Monterey, Bixbie Bridge + Big Sur

Good morning California!

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Today’s adventures took us through Monterey, California.

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We stopped at The Inn at Spanish Bay for Coffee. It’s a huge beautiful hotel and golf course on private property along 17 Mile Drive, Monterey, California.

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It was super cloudy most of the morning which was fitting for the low coastal vegetation, sand bluffs and gnarly old wind blown coastal trees.IMG_3994IMG_3995IMG_4001

We drove by lots of beautiful old homes and estates.IMG_4003

Lone tree.IMG_4004

Finally the sun came out.IMG_4006

And cleared away the melancholy vibes.  We drove through the entire 17 Mile loop then proceeded to head down the coast.IMG_4008

The views down the coast continued to be spectacular. 🙂  Southern California coastline is really beautiful.  In fact, all the western coastline is beautiful. 🙂

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Bixbie Bridge. IMG_4011

This panoramic really captures the full shot of what you can see. It’s stunning.Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 4.21.55 PM

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We stayed high in elevation for a while…

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Then slowly started winding down the coast a bit.

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Looking back here you can see Bixby Bridge in the distance still.

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A break from the car to stretch our legs. 🙂

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The coast turned inland soon and we started driving to Big Sur. We stopped for gas and this brightly painted bus converted into a coffee shop caught our eye.

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it was parked just outside the River Inn, Big Sur.

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Pretty light purple wildflower.

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We walked around the River Inn and they had a beautiful ‘backyard’….

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restaurant with two out door dining areas….

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and a big river full of wooden adirondack chairs placed in the river to sit on.

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So we sat on the back deck and ordered lunch in the mountain sunshine.IMG_0420.JPG

So beautiful an charming!!!!!

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And the potpies were delicious!!!!!

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After, we sat in the river for a bit and enjoyed the lush surroundings. IMG_0440.JPG

Definitely a place on our list to go back too.

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