The beds at the Comfort Inn lived up to their name and we had a great nights sleep until we were woken at about 0500 by some noisy swine in another room clumping about with their pit boots on.
We grabbed a light breakfast in the lobby then packed the car and were ready to go. Stopping at Target we grabbed a few supplies and then it was on to Highway One and heading south.
Stopping at one of the roadside shacks to buy some freshly picked strawberries and again they were lovely and we had polished them off before we had gone to far.
Just south of Carmel we picked up the Pacific Coastal Highway and were soon travelling on with the ocean on one side and the steep hills on the other. There are hundreds of little stopping points and vistas and we made frequent use of them to enjoy the views and take photographs as you can see from the handful below.
These are just a small selection of the ones we took on that stretch, as you can see the weathour remained fabulous!
After a leisurely drive we were soon at Big Sur and stopped at one of our favourite locations from last year, the Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant. we had a Pan con Tomato sandwich which was lovely and very garlicky along with a fantastic Plum Strudel, brilliant. Washed down with a cappuccino.
We popped next door to the General Store and post office where we purchased, wrote and posted some postcards home and then we were on to the next stretch of the Pacific Coastal Highway again enjoying the fantastic sights.
Eventually we reached the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookeryand stopped to admire these huge beasts.
After about six hours of leisurely drive we eventually reached our hotel for the night, we stayed at The Inn At The Cove last year and it is lovely.
After check in we visited the Shell Beach Brew House where I enjoyed a Firestone 805 Honey Blond and Victoria a Whitbier with Grapefruit.
We noticed that the Pizzaria in town had closed down so asked locals for some recommendations and they suggested Doughboys on Oak Park and Grant a few miles away, driving there we found it was closed on a Monday, Bugger! We had noticed another earlier so drove Ginos on five cities where we ordered our pizza and chatted to a lovely chap about things to do in the area.
We bought the Pizza back and sat on our balcony looking out for whales and drinking beer while scoffing the pizza.
There was not much whale and dolphin activity but we did watch a beautiful Pacific Ocean sunset.
Waking in time for dawn we saw some whales off shore, but after breakfast were treated to a whole pod of dolphins right under our balcony, well worth the wait.