Monday, January 18, 2010

So Much for Sunny, Warm California

We packed for sunshine and warmer temperatures than we left behind in NC.  It's not warmer and it's certainly not sunny.
Yesterday I drove from Bakersfield to Carmel by the Sea in drizzle, then heavy drizzle, then rain.  Thank goodness we packed raincoats with linings since it hasn't gotten above 54.  We walked to lunch and dinner in the rain.  And today it was not only pouring rain but the winds were severe as we walked to and from Em Le's for breakfast. 
Then we were off to San Simeon on Hwy 1, with the mountains on the left and the ocean on the right.  Less than 5 miles down the road I was car sick and had to get behind the wheel.  I averaged 30mph all the way down, dodging rock slides and looking everywhere but over the edge and down at the churning ocean.  Ugh.
We made it and found elephant seals at multiple spots the closer we got to our destination.  We did a bit of antiquing in Cambria and Cayucos (found nothing), paid $3.76 per gallon for gas and then found it for $2.99 naturally.  Best part of this afternoon was our trip 4 miles down the road to Harmony, population 18.  No kidding.  We visited a pottery and a glass blowing studio where I bought a fabulous pen.  They offer a 1 hour class where I could learn to blow glass and make myself a vessel and a paperweight for $125, but I decided to pass.
Tomorrow we tour Hearst Castle and hit the road again for Santa Barbara.  They're predicting more rain and cold temperatures for the next 3 days.  But we're out of the mountains now so maybe I can get back in the passenger seat and actually look at the ocean. 

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