a chain of missions along the California coast. The goal was to turn the native Chumash Indians into Spanish citizens. The goal was not acheived as the Indians were decimated by disease and the Mexican government refused to pay more money on the failing missions.They were secularized and served as courthouses and jails. In 1848 California became part of the USA and the missions were returned to the church.
We spent the night in Santa Barbara