Ok, it took a week to plan this trip. Thank heavens that everything fit into place. Special thanks to some MC friends who recommended a couple places in Central California. Also Priceline really saved us some time and money. And a thank you to my Mom who made it possible by watching the kids for two consecutive nights.
On May 7th around 6pm Tink and I dropped the kids off at my mom's and headed up to Cambria CA. I've been throughout CA, never to Hearst Castle. The drive was "entertaining" to say the least. One thing I noticed about Central CA is that they do not label the offramps in the normal "gas food lodging" sort of way. There are also a lot of trees so you don't always know what was on that offramp until you see it in your rear view mirror. Once passed, the next offramp to turn around is likely in the next zip code! I'm also not a big fan of Google Maps, which sent up over the 154. Anyone going from the LA area to the Castle just go 101 to the 1... the 154 only shaves off about 10 minutes and it is SCARY to drive. We stopped along the way for gas, also stopped at a Denny's for dinner. Around 1130pm we checked in.
We stayed at the Sea Otter Inn, right off the highway and right across a small street from Moonrock Beach. Sea Otter Inn Cambria California is the address. HIGHLY recommended. You are literally 45 ft from the coast, and less then 5min from Hearst Castle.
There are several Inns along this little beach, this place was recommended by a friend and I was extremely happy with the results.
Tink loved the mailbox... made me snap a picture of it.
After a long drive all I wanted to do was sleep... and sleep we did... waking up sometime around 10am (for us parents that is sleeping in). I stepped outside and saw this
These paths are there to protect the area and keep the grass from being trampled on. Little ground squirrels kept coming up to us. We also saw rabbits, and there were signs warning of snakes.
Tink snapped this of me... really defines who we are... nature lovers at heart.
a shot of the wild flowers