Friday, May 9, 2014


The previous night's victory was definitely felt this morning. We managed to get showered and packed in time to have breakfast at the hotel. They even had the option to make your own waffles in a fool proof process. Nearly fool proof. 

Highway 1
Highway 1 gets interesting around Morro Bay so it was well worth the extra time to take it towards Monterey. The scenery seemed to change every 20 minutes as we drove up the coast. The hills no longer had the sun drenched look they had in San Diego and there were a lot more trees. We didn't encounter too many cars heading north which made it easier to stop on the side of the highway every once in a while to enjoy the view.

Dreams of being the king of this castle
  Not far into the drive we came across Hearst Castle. It seems all the cars were in the parking lot which would explain why the highway so quiet. We didn't know exactly what it was, but we decided to find out. Turns out it is a mansion on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere. We had to take a bus up a winding road while listening to a commentary narrated by Alex Trebec. We did the upstairs guided tour. A lot fewer people, but probably not as interesting as the main floor tour. There was a chance to walk around the grounds after, but we didn't hang around for too long. There was a constant feeling of a security guard looming over your shoulder where ever we went. Wombie had a good time. He keeps going on about how his castle will be better. Many people during our stop commented on Wombie. No one knew that he was a wombat, but not many people know what a wombat actually is.
Wombie has a hard life

After a quick stop for an over priced cheeseburger we continued on towards Monterey down the winding coastal road. Our adventures on the hill had set us back about 2 hours, but we still managed to pull into the hotel early in the evening. The hotel was a bit out of the way of everything, but we weren't there long enough to care. It was a 15 minute walk to a small mexican restaurant that served decent food and had mexican beer. Both of us devoured more of the hot corn chips than our actual meals. The rest of the night was fairly uneventful since we were both exhausted. We did have a good laugh over the absurd commercials that play on American TV.

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